The 38th International Symposium on Essential Oils kicks off this Sunday, September 9, in Graz, Austria. This event reports the progress of research and applications in the field of essential oils. Each day of the three-day symposium will address different issues. The sessions start on Monday, September 10 at 9:00 AM and end on Wednesday, September 12 at 12:45 PM.
Day one’s morning presentations will highlight molecular biology and biosynthesis of terpenes. J. Degenhart will speak on the origin of terpene diversity in plants, while D. Zope will talk about synthetic substitutes for high class natural materials. Monday afternoon’s topic will discuss body odor and fragrance interactions. E. Heuberger will present “Fragrance Effects in Humans—Is It All in Our Heads?” at 2:45 PM.
Day two (Tuesday, September 11) will focus on developments in quantitative essential oil analysis. K. Grob begins the day with a discussion on the problems, solutions and limitations of quantitative GC. In the afternoon there will be two workshops running: the Young Scientists Workshop and Recent Developments in the Industry. In addition, a poster session will be held from 5:00–6:30 PM, followed by a departure symposium dinner at 7:00 PM.
The third and final day focuses on essential oils in animal health and nutrition and regulatory affairs. W.M. Windisch starts the day off with a discussion on essential oils in agricultural livestock feeding. Mid-morning, I. Southwell will take a look at the regulatory control of essential oils by examining a tea tree oil as a case study. Brian Lawrence closes the symposium with a summary of the event at 12:15, followed by the closing ceremony.
In addition to the plethora of scientific sessions, attendees have the chance to explore the area with optional excursions. Before the symposium gets underway on the 9th, there are two full-day excursions. The first, on September 7, is a trip to the south of Styria to learn about regional food specialties and production. The second, on September 8, is a visit to Natex in Ternitz to see the company’s extraction and production technology.
During the symposium, there are three optional excursions. The first (on September 10 from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM) is a trip to the Piber Lipizzaner stud farm. That same day from 3:00–8:00 PM, attendees can participate in a guided tour through the historical center of Graz, including a visit to the armor museum—Zeughaus. On September 11, from 9:00 AM–12:00 PM, attendees can take a Graz walking tour accompanied by music.