The focus of the event was “From Biodiversity to Therapeutic
Practice” and speakers included international experts in
pharmacology, medicine and botany, as well as traditional
The students were able to attend lectures covering a wide
range of topics from the clinical application of aromatherapy in
wound care, to traditional shamanic practices. It was also a great
opportunity for the students to network with experts in the field
and to gain knowledge which complemented their studies.
Staying in the centre of Grasse, which has been the centre of
perfume production since the sixteenth century, also allowed the
students to soak up the atmosphere.
Grasse contains more than 30 perfumeries, the most famous of
which offer free tours that provide the chance to see how perfume
is made, from the gathering of the flowers to the finished product.
This enabled the students to enhance their understanding of the
origins of essential oils and their alternative uses, as well as
develop skills in blending aromas.
The trip was a great success for the students and staff,
professionally and personally, and it is envisaged that offering
this kind of learning experience to students in the future with
help to expand upon what is offered in the university degree
Comments received from enthusiastic students included:
“Our visit to the symposium in Grasse was very informative for
aromatherapy and also for our interpersonal skills, as we had to
share accommodation and live together.”
“The trip to Grasse was a good opportunity to gain further
knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine and was a
very positive learning experience.”
“The Grasse trip really enhanced what I had learnt during my
university modules and gave me a better understanding of my therapy
in a wider context.”