UMConnect – “More than meets the eyes"


Marres develops exhibitions, organizes workshops, issues unique publications, creates walks in the city and region and offers a wide range of education and participation activities. Marres’ program focuses on experience and emphasizes on the working of the senses and the language of the body.

Journal of sensory studies

The Journal of Sensory Studies is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers research on "human reactions to basic tastes on foods, beverages, wine, liquor/beer, the environment, medications, and other human exposures in every day life"

The Sensory Cities THiNK-KiT

The Sensory Cities THiNK-KiT makes a case for the importance of interdisciplinary and cross-professional investigation of urban sensing. It brings together methods and resources for researching, designing, curating and representing the senses in the city, drawing on the reflections of an Arts and Humanities Research Council UK funded “Sensory Cities” international research network, which involved academics, artists and urban professionals across Europe to discuss and exchange methodological approaches.

Centre for sensory studies

The Centre for Sensory Studies is an interdisciplinary collaboration platform for research in the social life and history of the senses, multisensory aesthetics, sensory design and marketing, and the development of technologies for expanding the sensorium in innovative ways. It is based in Canada.

Sensory Studies

Sensory studies arises at the conjuncture (and within) the fields of anthropology • sociology • history • archeology • geography • communications • religion • philosophy • literature • art history • museology • film • mixed media • performance • phenomenology • disability • aesthetics • architecture • urbanism • design

Sensory Studies can also be divided along sensory lines into, for example, visual culture, auditory culture (or sound studies), smell culture, taste culture and the culture of touch, not to mention the sixth sense (however it might be defined)

Sensory Maps

Dr Kate McLean works at the intersection of human-perceived smellscapes, cartography and the communication of ‘eye-invisible’ sensed data. To achieve this, she leads international public smellwalks and translates the resulting data using digital design, watercolour, animation, scent diffusion and sculpture into smellscape mappings.


Six European partners work together on the central question: How can a sensory approach and an artistic attitude contribute to an education that leads to a more connected and sustainable world?

Sensing Spaces of Healthcare

This network explores opportunities for collaborative thinking, making, research and funding in the sensory history of healthcare environments.

Sensuous Ethnographies Incubator

The Sensuous Ethnographies Incubator is a loose and improvisational research cluster of artist-scholars that draws on methods of sensory and imaginative ethnography to think through questions of being and knowing and sensing in place.


Mediamatic is sinds 1983 een instelling gericht op nieuwe ontwikkelingen in kunst en cultuur. We houden ons bezig met natuur, biotechnologie en -kunst. We organiseren lezingen, workshops en kunstprojecten in een sterk internationaal netwerk.


Art space that experiments with different types of exhibition design, including sensory design.

The Dutch Institute of Food & Design

The Dutch Institute of Food & Design creates a global platform for designers working with food and eating. We explore how we create food and what, why and how we eat. We show the relevance of food connected to design and design connected to food. We ask critical questions about the discipline and link designers to each other and other sectors. The DIFD brings an emerging design discipline to the next level. With our final goal in mind: to enrich eating cultures and address the societal and environmental challenges around food using design as a tool to achieve this.

The Netherlands Olfactory Science Exchange

The Netherlands Olfactory Science Exchange is a multi-disciplinary enterprise that brings together researchers, experts, artists, and organisations in the field of odour and flavour perception and cognition. Its initiation was stimulated by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) grant ‘Human olfaction at the intersection of language, culture and biology’.

Odeuropa Network

Big network of people who work with the senses (smell related mostly); possible format for our network page for website - they also provide an online registration form for new people coming to the website who want to be put on the network. The organization itself is led by Caro Verbeek & does workshops, events & exhibitions that involve the sense of smell.


WalkingLab is a SSHRC-funded international research-creation project co-directed by Stephanie Springgay (McMaster University) and Sarah E. Truman (University of Melbourne). WalkingLab studies and advances the theory and practice of critical walking methodologies through interdisciplinary arts practices and public walking events. The various projects and events activated at WalkingLab draw on feminist-queer, anti-racist, anti-ableist, and anti-colonial thought and practice to question who gets to walk where, how we walk, under whose terms, and what kind of publics we can make.