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Thursday - 17.09.2020




Welcome Address

Keynote: Ilona Grunwald Kadow



Keynote: Asifa Majid



Keynote: Linda Barlow



Keynote: Jim Schwob



Parallel Symposia (S1 - S5)








Poster Session I







Friday - 18.09.2020





Keynote: Kristi Biwas



ECRO - General Assembly






Keynote: Noam Sobel



Parallel Symposia (S6 - S10)








Poster Session II







Summary / Poster Prize


Detailed Meeting program

Wednesday - September 16, 2020

Satellite Symposium

Molecular Communication - from odour plume to transmission of chemical information


13:00 - 13:30  Adam Noel

Molecule propagation as a foundation for coordinated behavior.

13:30 - 14:00  Tilman Sauerwald

Techniques for the detection of molecular signals in the transmission path - concepts and challenges.

14:00 - 14:30  Thierry Emonet

Quantifying insect navigation in complex odour plumes.


14:30 - 15:30  Break


15:30 - 16:00  Vahid Jamali

Reading articles with our noses: a bio-inspired solution for synthetic molecular communications.

16:00 - 16:30  Falko Dressler

Efficient simulation of particle flow-based macroscopic molecular communication.

16:30 - 17:00  Erin Connor

Quantification of airborne odor plumes.

17:00 - 17:30  Javier Burgués Calderón

Decoding the fine-scale structure of turbulent plumes with low-cost chemical sensors and signal processing.


Thursday - September 17, 2020

ECRO 2020 - virtual online meeting - Day 1


13:00 - 13:15  Welcome Address

Trese Leinders-Zufall


13:15 - 13:45  Keynote Lecture 1

Chair: Silke Sachse

Ilona Grunwald Kadow

Decision-making - processing of odors and tastes in the brain.


14:00 - 14:30  Keynote Lecture 2

Chair: Camille Ferdenzi

Asifa Majid

Chemosensation and language.


14:45 - 15:15  Keynote Lecture 3

Chair: Masha Niv

Linda Barlow

Regenerating the sense of taste.


15:30 - 16:00  Keynote Lecture 4

Chair: Martin Witt

Jim Schwob

Neural regeneration in the olfactory system.


16:15 - 18:00  Parallel Symposia



S1 -  Olfaction in the context of human interaction

Chair: Ilona Croy

Laura Schäfer

Olfactory kin recognition.                  

Jan Havlicek

Human olfactory imprinting-like effect.     

Enzo Pasquale Scilingo

An overview on the project POTION: Promoting social interaction through emotional body odours.            

Mem Mahmut

Do single men look and smell different to partnered men?             

Agnieszka Sorokowska

No olfactory compensation in food-related hazard detection among blind and deaf adults.


S2  -  A practical approach to smell loss - clinical cases with present and future therapy

Chair: Antje Haehner

Katherine Whitcroft

Olfactory dysfunction after upper respiratory tract infection and response to treatment.

Julien Hsieh

Olfactory dysfunction after traumatic brain injury.

Antje Haehner

Idiopathic olfactory disorders.

Christine Kelly

A view from the bridge: Helping patients with smell disorders bring their stories to researchers.


S3  -  Olfactory and extra-nasal trace amine-associated receptors (TAARs)

Chair: Dietmar Krautwurst

Qian Li 

Coordination of two enhancers drives expression of olfactory trace amine-associated receptors.

Franziska Haag 

Human TAAR1 and TAAR2 dimerize and detect trace concentrations of amines.

Antonella Di Pizio

Class A GPCR structural motifs: a key to unlock TAAR-targeted ligand design.

Stefano Espinoza

Neuronal functions of trace amine-associated receptor 5 (TAAR5).

Sigrun Korsching

Modulation of affinity by regulating ligand access: a modelling and mutation analysis of zebrafish TAAR13c.


S4  -  Disease, disgust and olfactory perception

Chairs: Mats OlssonJonas Olofsson

Christine Drea

Chemosignaling in Lemurs.

Christina Zelano

Direct detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus in exhaled breath via PCR: A covid-19 spreader test.

Jonas K. Olofsson

Body odor disgust sensitivity and its relationship to social attitudes.

Mats J. Olsson

Multisensory detection of human sickness.


