Alain Alchenberger surveys the airy meeting room. Three of his students are in attendance today, sitting around a makeshift meeting table made up of smaller tables pushed together. Each student has made up their own workstation. They are laden with sample bottles, notebooks, pens, scent strips, water bottles; coffee cups. A few roots, seed pods and other raw materials in their natural state sit on the table and in jars. Light pours through the windows in the lab next door, visible through the glass walls. These students have no business creating anything there just yet because they are still in their first year. We are at the Givaudan Perfumery School and I’m here to talk to its new director and quiz the students about what it is like to walk in the footsteps of so many world-renowned perfumers.