"[The] summit was part of [the IAO’s] mission to build mutual support and a sense of community for this broad ranging group of creatives who may work at the margins of the fragrance industry, deep within it, or completely outside of it.”
– Women’s Wear Daily, 2017

The Experimental Scent Summit is an ongoing yearly program, curated by the Institute for Art and Olfaction in close partnership with Klara Ravat of Smell Lab in Berlin, as an ancillary event to the annual Art and Olfaction Awards.

ESS takes the form of of informal talks, round tables and workshops relating to experimental practices with scent. A relaxed and conversational meeting of olfactory artists, perfumers, culture theorists, writers and more, the summit is an environment where participants can share their work and discussed their issues in an open and unrestrained environment.

The 1st ESS took place in Berlin at  Silent Green Kulturquartier in 2017. More information here.
The 2nd ESS took place in London at The Swedenborg Society in 2018. More information here.