Deakin has multiple points of engagement with Museum Victoria, including Scienceworks. The University has been invited to develop a deeper partnership with Scienceworks as it transitions to becoming the National Museum of the Future. This aligns with Deakin’s strategic interests of increasing brand awareness and engagement in Melbourne’s west, and promoting the University’s capability in future food – a major theme area for the museum redevelopment.
Scienceworks is keen to include citizen science activities, which engage its visitors with current research. In parallel, Deakin’s Centre for Advanced Sensory Science (CASS) needs more volunteer subjects for its research into what makes us choose whether to eat healthy or unhealthy foods, and whether we can learn to eat the ‘right’ amount of food (balance energy in and energy out).
A pilot citizen science activity, Deakin Food Futures, has been proposed for January 11th – 24th 2020, delivered by CASS. The Centre will explore how children might learn to eat well and overcome some of the challenges that we face due to our food environments and our biological predispositions to (over)eat sweet or fatty foods. Now, and into the future, we need to learn strategies for selecting and consuming foods that promote health for individuals and for the planet. This is a difficult task when there are so many delicious, high-energy foods easily accessible to us. For children in particular, we need to know more about how we raise children who like and consume healthy foods, in appropriate amounts. Consuming junk foods and consuming too much food overall contribute to poor individual health as well as environmental degradation. In the future, we will not be able to continue to eat in these ways.
CASS is taking a three-pronged approach to identifying what affects what we eat as children. The Food Futures pilot will explore the role of our brains, tongues and environments when making food choices. It will be a two-week ‘pop up’ in the Scienceworks STEM Lab.
Dates and times
Deakin Food Futures runs for two weeks at Scienceworks:
Saturday 11 – Friday 24 January 2020
10am – 4.30pm daily
2 Booker Street
Spotswood VIC 3015