The Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP) was formed in June 2000 at the conclusion of the First International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-1) held in Dijon, France. This was the first worldwide meeting devoted only to research in the fields of porphyrins and phthalocyanines and was attended by almost 600 scientists from more than 40 different countries. The Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (JPP) had been publishing manuscripts on both porphyrin and phthalocyanine topics since 1997 but there was still very little scientific interaction among the JPP authors or members of the Editorial Board who considered themselves either “porphyrin scientists” or “phthalocyanine researchers” and had devoted their careers to research in one of the two fields but not both. Thus, formation of our new society in June 2000 was intended to break down barriers between the two fields of research (and researchers) and further all types of scientific interactions between these two disciplines which at that time were linked by a similar looking macrocycle and a journal but not much more.
The broad goal of SPP has always been to serve the interests of scientists working in any area of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles, independent of their scientific discipline, be it chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry or material science. This was done in part by providing the infrastructure and substantial financial support for future ICPP meetings which were so far held in Kyoto (2002), New Orleans (2004), Rome (2006), Moscow (2008), New Mexico (2010), Jeju (2012), Istanbul (2014), Nanjing (2016), Munich (2018) and next in Buffalo (2020). SPP not only assisted the local organizers with all aspects of the ICPP meeting organization but also solicited funding for the awarding of 5-6 Lifetime Achievement Awards every two years to highly distinguished senior investigators, 3-4 JPP/SPP Young Investigator Awards to scientists under the age of 40 and numerous grants for students who wished to attend the meeting.
SPP also purchased the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (JPP) from John Wiley & Sons at the end of 2001 and for the next seven years handled all aspects of its publication out of the Dijon office. Thus, SPP, ICPP and JPP were firmly intertwined from 2001-2008.