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Colloquium 2020

The Interdisciplinary Erlangen Colloquium on Body Odours with the overarching theme of Chemical signatures: from basic insights to applications was planned to take place at FAU on 6th and 7th May 2020. Because of the restrictions with the aim of preventing and reducing COVID-19 cases during that time, the colloquium did not take place in its original form. It was replaced by an online conference, with over 70 participants from 11 countries.

Chemical and biological principles of body odor formation and perception, Wednesday 6th May, 11 am to 12:45 pm:

Günter Leugering, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Welcoming speech

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

Christian Starkenmann, Starkenmann Family Consulting, Geneva, Switzerland
Biochemistry and analysis of axillary odor

Matthias Brandenburger, Fraunhofer EMB, Lübeck, Germany
Applied research on sweat glands – from wound healing to test system development

Alex Veithen, ChemCom S.A., Brussels, Belgium
Identification of olfactory receptor antagonists: the case study of OR7D4

Sensing and elucidating body odors: techniques and applications, Wednesday 6th May, 2 pm to 3 pm:

Jonathan Beauchamp, Fraunhofer IVV, Freising, Germany
Exploring the human volatilome via exhaled breath analysis

Veronika Ruzsanyi, Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Sensor system for detection of human volatile compounds against transnational crime

Body odors and their role in chemical communication, part I, Thursday 7th May, 11 am to 12:15 pm:

Jessica Freiherr, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, and Fraunhofer IVV, Freising, Germany
Introduction

Anja Widdig, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, and MPI EVA, Leipzig, Germany
Olfactory cues of fertility in primates

Jasper de Groot, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Quantifying the smell of fear

Body odors and their role in chemical communication, part II, Thursday 7th May, 2 pm to 3 pm:

Barbara Caspers, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Friend or foe: The importance of chemicals in friendships

Mats Olsson, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
The smell of disease

The colloquium was organised by Helene Loos, Jessica Freiherr, and the EFI team.