SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES ON THE BIOLOGY OF VITAMIN D
The Vitamin D Workshops are international scientific conferences that bring together basic researchers, clinicians and nutrition experts from around the globe. The Founding Director of the Vitamin D Workshops was Anthony Norman (1938-2019). Since the first congress in 1973, there have been 24 Vitamin D Workshops with #25 in planning for June 2024 in Cork, Ireland. We typically host a multi-day forum where the latest research on Vitamin D is presented, debated and shared. The Vitamin D Workshops are open to anyone with an interest in the biology and health implications of Vitamin D. An important outcome of our meeting is publication of a dedicated issue of the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology featuring work presented at the conference. Proceedings from past meetings can be accessed under the Annual Conferences tab.
The Workshops are organized by a dedicated group of internationally recognized scientists who are experts on Vitamin D. The Workshop Executive Committee (WEC) is responsible for planning and implementing the annual meetings. The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) assists the WEC in choosing session topics, speakers and awardees for each workshop. Members of both the WEC and the PAC contribute to editing and reviewing manuscripts for the Proceedings of each Workshop.
As an non-profit organization, we rely on corporate sponsorships, exhibitors and government grants to fund the workshops. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with us in support of the 2024 congress in Cork, Ireland.
1st - Frankfurt, West Germany (1973)
2nd - Wiesbaden, West Germany (1974)
3rd - Asilomar, CA, USA (1977)
4th - Berlin, West Germany (1979)
5th - Williamsburg, VA, USA (1982)
6th - Merano, Italy (1985)
7th - Rancho Mirage, CA, USA (1988)
8th - Paris, France (1991)
9th - Orlando, FL, USA (1994)
10th - Strasbourg, France (1997)
11th - Nashville, TN, USA (2000)
12th - Maastricht, Netherlands (2003)
13th - Victoria, BC, Canada (2006)
14th - Brugge, Belgium (2009)
15th - Houston, TX, USA (2012)
16th - San Francisco, CA, USA (2013)
17th - Chicago, IL, USA (2014)
18th - Delft, Netherlands (2015)
19th - Boston, MA, USA (2016)
20th - Orlando, FL, USA (2017)
21st - Barcelona, Spain (2018)
22nd - New York City, NY (2019)
23rd - Keystone eSymposia (2021)
24th - Austin, Texas (2022)
25th - Cork, Ireland (2024)
The Vitamin D Workshop did not meet in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 meeting was a virtual Keystone Symposia held on Oct 13-14.
Conference Chairs were JoEllen Welsh (University at Albany, SUNY) and James C Fleet (University of Texas, Austin)
Archived content can be accessed via the
The 24th Vitamin D Workshop convened Sept 6-9, 2022 in Austin, Texas with conference co-chairs Dr. Margherita Cantorna (Penn State University) and Dr. Mark Meyer (University of Wisconsin)
The 25th Vitamin D Workshop is in planning for June 2024 in Cork, Ireland with co-chairs Dr. Kevin Cashman and Dr. Mairead Kiely (University College Cork)
The Board of Directors of the non-profit Vitamin D Workshop organization consists of internationally recognized PhD and MD scientists with active research programs in Vitamin D. The Workshop Executive Committee is a sub-committee of the Board whose members are responsible for planning the annual meeting. The Chair for each meeting is chosen from the WEC members.
Current members of the Board of Directors include James Fleet (CEO and 2019 Chair), JoEllen Welsh (CFO), Peter Ebeling, Moray Campbell, Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, Margherita Cantorna, Eniko Kallay, Mairead Kiely, Inez Schoenmakers and Roger Bouillon.
The Program Adivsory Committee (PAC) is an international group of 30-35 active research scientists with expertise in vitamin D. PAC members assist the WEC in program planning, abstract ranking and review of manuscripts for the conference proceedings. PAC members are elected by the WEC.
Dr. Anthony Norman, the inspirational leader of the Vitamin D Workshops and a world-renowned vitamin D researcher, passed away earlier this year. A formal memorial for Tony was held September 17, 2019 in Riverside, CA to celebrate his life and accomplishments.
Dr. Roger Bouillon, a long term friend and colleague of Tony's, who helped organize the Vitamin D Workshops, presented a wonderful tribute (in the form of a powerpoint presentation) at the Memorial.