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13.06.2024 - Organized symposia and oral presentations at ISOT 2024, 22.-26.06.2024, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sunday 23 June 2024, 13:30-15:00, Silfurberg B
Active sensing in a dynamic olfactory world

Tobias Ackels (University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany): Mice can discriminate odour source distance using plume temporal dynamics

Sunday 23 June 2024, 15:30-17:00, Silfurberg A

Insect chemical ecology in the Anthropocene
Organizers: Sharon Rose Hill (SLU Alnarp, Alnarp, Sweden), Markus Knaden (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany), and Dan-Dan Zhang (Lund University, Lund, Sweden)

Lautaro Gandara (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany): Pervasive sublethal effects of agrochemicals as contributing factors to insect decline

Nan-Ji Jiang (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany): Elevated levels of ozone compromise insect pheromone communication

Dineshkumar Kandasamy (Lund University, Lund, Sweden): The role of styrene, an unusual natural product, in bark beetle-fungus interactions

Sukritha Nalikkaramal (SLU Alnarp, Alnarp, Sweden): Mosquito adaptation in the anthropocene: effects of elevated carbon dioxide levels and extended egg quiescence in Aedes aegypti

Dan-Dan Zhang (Lund University, Lund, Sweden): Spider olfaction: as sensitive as in insects


Sunday 23 June 2024, 15:30-17:00, Silfurberg B

Social chemosensory recognition and modulation of decision making
Organizers: Einat Couzin-Fuchs and Katrin Vogt (University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany)


Barbara Caspers (Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany): More than familiarity? The impact of social olfactory communication in zebra finches

Sandeep Robert Datta (Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA): Machine learning methods for understanding olfaction

Marilia Freire (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany): How social cues can guide individually navigating ants

Morgane Nouvian (University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany): Social regulation of sting alarm pheromone responsiveness in honeybees

Katrin Vogt (University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany): Social context-dependent cannibalistic behavior in Drosophila larvae

Monday 24 June 2024, 13:30-15:00, Kaldalón
Odor representations in the limbic system

Ilona C. Grunwald Kadow (University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany): Mapping neural circuits of state-dependent behavior in the fly

Wednesday 26 June 2024, 10:00-11:30, Silfurberg A
Interoceptive modulation: how body states (may) influence chemosensory perception

Organizers: Veronica Egger (Regensburg University, Regensburg, Germany) and Silke Sachse, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany)


Annika Cichy (Bonn University, Bonn, Germany): State-dependent modulation of odor valence and social behavior of mice via the main olfactory pathway
Veronica Egger (Regensburg University, Regensburg, Germany): Heartbeat-induced modulation of rat olfactory bulb neuronal activity via mechanosensitive ion channels
Claire Martin (, Durcet, France): Role of the hypothalamus in odor processing
Daniel Münch (Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal): Internal state dependent modulation of chemosensory processing in Drosophila melanogaster
Markus Rothermel (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany): Top-down modulation of olfactory information processing in mice


12.-14.03.2024 - First Annual Retreat of the FOR5424 PIs and PhD students at Weltenburg Abbey

Presentations by all students and PIs and the guest speakers of our Open Science workshop, Prof. Dr. Boris Barbour (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris), Prof. Dr. Björn Brembs, Dr. Sophie Stolzenberger, Dr. Gernot Deinzer (all U Regensburg). Thanks also to PD Dr. Tomer Czaczkes (U Regensburg) for the opening talk!

Fortunately everyone managed to join our retreat in person in spite of the train strike!





24.10.2023 - Poster presentations at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), 11-15 November 2023, Washington, D.C., USA


Odour responses of sister projection neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb, revealed by correlative two-photon imaging and synchrotron X-ray holographic nano-tomography
1Sensory Circuits and Neurotechnology Lab., The Francis Crick Inst., London, United Kingdom; 2Dept. of Neuroscience, Physiol. and Pharmacol., Univ. Col. London, London, United Kingdom; 3Paul Scherrer Inst., Villigen, Switzerland; 4scalable minds GmbH, Potsdam, Germany; 5Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH, Oberkochen, Germany; 6ESRF, The European Synchrotron, Grenoble, France
Session Title: Olfaction: Peripheral Mechanisms and Behavior
Session Time: 11/12/2023 1:00:00 PM - 11/12/2023 5:00:00 PM
Posterboard Number: W2
Blood pressure pulsations modulate olfactory bulb activity via mechanosensitive ion channels

1Regensburg Univ., Regensburg, Germany; 2Univ. Med. Ctr. Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany; 3Florey Neurosci. Inst., Melbourne, Australia
Session Title: Olfaction: Peripheral Mechanisms and Behavior
Session Time: 11/12/2023 1:00:00 PM - 11/12/2023 5:00:00 PM
Posterboard Number: W1


24.-29.09.2023 - ESITO XVIII (European Symposium for Insect Taste and Olfaction), Villasimius, Italy

organized by our MODOLFOR members Silke Sachse and Markus Knaden

contributions of our members with talks: Katrin Vogt and Martin Strube-Bloss


28.09.2023 - First FOR5424 method seminar

The FOR5424 monthly seminar series started on the 28th of September via Zoom with a short introduction round of the members and associates and the method lectures of the spokespersons Veronica Egger and Ilona Grunwald Kadow.


06.-07.06.2023 - First FOR5424 Retreat at the Rotwandhaus in the Bavarian Alps

Great scientific discussions and spectacular views with hiking.

Katrin Vogt, Markus Rothermel, Silke Sachse, Wolfgang Rössler, Veronica Egger

Also part of the Research Unit, but unfortunately missing in the picture:

Annika Cichi, Ilona Grunwald Kadow, Markus Knaden, Andreas Schaefer, Sophie Steculorum, Martin Strube-Bloss