Professor Barry Smith
UK Lead for GCCR
Scholl of Advanced Stady, University of London
Professor Barry C Smith is director the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study and founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. He researches the multisensory nature of perceptual experience, with a special focus on taste, smell and flavour. He has published theoretical and experimental papers in Nature, Food Quality and Preference, Chemical Senses and Flavour. He collaborates with chefs and artists and consults widely for the food and drinks industry. Barry is a frequent broadcaster with appearances on BBC’s Masterchef, Inside the Factory, Horizon and is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. In 2010 he wrote and presented a four-part series for the BBC World Service called The Mysteries of the Brain, in 2017 a ten-part series for BBC Radio 4 called The Uncommon Senses, and in 2019, a five-part series, The Art and Science of Blending. From 2011-2018 he was the wine columnist for Prospect Magazine.