Members of our group are actively involved in a range of activities throughout the year. Here you can find an overview of some of the past and upcoming events in which we are involved with.


Upcoming events

20-22nd May 2019
Pint of Science

We are excited that our own Laura Wilkinson and Rochelle Embling will present at the Pint of Science event. Their session “Eating a varied diet: the good, the bad and the ugly” is part of “Food for Thought” on 20. May in No Sign Bar.

For further information, please visit their website.



Past events

08th May 2019
Postgraduate Research (PGR) Showcase

At the PGR showcase, PhD students showed their research and their successes were celebrated. In the beginning, 5 shortlisted students presented posters, then the finalists of the 3MT could proof their skills and finally a range of awards were given. Tanisha Douglas received recognition for her achievement at FameLab and Jennifer Gatzemeier for her Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement. We are very proud that Tanisha won the award for her Outstanding Contribution for Public Engagement. She convinced the judges by not only taking part in public engagement events, but also to train others.

Congratulations to both!

PGR Showcase 2019

PGR Showcase 2019



26th March and 08th May 2019
3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

At the 3MT competition, the contestants are challenged to explain their research in 3 minutes in a way that also a lay audience understands it. After Tanisha’s success at the 3MT last year, she managed to win the College of Human and Health Sciences Heat again and represented the College at the finals, which were part of the PGR Showcase. Tanisha did a fantastic job and did her presentation with the catchy title “Have you ever thought about how you could die?” in 3 minutes.

More information about the 3MT can be found here.



05th May 2019
BPS Welsh Branch Student Conference

Three our students were at the BPS student Conference to talk about their research. Ioanna Papadaki presented her MSc project on understanding child eating behaviour outside of the home. Tennessee Randall and Poppy Wright spoke about understanding the use of dessert bars and perception of menu labelling, which was the undergraduate project they worked on together.

Well done!



16-17th April 2019
BFDG (British Feeding and Drinking Group) annual meeting 2019

This year we not only took part in the BFDG meeting, but even hosted it in our beautiful Swansea. We welcomed around 120 delegates from UK, Netherlands, France and USA and heard the newest research in oral and poster presentation. From our SNAC group Aimee Pink gave oral presentation, while Laura Wilkinson, Rochelle Embling, Tanisha Douglas and Jennifer Gatzemeier had posters.

For the first time, there was also an Early Career Researchers (ECR) pre-conference workshop “ECR Network and Eating Behaviour Methods Workshop”. ECRs had the possibility to get to know each other before the start of the conference and heard about methodologies in eating behaviour.

Thank you everyone for coming to Swansea and making this conference such an amazing experience.

Further information and the program can be found here.

For some impressions from the conference have a look at Twitter (#BFDG2019).


30th January and 27th February 2019

FameLab is a competition during which the contestants present their research in a 3 minute presentation only with the help of props.

We are proud of Tanisha Douglas, who made it through the Swansea heat of FameLab and took part at the Wales regional finals. Well done!

Tanisha’s experience of taking part in FameLab:

FameLab was a new experience for me as it encouraged me to present my research in an entirely new way. Not only did I have to think of, create and effectively use a prop for my presentation I was also challenged to think about my research from a completely different perspective to ensure that I was able to convey the significance and science which drives my work. Although I found this incredibly nerve-wracking, I have been able to gain invaluable knowledge and skills which I will carry forward throughout my career. 

Further information can be found here.



11-15th November 2018
ObesityWeek 2018

Jennifer Gatzemeier attended ObesityWeek 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA and had the chance to present her latest findings as poster there. The four day conference is the most important international conference in the field of obesity and brings together not only researcher, but also surgeons, clinicians and nurses.

More information about ObesityWeek 2018 can be found here.



3-4th November 2018
Swansea Science Festival 2018

Our SNAC group was happy to welcome you at our table at the Swansea Science Festival!

Like last year, we brought eating behaviour and science closer to the whole family in a fun and interactive way. You could do some ‘hands-on’ experiments and learn about some of the mechanisms behind your food choices and intake.

Thanks for visiting our table. It was great to see so much interest in science and eating behaviour.
We are looking forward seeing you next year again.

More information about the Swansea Science Festival can be found here.


