Colloquium 2021

The Interdisciplinary Erlangen Colloquium on Body Odours with the overarching theme of Chemical signatures: from basic insights to applications has taken place online on 28th and 29th April 2021.


The Interdisciplinary Erlangen Colloquium on Body Odours aims to foster scientific exchange between researchers from different disciplines, who work on chemical communication in humans and on other topics related to human body odours.

We are grateful to all scientists having accepted our invitation to contribute to this colloquium – Perdita Barran, Vincent Cuzuel, Guillaume Cognon, Camille Ferdenzi, Rickard Ignell, Gün Semin, Niels Verhulst –  and to all young and senior scientists having submitted their abstracts to contribute to the colloquium. We very much enjoyed the following scientific programme:

Body odors of the beloved ones – Wednesday 28th April, 9 am to 10:30 am:

Helene Loos, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, and Fraunhofer IVV, Freising, Germany

Laura Schäfer, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Children´s body odors as chemosignals in the mother-child relationship: Integration of genetic, developmental and neurobiological factors

Arnaud Leleu, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France
Learning to see faces with body odors

Lucie Kuncová, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Perceived father-partner body odor similarity in women and its influence on relationship and sexual satisfaction

Radka Bušovská, Charles University, Prague, and Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Women tend to select partners having body odor similar to that of their fathers

Body odors: from ancient times to current research – Wednesday 28th April, 11 am to 12:15 pm:

Keewai Wong & Esther-Maria Guggenmos, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Odours as body language in Imperial China

Ilja Croijmans, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
The role of fragrance and self-esteem on perception of body odors

Diane Rekow, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France
Smell what you hardly see: when odors assist the visual cortex

Body odors and their role in the communication of emotional states – Wednesday 28th April, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm:

Jasper de Groot, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Identifying the smell of fear: Combining psychological experiments, chemical analysis, and genetics

Marta Rocha, University Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, and Williams James Center for Research, Lisbon, Portugal
Access to visual awareness is influenced by facial expression but not by self chemosignals

Analysis of body odors and its applications – Thursday 29th April, 9 am to 10:30 am:

Perdita Barran, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Developing a diagnostic test for Parkinson’s Disease from sebum – led by the nose

Vincent Cuzuel & Guillaume Cognon, Institut de Recherche Criminelle de la Gendarmerie Nationale, Cergy-Pontoise, France
A forensic point of view of the human odor: from dogs to laboratory

Nijing Wang, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz, Germany
Total OH reactivity of emissions from humans

Sensing of body odors by mosquitoes – Thursday 29th April, 11 am to 12 pm:

Niels Verhulst, University of Zurich, Switzerland
A man in a bottle: Mimicking human (and animal) odor to collect mosquitoes

Rickard Ignell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden
Perception of human and non-human animal odors by mosquitoes

From molecules to perception – Thursday 29th April, 2 pm to 3 pm:

Camille Ferdenzi, Centre de Recherches en Neurosciences de Lyon, Lyon, France
Perception, processing and behavioral effects of sexually dimorphic body odor compounds

Helene Loos, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, and Fraunhofer IVV, Freising, Germany
You are what you eat – the influence of food intake on body odors

Call for Contributions

The call for contributions is closed.


The possibility for registration is closed. Contact:

Organising Committee

The colloquium has been organised by the EFI team.