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Sissel Tolaas

Sissel Tolaas

Sissel Tolaas

The Norwegian Sissel Tolaas (born 1961) has lived and worked in Berlin since 1987. She read mathematics, chemical sciences, linguistics and languages, and visual art between 1981 and 1988 in Oslo, Warsaw, Moscow; St Petersburg, Oxford and Princeton and is fluent in nine languages. She has been focused on smell and the communicative functions of smell since 1990.  She has worked with numerous companies and institutions, e.g. Cartier, Paris; Louis Vuitton, Tokyo; E. Lauder Paris/NY; the City of Munich; Gardemoen Airport, Oslo; KPMG (law) Berlin; BBC Imagineering, London; Sony Computer Science Lab, Paris; BMG SONY, Germany; Swissotel Worldwide; Daimler Chrysler Future Lab, Berlin; PAL Foundation, London; Rockefeller Foundation, New York; Liverpool University; Oslo University; Moscow University; Bangalore High Tech Park; Oxford University; NESTA, London; MIT Boston; Harvard University; DEKA Bank/Holdings Frankfurt; The Boston Consulting Group, ZH/Berlin; Bayer Schering Inc.; San Francisco Neurosciences Institute, SF; Humboldt University Berlin, Tsinghua University Beijing; Columbia University New York; Parson The New School for Design, New York; Vienna University etc.
Sissel has shown her work at biennials, museums and other professional institutions. She takes part on a regular basis in international colloquiums, conferences and networking and has been an advisor/consultant for a number of multinational corporations.
She established the research lab IFF re_searchLab Berlin for smell & communication in Berlin in January 2004, supported by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., New York).
She has been involved in research on Invisible Communication and Rhetoric at Harvard Business School (Faculty & Research) since October 2006.


  • IFF re_searchLab Berlin for smell & communication