The Scent Culture Institute (SCI) is a hub for different kinds of projects: research, consulting, education and scent design. It is based in Bern and Zurich.

SCI originates from the two research projects „Wissensduft“ (2010-2013) and „New Scents in Action“ (2014-2016) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and based at Bern University of the Arts and the Business Department at Bern University of Applied Sciences. Thus, the projects capitalize on the interdisciplinary collaboration between management and design research, cultural studies as well as business, artistic and design practice. Claus Noppeney and Nada Endrissat have primarily developed and worked on these projects. Robert Lzicar used his background in communication design to contribute visual analyses and a design research perspective to the project.

SCI was then created in the context of Bern Biennial 2014.  Claus Noppeney, Marta Kwiatkowski, Ashraf Osman and Andreas Wilhelm used SCI as an artistic label for performing the Bern Urban Scent Walks. Hence, it was primarily Claus Noppeney and Ashraf Osman who took the work further. Since 2017, Ashraf Osman continues his work under ScentArt.Net. More changes will follow.

One of the next steps is the Scent Culture Initiative for local action in Switzerland: topical, experimental & inspiring.

We continue our work in flux…

If you have any questions about SCI or ideas you want to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch! We are particularly interested in possible partner from other social or cultural domains. Thank you for your interest!

Claus Noppeney

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