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.


Jan E.R. Friters

(1947 - 2022)

Wageningen University and Research

Jan E.R. Frijters (1947 – 2022)


We recently heard the sad news that Jan E.R. Frijters passed away on 16 May 2022. The work Jan did for his PhD already had a major impact in the field of sensory evaluation of food, as he explained the differences in the cognitive processes underlying triangular and 3-AFC testing. His subsequent work focused on developing and validating methods of measuring perceived intensity, which he used to investigate interactions in mixtures of similar or dissimilar tasting substances and in mixtures of odorants. More recently, he critically evaluated the use of dog scent lineups in criminal cases, leading to the reopening of lawsuits and the review of the admissibility of such tests as evidence in the Dutch legal system.


With the insights Jan provided in the mechanisms at work when using specific methods, he helped improve the quality of measurements in chemosensory perception and the validity of the outcomes.

Egon Peter Köster

(1931 - 2022)

ECRO Honorary Member

Professor Emeritus

University of Utrecht

ECRO mourns the loss of its honorary member EP Köster



It is with great sadness that we have to inform the ECRO community about the passing of our member and dear friend  Egon Peter (EP) Köster. EP was a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Utrecht between 1976 and 1997 and his primary research focused on perception psychology with a strong emphasis on smell sensation. EP Köster was the founder and long-time Editor in Chief of the Journal Chemical Senses and a co-founding member of ECRO, of which he is an Honorary Member.


Apart from fundamental science he also pursued interests in applied research. He founded the ergonomics research group at the University of Utrecht but also started a group on the sensory analysis and evaluation of food. For his outstanding contributions to these fields, he became an advisor to major food industries in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States.

Gordon Murray Shepherd

(1933 - 2022)

Professor Emeritus
Yale School of Medicine

In Memoriam  -  Gordon M. Shepherd



It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Gordon M. Shepherd passed away on June 9, 2022. Gordon was a pioneer in neuroscience with a special interest in signal processing by microcircuits in the olfactory bulb and beyond. His seminal work laid the foundation for numerous directions in olfactory research and has significantly shaped our understanding of how odor information is processed in the brain. His legacy will live on in the work of his friends, colleagues, coworkers, and students, who were influenced by his visionary foresight.


We were fortunate to last welcome Gordon Shepherd at the ECRO 2018 Meeting, where he reflected on his personal scientific journey and gave a historical account on the big breakthroughs and developments in the field.

 Upcoming events

ECRO XXXII Meeting - ECRO 2022 - Berlin, Germany (31. August - 3. September 2022)

Organizer(s): Jessica Freiherr, Ivan Manzini, Johannes Reisert, Michael Schmuker, Silke Sachse 

ECRO 2022 - Satellite Meeting

Dresden, August 29th - 30th, 2022 (University of Dresden Medical School)

Smell and Taste 14: a practical introduction to the physiology and pathophysiology of the chemical senses. Participants attending the ECRO Annual Meeting in Berlin will receive a discount on the registration fee. weblink to the event


ECRO XXXIII Meeting - ECRO 2023 - The Netherlands

Organizer(s): Sanne Boesveldt


ISOT 2024 Meeting - ECRO XXXIV - Reykjavik, Iceland (22. - 26. June 2014)

Organizer(s): Bill Hansson and Peter Mombaerts


Opportunities/Job Offers

Outreach & Other News

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.

Outreach: 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