The astronauts report multiple changes to their senses during spaceflight including a loss of taste for certain foods and often needing to add spices to food which they would not normally have on Earth. Despite many efforts to improve the quality of space food, most space missions showed weight loss in astronauts during spaceflight (Taylor et al., 2020). One of the main reasons for weight loss among astronauts is inadequate dietary energy intake, possibly due to many factors including changes in our senses (Taylor et al., 2020). At present, there are limited published work on developing strategies to effectively stimulate more ecologically valid testing context from Earth. Therefore, this project will investigate factors affecting flavour perception and food intake during space flight using strategies to stimulate ecologically valid lab-based eating environment from Earth. Background and interest in sensory and consumer science (including understanding of perception science) and/or eating behaviour methodologies will be relevant to this project. Supervision Team: Dr Julia Low, Dr Gail Iles and Professor Charles Brennan Reference: Taylor, A. J., Beauchamp, J. D., Briand, L., Heer, M., Hummel, T., Margot, C., ... & Spence, C. (2020). Factors affecting flavor perception in space: Does the spacecraft environment influence food intake by astronauts?. Comprehensive reviews in food science and food safety, 19(6), 3439-3475.