Education and training

ESP has always devoted a great attention to educational issues, and after the 1999 Congress in Granada the Education and Training Committee was established.

The main aim of this ESP activity is to allow as many young ESP Members as possible to become acquainted with new scientific environments, to widen their scientific horizons, to have the opportunity of candidly discussing with colleagues from other laboratories and research groups, and to attend international conferences, summer schools, and congresses on the different areas of photobiology.

Another task of the Education and Training Committee is to examine the nominations and select for the Young Investigator Award a young scientist (under age 35) conducting original research of exceptionally high quality in fields related to photobiology. The award is presented during the ESP congress, where the awardee gives the opening lecture.

However, the main target of the Education and Training Committee is to provide fellowships for young ESP members attending ESP congresses and the ESP Photobiology School

A limited number of travel fellowships may also be granted to young ESP members for special activities as attending other photobiology conferences or participating in short research stays (typically two to three weeks) in other laboratories.

All the above activities shall be guided by the following general principles:

  1. The applicant must be a PhD student or Post-Doc (less than 35 years old).
  2. The applicant must be ESP Member.
  3. The applicant’s supervisor must be ESP member.
  4. Co-funding of the activity by the applicant’s institution is mandatory.


Calls for proposals will be announced periodically on this page, specifying additional eligibility criteria and particular conditions for each specific call.

Call for Travel Felloships to attend Photobiology Conferences in 2014

Call for the ESP Supplement to the PhD Degree