History of the ISFE

  • The 1st International symposium on Fish Endocrinology (ISFE) was organized in 1988 by Professor Richard (Dick) E. Peter 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 (see ISRPF: https://ccmar.ualg.pt/10ISRPF/) 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, a. 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 held in Saint Malo (France), organized by Bernard Breton in 1992, Hakodate (Japan), organized by Kohei Yamauchi in 1996, Seattle (USA), organized by Walt Dickhoff in 2000, Castellon (Spain), organized by Sylvia Zanuy in 2004, Calgary (Canada), organized by Hamid Habibi, John Chang and Alice Hontela in 2008, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by Gustavo Somoza in 2012.
  • 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.
  • In 2008, the meeting took place in Calgary, organized by Hamid Habibi, John Chang and Alice Hontela. Professor Yoshitaka Nagahama gave the 2d RE 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.
  • Dick Peter was the group’s first president and served over several meetings, resigning at the meeting in Seattle in 2000. At this time, Carl Schreck was elected president. Carl resigned at the Buenos Aires meeting whereupon Olivier Kah was elected.
  • In 2012, Gustavo Somoza organized the 7th ISFE in Buenos Aires where Olivier Kah gave the third Richard E. Peter lecture. On this occasion, the IC met under Carl Schreck’s presidency. 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 that a formal society representing fish endocrinologists be formed. The IC discussed and and agree with this recommendation in concept. The IC discussed and agreed 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 in 2015.
  • June 27 2015, the Society is registered in France as a non profit organization. Here is the publication in the official journal of the French Republic


  • In 2016, during the meeting hosted in Gothenburg by Thrandur Björnsson in Gothenburg (Sweden)., Penny Swanson was elected as the new president and Olivier Kah stays onboard aa a Vice President.

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