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.

Since 2014 our Society started the programme ESP Supplement to the PhD Degree to give professional recognition to higher education in Photobiology, thereby increasing the professional value of the ESP younger members and the societal visibility of the ESP. A Certificate will be issued with the signatures of the ESP President, the Secretary, and the Chair of the Education&Training Committee. The awards will be announced at the next ESP Congress and presented during the General Assembly.

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.

Education and Training Committee

Massimo Trotta, Chair
Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes, National Research Council, Bari, Italy

Massimo Trotta

Céline Frochot
LRGP - Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés - UMR 7274, Nancy, France

Éva Hideg
University of Pécs PTE, Plant Biology, Institute of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary

Cristiano Viappiani
Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Parma, Italy