16th International Congress on Photobiology
September 8–12, 2014
The 2014 International Congress of Photobiology was held in the “Pavillion Argentina” located within the University Campus of the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. This conference was the 16th in a series sponsored by the International Union of Photobiology (IUPB, www.iuphotobiology.com). This was the first time that the IUPB Congress was held in the Southern Hemisphere and also the first time held south of the Rio Grande. The University of Córdoba is the oldest in Argentina (founded 401 years ago) and the City of Córdoba offered a wonderful frame (and great weather) for the Congress.
The International Organizing Committee, addressed nearly all areas of photobiology and were from many countries. All areas of the interaction of light with the biosphere were covered, such as photosynthesis, photomorphogenesis, photomovement of plants and bacteria, the interaction of UV light with ecosystems (including bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, algae, plants, mammalian cells, and humans), circadian rhythms in plants and animals, vision and light-induced damage to the retina, UV induction of skin cancer, as well as the use of light for the treatment of various illnesses and the photochemistry of xenobiotics and biological molecules. The use of light-based technologies for the study of biological processes was also the subject of various symposia.
The Congress registered 507 participants from 38 Countries. 160 participants were from Argentina, 44 from Brazil, 17 from Chile, 60 from the USA, 50 from Germany, 20 from Japan, etc. 280 of the registered participants were young fellows (graduate students and young researchers).