NEWS & EVENTS

Smell Care at International Olfactory Display Workshop Event

May 8, 2024

International researchers in olfactory technology recently gathered for the Olfactory Display workshop from the UK, Italy, Sweden, and Japan. Led by Takamichi Nakamoto from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Nathan Cohen from the University of the Arts London, the workshop aimed to explore the frontiers of olfactory display. We presented our Smell Care Project in the morning, followed by an afternoon of dynamic prototype demonstrations. We extend our gratitude to the organizers and researchers for the insightful discussions!

Funding from UCL's Grand Challenge of Mental Health & Wellbeing Network and Community Building

February 26, 2024

Our project proposal, 'Enhancing Smell Culture Awareness through Community Building and Public Engagement,' has just secured funding from UCL's Grand Challenge of Mental Health & Wellbeing Network and Community Building funding call! This milestone highlights our commitment to advocating for the importance of scent awareness and community engagement.

Smell Care at UCL's Early Career Researcher Festival

February 16, 2024

We presented our Smell Care research at the Early Career Researcher Festival hosted by UCL's Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE). The event featured keynote speakers engaged in cutting-edge research and industry advancements in healthcare engineering, along with presentations from early career researchers. We thank the organizers for facilitating an environment conducive to networking and collaboration.

BADU x Smell Care 

January 24, 2024

We recently had the privilege of engaging with middle-school and high-school students from underprivileged communities, recruited from the vibrant BADU community, to explore the profound significance of the sense of smell and delve into our digital smell training research. We hosted an interactive workshop around the sense of smell, including technology demos and speculative design activities, sparking further interest in the topic and subsequent discussions. We extend our gratitude to the wonderful students and BADU, as well as the organizers from the Institute of Healthcare Engineering at UCL.

Exciting Start to 2024: Bartlett Architecture Research Fund Secured

December 2, 2023

We're thrilled to announce that our proposal, 'Smell Culture Futuring: Probing Future Research Framework for the Built Environment and Wellbeing,' has secured funding from the UCL Bartlett Architecture Research Fund. Stay tuned for our upcoming research on the Built Environment and Wellbeing through workshops, exhibitions, and public engagement. (The image is taken from the Bartlett website.)

Fifth Sense Festive Fundraising Appeal

November 27, 2023

Christmas is a tough time for those living with a smell or taste disorder. Smells and tastes are such a big part of the festive season, and not being able to taste your Christmas meal, enjoy the scent of the fragrance purchased for a loved one or even smell your Christmas tree can make it a difficult, isolating time. And it is even harder when there is such a lack of recognition, support, and treatments for these sensory impairments. 

Fifth Sense, despite being a small team, has made a significant impact, but there is much more work to be done, and they need your support. This Christmas, they invite us to demonstrate our support for Fifth Sense through donations, fundraising efforts, or spreading the word. Click here to find out more and contribute to their cause.

UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Fund 

November 10, 2023

We are delighted to announce our success in securing the UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Fund 2023 for our project: 'A Cross-Cultural Dialogue on the Potential of the Sense of Smell for Health and Wellbeing.' The project aims to to foster a cross-cultural dialogue on the possibilities around the sense of smell both from the perspective of co-creating and shaping a culture of ‘smell care’ (i.e. enhanced appreciation for the sense of smell in everyday life, wellbeing, and health) and​ exploring the importance of smell as a nonverbal communication medium. We look forward to advancing meaningful discussions and insights through this exciting cross-cultural endeavor!

Towards Universal Chemosensory Testing (TUCT) Conference

November 5-7, 2023

We participated in the Towards Universal Chemosensory Testing (TUCT) Conference held at the Monell Center in Philadelphia. The TUCT conference is a multi-stakeholder series of events aimed at enhancing disease risk detection and overall well-being through smell and taste screening. 

Our primary investigator, Marianna Obrist, and project partner, Duncan Boak, were speakers in the event. Marianna delivered a presentation on the emergence of digital technology for smell health and well-being. Duncan shared Fifth Sense’s collaborative work with the NHS, Cadent Gas Ltd. (the UK’s largest gas distribution network), Fire and Rescue Service, and others to pilot smell testing in home, workplace, and public health settings.

Smell Care at Fifth Sense Conference 

November 4, 2023

We took part in the Fifth Sense Conference, held at Sheffield Hallam University. The event served as a crucial platform for individuals with smell or taste disorders and their families to connect, exchange experiences, and share the latest advancements in research. 

During the conference, we presented our research and showcased a demo, receiving significant interest from the Fifth Sense community. Attendees had the privilege of hearing from leading researchers and gaining valuable perspectives on the most recent developments in sensory disorder research both in the UK and globally.

Smell Care at UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering Symposium

October 19, 2023

Smell Care was at this year's UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering symposium. We showcased our prototype with a live demonstration and took part in a dynamic Q&A panel discussion alongside our project partner, Duncan Boak, Chief Executive and Founder of Fifth Sense. Our participation added to the event's exciting lineup, which featured talks from leading healthcare researchers, and engaging presentations by researchers and patient duos sharing their experiences and the value of patient engagement.

