The 2021 NOSE symposium

Unconscious Patient (Allegory of Smell) by Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – 1669 Amsterdam). From The Leiden Collection Catalogue, 3rd ed. Edited by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Lara Yeager-Crasselt. New York, 2020–. (accessed January 31, 2021).

From Aroma to Anosmia

Although the human sense of smell has been underestimated and neglected for a long time, recent insights demonstrate this is not true. In particular, the recent COVID-19 pandemic shows us the importance of olfaction, and also what can be lost.

Please join us for the 2021 NOSE symposium, including excellent national and international speakers, where we will highlight and discuss the main functions of the human sense of smell (according to Stevenson 2010 in Chemical Senses): as part of flavor perception for ingestive behavior; avoidance or warning of environmental hazards; and social communication. In addition, we will focus on smell loss, its impact on patients, and the potential causal mechanisms in COVID-19.

The NOSE symposium will take place on February 25th, 2021, 14.00-17.00 CET, via Zoom. Please visit our Registration page to register by clicking here. Note that there is a limit to the amount of participants we can host.

The program:
  • 14.00    Welcome and introduction by NOSE chair Sanne Boesveldt
    • Caro Verbeek: A soft manifesto on smell culture and history
  • 14.20     Smell function 1: Ingestive behavior
    • Garmt Dijksterhuis & Catrienus de Jong – Odour and odourants in flavour
  • 14.55     Smell function 2: Social communication
    • Jasper de Groot – Introduction to human chemical communication: Diverse effects and universal principles
    • Andrew Kettler – The smell of slavery
  • 15.30     Smell function 3: Avoidance and warning
    • Monique Smeets – Introduction to avoidance function of sense of smell 
    • Ilja Croijmans – Exploring the relationship between disgust sensitivity and smell sensitivity
  • 16.05     Losing the sense of smell
    • Sanne Boesveldt – Chemosensory research in times of corona pandemic
    • Kirsten Jaarsma – Cinderella on stage
    • Robert Datta – Possible mechanisms underlying COVID-19-associated anosmia
  • 16:55 Bonus presentation: Inger Leemans – Odeuropa – a project on sensory mining and olfactory heritage
  • 17.00     End

Feel free to download and share the flyer for this event!

Update 8-2-2021: due to high demand, we have increased the number of virtual attendees that we can accommodate!

If you have any questions, please contact Ilja Croijmans.

5 thoughts on “The 2021 NOSE symposium

  • February 9, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I’d like to register to the symposium. I cannot find any instruction about registration procedure in the website. What should I do? Thanks. Max

  • February 26, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Goedemorgen, komt het symposium dat gisteren plaatsvond ook nog ergens online te staan zodat we het alsnog kunnen bekijken? Ik zou het dan ook graag als nieuwsbericht delen via onze website zodat de bezoekers van onze website (veel onderzoekers op het gebied van geur- en smaak wereldwijd) ook de presentaties kunnen bekijken. Ik hoor het graag, bedankt alvast!

    Good morning, will the symposium that took place yesterday also be published somewhere online so that we can still view it? I would therefore like to share it as a news item via our website so that visitors to our website (many researchers in the field of smell and taste worldwide) can also view the presentations. I’d love to hear it, thanks in advance!

    Kind regards, Raymond Tel (Sense Trading / MediSense)

    • March 1, 2021 at 9:35 am

      Beste Raymond, het was niet mogelijk om het symposium op te nemen, maar we zullen in de komende tijd samenvattingen en zo mogelijk ook slides van de presenters op onze website zetten.


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