New meetings

The 9th International Conference on Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability - 2018, will be helf on December 17-18, 2018, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Details 


The winner of the inaugural Jan Anderson Lecture Award is Prof. Min Chen from the University of Sydney.  The biennial Jan Anderson Lecture Award recognises 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.  The award is designed to allow recipients to travel to and present their research at regional and international photosynthesis congresses that year, with particular emphasis on ISPR-sponsored conferences that bring together scientists from both hemispheres.  Min is expected to give lectures at several of the “regional” photosynthesis conferences this year.

The Jan Anderson Lecture Award commemorates the contributions to photosynthesis research by Jan Anderson FAA, FRS (1932-2015).  A citizen of New Zealand and Australia, Jan acknowledged the seminal importance of international travel to her early career, which was subsequently sustained in Australia by collaborations with colleagues from the East and West.  The Award is supported by funds contributed to ISPR by her friends and colleagues in the hope that the biennial Award will stimulate collegial communication and interactions in research

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.

2018 ISPR Regional Meetings

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

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

The First Asia-Oceania International Congress on Photosynthesis, will be held August 19-23, 2018 Beijing, China. Details

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.

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