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Human olfaction at the intersection of language, culture and biology
22-23 June 2017
HUMAN OLFACTION AT THE INTERSECTION OF LANGUAGE, CULTURE & BIOLOGY

There is a long tradition of under-estimating the sense of smell, and the information it provides. This long-standing picture of olfaction is being challenged today from a variety of directions. Previous estimates held that humans could only distinguish 10,000 odors, but this estimate has been revised to more than 1,000,000,000,000. Great strides have also been made in unlocking the perceptual bases of olfactory discrimination and categorization. Researchers are now able to predict both behavioral and neural activity in response to novel odors. Cross-cultural data from communities across the globe open up yet new vistas. Speakers of Jahai, Maniq, Seri, and others, have elaborate dedicated odor lexicons and name smells with apparent ease. Smell language is tightly connected with cultural practices, be it among speakers of olfactory languages, or within expert populations in the West. Specialist communities of wine experts and herb vendors help elucidate the important role experience can play on our olfactory sense, while special populations such as synesthetes and anosmics challenge our understanding further.

This conference brings together world-leading scientists and scholars to explore human olfaction from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Funded by: NWO The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Hosted by: Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

INVITED SPEAKERS AND DISCUSSANTS
CALL FOR POSTERS
Deadline 9th of March

We invite submission across disciplines to submit for presentation of a poster on the topic of human olfaction. Abstracts may not exceed 500 words. Please send abstracts to the following email address l.speed@let.ru.nl with the title “Human Olfaction Conference”. In the body of the email, please include the following: the title, author’s name(s), author’s affiliation(s), email address where you wish to be contacted, and attach the abstract as a Word file. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 9th March 2017. Notice of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter.

REGISTRATION OPENING SOON

Registration Fee
Academic €100 | Student and public €50 | Industry  €250

All attendees must register, preferably in advance (by June 8th 2017).

Registration Fee Waivers for undergraduate and graduate students are available. Please indicate your interest for a registration fee waiver when submitting your abstract. The registration fee waivers will be distributed at the discretion of the scientific organisers during the abstract review. If you are awarded a registration fee waiver you will be notified after the abstract review has been completed and asked to confirm your acceptance.

For further questions please email to l.speed@let.ru.nl 

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