Professor Charles Spence on the Perfect Meal – SOLD OUT

6:30-9 PM

Tuesday 28th April, 2015

Westminster Kingsway College, 76 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

A curated experimental dinner at Westminster Kingsway College

Doors open at 6; Dinner will be served at 6:30.

During this 3-course dinner, cooked and served by the students of Westminster Kingsway College, guests will participate in a series of experiments looking at how various factors affect the dining experience. Professor Charles Spence will open the evening with a short introduction, and then after each course, he will talk through the hypothesis and the theory behind each experiment, relating it to other relevant research that has been carried out in the field.

The cost of the dinner is £50 per head, which will cover the food and wine for the evening.
There will be a set menu, so if you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before booking your ticket so that we can check the suitability of the menu.

Charles Spence is Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live.

Over the years, Charles has consulted for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, and branding. He has also conducted research on human-computer interaction issues on the Crew Work Station on the European Space Shuttle. Charles and his group are currently working on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses (together with Heston Blumenthal, chef of The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray). His group also has a very active line of research on the design of auditory, tactile, and multisensory warning signals for drivers and other interface operators (together with Toyota). Charles is also interested in the effect of the indoor environment on mood, well-being, and performance (together with ICI).

Charles has published more than 600 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. Charles has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, not to mention the 2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition, for his ground-breaking work on the ‘sonic crisp’! He has recently published his new book, “The Perfect Meal”, which was awarded the 2015 Prose Prize for popular science.

Westminster Kingsway College has an excellent reputation within the hospitality and catering industry. The college offers a unique opportunity to study in central London for vocational qualifications that are tailored direct to employment opportunities. Westminster Kingsway College is recognised as one of the leading providers of education and training in London and has been accredited with the new national Training Quality Standard.
The College has an ’outstanding’ Hospitality and Culinary Arts department that has world renowned alumni. Westminster Kingsway College has a prominent role in providing training for employers in the Hospitality, Creative Industries, Facilities Management and Business sectors.

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Event Details

6:30-9 PM

28th April, 2015

Westminster Kingsway College,
76 Vincent Square,
London SW1P 2PD