Frontiers of Chemical Ecology 2012 (ICE-12)

Date: November 26 - December 7, 2012
Location: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

 

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The city of Jena is an old university town in the German federal state of Thuringia. Almost every fifth inhabitant of the town (100,000 in all) is a student. This mixture gives the city a youthful flair and a vibrant nightlife.

Within only a few years after the political revolution in East Germany Jena began to blossom into an internationally recognized center of learning and research. An atmosphere of change dominates, but despite this new beginning one looks back fondly upon the grand tradition: Goethe, Schiller, Hegel and Fichte left their mark on intellectual life. Abbe, Zeiss and Schott laid the foundations for economic prosperity. The microscope was invented in Jena by Carl Zeiss.

Located among limestone hills, the small town has southern charm. It is also a paradise for geologists and botanists, and home to many rare plant species. Among these, orchids are especially prized.