New meetings

The 13th Workshop on Cyanobacteria will be held on June 6-9, 2019, at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA. Details

The 9th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts will be held on June 17 to 19, 2019, in Boulder, CO, USA. Details

The 10th International Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability Meeting will be held on June 23 to 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Russia. Details

The Translational Photosynthesis Conference: Innovations in Agriculture for Food Security will be held from June 30 to July 3, 2019, in Brisbane, Australia. Details

The 18th International Workshop on Plant Membrane Biology will be held on July 7 to 12, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland. Details

The 14th International Conference on Tetrapyrrole Photoreceptors in Photosynthetic Organisms will be held on July 21 to 24, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Details

The Photosynthesis Gordon Research Conference will be held on July 21-26, 2019, in Newry, ME, USA. Details

The World Congress on Light and Life (17th Congress of the International Union of Photobiology and 18th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology) will be held on August 25 to 30, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. Details

The Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society 2019 conference and general assembly will be held on August 28 to 30, 2019, in Umeå, Sweden. Details


The winner of the inaugural Jalal Aliyev Lecture Scholarship Award is Prof. Jian-Ren Shen from Okayama University, Japan. The Jalal Aliyev Lecture Scholarship Award recognizes a scientist with extraordinary achievements in photosynthesis research. Prof. Shen will give his lecture at the 9th International Conference on Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability in Baku, Azebaijan (December 17-18, 2018).

The Jalal Aliyev Lecture Scholarship Award commemorates Prof. Aliyev's contributions to photosynthesis. Prof. Jalal Aliyev (1928-2016) was a pioneer of photosynthesis research in Azerbaijan, and a memorial tribute for him was published (Huseynova et al. (2016) Photosynth Res 128, 219-222) See ISPR Awards

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 was held June 25-28, 2018, Uppsala Sweden. In addition the ePS-Young meeting for PhD students and postdocs was run the weekend before the main meeting. Details

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

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

The First Asia-Oceania International Congress on Photosynthesis was 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.

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








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