Welcome to ECRO

The European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO) promotes fundamental and applied research in chemosensory science especially olfaction and taste in vertebrates and invertebrates. ECRO organizes an annual congress to that end. ECRO is financed by individual member subscriptions and by donations from industry and research institutions. To facilitate participation of younger scientists ECRO supports travel grants for students. We invite your applications for grants. ECRO also financially supports the organization of scientific meetings in the field of Olfaction and Taste.


Important information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

We sincerely hope that all ECRO members are safe and healthy despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our heart goes out to those who go through difficult times or have been affected by the virus, and we hope for their swift and full recovery.



• ECRO XXX Meeting, Dresden16 - 19 September 2020

The ECRO board, together with the meeting organizers, is closely monitoring the current and expected development of the COVID-19 situation and evaluating whether it will be possible or not to host the ECRO meeting as planned. As a measure of precaution under the current circumstances, ECRO decided to postpone the opening of Registration and Abstract submission from April 1 to July 01, 2020. The ECRO board will review its decision at regular monthly intervals; the next update regarding the ECRO XXX Meeting will be given on May 02, 2020.


• Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR)

A growing number of reports show that significant numbers of patients with diagnosed COVID-19 developed smell and taste symptoms, often in the absence of other symptoms. To understand reports of chemosensory issues related to COVID-19, the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR) has been created.


Please follow this link to learn more about the GCCR initiative.

Upcoming Events:

  • ISOT 2020 20.-24. June 2020, Portland. Oregon, USA
    • ISOT 2020: conference venue, travel information, Portland
    • Please make sure you pay your 2020 membership fee before June 2020 to receive a discount on your ISOT registration fee! Due to organisational proceedings and demands, it will not be possible to update the list of members after 1.June 2020.
    • Update: ISOT 2020 is currently proceeding as planned. The conference organizers are closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 outbreak. While the hope is that the outbreak is contained prior to the conference, AChemS will continue to evaluate the options and send any updates as soon as they become available.
    • Please check regularly the website of the organisers.

Some impressions of ECRO 2019 in Trieste, Italy.

More photos can be found at: public photos and password-protected area.


ECRO has started a public information initiative to communicate knowledge regarding taste and smell to patients as well as industry. New links/connections will be initially shared on our Home page and will eventually move to the Tab Outreach. Send information to: contact@ecro.online


Jobs for chemosensory scientists:

  • Postdoctoral Position at New York University, School of Medicine, USA
  • PhD Position in Sensory and Molecular Neuroscience at Saarland University, Germany.
  • Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Neuroscience at Monell Chemical Senses Center, USA
  • Postdoctoral Position in Sensory Neuroscience at University of Miami, USA.

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