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Cravings: Can your food control you?


Cravings exhibition




John Menzies, a neurobiologist working on the Nudge-it project, has contributed to an exhibition at the Science Museum in London, UK.

“Cravings: Can your food control you?” explores how the foods we eat affect our bodies, brains and eating behaviour.

The exhibition is free and runs until January 2016.


Nudge-it Massive Open Online Course

The "MOOC"

Nudge-it partners have developed a free online course on food choice, appetite and obesity. “Understanding Obesity” will discuss key physiological and psychological concepts and address common misconceptions around the brain’s control of appetite and body weight. The course describes new approaches to the treatment and prevention of obesity, and gives participants the opportunity to reflect on their own knowledge and assumptions around the causes of obesity. The 4 week course is open for enrolment now and begins in October 2015.

click here to register for the course

Tackling obesity via EU-funded R&D. Workshop at EXPO 2015

Nudge-it is taking part in a Workshop run by the EU Directorate General for Reseach & Innovation at EXPO 2015

The workshop will take place on Thursday 14th May at the European pavilion  at EXPO Milano 2015

Dr John Menzies (University of Edinburgh) will give a presentation . The workshop will bring together seven EU funded projects that are investigating different approaches to combat the obesity epidemic and will present a netwoirking opportunity for stakeholders interested in obesity.


Find out more and register for the workshop


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Read more about the EU at EXPO Milano 2015

Nudge-it at the Edinburgh Science Festival


Saturday 11th April at 8pm

Main Hall, Summerhall

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With the global obesity 'pandemic' costing societies dearly, questions of how and why we choose our food are firmly in the spotlight. Are we truly culpable for what ends up on our plates, or are we subject to forces beyond our control? Join prominent academics for discussion, experimentation and investigation into who (or what) is really in the driving seat when it comes to food choice, and what the outcomes of different choices might be. We'll be busting some common myths about obesity, mortality, health and weight loss in a lively and interactive evening featuring Prof Gareth Leng, disgustologist Val Curtis and behavioural economist Bradley Love.




Saturday 4 — Sunday 19 April


An evolving exhibition of new artworks created in response to selected scientific projects, both high profile and lesser known.

Nudge-it scientists John Menzies and Catherine Hume are involved in a collaboration with Edinburgh artist Fiona Beveridge.

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