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Chemical communication in humans

Scientific meeting

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Craig Roberts, Dr Jan Havlíček and Professor Benoist Schaal.

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This meeting will bring together an international group of biologists, psychologists, linguists, anthropologists and chemists to present and discuss emerging evidence of human chemical communication. It will clarify conceptual frameworks, facilitate discussion, and help to shape a road map for future work. A multidisciplinary approach is necessary to build on recent advances in knowledge and new developments in sensing techniques.

More information on the programme and registration will be available soon. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Attending this event

This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking.

  • Free to attend
  • Advance registration essential (more information about registration will be available soon)
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Schedule of talks

01 April

09:00-12:30

Session 1: Potential and context for human chemical communication

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Chairs

Professor Benoist Schaal, Centre for Smell, Taste and Food Science, CNRS, Dijon, France

09:05-09:30 Chemosignals in mammals and the search for 'human pheromones'

Dr Tristram Wyatt, University of Oxford, UK

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Characterising chemical signals – insights from insect semiochemistry

Professor John Pickett CBE FRS, Cardiff University, UK

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Olfaction in primates: design, production and perception of chemical signals

Professor Christine Drea, Duke University, USA

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Human olfaction, anosmia, and effects on cognition and behaviour

Dr Thomas Hummel, Technical University Dresden, Germany

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 2: Human chemosignalling in adaptive contexts

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Chairs

Professor S Craig Roberts, University of Stirling, UK

13:30-14:00 Olfactory communication between mothers and infants

Professor Benoist Schaal, Centre for Smell, Taste and Food Science, CNRS, Dijon, France

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 The impact of body odour on bonding and incest avoidance over the course of life

Dr Ilona Croy, University of Dresden Medical School, Germany

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 Olfaction, MHC and mate choice

Dr Jan Havlíček, Charles University, Czech Republic

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Individual differences in emission and perception of human body odours

Dr Camille Ferdenzi, Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre, CNRS, France

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

02 April

09:00-12:30

Session 3: Physiology and emotion in human chemosignalling

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Chairs

Dr Jan Havlíček, Charles University, Czech Republic

09:00-09:30 The biochemistry of human body odor: chemicals, bacteria and enzymes

Dr Andreas Natsch, Givaudan Schweiz AG, Switzerland

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Chemosensory communication of anxiety and aggression

Professor Bettina Pause, Heinrich Heine University, Germany

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Human fear chemosignalling

Dr Jasper de Groot, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Cues of sickness in body odour

Professor Mats J Olsson, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 4: Human chemosignalling: challenges and innovations

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Chairs

Dr Tristram Wyatt, University of Oxford, UK

13:30-14:00 Olfactory assessment at zero acquaintance

Professor S Craig Roberts, University of Stirling, UK

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Communicating about the chemical senses in the world's languages

Professor Asifa Majid, University of York, UK

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 What can we learn from air chemistry measurements of crowds?

Professor Jonathan Williams, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-17:00 Panel discussion/overview

Chemical communication in humans

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Craig Roberts, Dr Jan Havlíček and Professor Benoist Schaal.

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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