The Australasian Association for ChemoSensory Science (AACSS) brings smell and taste to life by joining researchers, clinicians and private industry to explore, educate and enhance the chemosenses. From human disease to insect pest control, from land animals to marine animals, and from wine aromas to food flavours, we cover the full field of olfaction and taste.

Our research approaches include nutrition, neurobiology, genetics, behaviour, psychophysics, physiology, pharmacology and industrial engineering to study areas such as chemical ecology, evolutionary biology, chemosensory development and genomics, taste and smell disorders, insect pest control, air pollution and quality.

The society has a broad range of chemosensory interests including:


  • Neurobiology of Chemoreception
  • Development of Chemosensory organs
  • Nutritional Chemosensing
  • Human Taste & Chemesthesis
  • Marine/Aquatic Chemical Ecology
  • Plant-Insect Interactions
  • Chemosensory & Genetic Evolution
  • Human Olfaction
  • Food sensory research
  • Industrial Applications


The Purdue University in the US has announced the 2018/2019 Rose Marie Pangborn SENSORY SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

One $15,000 Sensory Science Scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year to support a Ph.D. student who intends to teach and conduct research in the area of sensory science at the University level. This scholarship is awarded in honor of the memory of Professor Rose Marie Pangborn, who initiated the scholarship fund to encourage the education of Sensory Scientists intending to pursue academic careers.  More information can be found here -


The 19th Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Association for ChemoSensory Science (AACSS) was held from December 6th-8th, 2017 on Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia.‚Äč

Thank-you to our wonderful plenaries (Ewald, Martin and Diego) for making the trip to Australia!!