Altered Taste Symposium: Newcastle University, Institut Paul Bocuse & Flinders University

Gastronomic solutions for sensory loss & alteration

June 28 – July 1, 2021 | 2 hours online sessions each day

Sensory alterations to eating arise due to ageing, surgery, and a spectrum of common illnesses. Furthermore, older people, cancer patients, brain injured patients and others may have sensory troubles as well as difficulties in chewing and swallowing.

The recent COVID pandemic has resulted in a loss of smell, taste and a reduced motivation to eat for many people. Poor diet due to sensory alterations has been linked to changed food intake and poor nutrition.

Clearly there has never been a more important time to examine scientific and psycho-social issues related to altered sensory experiences, and solutions to these problems at the interface of science and gastronomy.

The symposium aims at providing scientific and expert knowledge on underlying mechanisms and the role of culinary know-how to increase meal pleasure and thus food intake. Such strategies based on better understanding and enhancing the hedonic value of the eating experience could help address undernourishment and associated problems in targeted populations.


Monday Day 1: 28th June | Problems & mechanisms

Tuesday Day 2: 29th June | Creating solutions

Wednesday Day 3: 30th June | Cooking at home with help

Thursday Day 4: 1st July | Launching pad


Fiona Kerr: Cognitive Neuroscientist, NeuroTech Institute, Australia 

Duika Burges Watson: Lead Altered Eating Research Network, Newcastle University, UK

Vincent Deary: Professor of health psychology Northumbria University, UK

Maggie Beer: Founder Maggie Beer Foundation, Australia

Chrissi Kelly: Director AbScent, UK

Pierre Singer: Director General Intensive Care Department, Rabin Medical Center

Veronique Mourier: Nutrition manager at Elior, France

Agnes Giboreau: Research Director, Institut Paul Bocuse, France

Julien Ferretti: Culinary project manager, Institut Paul Bocuse, France

John Coveney: Professor, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, Adelaide


Symposium & interactive home kits

Europe: 45 euros

Outside of Europe: 75 euros

As part of your symposium registration you will receive a sensory box. It will be your companion throughout the conference enabling you to interact with our team and speakers in exploring the senses.

Program and Registration

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