The SCI-lab attended the European Chemoreception Research Organization 2021 meeting in Cascais, Portugal. The scientific content included several high-quality symposia, as well as a keynote lecture by Nobel prize laureate Linda Buck. Our team included 12 members, and we presented ongoing work in 9 posters and one oral presentation. Before the ECRO meeting started, we carried out our annual team workshop. This workshop was organized by members of the team and included a variety of professional development activities and a revision of our strategy document. As the pandemic has affected our research in the last two years, the ECRO 2021 signifies to us a gradual return to normal. Back in Stockholm, our efforts are focused on transferring the positive energy from our ECRO 2021 experience into finalizing our work that was presented there. We appreciate the work of the organizers of ECRO 2021, the SCI-lab team members who organized the workshop, and the generous funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation which made our trip possible!