Dr. Helene Loos was awarded the Faculty of Sciences’ Women’s Prize in May 2021. With this funding she will further advance her line of research on human body odours, with her new PhD-candidate working on “Olfactory communication in humans: exploring principles of the perception of human chemosignals”.


The joint project ‘SHIELD’, which stands for using sensory detection processes to guarantee the quality of (organic) locally produced food, is due to start on 1 July 2021, and has received 1.2 million euros in funding from the Bavarian Research Foundation (for more details see FAU News).


acatech – “Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften” has a new member: Prof. Andrea Büttner was elected as one of 36 new members of the academy, being the first FAU member from Natural Sciences, she will advise politicians and society in techno-scientific and techno-political questions.


Prof. Andrea Büttner and Prof. Peter Bell, professor of digital humanities, are collaborating with colleagues from the UK and all over Europe in order to teach computers to see a smell. In the Odeuropa project, led by , the scientists aim at developing a ‘computer nose’ able to trace scents and olfactory experiences in digital texts over four centuries and seven languages. Read more on the project website and in the press e.g., on BBC News.


In their September meeting VDI-Gesellschaft Materials Engineering management board elected two new members: Frau Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner and Herr Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann (RWTH Aachen). Besides numerous other topics, the VDI-Gesellschaft Materials Engineering is , since 2019, also addressing the topic of »Circular Value Creation«, one of the focus topics of the VDI e.V. Considering this background, the management board of VDI-GME is pleased about the competent support for their team.


Prof. Andrea Büttner is giving a keynote lecture at the German Sensory-Days (Deutsche Sensoriktage, Münster, Germany, 30. October 2020). Learn more about the event and sign up to gain insights into the yesterday, today and tomorrow of the Senory Sciences:


As a program commitee member Prof. Andrea Büttner is shaping the contents of the International Conference on Optical Characterization of Materials (OCM-2021). Stay tuned for an ingenious programme!


Besides innovating ideas in the new project C-Planet, a consortium of high-profile universities, research institutions and companies, where early stage researchers are trained to lay the foundations for a New Plastics Economy, Prof. Andrea Büttner also works towards a sustainable Plastics Economy as member of the Management Board of the Fraunhofer Cluster Circular Plastics Economy CCPE®.


After being reelected as a review board member of the Chemistry-Council hosted by the DFG (German Research Foundation) in February, 2020, Prof. Andrea Büttner was additionally honoured by being reselected as official spokesperson of the Council of Biological Chemistry and Food Chemistry now starting her second term of office from 2020 til 2023. Deputy spokesman is Roderich Süßmuth (TU Berlin).


As of 1 April 2020, Prof. Andrea Büttner is the new Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising. Prof. Büttner joined Prof. Horst-Christian Langowski as Co-Director of the Institute on 1 November 2019, and now takes over the full role as Executive Director following his retirement on 31 March 2020.


On September 16, 2020 there will be an ECRO Satellite Symposium on:

“Molecular Communication – from odour plume to transmission of chemical information”, organized by Andrea Buettner, Helene Loos and Robert Schober.

For more information visit:


Press releases and media coverage,RGZqAvY

  • Christoph Wiedmer has been awarded the Short Oral Presentation Award of the Digital Olfaction Society, December 2018
  • Interview “Gefährliche Chemikalien in Trendspielzeug” for Magazin plusminus on 28.11.2018

  • Offene Werkstatt 2018, “Campus der Sinne: Die Zukunft mit allen Sinnen begreifen” on 08.11.2018

  • Interview  P. Denk, A. Büttner “Schlechtriechende Physiotapes”, Rundschau BR-Fernsehen on 22.06.2018
  • Interview “Mit drei Kindern macht man keine Forscherkarriere?”:

  • Interview “Professorin Andrea Büttner hat einen duften Beruf”:

  • Campus Talk “Mit und von allen Sinnen”:

  • Panel discussion about the Campus Talk:

  • Interview A. Büttner Radio Gong (King Gong Show) on 04.05.2018


  • Interview A. Büttner “Jagd nach unbekannten Schadstoffen – Analytica 2018” on 13.04.2018,Qp6FACR

  • Interview A. Büttner in “Plastik überall – Geschichten vom Müll” ARTE on 13.04.2018

  • Interview A. Büttner “Der Weg zur künstlichen Nase ist noch weit” – Deutschlandfunk Kultur on 20.12.2017

  • Interview A. Büttner “Wenn der Geruch nicht zum Spielzeug passt” – Bayern plus on 13.12.2017

  • Interview A. Büttner “Unser unterschätzter Geruchssinn” radioeins on 09.12.2017—unser-unterschaetzer-sinn.html

  • Interview A. Büttner “Geruchsforschung: Das Handy darf nicht müffeln” – on 01.12.2017

  • Campus Slam: Christoph Wiedmer: Warum Spielzeug stinkt

  • Künstliche Intelligenz soll Gerüche vorhersagen, vom 14.12.2016

  • Spürnase im Einsatz für die Wissenschaft: Wenn der Fisch „muffig“ riecht, vom 09.12.2016