The Arnold Rikli Award

The Arnold Rikli Award is an international award offered to all scientific disciplines represented in photo biology that focus on the effects of optical radiation on the human organism. Research work focussing on this topic can be considered for the Arnold Rikli Award. The interdisciplinary character of the Arnold Rikli Awardis evident in the wide spectrum of scientific disciplines, including medicine, epidemiology, physics or even meteorology. Representatives of all of the aforementioned have won the award.

The applications are assessed by an independent scientific jury. Apart from an overall assessment of the research projects the individual members of the jury evaluate independent from each other the practical and clinical significance, originality and relevance, scientific interest, methodology and presentation by means of a points system.

The Arnold Rikli Award stands under the patronage of the European Society for Photobiology (ESP).

The panel is composed of internationally acclaimed experts:

  • Prof. Dr. med. Christiane Bayerl, Wiesbaden
  • Prof. Dr. Rex Tyrrell, Bath (GB)
  • Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Heering, Karlsruhe
  • Dr. med. Rolfdieter Krause, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. med. Jean Krutmann, Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Reichrath, Homburg
Jury 2018 in Stuttgart
Jury 2018 in Stuttgart
v.l.n.r. front line: Prof. Heering, Prof. Bayerl, Prof. Tyrrell
v.l.n.r. back line: Dr. Bocionek, Prof. Reichrath, Dr. Stange, Herr Wolff

Arnold Rikli Award 2018:

The announcement for the 18. Arnold Rikli Award in the amount of 10.000,- € for the year 2018  can be found here: 

Applications for the 18th Arnold Rikli Award 2018 can be submitted to the following address until 28th of February 2019: 

Dr. Peter Bocionek, c/o JW Holding GmbH
Kölner Str. 8
D-70376 Stuttgart, Germany

Arnold Rikli Sponsorship Award  2018:

For photobiological investigations in relation to human beings, we hereby announce the awarding of the 2nd Arnold Rikli Sponsorship Prize to the value of 5.000 Euro for the year 2018. The sponsorship prize was announced for the first time in 2016 and is in addition to the annual Arnold Rikli Award from the Jörg Wolff Foundation in Stuttgart (Germany) and is intended particularly for young photobiological scientists up to 35 years old.

The winners of the Arnold Rikli Sponsorship Award 2016 were:

  • Dr. Sonja Faßbender und Dr. Kevin Sondenheimer (Düsseldorf, Deutschland)
  • Keratinocytes Counteract UVB-Induced Pigmentation Via HIF-1alpha Activation

The Arnold Rikli Award ceremony 2017

The prize was awarded for his scientific work with the subject: “Ultraviolet -radiation -induced inflammation Promotes angiotropism and metastasis in melanoma”.

The award of the 18th Arnold Rikli Prize took place on 8th of June 2018 on the occasion of the yearly symposium of the German Academy for Photobiology and Phototechnology (DAfP) in Lübeck (Germany).

The winner of the Arnold Rikli Prize 2017 are Professor Dr. Aki Kawasaki, Hospital Ophtalmique Jules Gonin, University Lausanne (Switzerland) and Associate Professor Dr. Mirjam Münch, Institute of Physiology, WG Sleep Research & Clinical Chronobiology. Charité University Medicine Berlin (Germany).

The prize was awarded for their scientific work with the subject: “Acute non-visual light responses in patients and healthy controls“.

The research appreciated with the price has asked the question: Can ocular disease cause physiological dysfunction other than visual loss, and if yes, are any not primarily vision-dependent deficits related to an alteration in melanopsin function? Investigations with patients suffering from glaucoma or cataract show as response to light alterations with respect to melanopsin-dependent functions such as alertness, reaction time and pupillary light reflex as well as well-being and sleep behavior, which was already diagnosable at a stage of disease when the visual deficit is mild and largely unnoticed by the patient. Moreover, data from subjects living in the Antarctica (three months without direct sunlight) demonstrate how melanopsin-mediated light responses adapt as a function of marked seasonal changes in daylight duration. The research results of the price winners indicate that there is a growing need to consider everyday light conditions because through this melanopsin-dependent physiological and behavioral changes may aggravate or ameliorate.

from left to right: Prof. Wolfgang Heering, representative of the Arnold Rikli Jury, Dr. Peter Bocionek, representative of the Jörg Wolff Foundation, Professor Aki Kawasaki and Dr. Mirjam Münch, Arnold Rikli Price winners 2017
from left to right: Prof. Wolfgang Heering, representative of the Arnold Rikli Jury, Dr. Peter Bocionek, representative of the Jörg Wolff Foundation, Professor Aki Kawasaki and Dr. Mirjam Münch, Arnold Rikli Price winners 2017

Former Arnold Rikli Award winners

The following pieces of research were awarded the Arnold Rikli Award:

A. Kawasaki (Lousanne, Schweiz) und
M. Münch (Berlin, Deutschland)
Acute non-visual light responses in patients and healthy controls

L. Zastrow (Monaco) 
Free Radical Formation in Human Skin and Threshold Value: A New Universal Body Constant

not awarded

T. Tüting (Bonn, Deutschland)
Ultraviolet-radiation-induced inflammation promotes angiotropism and metastasis in melanoma

T. Haarmann-Stemmann (Düsseldorf, Deutschland)
The role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signalling pathway in the cutaneous UVB response.

S. Emmert (Göttingen, Germany)
DNA repair, photocarcinogenesis and new phototherapeutic approaches

C. Suschek (Düsseldorf, Deutschland)
Whole Body UVA Irradiation Lowers Systemic Blood Pressure by Release of Nitric Oxide From Intercutaneous Photolabile Nitric Oxide Derivates

J. Schauber (München, Germany)
Regulation of the innate immune defence in human skin by UV phototherapy via activation of the vitamin D3 metabolism.

J. C. van der Leun (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Climate change and skin cancer

C. Jantschitsch (Kiel, Germany)
Infrared radiation confers resistance to UV-induced apoptosis

T. Maisch, J. Baier, B. Franz, M. Maier; M. Landthaler, R-M. Szeimies; W. Bäumler (Regensburg, Germany)
The role of singlet oxygen and oxygen concentration in photodynamic inactivation of bacteria

J. Reichrath (Homburg/Saar, Germany),
Balance between risks of vitamin D deficiency and skin cancer.

R. Krause (Berlin, Germany),
The role of UV light in cardovascular risk

C.F. Garland, F.C. Garland and E.G. Gorham (San Diego, USA),
UV light and vitamin D in human health, epidemiological exploration

D.E. Brash (Yale, USA),
p53 and photocarcinogenesis

A. Falkenbach (Frankfurt/Main, Germany),
UV-exposition for health care

H. Meffert and H.-P. Scherf (Berlin, Germany), Systematic photo effects
J. Krutmann (Freiburg, Deutschland),

M. F. Holick (Boston, USA),
Vitamin D photosynthesis
Support prizes: E. Lembke (Kartzow, Deutschland) and P. Lehmann (Düsseldorf, German)

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