The role of commensality in the present and the past: implications for policy and planning

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The research network “The role of commensality in the present and the past: implications for policy and planning” aims to further understanding of meals from a sociological, historical and theological perspective and how meals shared with others affect us and how this knowledge can be converted into practical social innovations and guidelines for e.g. construction, city planning and meal planning for elderly people.

Research leader: 
Agneta Yngve, Professor at Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
 
The research network “The role of commensality in the present and the past: implications for policy and planning” is one of three networks to be awarded research funding in spring 2017 in a call for multidisciplinary research environments. 
 
What significance does the research funding have for you? 

“We have been given the opportunity to survey and identify researchers at Uppsala University who are interested in meals, and to identify potential partners in Sweden and Europe,” says Agneta Yngve, Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and head of research of the network.
 
Through the network, researchers have made an overview of articles on meals and health and started seminars, doctoral seminars and conferences.
 
“During the first year, we’ve built inwards. Among other things, we’ve held seminars on the importance of the table for the meal, and in December 2017, we arranged a seminar on holidays.”
 
In collaboration with other national and international networks, the researchers have identified relevant research topics.
 
“We’re now working on applications for EU funding together with higher education institutions around Europe.”

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