Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

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Keynote speakers

Dr. Ulrike Thoms

Is a food historian currently working at the prestigious Max Planck Society, which is located at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her recent research focuses on the history of the pharmaceutical representative, the history of animal feeding in the 20th and 21st century, the history of diabetes and the social History of the Max Planck Society.

Previously, Dr. Thoms has studied the following subjects;

  • the history of cookbooks and culinary literature
  • food in hospitals and prisons in the 18th and 19th century
  • the history of the scientific expert and the emergence of the public
  • the nutritional sciences in the National Socialist Germany
  • biomedicine in the 1960s and 1970s 
  • the history of phamaceutical marketing

Ulrike Thoms has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Commission for Research into European Food History (ICREFH), since 2010 Ulrike Thoms is a member of the Board of the Working Group on Eating Behaviour (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ernährungsverhalten / AGEV), and since 2012 she is the president of the Henriette-Davidis Gesellschaft of the coming cookbook museum to be founded in Dortmund, Germany.

Professor Emeritus Peter J. Atkins

Is professor emeritus at Durham University, UK. His main research intersts are:

  • Food history
  • Food geographies, with particular reference to food quality, food security and zoonotic disease
  • Water quality in Bangladesh

Professor Atkins has written several articles and books inter alia Liquid Materialities: a History of Milk, Science and the Law.

He is currently senior vice-president of the International Commission for Research into European Food History (ICREFH) in which he was formerly president (2003-2007). He has held many editorial positions; presently he is Executive Co-Editor of Appetite and a member of the editorial board of Natural Science, a journal produced by the Faculty of Life and Earth Science, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur, Bangladesh.

Professor Anne Løkke

Is employed at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen as professor in modern Danish and European social and cultural history focused on health. Her main research is:

  • Social, cultural and health history 1750-1950
  • Denmark in a European and global context
  • The history of infant feeding and infant mortality
  • History of paediatrics, obstetrics, midwifery, maternal mortality, child welfare, child growth, children’s illnesses; Historical demography
  • Obesity in history
  • Food in history

Professor Løkke is founder and leader of BioHistory Group; partner and Co-PI in GO (Governing Obesity consortium at Copenhagen University financed by the 2016-University Fund), and she is a member of the research policy committee of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.