In addition to our presence at the event, our very own Giada Brianza was featured in the Health in a Handbasket podcast series by IHE. She discussed our project, providing valuable insights into our work. To listen to her podcast episode, click here

Multisensory Interfaces at Global Innovation Symposium 

September 28, 2023

Our primary investigator, Marianna Obrist, and project partner, Emanuela Maggioni from OWidgets, recently participated in the 9th International Symposium on Dialogue for Global Innovation (DFGI-9) at the University of Oxford. This year's symposium, themed 'Technology and Humanity - Part 5: Advanced AI vs. Well-being, and Quantum Computing,' featured Emanuela as a panelist and Marianna as a speaker on multisensory interfaces for sensory well-being on digital smell technology.  

European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO) Meeting

September 21, 2023

At the recent European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO XXXIII) conference in Nijmegen, Netherlands, our team had the privilege of participating in this dynamic event dedicated to advancing research in chemosensory science. Alongside numerous engaging talks exploring the significance of smell and its impact on social interactions and eating behavior, we showcased our innovative work with a poster presentation on the Digitalization of Olfactory Training. 

Our Principal Investigator, Marianna, delivered a captivating keynote speech highlighting the role of multisensory stimulation and, especially, the importance of smell, taste, and touch and all the new technologies we are developing in the MSD (Multi Sensory Devices) group at UCL. She also talked about the Smell Care project and our mission to digitalise traditional olfactory training.

Smell Care at Collaborate to Innovate Conference

July 12, 2023

We were thrilled to be part of the Collaborate to Innovate event: Enabling Citizen-Centred Care, organized by the University of East Anglia (UEA) Health and Social Care Partners along with UEA Citizens Academy. Our contribution involved presenting our poster on the topic 'Screen Sharing and Joint Editing for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)'. The feedback we received on our engagement with PPI was incredibly valuable, further enhancing our approach to fostering effective patient involvement.

Workshop at Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2023) Conference

July 10, 2023

We were a part of the Scent InContext Workshop at the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference, which took place at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. During this event, we engaged in insightful discussions with a diverse group of researchers from various disciplines, focusing on the design and development of smell in both public and private spaces.  We would like to thank all the co-organizers and participants for their valuable insights and engaging discussions.

You can read more about the workshop here.

Smell Care at Smell and Taste Disorders Symposium

May 12, 2023

We were delighted to participate in the Smell and Taste Disorders Symposium organized by the University of East Anglia and Fifth Sense. It was an enriching experience where we heard patient perspectives and gained insights from experts worldwide in the field of smell and taste. We also had the chance to showcase our prototype and received valuable feedback for our upcoming field study. Furthermore, we had the privilege of being featured on BBC Look East! We are already excitedly anticipating next year's event!

"Nose Gym" at CHI 2023 Conference

April 24, 2023

Our team just returned from CHI Conference premier, annual international Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) conference, with almost 4000 attendees, where we showcased our digital smell training prototype. We had the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions with attendees from all over the world. Our prototype generated a buzz around the sense of smell and underscored the crucial role it plays in our daily lives.  

You can read our paper explaining the digital smell training prototype here and watch our short video.

Smell Care at Human Sensory Experiences Symposium

April 20, 2023

We had the pleasure of attending the Human Sensory Experiences Symposium at the University of Sussex. We showcased our prototype and discussed digital smell training. We are grateful to everyone who stopped by and provided valuable feedback on our work. Thank you for making the symposium a memorable and informative experience!

Exciting new campaign by our partner    Fifth Sense

February 27, 2023

On Anosmia Awareness Day 2023, our project partner Fifth Sense is launching a campaign calling greater recognition of the impact that smell and taste disorders have people's health, wellbeing and safety, along with better services, support and research to help those affected and their families.

Find out more here: https://www.fifthsense.org.uk/campaigns/

Hybrid PPI Panel Meeting

February 2023

We had our first hybrid Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) panel meeting! Great discussions and feedback 💬.

Thanks to all our partners and collaborators! And thanks to the UEA for hosting us! We are almost ready to kick off our Smell Care study...

Participatory Workshops

January 2023

We have conducted two participatory workshops with potential users of digital smell training. The invaluable contribution of the participants allow us to shape our next steps, in preparing I-smell for the six-month deployment study.

Many thanks to our wonderful participants!  

We will have more opportunities to engage. Upcoming events will be announced here. If you want to stay in touch please sign up for our newsletter that is coming along very soon!


Kick-off Meeting

October 2022

First hands-on, interactive & hybrid kick-off meeting of our EPSRC/NIHR I-smell project!

This is the start of a two-year project on engaging people in digital smell training, co-funded by EPSRC & NIHR.

A great team from UCL Computer Science and Bartlett School of Architecture, University of East Anglia, and our excellent partners FifthSense, Future Care Capital, and OWidgets: Smell Made Digital.