ECRO XXXIII - 2023, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

18. - 21. September, 2023

After more than 30 years it is with great pleasure that we welcome ECRO back in the Netherlands. Please mark your calendars for September 18th – 21st for ECRO 2023. The Netherlands was in fact the ‘founding country’ for ECRO back in 1970, when it held the first ever ECRO constitutive assembly in Woudschoten, Zeist. This first meeting was partly hosted by eminent researcher Professor E.P. Köster. Ep, who passed away in August 2022, was a significant and inspirational member of our community. Based on Ep’s initial work, the Netherlands now boasts a successful and active chemosensory community, ranging from human flavor perception, gut nutrient sensing, and gustatory and olfaction receptomics, to social chemosignaling, language, cognition, and neuroimaging, as well as insect pheromones, glucose metabolism, and the humanities. Inspired by the diversity of research within the Netherlands, the theme for ECRO 2023 is ‘Diverse flavors’. With this theme we aim to prioritize diversity in topics, speakers, attendance, and social program.


We look forward to seeing you in Nijmegen !

ECRO 2023 Program Chair & Committee:

Sanne Boesveldt, Wageningen University (NL)
Sanne Boesveldt, Wageningen University (NL)

The ECRO 2023 Organizing Committee 

will be chaired by Sanne Boesveldt.

Laura Speed, Radboud University (NL)
Laura Speed, Radboud University (NL)
Jasper de Groot, Radboud University (NL)
Jasper de Groot, Radboud University (NL)
Joost Maier, Wake Forest University (USA)
Joost Maier, Wake Forest University (USA)
Marga Veldhuizen, Mersin University (TR)
Marga Veldhuizen, Mersin University (TR)
Ilja Croijmans, Radboud University (NL)
Ilja Croijmans, Radboud University (NL)
Jocelijn Meijerink, Wageningen University (NL)
Jocelijn Meijerink, Wageningen University (NL)

Important links:

Program (Keynote speakers)

Program Overview

Interactive Program


Abstract Book

Social Program


Congress Hotel



Child Care Grant


Abstract Submission

Abstract Guidelines

Poster Information 

Keynote speakers 

  • Kara Hoover: Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Emre Yaksi: Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
  • Ciaran Forde: Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University and Research 
  • Marianna Obrist: University College London Interaction Centre 
  • Astrid Groot: Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam 
  • Inge DePoortere: Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders, KU Leuven


For more information on the keynote speakers and their presentations, check out the ECRO 2023 program site

Young investigators

The organizing committee found it difficult to select the speakers for the Young Investigators Symposium because there were so many excellent submissions from young researchers. The Young Investigator Symposium, taking place on Thursday September 21st, will have presentations from the following researchers: 


Hung Lo, Neuroscience Research Center, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Samet Albayrak, Cognitive Science, METU

Qiaoyi Liang, Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Seewiesen 82319, Germany

Aayushi Mittal, Department of Computational Biology, IIIT-Delhi

Murathan Kurfali, Gösta Ekman Laboratory, Stockholm University

Hao-Ching Jiang, UMass Chan Medical School

Childcare grant

We are pleased to announce that the ECRO 2023 childcare grants will be awarded to Lior Gorodisky and Chloe Migneault-Bouchard!


Very special thanks you to our Gold and Silver Sponsors:

Special Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors, Exhibitors & Partners

Sponsor information

Last year, sponsorship helped ECRO reach more than 500 people across the world, with 250+ in-person attendants of the annual meeting, and 500+ followers on social media. With the ever-growing interest in research on the chemical senses–given its implications for COVID, Alzheimer’s disease and recent Nobel Prize recipients working on nociception–the 2023 ECRO organizing committee expects to exceed last year’s success. If you want to support the 2023 ECRO meeting with a sponsorship gift, please have a look at the sponsor website or contact the program chair via the meeting email.

The ECRO 2023 logo 

Samet Albayrak
Samet Albayrak

As in previous years, the ECRO 2023 logo was determined through a logo contest. This year, Samet Albayrak created the winning logo. The organizing committee chose this logo in particular because it very clearly expresses this year’s ECRO theme: Diverse Flavors. We are very grateful to Samet for creating this logo!


Nijmegen, The Netherlands

18. - 21. September 2023

‘The face of Nijmegen’, by Andreas Hetfeld. Picture via Wikimedia Commons
‘The face of Nijmegen’, by Andreas Hetfeld. Picture via Wikimedia Commons