Past Events

Here you can find information about past events of our group.



14th and 29th October 2016
Swansea University Open Day

At the Open Days prospective students and their parents had the opportunity to learn more about the different courses Swansea University offers. The Department for Psychology not just gave a subject specific talk about what you learn in our course, but also held an informal meet-and-greet. Over a cup of tea or coffee and some cake prospective students had the chance to meet lecturers and current students to ask questions. Members of our SNAC group were also there and you could find out more about our group and our research interests as well as try real experiments.

For further information please have a look here.

It was great to meet you and we hope to welcome you as a student as Swansea University!




13-14th September 2016
College Annual PGR (Post Graduate Research) Conference

The College for Human and Health Sciences is holding an annual conference at which all postgraduate students of the college present their research to their fellows.

From our SNAC group Aimee Pink gave an oral presentation and won a price for the best presentation of the day! Congratulation Aimee!!!
Alecia Cousin and Jennifer Gatzemeier presented their results as poster.



10th September 2016
Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science is promoting women in science and follow the format of the London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner. Soapbox Science is already the third time in Swansea and was building a bridge to the British Science Festival this year.

Our own Prof. Michelle Lee was talking about impulsivity and how sensible our brain is using action figures and Haribo to make her message clear and also interesting for kids.
Dr Menna Price, Aimee Pink and Jennifer Gatzemeier supported the event to make the experience interesting and enjoyable for speakers and visitors.


06-11th September 2016
British Science Festival & Fringe festival

The SNAC research group was involved in this year’s British Science Festival hosted here at Swansea University from September 6th – September 11th. Our two events – the ‘Foodscape Walk’ on Thursday September 8th 2016 and a Roald Dahl themed interactive event on Sunday September 11th 2016 – were a huge success. The Foodscape Walk was fully booked and about 200 people visited our stall at the family weekend.

The ‘Foodscape Walk’ invited people to think about their environment in terms of food; rather than looking across the landscape, they looked across the foodscape. When we stop and look around us with food in mind, it is clear that our environment is littered with information about food, prompts about food and food itself. During the walk they discussed how this ‘busy’ foodscape might influence the own eating and, in turn, the body weight.
The walk was hosted by Dr. Laura Wilkinson one of our resident SNAC psychologists. Along the way, they ‘run into’ three eating behaviour experts:

  • Professor Suzanne Higgs from the University of Birmingham outlined some influences on foods choice that you might find surprising and discussed some new strategies that might help to encourage healthy eating.
  • Professor Jeff Brunstrom from the University of Bristol talked about why we find pizza irresistible and how science is helping us to understand our preferences, why we have them, and why they sometimes change over time.
  • They also heared from Swansea University’s very own Professor Michelle Lee who talked about what happens when we are presented with something tasty and impulsivity!

The Fringe Festival is especially for families and the SNAC group invited adults and children to learn about the psychology of eating in an interactive way. You had the opportunity to explore how perception of taste, texture, appearance and smell of foods can influence your eating. Kids as well as adults had fun ‘having a go’ at real experiments.

Thanks to everybody who helped making these events such a great and fun experience!


 Prof. Jeff Brunstrom, Prof. Suzanne Higgs, Prof. Michelle Lee (fltr)

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Work presented as part of the Foodscape walk has been funded by the ESRC (Prof. Higgs), the European Union Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007–2013 under Grant Agreement 607310 (Nudge-it)] – Nudge-it (Prof. Brunstrom) and Cherish-De (Prof. Lee).



12-16th July 2016
24th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) is committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological and social processes.

Michelle Lee and Hayley Young presented their research in oral presentation and Laura Wilkinson and Menna Price both exhibited a poster.



10th May 2016
3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

Our PhD student Aimee Pink presented her thesis in just 3 minutes in the Three Minute Thesis competition. This competition was developed 2008 at the University of Queensland to exercise the students’ skills in academic, research communication and presentation. Find more information about the 3MT competition here.

Well done, Aimee!!

Aimee’s impressions of the competition:
“3MT is a fantastic opportunity to improve your ability to concisely express what your thesis is about and what impact it will have. I had a great day sharing my work with the other academics and the general public in the audience. Emotional eating has shown association with increased BMI and highlighting the importance of developing our understanding of emotional eating was key to my presentation. Increasing knowledge has the potential help develop strategies to enable individuals to reduce their engagement in such a behaviour and look to a future where we close the door on emotional eating.”




Research as Art 2015

Aimee Pink was taking part in the Research as Art competition 2015 capturing her research in one single photograph.

“Research as art is a competition run annually by Swansea University in enable researchers to present their work in an artistic manner. Speaking with friends and family about my research highlighted that a lot of individuals believe they turn to food due to a number of different emotions. I wanted to capture this in what people could relate to – chocolate is often used a comfort food. In using the emotions listed within the Emotional Eating Scale I created my own menu of chocolates you would find in a box of chocolates. This generated some examples of the emotions that may lead you to turn to a box of chocolates for comfort. I wanted to use this image to attract the attention of the public and then to use this as a starting point to explain my research in greater detail.”

For more information about the Research as Art competition, read here.


11th November 2015
ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

The ESRC Festival took place at the Waterfront Museum Swansea and invited the guests to experience science by themselves.



06th June 2015
Soapbox Science

Michelle Lee was part of the organising commitee and Laura Wilkinson speaker of this exciting event. Here some impressions:



Research as Art 2013

Menna Price displayed the work of her PhD thesis in one picture and won the Research Art Collaborative award in 2013.

Congratulations Menna!


For more information about the Research as Art competition, read here.