ASSC Sun Exposure Summit March 2021

The sun has both risks and benefits for health. The risks are well established (skin cancer, premalignant skin lesions, cataract, pterygia) but the benefits are less clear. Generation of vitamin D is an established benefit of sun exposure, but the optimal 25(OH)D for health and the best way to achieve this is controversial. Further, evidence is emerging to suggest benefits of the sun through non-vitamin D pathways. Generating and communicating guidelines that balance the risks and benefits is challenging, and surveys suggest that clinicians and the general public are confused about this.

The Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) is hosting the Sun Exposure Summit, on 15-16 March, 2021. This meeting will bring together multiple stakeholder groups (including clinicians, NGOs, government agencies, specialist colleges, research institutions, policy makers, and consumers) to review the latest evidence in this debate. 

The Sun Exposure Summit aims to address the questions:

1. Are Australia and New Zealand’s current policies regarding the risks and benefits of sun exposure optimal for health?

2.  How should the message about the risks and benefits of sun exposure be communicated to health practitioners and the public?

The Sun Exposure Summit will be held on 15-16 March 2021, via webinar.


For all enquiries, please contact Melissa Kerr (

We look forward to welcoming you to the ASSC Sun Exposure Summit in March 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Rachel Neale

On behalf of the Sun Exposure Summit Organising Committee:

Professor Rachel Neale, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Professor David Whiteman, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Professor Monika Janda, The University of Queensland
Professor Robyn Lucas, Australian National University
Professor Graeme Jones, University of Tasmania
Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair, Cancer Council Victoria

The ASSC Sun Exposure Summit is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.