S5  -  Recent advances in olfactory neuromodulation: diverse contexts in diverse organisms

Chair: Chih-Ying Su

Aravi Samuel

Neuromodulation and odor coding in flies and worms.

Carlotta Martelli

Stimulus-dependent modulation of synaptic activity in the Drosophila olfactory pathway.

Chih-Ying Su

Sexually dimorphic neuromodulation of pheromone detection in Drosophila.

Ian Davison

Modulation of odor responses by active investigation during sensory-guided navigation.

Lisa Stowers 

Diverse signaling modules of the mouse vomeronasal organ modulate signal transduction?


18:15 - 19:45  Poster Session I


please follow these links for an overview of Poster Presentations and Access Codes

• poster presentations - Thursday (17.09.2020)

• poster presentations - Friday (18.09.2020)



Friday - September 18, 2020

ECRO 2020 - virtual online meeting - Day 2



13:15 - 13:45  Keynote Lecture 5

Chair: Vijay Ramakrishnan

Kristi Biswas

The nasal microbiome and olfactory function.


14:00 - 15:00  ECRO General Assembly

ECRO members only


15:30 - 16:00  Keynote Lecture 6

Chair: Johan Lundstrom

Noam Sobel

A human aggression pheromone and its possible brain mechanism of action.



16:15 - 18:00  Parallel Symposia


S6  -  Selected presentations - the Ghislaine und Ernest Polak Symposium

Chair: Moustafa Bensafi

Pengfei Han

Brain responses to food odors associated with BMI change over two-year follow-up.

Ritesh Kumar

DeepFragrance: Embedded molecular representations for searching fragrance-like molecules.

Diane Rekow

Maternal odor selectively enhances the categorization of face(like) stimuli in the 4 month-old infant brain.

Julie Carcaud

Anatomy of central gustatory circuits in the honeybee brain.

Thomas Offner

In vivo time-lapse imaging of olfactory sensory neuron birth, differentiation and axogenesis.

Agnieszka Sabiniewicz

Interspecific chemosensory communication of emotions: reciprocal recognition of fear and non-fear body odour between humans and horses.


S7  -  Taking human chemosensory science out of the lab

Chairs: Ilja Croijmans, Monique Smeets

Ilja Croijmans

Taking human chemosensory science out of the lab.

Laura Speed 

Investigating odour cognition online and in museums.

Jasper de Groot 

Using VR to combine ecological validity with experimental control in smell research.

Mirjam van den Brink 

Measuring chemosensory function in children with cancer.

Jonathan Williams

Measuring chemical emissions and signals from people.


S8  -  Context-dependent modulation of olfaction

Chairs: Ilona Grunwald KadowSilke Sachse

Laura Duvall

Neuropeptide regulation of mosquito attraction to humans.

Katherine Nagel 

Algorithms and circuits for olfactory navigation in walking Drosophila.

Andreas Schäfer 

Rapid, sub-sniff temporal information in odor fluctuations is accessible to the mammalian olfactory system.

Markus Rothermel 

Modulating sensory information processing and perception by an olfactory corticofugal system.


S9  -  Doing it better: bringing reproducibility and open science to chemical senses research

Chairs: Jonas OlofssonTristram Wyatt

Anna Dreber 

Replications and predicting replication outcomes.

Tristram Wyatt

Learning from studies of human pheromones and odour cues.

Marco Tullio Liuzza 

Exploring experimental design and protocols for better experiments.

Valentina Parma

Reproducible workflows, pre-registration and reproducibility in chemical senses research.


S10  -  New Insights into the processing of social stimuli in the olfactory system of mammals

Chair: Michael Lukas

Mauro Silva

Functional role of the olfactory GnRH system in the control of sex-related chemosensory processing and neuroendocrine changes in the mouse.

Michael Lukas

Acetylcholine enables vasopressin-dependent social odor discrimination via unlocking action potential generation upon olfactory nerve stimulation in olfactory bulb vasopressin cells.

David Wolf

Multisite electrophysiological recordings and awake fMRI during processing of social and non-social odors in rodents.

Ilona Croy 

Is Hedione a Pheromone?


18:15 - 19:45  Poster Session II


please follow these links for an overview of Poster Presentations and Access Codes

• poster presentations - Thursday (17.09.2020)

• poster presentations - Friday (18.09.2020)


20:00 - 20:30  Summary / Poster Prize / Farewell

Thomas Hummel