Photochemistry and Photobiology

Cover image for Vol. 93 Issue 6

Edited By: Jean Cadet

Impact Factor: 2.121

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 47/73 (Biophysics); 201/290 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1751-1097

Society Information

The American Society for Photobiology (ASP) was formed in response to the growing interest and research in the effects of light on human health and the broader natural world. Formally established in 1972 under the leadership of Kendric C. Smith, the society was the outgrowth of a number of regional photobiology groups, the Photochemistry Photobiology Group of the Biophysical Society (1970-1978), and the Committee on Photobiology of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences (1952-1981).

Since the inception of the ASP, its goals have been to promote research in photobiology, integrate different photobiology disciplines, disseminate knowledge of photobiology, and provide information on photobiological aspects of national and international issues.

The ASP is continually expanding to encompass new developments of modern science and technology, and is currently organized around five key scientific divisions:
1. Photochemistry, Photophysics and Phototechnology
2. Photosensory Biology
3. Photosynthesis and Photoconversion
4. Photomedicine
5. Environmental Photobiology and Ultraviolet Radiation Effects

Officers and Councilors

President: Keith Cengel
Past-President: Beth Gaillard  
President-Elect: Georg Wondrak 
Secretary: Don Forbes
Treasurer: Theresa Busch

Nihal Ahmad
Thierry Douki
Alec Greer
David Kessel
Stephen Kanick
Yu-Ying He
Jonathan Lovell
Edward Maytin
Bernhard Ortel
Kim Samkoe
Charles Simone
Dave Sliney

Assoc. Councilor: Ulysses Sallum

Membership in the ASP is open to individuals sharing the stated purposes of the society and who have educational, research, or practical experience in photobiology or in an allied scientific field. All researchers in fields of light-related or triggered phenomena in life and natural sciences are welcome to join the society.

Membership supports the ASP in activities that promote photobiological research and raise the profile of photobiology in the research community. The ASP Web site has a number of professional resources including a job bank and tools for research and teaching.

Other benefits of membership include:
• Photochemistry and Photobiology, the ASP's bimonthly journal
• Access to the online archives of the journal and other databases maintained by the ASP
• Access to the ASP listserv, maintained by the ASP
• Discounted registration rates at ASP and European Society for Photobiology (ESP) meetings

The ASP encourages students and post-docs to join as associate members. The ASP offers reduced membership fees, reduced meeting costs, travel awards, and a 'Mentoring Lunch' (held at ASP meetings) to all associate members. The ASP also promotes mentoring relationships between associate members and members.

For more information about the ASP and membership in the society please visit the ASP homepage.