Setsuhisa Tanabe is a full professor at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University since 2008. He received his PhD at Department of Industrial Chemistry, Kyoto University in 1993. After working as an assistant professor, he was promoted to an associate professor in 2001 and to a full Professor in 2008 all in Kyoto University. He is the author of 220 original papers, 25 book chapters, and 40 review papers on rare-earth doped luminescent materials for upconversion lasers, optical fiber amplifier for telecommunication and LED phosphors.
He has served as a plenary, keynote or invited speaker at more than 100 international conferences. He was the chair of Technical Committee on Optoelectronic Glasses (TC20) of International Commission on Glass (ICG) during 2003- 2011 and is now a member of Steering Committee of ICG since 2013. He was a visiting scientist at Rutgers University, NJ during 1996-1997 and was an invited professor at University of Rennes I, France in 2010 and 2016. He is now an Associate Editor of Journal of Luminescence.