Uncompromising science chops with the ability to entertain and excite."

Ray Daniels Founder and Director, Cicerone Certification Program

Speaking Topics

The Neuroscience of Joy The feeling of joy is elusive to many people and it is notoriously hard to define. Dr. Garneau brings her unique combination of science and personal experience to the table as she walks you through the difference between happiness and joy, and the line between achievement and true success. Named one of the most influential young professionals in Colorado, this TEDx alum says, "What allows us to go beyond the pleasures of happiness in order to obtain inner joy comes down to one thing: being at peace with ourselves to make human connections." Join her for this insightful and humor-filled talk as Dr. Garneau shares her confessions of science, depression, the joy she found in being alive.

Contentious Taste and Market Opportunity You weren’t born loving your morning cup of joe or the baddest IPA. Evolution tells us to stay far away from bitter taste. It’s in our DNA, this ability to avoid poisons and toxins, many of which... you guessed it, are bitter. So how can we explain our current obsession with pushing the limits of contentious taste? Join sensory scientist Dr. Nicole Garneau for a hands-on guided taste exploration of how taste works, why contention leads to market opportunity, a discussion of why we are each unique in what we bring to the table, and how these differences make for success in any entrepreneurial space.

Sensory 101: Up Your Flavor IQ The seemingly endless options of craft and artisan foods and beverages have inspired increasingly discerning consumers. Never has there been a better time to pay attention to flavor than now. This interactive presentation will help your team, from optimization, branding, marketing and sales, to take hold of the science of flavor . You'll walk away equipped with knowledge about the how consumer preferences derives from survival and the nuances of how each of our senses contributes to what our brain calls "flavor".

Looking for something a bit different for your event, your clients, or your team? This interactive tasting will take help you discover the science behind what you perceive, how that impacts what you enjoy, and why each of us are unique in what we bring to the table. Audiences walk away with a new found confidence to savor drinks and life alike, making this a great way to bring people together.

A great talk for bringing science to the pairing table, and a perfect evening for a unique dinner party and team building alike. This guided pairing will start with an introduction to the science of taste and flavor, and will continue with hand-selected pairings of delicious courses and creative wines, beers or spirits. Dr. Garneau will work closely with the chef or catering company of your choice to ensure an evening your guests won’t soon forget.

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The best way to introduce Nicole Garneau is by reference to well-known science educators “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and Neil deGrasse Tyson in whose footsteps I see her following. She combines uncompromising science chops with the ability to entertain and excite as she speaks. Then she fronts it all with an infectious smile, an engaging personality, and an approachable demeanor. It has been my pleasure and honor to work and present with her as we study the dynamics of flavor as they relate to beer and food.

Ray Daniels

Dr. Garneau gave the keynote address at MSU Denver’s first ever Women in STEM Conference. I invited her to speak about overcoming failure because she is both a polished STEM professional and a very open, approachable woman. However, her talk completely shattered my expectations. Our survey respondents called it “inspirational” and many listed it as the highlight of the conference. Thank you, Dr. Garneau, for teaching us the formula for success!

Dr. April hill

It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Dr. Nicole Garneau as a speaker for your next event. Dr. Garneau brings to her engagements a high-level of expertise that is backed by scientific research and neatly packaged and presented with a certain elegance that leaves audiences of any background fascinated and eager to know more. I frequently reference what I’ve learned from Dr. Garneau over the years in my own presentations, and I am certainly anticipating the many more contributions that she will make to our understanding of taste science hereafter. Furthermore, Dr. Garneau deserves a ton of recognition for the work she is doing via the citizen science program at DMNS to inspire and change the game for young females looking to explore their interest in scientific fields.”

Melissa Antone
Sensory Scientist and Consultant
Beer & Wine

I really enjoy working with Nicole. We have done several events with Nicole, and her depth of knowledge coupled with her ability to boil the most technical information down to novice level results in an educational and entertaining experience. Nicole employs interactive techniques to help attendees easily understand concepts of flavor, taste and sensory experience. Nicole teaches flavor science in the style of Neil de Grasse Tyson, with an openness and humor that is infectious.

Jeff Mendel