May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Biological Activities of Essential Oils

The conference will start on Monday 13th May at 12h30 with a welcome lunch and end on Wednesday 15th May at noon.

In the modern sustainable industries, the “green products”, based on natural compounds, are of a highest importance. From this standpoint, essential oils are considered the most widely used natural products in many areas. Most of them have been used as fragrance, flavoring agents or as medicines since ancient times. Nowadays, a renaissance of the research on essential oils in the traditional, but also new industries, is observed. The essential oils are extensively studied to treat various human ailments, but also for crop protection, as so-called botanical pesticides. This conference aims to give an overview of the modern biological applications and activities of essential oils. Also, their phytochemistry and ecophysiological significances will be discussed. 

This international conference is organised in the framework of the ARD 2020 Cosmetosciences Programme.

Key words

natural cosmetics; natural products; anticancer activities; biodiversity of EOs; phytochemistry of EOs; environmental effects; microbiological effects; antiinflammatory effects;  botanical pesticides; phytopharmaceuticals; phytocosmeceuticals



Confirmed speakers

Oral presentations & posters

Abstracts for oral presentation and poster should be submitted before Monday 25th of March 2019. Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to

The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Friday 29th of March 2019.
Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes, portrait format.

Please download the template for oral presentation.
Please download the template for poster presentation.

Best poster Award
Posters will be reviewed during the dedicated sessions. The conference scientific committee will select the best poster. Selection criteria include scientific quality, accuracy and precision of methodology, novelty, clarity of the presentation. The winning poster will receive a certificate during the closing ceremony and will be displayed on the conference website. 

Special Issue

All conference attendants are invited to submit a review, or original manuscript, to a special issue of The international Journal Plants, with the aim to give an overview of the modern biological applications and activities of essential oils.


Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.


Preliminary programme

Monday May 13th 2019

  • 12:30    Welcome lunch & registration
  • 14:00    Official Opening
  • 14:15-15:00    PLENARY LECTURE: Dr Randolph Arroo

Session 1: Phytochemistry and Ecophysiological Significances of Essential Oils

  • 15:00    Prof. Vincenzo De Feo
  • 15:30    Selected talk 1
  • 15:45    Selected talk 2
  • 16:00    Selected talk 3
  • 16:15    Coffee break & posters session
  • 16:45    Prof. Despoina Vokou - Essential oils in the soil environment
  • 17:15    Selected talk 4
  • 17:30-18:00    Discussion
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail

Tuesday May 14th 2019

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee

Session 2: Essential Oils in Crop Protection

  • 09:00    Prof. Murray Isman - Development of commercial bioinsecticides derived from plant essential oils
  • 09:30    Dr Fabrizio Araniti - Essentials Oils as herbicides: Physiological mode of action
  • 10:00    Selected talk 5
  • 10:15    Coffee break & posters session
  • 10:45    Prof. Filippo Maggi - Recovery of bioactive products from industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) waste: CBD-rich essential oils and eco-friendly biopesticides
  • 11:15    Dr Agnieszka Synowiec - Microencapsulated peppermint oil as a bioherbicide - preliminary study
  • 11:30    Selected talk 6
  • 11:45    Discussion
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 13:30    Posters session

Session 3: Cosmeceutical Uses of Essential Oils

  • 14:00    Prof. Jean Claude Caissard - Rose perfume: I do it my way
  • 14:30    Dr Adnane Boualem
  • 15:00    Selected talk 7
  • 15:15    Selected talk 8
  • 15:30    Selected talk 9
  • 15:45    Coffee break & posters session
  • 16:15    Prof. Emilie Destandau
  • 16:45    Dr Ramona Iseppi - Antibacterial evaluation ad phytochemical characterization of essential oil from Cannabis sativa L. (hemp)
  • 17:15    Discussion
  • 17:30    Guided visit of the city centre of Orléans
  • 19:30    Gala dinner

Wednesday May 15th 2019

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee

Session 4: Pharmaceutical Uses of Essential Oils 

  • 09:00    Dr Anna Wajs-Bonikowska - Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils
  • 09:30    Prof. Daniela Rigano - Anticancer activities of essential oils and their constituents and synergy with conventional therapies
  • 10:00    Selected talk 10
  • 10:15    Prof. Thomas Bader - Gene expression profiling after treatment of human skin explants with essential sandal wood oil
  • 10:45    Coffee break & posters session
  • 11:15    Selected talk 11
  • 11:30    Selected talk 12
  • 11:45    Selected talk 13
  • 12:00    Selected talk 14
  • 12:15    Best poster ceremony
  • 12:20    Conclusion


(Including two lunches, a wine & cheese cocktail and the coffee breaks)

Private institutions 250 EUR
Public institutions 180 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 75 EUR
Social dinner 60 EUR

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