Second International Symposium on Dyes & Pigments

18-21 September 2022 | Hotel Melia Sitges, Sitges, Spain


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create so much uncertainty, we have made the decision to postpone the Second International Symposium on Dyes & Pigments. The event will now be held from 18-21 September 2022. We look forward to welcoming you in Sitges, Spain.

The aim of this second ISDP symposium is to provide a single focus to bring together researchers from across the scientific disciplines which create and utilize chromophores and fluorophores, to promote communication across these different disciplines and to provide a platform for the presentation of new work.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 April 2022

Early bird registration deadline: 1 July 2022

It is our great pleasure to announce that the Second International Symposium on Dyes & Pigments (ISDP) will be held in Sitges, Barcelona from 18-21 September 2022.

As with the 2019 meeting in Seville, the aim of this International Symposium on Dyes & Pigments is to bring together researchers from across the scientific, clinical and materials spectrum, to promote communication across the different disciplines and to provide a platform for the presentation of new work in one relaxed meeting focused on the creation and application of colour.

There are very few aspects of our lives that are not touched upon by colour.  In the world of modern colorants, we synthesise and tune molecules to absorb / emit ‘light’ more efficiently at pre-selected wavelengths for a wealth of applications ranging from traditional polymer and textile coloration for aesthetic purposes, through complex materials for photovoltaic cells, DSSCs, OLEDs and PhoLEDs to biological and medicinal applications including sensors, fluorescence microscopy/imaging and theranostics.

Colorants have long served as conduits for energy transfer, we devise sensitizers to initiate polymerisations, to deactivate harmful radiation and to generate reactive oxygen species for photodynamic therapies (disinfection, anti-cancer).

We are immensely interested in interactions between fluorescent molecules where aggregation phenomena, which can enhance or quench emission, can be controlled by judicious placement of substituents to bend the properties of molecules to do our bidding. Liquid crystalline materials remain ever dependent upon molecular interactions to exhibit their wide-ranging properties.  The stimulation of molecules with light (photo-), electricity (electro-), pressure (piezo-, tribo-, mechano-) has led to breadth of colour phenomena (chromisms) which have been harnessed to deliver exciting commercial products.

The role of computational chemistry also continues to make an impact both in the design of new colorants and the explanation of colour phenomena, and many publications see theoreticians and synthetic chemists working in tandem to explore the fascinating future of colourful chemistry.

Given the aforementioned breadth of colour chemistry, contributions are thus welcomed from scientists, researchers and clinicians working in academia, industry and medicine on all fields in which the principal topic of research predominately features either a chromogenic or emissive unit. Oral and poster presenters will also be invited to submit a full paper to a Special Issue of the journal Dyes & Pigments.  Prizes for the best oral presentations and best posters will be awarded.

Conference topics

Oral and poster abstracts are invited on the topics below. They should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

  • Theme 1: Modern Chromophores and their Applications
  • Theme 2: Sensor Systems
  • Theme 3: Dyes for Biomedical Applications
  • Theme 4: Traditional Dyes & Pigments

Reasons to attend

High quality presentations

Learn from international researchers, understand the current state of research and challenges to future discovery, and present your lastest research to the conference.

Networking opportunities

Meet with colleagues from around the world, grow your professional scientific network and make new friends. There will be plenty of opportunities to network throughout the conference and at the special conference dinner.

Supporting Publication – Dyes & Pigments

We are proud to announce that the journal Dyes & Pigments (2019 Impact Factor: 4.613) is supporting this conference. Content in the journal is of unmistakeable quality. Alongside the high IF, the journal is in quartile one of 3 JCR categories (Materials Science, Textiles: 1/24, Chemistry, Applied: 12/71 and Engineering, Chemical: 26/143). The percentage of uncited content in the journal averaged at only 0.83% for papers published 2015-2018 (according to Scopus). The journal, as of 2018, is now downloaded more than a million times each year all over the world.

The journal welcomes top quality content which is in scope (see above link). Our fast turnaround times (Time to first decision: 2.4 weeks) will ensure that you get the answer you need in the fastest time possible.

Win a Best Poster Award

Best posters will be selected by the Scientific Committee and awarded at the conference. View the Best Poster Award winners from the inaugural International Symposium on Dyes & Pigments.



The Second International Symposium on Dyes & Pigments will take place in Sitges, Spain. One of the jewels of the Mediterranean coast, Sitges is just 35 km southwest of Barcelona in the Catalan region of Spain and very easily accessible from Barcelona Airport. The town offers visitors an impressive architectural and cultural heritage together with excellent beaches, restaurants, markets and festivals.

Supporting publication

Supporting publication

Conference hashtag  #DYES2022