Frontiers of Chemical Ecology 2012 (ICE-12)

Date: June 27 - July 8, 2016
Location: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
Co-Funded by: Volkswagen Stiftung

The sixth in a series of international courses in Chemical Ecology that began in 2005 at SLU Alnarp. ICE now rotates yearly between SLU, Penn State University, and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

Chemical ecology examines the role of chemical interactions between plants, animals, and their environment, as well as the behavioral and evolutionary consequences of those interactions.

The plethora of newly available information storage, transmission, and computation techniques provides an unprecedented opportunity to unite the chemical, ecological, evolutionary and behavioral underpinnings of chemical ecology with the power of information technology. We are thus presented with a grand challenge to train a new type of scientist who can fuse ecological approaches with bioinformatics and modern computing. A true synergy of these fields requires a courageous effort to boldly embrace future emerging technologies with traditional biological and chemical approaches.

Such pioneering spirit can best be found among our young scientists. Frontiers of Chemical Ecology (ICE-12) is an international course designed for young scientists to explore the latest advances in chemical ecology from biomolecular screening and genetic approaches to neuroengineering and conservation agriculture. The course includes sessions with internationally-renowned researchers as well as practical lectures in high-throughput screening, electrophysiology, behavior, MS, NMR, and a special scientific writing workshop from the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Chemical Ecology. As such, it offers young scientists the exposure to traditional approaches combined with modern information-based techniques. We hope to provide the students both a glimpse of the possibilities that await them at this exciting juncture of our field, and also inspire them to take the lead into making the future of chemical ecology a reality. Our inquiry-based form of instruction is designed to empower these young scientists to transform chemical ecology into the information age.

50 young scientists, with priority to PhD-students, will participate in the course.


Important Dates:

Registration Deadline:  31/03/16

Payment / Standby Registration Deadline: 31/03/16

Poster Title / Abstract Submission: 15/05/16



Thüringer Sozialakademie gGmbH

Am Stadion 1
07749 Jena
Tel.: +49 03641 30-30
Fax.: +49 3641 30-3100


Ewald Grosse-Wilde, Bill Hansson, Markus Knaden, Jürgen Rybak, Silke Sachse, Dieter Wicher


Dr. Shannon Olsson
E-mail: solsson [at]


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