On September 16, 2020 there will be an ECRO Satellite Symposium on:

Molecular Communication - from odour plume to transmission of chemical information

This Satellite Symposium investigates the principles underlying chemical communication. Chemical communication is a ubiquitous phenomenon in nature, being an essential part of intra- and interspecies communication. Besides, chemicals are also released from inanimate material, and captured by living organisms to extract relevant information about their environment. Chemical information is further the basis for cellular signalling processes within an organism.


The presenters of this Satellite Symposium on Molecular Communication come from different disciplines, building the bridge between fundamental research in biology, chemistry and physics, and fundamental and applied research in the engineering sciences that aim to develop technologies allowing the use of molecular communication and gas sensing principles for different applications. They will shed light on the principles underlying the release and detection of chemical information in relation to different sending and receiving organisms and machines, and their sense organs and sensor and actuator systems, respectively. The symposium will highlight the role of the channel for transmission of chemical information, and the challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome when small molecules, transporting information, travel from the sender to the receiver. The focus is on air-borne chemicals traveling over short or long distances under different atmospheric conditions to convey information about various processes essential for life.

Symposium Program


Part I  -  13:00 - 14:30  (Wednesday, September 16, 2020)

Break   -   14:30 - 15:30


Part II  -  15:30 - 17:30  (Wednesday, September 16, 2020)

Please see here for detailed Abstracts.


  • Andrea Buettner (andrea.buettner@fau.de)
    Chair of Aroma and Smell Research, 
    Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and
    Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Freising, Germany
  • Helene Loos (helene.loos@fau.de)
    Group Leader Human Chemocommunication, 
    Chair of Aroma and Smell Research, 
    Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Robert Schober (robert.schober@fau.de)
    Chair of Digital Communication, 
    Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany