Altered Taste International Symposium – 3rd Edition

Altered Taste International Symposium

A changed relationship with food can occur for many reasons, from illness to aging to shifts in the food environment. The impact of this can range from a loss of pleasure in food and eating, to lower food intake and potential undernutrition, to diminished social engagement and even an altered relationships to oneself and the wider world. Sensory changes trigger disgust in foods once enjoyed, or even from the smell of a loved one. Food that was once delicious is now tasteless. Overall, altered taste and sensing can shift the valence of our encounters with food, cooking and eating, from being easy and enjoyable to being problematic and unpleasant.

In our 3rd International Symposium, we invite papers that consider these wider psychosocial and cultural dimensions of altered taste and eating. We will also address solutions to these problems, from the gastronomic to the social, to see how people cope with and compensate for altered taste. How does altered eating affect social relationships? What kinds of culinary solutions, strategies or interventions can address these issues above? How can we address the environmental dimensions of altered eating?

The symposium invites contributions from any discipline as well expert knowledge and particularly supports interdisciplinary papers. This symposium will bring together scientists, chefs and professionals interested in the topic of altered taste and potential food solutions.

Overview of the program



14th September: Culinary Workshop (5 - 7pm)

At the Institute Paul Bocuse
Chefs and scientists will exchange and participant will attend a culinary demo together with tasting samples
A networking drink will close the session (7 to 8.30 pm).

The Symposium launch event coincides with World Taste and Smell Day 2023

15th September: Scientific Conference

Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, Lyon 
A selection of talks and posters from the received proposals will bring various persectives on the question of psychosocial and cultural elemets important to understanding altered taste. 

To consult the full program, click here 


The Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center conducts multidisciplinary research on food and hospitality questions in relation to pleasure and health, worldwide. The Center conducts collaborative research projects privileging real-life studies, offers a doctoral program with partner universities and develops operational knowledge for companies, based on cooperation between researchers and professional experts. Research works are grounded in theoretical concepts of several academic disciplines (sociology, cognitive science, nutrition, food science, marketing) leading to knowledge and identify openings for optimisation and innovation to contribute to the challenge of a tasty, healthy and sustainable to diet for all.

Flinders University was established in 1966 and has consolidated 50 years of achievement with a vision to be internationally recognized as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates. Research is a fundamental cornerstone of Flinders’ mission thanks to its large range of Research Areas – Engineering and technology, health and medical, people and society…

Northumbria University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Northumbria is a research-intensive, modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It was named UK University of the Year 2022 in the Times Higher Education Awards.

University Lyon 1 was established 50 years ago and has, nowadays, more than 47 000 students. It combines quality academic training and research in an attractif environement and benefits from international influence in science, technology, health and sport. Lyon 1 is also committed in the support, the creation, and the sharing with those who make it live. 

 University of Florence has its origins from the Studium Generale set up by the Florentine Republic in 1321. The subjects taught were Civil and Canon Law, Literature, Medicine. There have been illustrious scholars such as Giovanni Boccaccio, who lectured on the Divina Commedia. Nowadays the University has various campuses scattered throughout the town and beyond, with the new Science Campus in Sesto Fiorentino, the ones in Empoli and Calenzano. Some teaching activities are carried out also in Pistoia and Prato.

Target Audience

Scientists, Food Developers, R&D Professionals, Chefs, Healthcare professionals, Food professionals, Catering professionals, professionals working in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, Cognitive Sciences and Social Sciences.

Important Dates

  • March 15th: Deadline to submit an abstract
  • April 15th: Acceptance by the selection Committee
  • June 30th: Closing of early-bird registration
  • August 30th: Closing of registration

Scientific Committee

  • M. Bensafi, Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre, France
  • A. Braud, Hôpital Rothschild, APHP-Sorbonne Univ., France
  • A. Bruyas, Hospices Civils de Lyon, France
  • D. Burges Watson, Northumbria Univ., United Kingdom
  • F. Carrouel, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Univ., France
  • J. Coveney, Flinders Univ., Australia
  • L. Cunha, Porto Univ. Portugal
  • A. Dougkas, Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center, France
  • V. Deary, Northumbria Univ., United Kingdom
  • A. Giboreau, Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center, France
  • C. Kelly, Abscent, United Kingdom
  • E. Monteleone, Firenze Univ., Italy
  • P. Singer, Beilinson Hospital, Tel Aviv Univ., Israël
  • S. Spinelli, Firenze Univ., Italy

Registrations :
Billetterie Weezevent



Institut Paul Bocuse

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Partnerships Development
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