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2018 Contributors

2018 Contributors

Our first set of speakers are out! Join us in Paris at Les Grand Verres on June 3rd for a day full of talks, collaborations and discussions.

We will continue to share our line up here, so watch this space!


CHARLES SPENCE ( @xmodal )

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as sight, hearing, touch, pain, smell, and taste) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory interfaces, products, environments, and foods in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from mobile phones to household products, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live. Think of it as “sensory nudging”. He is currently working on problems associated with of neuroscience-inspired multisensory design.



SHELBY WILLIAMS ( @BiscuitBallerina )

Since beginning her professional career, Shelby has danced with Houston Ballet 2, Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Ballet d’Europe and Barcelona Ballet. She danced as a soloist with Ballet Mainz under the direction of Pascal Touzeau, where she performed featured roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Etudes and the title role in Cinderella.

In 2016, she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, where she is now a soloist . Since joining, Shelby has danced featured roles in works by director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as well as in works by William Forsythe, Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, and Edouard Lock amongst others. In Dance Europe Magazine(October 2017), she was nominated in the category “Outstanding Perfomance of a Female Dancer” for her performances in “Approximate Sonata 2016” by William Forsythe and “Café Müller”by Pina Bausch.
She also runs @biscuitballerina, a satirical Instagram character brought to life to remind dancers that being imperfect isn’t worth getting upset over. “Perfect doesn’t exist, and in the end, its just dance!”.



DAVE BROOM ( @davewasabi )

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow and has spent his whole working life in the world of drink, from a whisky bottling line, to wine merchant Oddbins, a real ale pub, Off-Licence News, and Australian wineries, before finally, in 1995, becoming a writer specialising in spirits.Since then, he has written regularly about all spirit categories. Of his twelve books, two: ‘Drink: Never Mind the Peanuts’ and ‘Rum’ won the Glenfiddich award. His Whisky: The Manual was awarded Best Spirits Book at the Spirited Awards in 2015 and the ‘World Atlas of Whisky’ has been called “a landmark publication”. His most recent book, “The Way of Whisky: A Journey into Japanese Whisky’ appeared in 2017 and won the Andre Simon, John Avery Award.
He is chief engineer for the go-to online site, and writes for a large number of international titles.
Around half of his time is spent teaching and talking. He writes the on-line spirits training courses for global hospitality training group Lobster Ink, is a member of the Taste & Flavour education team, and designs in-house training courses for distillers.
He was one of the team which developed (and continue to maintain) the Single Malt Flavour Map and is regularly spotted at various international trade and consumer fairs.
In 2013 he was awarded the Communicator of the Year at the ISWC awards and in 2015 was voted Best Spirits Writer at the Spirited Awards. He is a Master of the Quaich and a Kentucky Colonel.
He lives in Hove, England with his wife and daughter.



STACEY GIVENS ( @thesideyardfarm )

Stacey Givens is the farmer/chef/owner of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen. She grew up in a big Greek family and was instilled with DIY values from a very young age. Farming in their backyard, foraging olives with her mom from the nearby hills and learning to brine them with her Yiayia (grandmother). Givens has been in the food industry since the age of 15. Working her way through kitchens up the west coast from LA to SF to Portland. After landing in Portland in 2006, she cooked in various kitchens including Lincoln, Southpark, Rocket and Noble Rot. Currently, she is based in the Ne Cully Neighborhood, where her team grows diverse vegetables on a 1 acre plot of land. She sells her harvests to nearby restaurants in what she calls an invaluable “chef-to-chef” produce service. Since then, Givens has established the first ‘urban’ seed to plate catering company and supper club in the Portland area where she uses Side Yard grown goods. She also sources from other urban farms in her hood for goat milk, eggs, honey and fruit. Its urban craft all the way, from the seed to the plate. Making her own cheese, charcuterie, vinegars, pollen, spices and pickles. Her inspiration to get her hands in the dirt sprouted when she was cooking at Rocket (now Noble Rot), which had the first rooftop garden of its kind in Portland. Crafting ‘urban farm to table’ meals led Givens into what she calls her ‘seed to plate’ food philosophy.

Our first set of speakers are out, and they are looking at perfection from various angles! From seed to glass and between the cracks, to applying multi sensory perspectives or a satirical point of view.

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