E-NICHE • COST Action CA22102

European Network In CHemical Ecology: translating the language of life into sustainability

The main aim and objective of the Action is to unify European players in chemical ecology, promoting visibility and sharing knowledge, tools, and platforms.

July meetings in Prague

About the Action

E-NICHE will help unify the different branches of chemical ecology

The natural world speaks in chemistry. The main channel for information transfer among cells, microbes, fungi, plants, and animals, as well as across biological kingdoms is through infochemicals: molecules or mixtures of molecules released by one cell or organism that influence the state and behavior of another cell or organism. The universality of chemical communication across the tree of life and across biological levels of organization has resulted in a perplexing diversification of signals and signal receptors. This chemodiversity is paralleled by the diversity in researchers that study signals and receptors: ecologists and biochemists, zoologists, botanists, and microbiologists, aquatic and terrestrial researchers. E-NICHE aims to unite these different branches across disciplines, across geography, and from academia to industry to build a pan-European, collaborative community. E-NICHE will enable this community to fill knowledge gaps on the origins and functions of variation in chemical signaling systems, develop open and accessible resources, and educate the public about the fascinating chemodiversity that is critical to the diversity of life on earth.  


Integrating the currently fragmented chemical ecology community in Europe across disciplines will bring together complementary expertise and facilitate a more holistic approach to uncovering the origins and functions of variation in chemical signaling systems.


E-NICHE aims to develop a pan-European, collaborative community, connecting scientists across scientific disciplines, countries, industry and academia that can fulfill the need for interdisciplinary approaches to understand chemodiversity and transfer this knowledge to stakeholders and the general public. 


E-NICHE will bring together stakeholders and researchers across countries and scientific disciplines through the identification and dissemination of knowledge gaps, the development of open resources, and through meetings, workshops, training missions, and mobility promoting grants.  

E-NICHE in Numbers

Young Researchers & Innovators
Total Countries
COST Inclusiveness target countries

Get Involved

Latest Updates

We are pleased to announce a follow up to the February WG 1 meeting to continue our discussion on “Gaps and Constraints in Chemical...
Short Terms Scientific Missions are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. The aim of an...
To the members of E-NICHE  E-NICHE is pleased to announce the possibility of one or two grants for Young Researchers and Innovators (YRIs) from...
 In this newsletter  E-NICHE Website is online!  We are proud to announce that our website has recently been launched. Please visit our website at...
Symposium and workshop on developing a pan-European, chemical ecology database.