Colloquium 2021

The Interdisciplinary Erlangen Colloquium on Body Odours with the overarching theme of Chemical signatures: from basic insights to applications will take 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.

The final programme will be announced mid April.

Confirmed invited contributions by:

Perdita Barran, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Vincent Cuzuel and Guillaume Cognon, Institut de Recherche Criminelle de la Gendarmerie Nationale, Cergy-Pontoise, France

Camille Ferdenzi, Centre de Recherches en Neurosciences de Lyon, Lyon, France

Rickard Ignell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

Gün Semin, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands and ISPA-Instituto Universitario, Lisbon, Portugal

Niels Verhulst, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Jonathan Williams, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz, Germany

The call for contributions is open until March 31, 2021. Please send your abstract as a pdf file to, indicating whether you prefer an oral or poster contribution.

Contributions can cover research on

  • the molecular and biochemical bases of body odours
  • body odours in health and disease
  • the role of body odours in human social communication
  • the perception  of body odours
  • animal perception of and behaviour to human body odours
  • control and modulation of body odours
  • interaction of body odours with textiles, perfumes and cosmetics
  • analytical devices and methods to measure body odours
  • other topics.

The call covers contributions from fundamental to applied research and from different disciplines.

Registration is open until April 14, 2021. Contact:

The colloquium is organised by the EFI team.