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Short Course Summer 2021


ISOCS Short Course Summer 2021
Smelling COVIC-19: Biomarkers, Olfaction and a Pandemic Agent

26 -28 May 2021

Develop your knowledge of machine and canine olfaction and its application to breath analysis for the diagnosis of Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting human health and societies at an unprecedented scale. Success in controlling the pandemic and reducing its impact is strongly dependent on fast and low cost screening techniques. Olfaction may play a significant role through exploiting mammals (canine) olfaction sense and their artificial counterpart.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (All day) - Friday, May 28, 2021 (All day)

In memoriam George Dodd

George DoddOur community lost one of its early members recently.

One of the most widely cited papers among the ISOCS community is a paper by Persaud and Dodd published in Nature in 1982 that influenced many in the development of electronic nose technology [1]. 

George Dodd was interested in perfumes as a teenager and went on to study Chemistry at Trinity College, Dublin with research projects on molecules found in essential oils. He then began research on small molecules binding to proteins at the University of Oxford and gained a D.Phil (Ph.D) under the supervision of Sir George Radda, publishing a seminal paper in 1969 determining the rate of allosteric transition in the regulatory enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase by a method new in the 1960s, the fluorescence of an environmentally sensitive extrinsic probe.

After working at Unilever in the Molecular Biophysics Research Group for three years, he joined the University of Warwick, UK, in 1971, founding the Warwick Olfactory Research Group, pioneering research on the molecular mechanisms involved in smell, olfactory physiology, the psychology of smell as well as artificial noses. I joined his group in 1976, was enthused with his love of the world of smell and inspired by him, worked on what would be the initial concepts of an artificial nose – now known as electronic noses. A keen master perfumer as well as an entrepreneur, he enjoyed working to create unique fragrances, opening a perfume studio “Craft Perfumes” in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1978. He collaborated with Steve Van Toller – a psychologist and former president of European Chemoreception Organisation (ECRO) who was also at Warwick,  publishing a book The Psychology and Biology of Perfumery (eds) Steve Van Toller & George H Dodd; Chapman and Hall; 1988.

He left the University of Warwick in 1994, expanded into the realms of personal perfumes and was a founding director of a smell biotechnology company – Kiotech int plc. He moved to the highlands of Scotland opening “The Perfume Studio”, and often complained that his studio was used a bombing target by the RAF. Whilst there, he also created personal perfumes for a range of pop stars and royalty. He was not even phased when asked to replicate the smell of African elephant droppings. He continued to work with the smell research group at the University of Warwick including Julian Gardner and James Covington.

He sold his business and spent much of the money buying the only red Jaguar XFR in the country with cream leather seats. He always loved fast cars and use to say that “once you have had a car with more than 500bhp you can’t go back!” He was one of the founding Directors of Scent & Aroma Technology Systems Limited (Aroma Academy ( and Perfume Academy ( A keen educator and was the driving force behind World Smell day, He also gave many talks including at the London Science Museum on smell. As part of his commercial work, he was often asked by industry to create smell training kits, developing several aroma training kits, including a Wine Aroma Kit, Whisky Aroma Kit, Gin Aroma Kit, Bourbon Aroma Kit and a Rum Aroma Kit. Members of our community who attended the ECRO Congress 2011 in Manchester, UK will have been entertained by the Whisky tasting workshop that he gave us. 

Full of a gazillion eccentric ideas, he was always fascinating to listen to - inspiring many others to enter into the world of smell. We have lost a dear colleague.

Krishna Persaud
University of Manchester

[1]         Persaud, K.; Dodd, G. Analysis of Discrimination Mechanisms in the Mammalian Olfactory System Using a Model Nose. Nature, 1982, 299 (5881), 352–355.

In memoriam Prof. Arnaldo D'Amico

Prof. Arnaldo D'AmicoProf. Arnaldo D’Amico was born in Bologna, March 16th, 1940. He graduated with doctor degrees (laurea) in physics and then in electronic engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

He began his scientific career as a researcher at the Institute of Solid State Electronics of the National Research Council (CNR) until he became full professor of electronics at the University of L’Aquila and, since 1990, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Prof. D’Amico pioneered sensor science in Italy and became a reference for the international community. In Italy he directed the first national project dedicated to sensors, and from 1996 founded and directed for several years the Associazione Italiana Sensori e Microsistemi (AISEM). In Europe he was one of the founders of the series of Eurosensors conferences, directing the steering committee for many years, and he served, since the first issue, as a member of the editorial board of the journals Sensors and Actuators A and B.

