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Johannes Ariens Kappers Medal

Prof. em. Anna Wirz-Justice during the Award Ceremony

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. em. Anna Wirz-Justice has been awarded the prestigious Johannes Ariens Kappers Medal by the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS). The medal is the highest award of the EBRS and this is the 7th time that it has been awarded to a scientist who has made outstanding scientific achievements and has substantially contributed to the development of our research discipline. The medal was presented during this year's EBRS meeting, on July 27, 2022, in Zurich, Switzerland. Warm congratulations Anna!

Travel Award

Dr. Marijke Gordijn (left) and Isabel Schöllhorn (right) during the Award Ceremony, SLTBR, June 2022

Congratulations to our PhD student Isabel Schöllhorn who was awarded a Travel Grant at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR), held in June 25-27, 2022 in Manchester, UK. She gave an excellent oral presentation on her thesis work entitled: '“Metameric display light: Melanopsin dependent effects on sleep latency, melatonin and visual comfort”.

We are also proud to announce that the head of the Centre for Chronobiology, Prof. Christian Cajochen is the new SLTBR President for the upcoming term 2022 -2024. Congratulations! We are looking forward to the next meeting which will be held in May 2023 in Lausanne, Switzerland - details will follow soon on www.sltbr.org .

Open position for a MD-PhD student

At the Center for Chronobiology of the UPK Basel, a 100% position as an MD-PhD doctoral student is available from September 1, 2022 for 3 years. Further information can be found here.

Science communication award

At the "Psychologie & Gehirn", the annual meeting of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) Section Biological & Neuropsychology, @christine-blume received the award for science communcation. Here, you find an overview of her outreach activities in the field of sleep and chronobiology.

The Daylight Award 2022


On May 16th 2022 Prof. emerita Anna Wirz-Justice won the prestigious The Daylight Award 2022 for her outstanding research on the effects of (day-)light on circadian rhythms and mood. We warmly gratulate our former Head of the Centre for Chronobiology to this major achievement!

If you want to see a short portrait of her click on this link

From dawn to dusk

How does light influence the circadian clock, sleep and health? On 20 and 21 May 2022 we will accompany the day with lectures and light measurements at the St. Margarethen Observatory in Basel.

We will cover various topics, such as how (day)light affects the internal clock, what role the moon plays, and how the body reacts when no light can be perceived through the eyes.

Admission is free and no registration is required.


LIGHTCAP seasonal school

On the second week of April, the LIGHTCAP consortium gathered in Eindhoven University of Technology for presentations, training, Case Studies and networking opportunities. This event was the third and first live Lightcap Season School. Find more information about our LIGHTCAP projects here.

Christian-Doppler Prize 2021

On 10 December 2021, Dr Christine Blume from the Centre for Chronobiology and Monika Angerer (University of Salzburg) received the Christian Doppler Prize of the State of Salzburg (Austria) for their joint work on circadian rhythms in severely brain-injured patients.


Integrative Human Circadian Daylight Platform

We are very excited to announce that we launched our new Integrative Human Circadian Daylight Platform (IHCDP) on September 1st, 2021. The interdisciplinary platform will integrate and comprehensively fuse basic, applied and clinical aspects of human circadian daylight research to improve circadian health, quality of life and well-being across the lifespan. The IHCDP platform is financially supported by the Velux Foundation Switzerland (https://veluxstiftung.ch/) for 4 years.