This page contains interviews with sensory experts on smell during the COVID19 pandemic. It also includes an evolving bibliography of news media and academic articles on the same topic.

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If you want to submit your own sensory experiences to the Pandemic Sensory Archive then you can do so here.

Expert interviews – Click below to listen to our chats with various sensory experts.

Nick has 20 years experience of working in the fragrance industry, from retail through marketing to the creation of scents. He is a highly experienced fragrance trainer, evaluator and marketer who has written extensively on fragrance for the national and international press and shared his expertise on the radio, TV, and podcasts. He is the co-founder of the scent consultancy Olfiction.

You can find out about Olfiction here and catch up on what Nick has been doing here.

Lucy Farrington-Smith

Freelance writer at Lucy Writes | 29/06/21

Lucy is a freelance writer and copy-editor with a background in the arts, technology, and healthcare. She has written for HuffPost, Stylist, and Lucy has permanent anosmia and has written about her experience in order to raise awareness about the condition. You can find one of her recent pieces on anosmia here.

You can find out more about Lucy’s work here.

Dr Kate McLean

Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts & Industries at Canterbury Christ Church University | 16/06/21

Dr McLean works at the intersection of human-perceived smellscapes, cartography and the communication of ‘eye-invisible’ sensed data. Combining digital mapping, smell-walks, and creative practice, her work aims to think about how we communicate the relationship between our noses and the smells that surround us. During the pandemic Dr McLean has been working on the project ‘Two Centuries of Stink: Smelling Mapping Widnes Past and Present’ with the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum – funded by Arts Council England. You can find out more about the project here.

Jas Brooks

PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago Human Computer Integration Lab | 16/06/2021

Jas is a PhD researcher working on computer interfaces that modulate the human senses of smell and taste. This has included recent work on producing stereo-smell sensations using electrical stimulation. Jas also works with sensory art, runs several workshop and seminar series based around smell culture, and is putting together an online archive of scratch and sniff books.

You can find out more about Jas’ work here.

Liam Findlay

Attractions Consultant at AromaPrime | 26/07/2021

Liam creates engaging and immersive scents for visitor attractions. Using his experience as a designer for museum and entertainment venues, Liam advises on the most effective ways scent can be utilised to help venues achieve their goals, whether they be to educate, to entice, to scare, to reignite memories or even to direct the movement of people.

AromaPrime’s themed scents and diffusion solutions can be found here.

Key articles – Collating expertise and key links on smell during the pandemic.



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