Aims of the Federation

The International Federation of Comparative Endocrinological Societies (IFCES) is an umbrella organization whose primary function is to promote and advance research in comparative endocrinology, neuroendocrinology and neurobiology, and to facilitate the collaboration and exchange of ideas among scientists worldwide.

IFCES was formed in 1989 at the XI International Symposium on Comparative-Endocrinology, Malaga, Spain by an international group of comparative endocrinologists. The founding societies of IFCES are the Asia and Oceania Society for Comparative Endocrinology (AOSCE), the European Society for Comparative Endocrinology (ESCE), the Indian Society for Comparative Endocrinology (ISCE), the Japan Society for Comparative Endocrinology (JSCE), and the Division of Comparative Endocrinology of The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB).  The North American Society of Comparative Endocrinology (NASCE) became a member of the IFCES in 2017 during the 18th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology (ICCE18), Lake Louise, AB, Canada.

IFCES fosters the organization of international symposia, such as the International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology (ICCE), to occur normally on a quadrennial basis.  IFCES may undertake other activities, such as sponsorship of workshops or specialized symposia, as it deems appropriate.


Call for nominations for the Bargmann-Scharrer, the Pickford Medal and the Barrington-Kobayashi Lectures

 for the 19th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology (ICCE19)

The Council of the International Federation of Comparative Endocrinological Societies (IFCES) requests nominations for the Bargmann-Scharrer Lecture, the Pickford Medal Lecture, and the Barrington-Kobayashi Lecture, to be given at the 19th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology (ICCE19) in Sendai, Japan, July 8-12, 2025.

  • The Bargmann-Scharrer Lecture recognizes the life-long achievements of a prominent comparative neuroendocrinologist.
  • The Pickford Medal Lecture recognizes the achievements of a comparative endocrinologist under the age of 45 (as of February 16, 2024).
  • The Barrington-Kobayashi Lecture is a career award that recognizes the lifelong achievements of a comparative endocrinologist.

Please send by February 16, 2024, a nomination letter including a brief statement of the significance of the work for which the candidate is nominated and an up-to-date Curriculum vitae of the nominee by e-mail to Angela B. Lange ( using as the message header Award Nominations ICCE19.

The Selection Committee will elect one candidate for each lecture by simple majority and candidates will be approved by the members of the IFCES Council by simple majority.

For more information on the awards, please go to the Awards pages on this website.

Kind regards,

The Award Nomination and Selection Committee

Angela B. Lange, Carlos Arámburo, James Carr, and Yoshio Takei

News on upcoming meetings and workshops

September 1-5, 2024:

31th Conference of European Comparative Endocrinology (CECE)
Ancona, Italy

For further details, see:

September 15-19, 2024:

10th International Symposium of Fish Endocrinology (ISFE)
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

For further details, see:

July 8-12, 2025:

19th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology (ICCE19)
Sendai, Japan

For further details, see: