Date: September 7th – 12th, 2014
Venue: Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
City: Córdoba, Argentina

It is a great pleasure for the Local Organizing Committee and the Board of the International Union of Photobiology welcoming you in Córdoba, Argentina, for the 16th International Congress on Photobiology. We feel very honoured by your participation in this Congress, held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere and even South of the Rio Grande. With ca. 500 participants from 38 Countries and the high level of the science shown by the abstracts submitted, this ICP promises to be a great scientific meeting.

We have tried to attract all groups working in Latin America in the wide area of photobiology and we are sure that this Congress will strongly enhance the connection among those groups. There is a significant number of abstracts dealing with specific problems of the region, such as the influence of the high level UV radiation caused by the ozone hole on the phytoplankton and zooplankton in the Atlantic coast and lakes of South America, the photobiology of extremophiles in the Puna region at high altitude, the particular properties of the algae from South Chile, and the effects on human health, through the production of skin cancer, of the high level of UV radiation in Brazil and other Countries (to mention just a few). The high number of Argentine participants (more than 150) underscores the development of many areas of Photobiology in the host country.

The strong financial support by the Argentine Minister of Science, Technology and Innovative Production (MINCyT) and by the Science and Technology Research Council (CONICET) have  permitted the participation of many graduate students and young researchers from Argentina, whereas the support by IUPAC (International Union of Photochemistry) has allowed us to aid the participation of young colleagues from Latin America. We also acknowledge the support by the International Union of Biological Societies (IUBS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and last, but not least, the support by the Photobiology Societies from Europe (ESP), the United States (ASP) and from Asia and Oceania (AOSP) as well as by the Research Institutions in Germany (MPG, DAAD, DFG, Humboldt Foundation, etc.) grouped under “Research in Germany”.

The generous support from several Companies (listed with their logos), such as L’Oreal, BASF, and Johnson & Johnson as well as all the exhibitors, has helped us finance this Congress without putting a very large burden on the fees, especially for the participants from Latin America. The Rector and officers from the National University of Córdoba (UNC) have supported us in every possible manner and we are very grateful for this help.

We are sure that you will enjoy the 5 days of stay at the Campus of the UNC, the oldest University in Argentina, as well as visiting the surroundings in the City and, perhaps, the nearby wonderful mountains.

We also thank the “Agencia de Córdoba Turismo” and the  Gobierno de la Provincia (Province Government) for the welcome reception.

We deeply thank the members of the International Advisory Scientific Committee and the Symposia Organizers for the great collaboration and the time spent putting together the many puzzles that permitted to complete the complex programme of the Congress.

It is the effort and contributions of the participants what marks the success of a Congress, and this one should be no exception. We wish you a very fruitful exchange of scientific ideas, the creation of new friendships and the renovation of old ones as well as the establishment of fresh long-term scientific collaborations.

In the name of the International Union of Photobiology (IUPB, www.iuphotobiology.com) and the Local Organizing Committee of the Congress,

Henry W. Lim
President IUPB
Silvia E. Braslavsky
Chairwoman of Organizing Committee
16th ICP 2014

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