He was among the promoters of European initiatives on electronic nose and olfaction, he cooperated in the European network GOSPEL that was seminal to the formation of ISOCS. He chaired the International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose in Rome in 2002.

He was a passionate teacher. At the University of Rome Tor Vergata besides teaching electronic devices he designed courses on sensors for students of electronic and medical engineering.

His research interests were concerned with all aspects of sensor science, from the design of devices to the development of sensor systems. At the University of Rome Tor Vergata he founded and directed, until retirement in 2012, an interdisciplinary research group. He published more than 500 papers and among his scientific achievements it is worth to mention his pioneering work in the application of electronic nose technology to the analysis of volatile metabolites.

He has been supervisor of dozens of PhD and master thesis. Characterized by a distinct humanity and empathy he has been mentor of many researchers and professors in Italy and abroad.

He leaves a great legacy and in those that had the chance to work with him a great feeling of gratitude for the gift of his person, for what he taught and for his kindness.

Corrado Di Natale
University of Rome Tor Vergata

ISOCS Winter Course 2020

ISOCS-SENSOFT-VOGAS Winter Short Course 2020

27 -31 January 2020 - See - Paznaun - Austria


The Short Course will cover fundamental concepts and practical aspects of chemical sensors systems with emphasis on materials and technology. Demonstrations of chemical sensors systems will deliver hands on experience.

Monday, January 27, 2020 (All day) - Friday, January 31, 2020 (All day)

18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS 18)

Co-located with the 237th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society

10 - 15 May 2020 - Montréal - Canada

This meeting is the largest and most renowned conference in this scientific area and an excellent opportunity to network with leaders in the field and with companies commercializing chemical sensors for the environment, medical, healthcare, industry, and food safety applications.

Sunday, May 10, 2020 (All day) - Friday, May 15, 2020 (All day)

Joint Training School on Chemical Sensors, Biosensors and Biochips


22 - 26 September 2019 - Center Le Lazaret, Sète, France

This training will present the multidisciplinary bases (recognition, transduction, micronanotechnologies, information processing) necessary for the design and use of chemical sensors, biosensors and biochips as well as their applications.


  • Materials & Technologies for Chemical Sensing:
    Adsorption on solids, Sensors on plastic and polymers, Micro-nano technologies for gas sensors, Biosensors and bio-electrochemistry, Piezo-electrical properties, Metal oxide heterostructures, Optical technologies for biosensors, Low dimensional nanomaterials, Porous Solids
  • Systems Integration & Applications:
    Multifunctional micro- and nanosystems, Multivariate data analysis and pattern recognition, New Generation of Sensors in Automotive, Energy harvesting & power supply, Lab on Chip for Biomedical Applications, Advancements in miniaturized breathalyzers, Chemical Sensors for Non-invasive Diagnosis

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To register, please contact Véronique LHEUREUX

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 09:00 - Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 18:00

Reminder for General Assembly of ISOCS at ISOEN 2019

You receive this email, because you are an ISOCS member or have been an ISOCS member in the past two years. If you want to participate in the General Assembly, please renew your membership, if you have not done so this year. Active members (at the time of the conference) are entitled to a 200$ rebate on the ISOEN conference.

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The ISOCS General Assembly will take place on Monday 27 May 2019, at 5 PM at ACROS, Fukuoka, Japan, as part of the ISOEN Conference.

Guidelines for hosting ISOEN

ISOCS is organizing the ISOEN conference biannualy. Future editions are planned to be hosted in Europe (2021), the Americas (2023) and Asia (2025).

Host organizations are invited to send in their bid for hosting the next ISOEN conference one month in advance of the current ISOEN conference. The winning bid will be selected and announce at the current ISOEN conference.

In order to provide a smooth organization and help the hosts, we have put together guidelines for the bid with details on the process and the information required.

General Assembly 2019 agenda and invitation, membership reminder

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