New meetings announced

2018 Gordon Research Conference- Storing Solar Energy in Chemical Bonds: From Theory and Catalysis to Devices and Engineering, will be held January 28 - February 2, 2018, Ventura, California, United States. Details

3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference will be held on March 2-5, 2018, Cancun, Mexico. Details

5th International Workshop on Solar Energy for Sustainability- Bioenergetics: Oxygen Production and Reduction. In Honour of Professor Bertil Andersson, will be held on March 20-22, 2018, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Details 

The first European Congress on Photosynthesis Research ePS-1 will be held June 25-28, 2018, Uppsala Sweden.  In addition the ePS-Young meeting for PhD students and postdocs will be run the weekend before the main meeting. Details 

Photosynthesis from Light to Life: An ISPR Meeting in Conjunction with Plant Biology 18, will be held from July 14 to July 20, 2018 ( the ISPR specific component will be from July 17 to July 20) in Montreal, Canada. Details 

16th International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes, will be held August 5-9,2018 Vancouver, Canada. Details 

ISPR Conference on Microbial Photosynthesis, will be held August 9-12, 2018, University of British Columbia campus, Vancouver, Canada. Details 


Special issue of Philosophical Transactions B - Enhancing photosynthesis in crop plants: targets for improvement, organised and edited by Christine H Foyer, Alexander V Ruban and Peter Nixon. The articles can be accessed directly at the Royal Society.

Announcing a new ISPR award- The Jan Anderson Lecture Award: a travelling fellowship. Officers of ISPR have approved a new award in recognition of personal achievement in photosynthesis research by early to mid-career researchers.  Starting in 2018 the biennial Jan Anderson Lecture Award will recognise outstanding achievements in structural aspects of photosynthesis research (in the broadest sense) within a period of not more than 20 years past the doctoral degree.  

About Photosynthesis Research ...

ISPR home.jpgPhotosynthesis research is best dated from the discovery in 1771 by Joseph Priestley that enclosure of a sprig of mint in a glass vessel for 10 days restored air "rendered noxious by breathing" to its former "salubrious condition".

His discovery of oxygen and its generation by plants from sunlight, air and water led to our present understanding of the ways in which the thin green veneer of the plant biosphere, on land and at sea, has transformed the atmosphere of Earth to one that sustains humankind and most other life processes.

Photosynthesis in plants produces the oxygen we breath, the bread and wine, the fuels and fibers that support our everyday lives.

Photosynthetic processes in natural ecosystems, agriculture and forestry are first responders to global climate change and continue to attract intensive, creative research from molecular to global scales.

Studies of photosynthetic processes have been an integral part of research recognised by several Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, most recently and specifically in 1961 (Calvin, for elucidating the dark reaction pathways of carbon dioxide fixation) and in 1988 (Deisenhofer, Huber, and Michel, for unraveling the structure of the photosynthetic bacterial reaction center). Photosynthesis research was further recognized by the Prize in Biology (1991) awarded by the Emperor of Japan to Hatch and Slack (for unraveling the C4 pathway of carbon metabolism in sugarcane and other plants).

As we begin to understand how the closed atmosphere of planet Earth has been destabilized by the burning of hundreds of millions of years accumulated fossil photosynthate (coal and oil) in just a few hundred years, our research in photosynthesis must now strive to develop renewable alternative energy resources, while ensuring food security in the face of global climate change. The need for broad multidisciplinary efforts to achieve "artificial photosynthesis" was recognised recently by the award in Helsinki of the Millennium Technology Prize to Michael Grätzel for his bio-inspired achievements in solar energy transduction.

Current front line research from members of ISPR can be seen by clicking on "Research news".








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