The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 101 experienced researchers, including NOSE member Jasper de Groot, a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables him to develop his own innovative line of research and set up his own research group. A short description of what he will do:
There’s something in the air! Our chemistry uncovered: How can we explain the chemistry between us? Our sense of smell is a mysterious and delicate sense. In this project the researchers will discover the actual molecules that cause us to take over another person’s emotions like fear. How smells contribute to intimacy and safety within our romantic relationships will also be uncovered. And how strongly does (long-during) smell loss, like we have seen with COVID-19, affect the quality of our relationships and of our own life? These are uncharted territories that are relevant now because they directly impact the life quality of people longing for more scientific knowledge and recognition.