Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 18th International Carotenoids Society Symposium, I cordially invite you to the Congress Center Lucerne (KKL) from the 9th to the 14th of July 2017, to participate in the scientific program and cultural activities we are currently developing.

The aim of the symposium is to offer a well-organized arrangement of plenary talks by leaders in the key fields of carotenoid research, alongside parallel sessions dedicated to specific research areas. In addition to the talks, there will be plenty of time to meet, network, view and discuss posters, all along the conference proceedings.

On Sunday evening, the conference will open with a cocktail reception on the terrace of the KKL overlooking Lake Lucerne. On Wednesday afternoon, we invite you to join a pleasing lake cruise. By tradition of the ICS Conferences, the subsequent dinner will be combined with the awards presentation and other honorable celebrations.

We would also like to invite you to experience the city of Lucerne. Located right at the lake shore and in proximity to the mountains and natural surroundings, the city opens doors to manifold activities for you and accompanying persons to unwind.

We look forward to meeting you in Lucerne, and to a successful and well-attended ICS Conference 2017.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer
Professor for Healthy Ageing, University of Groningen