21st International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence & XIX International Symposium on Luminescence Spectrometry 31st May – 3rd June, 2022

Practical Information

a. Awards and Special Issues:



In honor of Marlene DeLuca who pioneered the science of bioluminescence and chemiluminescence, one of her many contributions being cloning of the firefly luciferase gene, Berthold Technologies traditionally awards the prizes at the biennial ISBC meeting.

The award is intended to encourage young researchers in their scientific work. In this edition, Berthold Technologies will sponsor three awards of $500.00 each


Professor Aladar A. Szalay is pleased to sponsor two awards for the best two scientific contributions presented by young researchers during the 21st ISBC & XIX ISLS conference.

Such awards will be selected by an independent committee and are intended to encourage young researchers in their scientific work. In this edition, Professor Aladar A. Szalay will sponsor two awards to researchers under 35 years presenting a poster and an oral communication. Each of the two Awards includes a certificate and a stipendium of 500.00 €.



The Journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC) from Springer, are proud to sponsor one Award to the best oral communication presented during the “21st International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence and the XIX International Symposium on Luminescence Spectrometry” consisting on a 200 EUR Springer Book voucher and a certificate.

ABC will also sponsor two Poster Awards to young researchers under 35 years presenting a poster communication. Each of the two Awards includes a 150 EUR Springer Book voucher and a certificate.

The winners will be announced during the conference.


Authors of the papers submitted to the 21st ISBC-XIX ISLS conference are invited to write an postconference paper to be published in a Special Issue of:

  • Luminescence
  • MDPI Chemosensors: Publication of a Conference Special Issue of Chemosensors has been approved by the Publisher (MDPI), to be guest-edited by Professors Alfonso Fernandez, Rosana Badia and Ana Soldado (members of the conference organizing committee). The Special Issue will contain a collection of peer-reviewed and accepted papers, related to “Photoluminescence, Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence (Bio) sensors and probes”. Deadline for papers submission is 31 March 2023.

Please note that the topic of the paper MUST be within the scopes of the journals. Please be aware that your contribution should be prepared as any other regular paper Luminescence or MDPI Chemosensors, and that it will be evaluated via the same peer-review process. The quality of your contribution must meet the level required for a publication in the corresponding journal. Information about submission to the special issues will be addressed to all registered participants.

b. Conference Venue. Travel to Gijon and Accommodation

Conference venue: Gijon Convention Centre (Palacio de Congresos de Gijon). Recinto Ferial Luís Adaro - Av. Dr. Fleming, 481. Gijon. Spain.

Gijón Convention Centre is right in front of one of the green lungs of the city (Isabel la Catholica Park), five minutes away from the nearest beach (San Lorenzo), at the foot of widely used sports facilities and tracks, and surrounded by hotels within a walking distance of 5-10 minutes. Depending on where you staying, you will be able to reach the Building by foot enjoying a 10-min walk around some of the most charming parts of the city. However, some hotels might not be close enough for our participants to do so.

Walks to the Conference Centre can take you through the beautiful city center, or maybe along the scenic beach of San Lorenzo, as well as through the full-of-life Isabel la Catholica park. Additionally, Gijón has a reliable, regular public transport network. You can easily travel to the main nearby cities by train or bus, and there are frequent buses that allow you to move faster around the city. Most of these buses have a 15 min frequency and the ticket price is 1'25 €.

If you are staying in the city center you might want to take a bus to the Conference Centre. You can check all available bus lines here as well as their routes on a city map



Welcome to Spain: COVID-19 Recommendations for Travellers (Download here).

The face-to-face Symposium will be held following all the requirements and recommendations of the Spanish Ministry of Health. IMPORTANT! Updated information is available in the official site of the Spanish Ministry of Health. You can access the latest official information by clicking here. Don’t forget to visit Travel Safe Spain.

Also, you can get updated about COVID travel and meeting restrictions on the Spain Travel Health portal.


Asturias airport is located 40 km West of Gijón. This airport is connected to Gijón by regular buses (daily departures from the airport use to be between 6:00 am and midnight approximately every hour). Official taxis are also available outside of the arrivals terminal with a cost of approximately 48 €. Renting a car is also possible. Alternatively, you reach Gijón from other Spanish airports:

  • Santander, national and low cost companies. 177 km away, connected to Gijón by bus.
  • Bilbao, national, international and low cost companies. 267 km away, connected to Gijón by bus.
  • Santiago de Compostela, national, international and low cost companies. 299 km away, connected to Gijón by bus.
  • Madrid, national, international and low cost companies. 466 km away, connected to Gijón by air, by bus and by train.

All the aforementioned bus services are operated by ALSA. You can get all the information about prices and timetables at ALSA website.

Spain’s train company information is available here


Citizens from any State of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid national identity document or passport. Citizens from the United Kingdom and North Ireland will require a passport since their countries are not members of the Schengen Area.

Being in possession of a valid visa is required for the rest of foreign countries. To obtain the visa you will need an invitation letter that will be provided by the Conference Secretariat once you have get registered paid the registration. For more info please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

If you require a letter of invitation for Visa application purposes, you can ask for it at the time when you are submitting an abstract. Please send an email to ISLS-ISBC 2020 Committee (secretary@isbc-isls2022.com) to ask for it. The conference organizers, or its agents, cannot accept any responsibility for visa applications. Where a delegate is unable to attend because of failure to obtain a visa on time, the normal cancellation policy for registration fees will apply.


Gijón has a truly extensive range of hotels. You may choose the hotel that suits you best. Here, we have collected a few of them, indicating walking distances to the Conference Centre for your convenience. The hotels are marked over the map below; if you click on the Hotel names on the table underneath you will access the Hotel webpage to look at all the available information.

Gijon map with hotels

    Aprox. distance
to Conference
Center (by foot)
1 Parador Gijon **** www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-gijon 5 min
2 NH Gijón **** www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-gijon 7 min
3 Abba Playa Gijón **** www.abbahoteles.com/en/destinations/abba-playa-gijon-hotel/hotel.html 7 min
4 Tryp Gijón Rey Pelayo **** www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/gijon/hotel-gijon-rey-pelayo-by-melia/index.htm 8 min
5 Hotel Principe de Asturias **** www.hotelprincipeasturias.com/en/ 12 min
6 Hotel San Miguel ** www.hsanmiguel.com 23 min
7 Hotel Hernán Cortés **** hotelhernancortes.es 26 min
8 Hotel Alcomar *** www.hotelalcomar.com 26 min
9 City House Pathos Gijón *** en.hotelpathos.com 28 min
10 Santa Rosa Blue Gijón *** www.bluehoteles.es/santa-rosa/en/ 28min
11 Hotel Costa Verde * www.hotelcostaverde.es 34 min
12 Santa Catalina Suites Aparthotel santacatalinasuites.com/en/ 35 min

c. Tourism Information

The city of Gijon is a large coastal city in the north of Spain. Lapped by the sea, welcomes the visitor with open arms, offering a wide variety of services, places to visit, rich gastronomy… All oriented to make visitors feel at home.

Walking through Gijon is a pleasure for the senses. It’s a city in perfect symbiosis with the sea, nature, culture and architecture of characteristic buildings that are worth visiting.

In Gijon, in June, the temperature fluctuates between 15-22ºC (50-68º F)

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