A brief history of the Society

The Society promotes interest in all aspects of research into the reactions and properties of free radicals and into their physical, chemical, biological, medical and industrial roles.

Founded in 1982, and now with over 2500 members worldwide, the Society consists of five autonomous regional groups: SFRR Asia, SFRR Europe, SFRR Australasia, Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRR Americas) and SFRR Africa. A number of regional groups have also been established within these areas.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Society was organized by Profs. Trevor Slater and Robin Willson held at The Royal Institution, London on 9 July 1982.

At the First Biennial Meeting, held at Brunel University in September 1982, the name Society for Free Radical Research was adopted, a Constitution agreed, and a President (Chairman) and Officers and Committee elected.

To accommodate the increasing size of the Society, a new Constitution was proposed and adopted in 1988 at a meeting in Kyoto, and the autonomous regional groups: SFRR (Asia), SFRR (Australasia) and SFRR (Europe), inaugurated. The Oxygen Society, founded in the USA in 1987, became a constituent member of SFRR and de facto SFRR (Americas). The Oxygen Society later changed its name to the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine (SFRBM).

The international society has held meetings every two years with the first of these being at Brunel University in 1982. Further meetings have been held at the following places: York, England (1984); Dusseldorf, Germany (1986); Kyoto, Japan (1988); Pasadena, USA (1990); Turin, Italy (1992); Sydney, Australia (1994); Barcelona, Spain (1996); Sao Paulo, Brazil (1998); Kyoto, Japan (2000); Paris, France (2002); Buenos Aires, Argentina (2004); Davos, Switzerland (2006); Beijing, China (2008), Orlando, Florida, USA (2010), London, England (2012), Kyoto, Japan (2014), San Francisco, USA (2016) and Lisbon, Portugal (2018).


June 3-6, 2025
22nd Society for Free Radical Research International Biennial Meeting
Location: University of Galway, Ireland
Further information: 22nd SFRRI Biennial Conference, Galway, Ireland



Trevor Slater Award Lecture

Lester Packer Award Lecture

Alberto Boveris Award Lecture

Kelvin and Joanna Davies Rising Star Award Lecture

November 20-23, 2024
31st Annual Conference of the Society for Redox Biology & Medicine
Location: Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Further information: https://sfrbm.org/

May 29-31, 2024
16th International Conference on Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species in Plants
Location: Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France
Further information: https://www.alphavisa.com/pog/2024/

October 10-12, 2024
HNE Club Meeting: Lipid Oxidation: New Biochemical Insights and Clinical Applications
Location: Genoa, Italy
Further information: download flyer

October 21-23, 2024
11th Biennial Meeting of SFRR Asia and Chinese National Conference of Redox Biology & Medicine 2024
Location: Kuntai Hotel (Beijing Wangjing), Beijing, China
Further information: http://www.sfrr-asia2024.com.cn/

December 9-11, 2024
32nd Meeting of The Society for Redox Research Australasia and 11th Joint Meeting with The Society for Free Radical Research Japan
Location: Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Rd, Acton ACT 2601
Further information: download flyer

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