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Puzzle your senses with our molecular gastronomy take on the traditional pasta dish.

Picking out and eating food relies mainly on senses such as taste and sight. Our brain learns to recognise different foods based on appearance, and in turn we expect the taste to reflect this. So what happens when we mix things up to confuse expectations?

Join our chefs as they mix up sweet and savoury to cook up some tasty culinary delights in an exploration into food science. From pioneering penne, tantalising tagliatelle and scrumptious spaghetti, you will be surprised with the delicious concoctions on offer.

In addition, for one night only we are pairing up with materials scientist Mark Miodownik to take you on a journey through multisensory perception.

At the 6.30pm, 7pm, 8pm and 8.30pm showings, you can take part in a real experiment to test your senses with the baffling yet delicious culinary delights on offer. Are sight and smell more powerful than taste? Explore how your brain processes sensory signals and how this influences your enjoyment of different types of food with this guided, interactive investigation into the senses.

This event is part of our Summer Science Exhibition Lates evening. 

Ticketed – these sessions are timed and have limited capacity. Please go to the information desk in the Marble Hall to get your ticket on the day of your event. Without a ticket you will be denied entry.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • Registration on the day, get your ticket at the information desk
  • Tickets allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 
  • Tickets available one hour before event time
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Adults only
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • Summer Science Exhibition Lates is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2018

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