39th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology

14 July — 18 July 2024
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
39th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology

Chemical Ecology Returns to Prague

The 39th Annual Meeting of ISCE will take place in Prague, Czechia, from 14 July to 18 July 2024. This will be the second time Prague hosts the ISCE meeting (for the first time in 1996). The event will be held under the motto 'Chemical Ecology Returns to Prague'.

The meeting symposia will cover a wide range of chemical ecology topics in diverse life forms spanning from microorganisms to humans, such as chemical communication and animal olfaction, insect-plant interactions, organic synthesis of natural products, biochemistry, molecular genetics and genomics, or applied chemical ecology.

ISCE2024 will feature nearly 50 hours of regular talks organized into three parallel symposia, 6 hours of plenary lectures, and two poster sessions. During the traditional Wednesday free afternoon, attendees can choose from various excursions to Prague's city center, historical castles around Prague, or the famous Pilsener brewery. Following the meeting, there will be a field trip to Czech forests affected by recent bark beetle outbreaks.

Program overview

Plennary speakers

  • Jonathan Gershenzon (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany): Seeing the forest and the trees... and especially the terpenes
  • Walter S. Leal (Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Davis, USA): Jerry Meinwald: Food, Family, Flute, and Pheromones
  • Astrid Groot (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands): Discovering the sex life of moths as driving force for inspiring collaborations
  • Sandra Steiger (Department of Evolutionary Animal Ecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany): Scent-sitive families: Unraveling the complexity of interactions among family members
  • Etya Amsalem (Pennsylvania State University, USA): Sterility-inducing mechanisms in social insects
  • Miklós Tóth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): A voyage in search of King Solomon's ring


The meeting will take place on the campus of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague located in the district of Suchdol, the northwest suburb of Prague, accessible approximately 30 minutes from the city center.

Organizing committee

  • Robert Hanus (IOCB Prague, Czechia)
  • Anna Jirošová (CZU, Prague, Czechia)
  • Pavlína Kyjaková (IOCB Prague, Czechia)
  • Aleš Svatoš (MPI for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
  • Irena Valterová (IOCB Prague, Czechia)

Scientific committee

  • Jeremy Allison (Canadian Forest Service, Canada)
  • Etya Amsalem (PSU, USA)
  • Bill Hansson (MPI for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
  • Robert Hanus (IOCB Prague, Czechia)
  • Jörn Piel (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Robert Raguso (Cornell University, USA)
  • Junji Takabayashi (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Ted Turlings (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Nicole Van Dam (Leibniz IGZ, Germany)

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