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The Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) has been launched by FAU in 2010 and aims to promote outstanding interdisciplinary research projects at an early stage. By providing funding in a flexible and non-bureaucratic way, EFI allows researchers at FAU to carry out innovative research by exploring new fields of research, having the possibility to quickly adapt to unforeseen insights or circumstances. In 2018, seven new projects have been selected for funding, amongst which the EFI project Human body odours: exploring chemical signatures.

Within a subproject of this EFI project, an online questionnaire was developed to evaluate how human beings perceive body odours and how this perception affects their behaviour.  People aged between 18 and 95 years participated in the study by completing the online questionnaire. The subproject is l...