How the story began

A meeting was held at the VIth International Conference on Chemiluminescence and Bioluminescence, Cambridge, UK, in 1990 to discuss the establishment of a society for chemiluminescence and bioluminescence. Drs. A.K. Campbell and P. Stanley were asked to investigate the feasibility of this and to present a proposal at the VIIth International Conference.

After a full discussion of issues by those present at the VIIth International Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in 1993, it was decided that there was need and sufficient interest to establish an International Society.

Nominations for officers for the Society and its specialty subdivisions were requested from delegates at the VIIIth International Symposium held in September 1995 in Cambridge, UK. In addition, it was agreed that other members would be co-opted to form group committees, such as the local arrangements committee for the next International Symposium. These groups would have their own committees and hold their own meetings. Furthermore, two representatives from each country would be designated for visitors to contact and to co-ordinate events locally. These aims were adopted and the officers of the society elected unanimously at the Symposium by the approximately 200 delegates in attendance.

Additional details appear in Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence: Fundamentals and Applied Aspects Eds. A.K. Campbell, L.J. Kricka, and P.E. Stanley. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, U.K., pp. 656-658, from which this section was condensed.