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The 9th ISFE supposed to take place in Guanghzou (China) never took place because of the wold Coronavirus situation. Dr Vance Trudeau was elected electronically as the new president of ISFE and Prof. Oliana Carnevali as vice president.


The 8th ISFE took place in Gothenburg (Sweden) and organized by Thrandur Björnssong. Penny Swanson was elected as the new president and Olivier Kah stayed onboard vice-president.

June 27, 2015

The International Society for Fish Endocrinolgoy (ISFE) is registered in france as a non profit organization and it is published in the official journal of the french republic.


The 7th ISFE was organized by Gustavo Somoza in Buenos Aires  (Argentina). Olivier Kah gave the third Richard E. Peter lecture. On this occasion, the IC met under Carl Schreck’s presidency. Carl resigned at the buenos aires meeting whereupon Olivier Kah was elected. The idea of having a formal society had been informally discussed over the years. Olivier Kah made a formal proposal at the 2012 symposium that a formal society representing fish endocrinologists be formed. The IC discussed and and agree with this recommendation in concept. A survey of symposium participants was conducted to seek their opinion on the merits of such an organization and what its function would be. A large majority of people was in favor of forming a society, resulting in the formal launching of the international society of fish endocrinologists.


The 6th meeting took place in Calgary (Canada), organized by Hamid Habibi, John Chang and Alice Hontela. Professor Yoshitaka Nagahama gave the 2nd R.E. Peter lecture. On this occasion, a full-day post-meeting satellite symposium was organized as a tribute to dr. Richard E. (Dick) Peter. Over 150 delegates including many of dr. Peter’s former students, associates, friends and colleagues were present and made this a true scientific event as well as celebration of Dick’s scientific achievement in the presence of mrs. Leona peter and dr. Peters’s two sons, Mathew and Jayson.


The 5th metting took place in Castellón de la Plana (Spain) and was organized by Silvia Zanuy. The international committee initiated the r.e. peter plenary lecture  to be delivered at each symposium as a way of recognizing the vision and wisdom of the international symposium’s founding father and to recognize senior leaders in the field of fish endocrinology. The first one of these was delivered by professor Peter himself at the Castellon symposium. Very sadly, three years later dick peter passed away.


The 4th meeting organized by Walt Dickhoff, Penny Swanson and colleagues took place in Seattle (USA). During this meeting, Dick Peter who was the group’s first president and served over several meetings, resigned. At this time, Carl Schreck was elected president.


The 3rd meeting, organized by Kohei Yamauchi and his colleagues took place in Hakodate (Japan)


The 2nd meeting was held in Saint-Malo (France) and organized by Bernard Breton and colleagues.


The 1st international symposium on fish endocrinology (ISFE) was organized by professor Richard E. Peter (Dick) and Peter K. Pang in Edmonton, Canada. The rationale for having this conference was that a series of symposia dedicated to fish reproduction, the international symposium of reproductive physiology of fish already existed, but fish physiological functions other than reproduction were not covered. Thus, Dick Peter and Peter Pang, interested in growth hormone and prolactin, respectively, decided to create a platform where all aspects of fish endocrinology would be discussed. An international committee (IC) was formed at the time of the 1st ISFE. This committee was notably in charge of identifying the organizers of the next meeting and discussing the scientific program. However, this all remained informal. Since the inaugural symposium of 1988 and because of its great success, other very productive meetings were  organized.