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.
Membership is open to international
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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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ICP-MEPSA World Congress 2024

IUPB Events

IUPB awards 2024

The awards are to be presented at the 18th International Congress on Photobiology to be held in Perth, Western Australia, 25-30 August, 2024.

Finsen Medalists

Kristian Berg

Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Yoshitaka Fukada

University of Tokyo, Japan

Jean Krutmann

IUF, Düsseldorf, Germany

Edna Roe Lecturer


Finsen Lecturer

Angela Falciatore

CNRS, France

Keiichi Inoue

University of Tokyo, Japan


Upcoming and Recent Events

7th ESP Photobiology School
June 16-22, 2024
Brixen (IT)


Upcoming and Recent Events

ESP Travel Fellowships

The European Society for Photobiology (ESP) makes available to young photobiologists to facilitate their participation in conferences (excluding the ESP Photobiology School) with a clear photobiology profile. This instrument is implemented in even years.

Eligibility conditions:

  • The applicant must be a PhD student or Post-Doc (less than 35 years old).
  • The applicant must be an active ESP member in 2024.
  • The applicant’s supervisor must be ESP member in 2024.
  • The applicant must submit an abstract to the conference of interest.
  • To become ESP member please go to the page: Membership Application/Renewal
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Submission of applications:

The application letter must be accompanied by:

  1. A Statement of Purpose justifying how participation in this conference will support future career goals.
  2. A concise CV of the applicant.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the supervisor.
  4. Copy of the abstract submitted to the congress.

The deadline for application is May 15, 2024.

Upcoming and Recent Events

Obituary for Herbert Hoenigsmann

The International Union of Photobiology mourns the death of Herbert Hoenigsmann, its long term executive board member (Treasurer 1996-2000, President 2000-2004, Secretary 2008, and Secretary-Treasurer 2009-2014), who passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 21, 2023, at the age of 80.

In 1996, he organised and hosted the memorable 12th International Congress on Photobiology in Vienna and in 2014 he received the Finsen Medal for Fundamental Contributions to Photomedicine. He had a decisive influence on the field and shaped our Society.

We will miss him and share the sorrow with his family, friends and colleagues.

A more detailed obituary can be found at Springer Link.

Upcoming and Recent Events

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

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