International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO) has been organized every year since 1969 in a different European town.

Welcome to ISEO 2020


Dear ISEO Permanent Scientific Committee Members,
Dear ISEO Participants,
Dear ISEO Sponsors,

ISEO 2020 will take place as planned from September 6th to 9th in Nicosia (Lefkosa), Northern Cyprus.

Although all are aware of uncertainties related to COVID-19 outbreak, there is no plan to cancel or postpone ISEO at this point. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) advised that the health risk of coronavirus is considered moderate at the time of sending this information. In line with this guidance, ISEO 2020 will go ahead as planned.

Nevertheless, to give presenters, sponsors and attendees some additional time we decided to extend the deadlines for abstract submission and registration. Accordingly, all other deadlines will be moved to later dates. We are encouraging you to submit an abstract and plan your attendance to ISEO.

In case of cancelation, sponsorship funds and registration fees will be returned to your bank accounts.

We will continuously monitor the global health risks associated with COVID-19 and its potential impact to ISEO participants and keep you informed through symposium web page (


International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO) has been organized every year since 1969 in a different European town.

It offers a golden opportunity for essential oil scientists to meet, exchange views and discuss latest developments in the field of essential oils, natural volatiles, flavours and fragrances.

ISEO series of symposia are a school for young scientists to learn about essential oils and meet and listen to prominent lecturers who talk about most recent advances in the fascinating field of essential oils.

We have organized ISEOs three times in Turkey (28th in 1997 in Eskişehir; 42nd in 2011 in Antalya; 45th in 2014 in Istanbul). 51st ISEO will be organized in Nicosia (Lefkosa), Northern Cyprus in 2020.

Cyprus is a peaceful eastern Mediterranean island with natural, cultural, historical and touristic beauties. It is an educational haven housing 19 universities with over 100.000 students from 120 countries. Golden-sand beaches, 5-star hotels, pleasant climate, museums, good food and reasonably priced restaurants and joyful tavernas offer ample opportunity to those who wish to enjoy other beauties along with scientific interactions. The largest citrus fruit juice concentrate and essential oil manufacturing facility is in Northern Cyprus which will be visited during the symposium.

I cordially invite scientists, students, traders, industrialists, perfumer and flavorists, agronomists, regulators, aromatherapists, and all those interested in or working with essential oils, flavours, fragrances, terpenoids and natural volatiles to attend the 51st ISEO next year in Northern Cyprus.

Please follow our website regularly for new developments and announcements.
We shall do our utmost to make the meeting as fruitful and enjoyable as possible.
I look forward to meeting you on 6-9 September 2020 in Nicosia, N.Cyprus.

Prof. Dr. K. Hüsnü Can Başer
President, 51st ISEO

Sanganeria Foundation Supports 10 Young Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Scientists

Sanganeria Foundation will be sponsor 10 (ten) young and brilliant scientists related to the field i.e. Medicinal and Aromatics Plants.

IFEAT Supports 20 Young Essential Oil Scientists

International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) [] has decided to meet registration fees of 20 young scientists whose abstracts have been accepted by the Scientific Committee of ISEO 2020 ( Please enter your abstracts until the deadline June 1, 2020 and also send your short CV by email. Approved nominees shall be announced in due course.

General Information

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2020
Acceptance Letters: 15 June 2020
Early bird registration: 30 June 2020

Congress Venue

The Near East University, established in 1988, is located in Nicosia, capital of North Cyprus, and as an international higher education institution employing highly qualified staff, offers the most extensive undergraduate and postgraduate education opportunities to over 26 thousand students coming from over 100 countries.

Congress City

From the Assyrians to the Egyptians, the Persians to the Romans, Cyprus has seen hordes of visitors disembark on her shores over the centuries – each leaving their distinctive mark on the varied landscape.


Take a look at the registration fees and information

Online Registration

We strongly advice you to register before June 30, 2020 for reduced prices. Only online registrations will be accepted.

ISEO Medal of Honor

Since last year, ISEO Medal of Honor is awarded to a distinguished scientist who has conducted  outstanding research into essential oils and served for the promotion of essential oils as a distinguished field of science. The first medal was bestowed upon late Prof. Dr. Jan Karlsen who was one of the founding fathers of ISEO. The medal is an art work of an artist in Messina, Italy. We are grateful to Merck/MilliporeSigma* for the generous sponsorship of this medal.


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