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Our Fragrance World Today


Join us for a highlight tour of the world of fragrance with expert speakers in fragrance safety, the emotional impact of smell and the role of the creative perfumer in the 21st Century.

Enjoy the magnificent view of Manhattan while networking with members of these two great Societies.

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Jim Romine is President of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials

Jim leads a nonprofit organization dedicated to the science that supports the safety of material used in the fragrance industry.  He provides strategic direction for a staff of highly qualified chemists and toxicologists who conduct research and generate safety assessments that are made available to industry and the public through peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Prior to joining RIFM in 2015, Jim had a successful 35-year career with the DuPont Company.   His last position at DuPont was vice president of Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs, a role he created in 2008.  During his tenure, Jim helped guide the DuPont commitment to responsible creation, manufacture, and sales of products as diverse as chemicals, advanced polymers, agricultural chemicals, biotech seeds, and industrial enzymes.  He currently serves on the board of the Product Stewardship Society, the Keystone Policy Center, and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.

Jim received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1974 and was awarded a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1980.

Dr. Avery N. Gilbert is a smell scientist, entrepreneur, and author with Synesthetics, Inc.


He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a scientific pioneer in the areas of olfactory mental imagery, multisensory correlates of odor perception, and the psychological factors that bias odor judgments.

His book What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology, and shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize.

Gilbert graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds an MA in biology and PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Following an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, he joined the Monell faculty.  While there he co-authored the National Geographic Smell Survey. Gilbert left academia to create and lead the Sensory Psychology research group at Givaudan-Roure Fragrances and became Vice President of Sensorial Science.

Gilbert runs Synesthetics, Inc., a company that provides innovative, multisensory research for the development and marketing of consumer products.  Dr. Gilbert is a member of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences and the European Chemoreception Research Organization, and is on the advisory boards of Aromyx Corporation and the Institute for Art and Olfaction. He has published thirty scientific articles

He has discussed the science of smell on national television and radio, including FOX, NPR,CNN, CBS and MSNBC. Gilbert blogs on the science and culture of smell at 

Vince Kuczinski is Vice President and Senior Perfumer at Mane in New York City.

Vince’s perfumery career came of age in a chemistry lab, where his first job as a lab tech ignited his fascination with the magic of fragrance. Since then the flame has burned bright and he has become one of our industry’s most successful Perfumers.  He sees the craft as a dynamic balance of art and science—a balance that is always moving, changing, evolving.

For inspiration, Vince turns to music, from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven straight through to the Beatles and Pearl Jam. He is apt to describe his fragrance creations in the language of color, and has an instinctive feel for the nuances of subtle variation in value and tone.

Our resident expert on the orchid family of flora. Vince loves orchids for their dazzling variety of inspirational colors, as well as for the breadth and depth of olfactive experience that they can convey.

Jim Krivda is Vice President and Senior Perfumer at Mane in New York City

Jim was first exposed to the world of olfaction right out of high school, when he had the unique opportunity to train with French Master Perfumer Elie Roger.  His passion for the art of fragrance sent him on a journey through the wonderful joy that perfumery can bring to people. His many successful creations in all genres are a testament to his great understanding of fragrance in our lives.

Growing up in the farmlands of Pennsylvania, he always enjoyed the great outdoors.  He continuously draws his inspiration from nature itself, taking every chance he can to experience the beautiful scents expressed.

An avid fisherman, water skier and traveler he uses these times to develop his repertoire. Jim also loves art and cooking using its inspiration to enhance his product.  He views the craft of perfumery as an endless opportunity to translate feelings and emotions into scent.

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