The International Union of Photobiology is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1928 with the mission to stimulate scientific research and international collaboration in photobiological sciences.
and national photobiology groups and to individuals from countries with no photobiology organizations.
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Membership is open to international
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17th International Congress on Photobiology
Barcelona, Spain
August 25–30, 2019
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Finsen Medals
Are awarded to distinguished photobiologists for their outstanding contributions to the photosciences. These medals recognize scientists who have worked in the photosciences for a considerable number of years.
Edna Roe Lecturers
Are promising photoscientists who have achieved breakthroughs or similar accomplishments in the photosciences. Traditionally, most Edna Roe Lecturers have been women.
Finsen Lecturers
Are promising photoscientists who have achieved breakthroughs or similar accomplishments in the photosciences.
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Letter from the President

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Perth, Western Australia
10 February 2022

Dear IUPB Member Societies and our wider community of photobiology/photobiochemistry colleagues,

We are entering a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic but we still have much to be thankful for, not least the on-site joint congress with the European Society for Photobiology in August 2019. Just 3 months after the close of the joint congress the first reports of the virus were announced. Apart from the restrictions on physical movement, as often happens in critically challenging times, increased human connections and innovations have occurred – both personal and scientific, and with many online conferences, and family and colleague to colleague virtual meetings.

As you know the next big event for IUPB is its 18th International Congress on Photobiology to be held in Perth, Western Australia, 25th to 30th August 2024. Several of us in the IUPB Executive Committee and the emerging congress organisational committees have been discussing some interesting ways in which to bring scientists together in the years between the IUPB congresses as well as to be a part of making each congress an outstanding success. I would like to share some of these ideas with you and to ask for your feedback.

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Upcoming and Recent Events

20th Congress of the
European Society for Photobiology
August 27 - 31, 2023 Lyon, France

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Upcoming and Recent Events

4th PDT-PDD SYMPOSIUM
October 24th to 28th 2022
Nancy (FR)

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Upcoming and Recent Events

2022 ASP meeting (Postponed)
Fall of 2022
Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Upcoming and Recent Events

19th Congress of European Society for Photobiology
30 August - 3 September, 2021
Salzburg (AT)

Upcoming and Recent Events

6th ESP Photobiology School
August 21-27, 2022
Brixen (IT)

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IUPB Events

Extended Executive Board meeting

cena_barcellona_2019.jpgIUPB had its Extended Executive Board meeting on August 26, 2019 and its General Assembly during the 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life, in Barcelona

IUPB Events

President John Spudich receiving ESP medal

The 2014-2019 IUPB President, John Spudich, received the prestigious ESP medal from the hands of the ESP President, Santi Nonell and ESP President-Elect, Franz Trautinger, at the gala dinner of the 2019 IUPB-ESP World Congress on Light and Life in Barcelona.

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Opening ceremony and Presidential Lecture of the 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress

Opening ceremony of the 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life in Barcelona, and Presidential Lecture, on Sunday August 25, 2019

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2019 Finsen Medalist: Janet Bornman

Janet giving her lecture and receiving her Award, during the 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life, August 25-30, 2019, in Barcelona

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2019 Finsen Medalist: Silvia Braslavsky

Silvia giving her lecture and receiving her Award, during the 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life, August 25-30, 2019, in Barcelona

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2019 Finsen Medalist: Henry Lim

Henry giving his lecture and receiving his Award, during the 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life, August 25-30, 2019, in Barcelona

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2019 Edna Roe Lecturer, Lesley Rhodes, and 2019 Finsen Lecturer, Scott Byrne


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