The International Society for Bioengineering of the Skin (ISBS) was formed informally in 1976 and was formally constituted in 1993. In 2005 the International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI) merged with ISBS under the new name of International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin.
The scope of the society is to provide a forum for the development, use and improvement of non invasive measurement techniques to quantify skin functional parameters and to visualize skin function and morphology. Its currently approx. 180 come from diverse backgrounds such as hospitals, engineering departments as well as the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. In addition to promote basic and applied research another important mission of the society is also to provide teaching courses to newcomers in the field.
In order to fulfill these goals ISBS has bi-annual International Meetings and 'Skin Research and Technology' as their official Journal.