1st August 2018
Study and Culture Tour 2018

The College of Human and Health Sciences showed 4 students and 1 academic from Shandong Normal University in China, and 2 students from Hong Kong U Space around the college. After two weeks English course, the students learnt about the Health and Wellbeing Academy, Paramedic Science, Audiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology as well as Psychology. Also our SNAC group introduced them to our work with some experiments.

We hope they enjoyed their time here in Swansea.

20180801 Chinese students visit


9-12th June 2018
Nutrition 2018

The annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition ‘Nutrition’ took place in Boston, Massachusetts this year. Three members of our SNAC group were present, namely Alecia Cousins with an oral presentation, Dr Hayley Young and Prof David Benton each with posters.

More information about Nutrition 2018 can be found here.


16th May 2018
3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition

Tanisha Douglas was one of the winners of the College of Human and Health Science’s semi-finals for this year’s 3MT. Therefore she represented the College in the Swansea University finals. Here she reached the third place.

Congratulations Tanisha!!


15th May 2018
Pint of Science – You Are What You Eat: Behind the Headlines

Dr Hayley Young and Professor David Benton talked about myths around eating:

The media often suggest simplistic and misleading relationships between a particular food, a particular nutrient, how we feel and behave. In this talk, a series of topics will be discussed, like whether chocolate and red wine halt the cognitive decline, if sugar makes your child hyperactive, if personality is determined by gut bacteria, whether additives have adverse consequences and whether food allergies are a common problem.

Find more information about Pint of Science and to stay informed for Pint of Science 2019 here.


11-13th April 2018
BFDG annual meeting (British Feeding and Drinking Group)

This year members of our SNAC group presented their work at the BFDG annual meeting 2018. Our PhD students Aimee Pink, Alecia Cousin and Jennifer Gatzemeier all got accepted for an oral presentation, and Dr Menna Price presented a poster.

We were excited that we were able to share the results of our research with our fellow researchers and in return to hear about their current research and findings.


8-10th September 2017
Swansea Science Festival

After the huge success of the British Science Festival 2016, hosted by Swansea University, the university decided to start an annual Science Festival. The SNAC group got involved again this year and presented “hands-on” experiments about how your eating behaviour is influenced by the environment!

We hope you enjoyed the festival! We had a great time and were impressed by the big interest in science and especially in our research, even by the young ones.

You can find further information here.

Hopefully we will see you next year!


18-22nd July 2017
SSIB 2017 (Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior)

This year members of the SNAC group attended the annual meeting of SSIB. The society is interested in multidisciplinary exchange of ideas and information about food and fluid intake.
Dr Menna Price and Aimee Pink presented their current findings as posters at the conference.

Here is Aimee’s impression of the conference:
“This was my first international conference and I really enjoyed being able to be a part of it. Being able to see research that is currently being undertaken across the world right now was really nice and definitely gave me some things to think of going forward with my own thesis and research”

You can now find the program and abstracts at the homepage.


8th June 2017
Visit of Year 6 St. Mary’s School

Students of St. Mary’s School Llanelli visited Swansea University to get an insight into the research of our college. Next to the Department for Nursing also the SNAC group gave some ‘hands-on’ demonstrations. The students showed great interest not only in the experiments but also in the subject of Psychology, being a PhD student here and living in Swansea.

Here some impressions of the demonstrations:


2nd May 2017
3MT 2017

This year two of our PhD students took part in the 3 minute thesis competition, namely Aimee Pink and Jennifer Gatzemeier. They were competing against 16 other PhD students from various disciplines and presented their research in up to 3 minutes. All students delivered a fantastic presentation of their work.

Well done!

You can find general information about the 3MT here.
If you are interested to see the presentation of this years competition, please follow this link.


6-7th April 2017
BFDG (British Feeding and Drinking Group) Meeting 2017

Our SNAC group was presenting at the British Feeding and Drinking Group (BFDG) meeting. Five of our researchers, namely Dr Laura Wilkinson, Dr Menna Price, Jennifer Gatzemeier, Alecia Cousins and Aimee Pink, were each giving a talk about their current research. We heard some really interesting talks and had lively chats with other researchers. We are looking forward to the meeting next year.



For events which took part before the events posted on this page, please click here.

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