Dear Colleagues, we are pleased to cordially invite you to 11th International Meeting «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» in honor of Robert (Bob) Blankenship (USA), Győző Garab (Hungary), Michael Graetzel (Switzerland), Norman (Norm) Huner (Canada), and Gunnar Oquist (Sweden), which will be held on September 19-25, 2021 in Bulgaria, in Albena Resort. (Albena Resort is located on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, 30 km north from the Varna city).

Your participation is important for the success of the Meeting, and will be very much appreciated. This Meeting will be a great occasion for discussions of previous, present, and future research on photosynthesis and hydrogen energy, from molecular to global, and will provide an exciting scientific program, which will cover the breadth and depth of photosynthesis and hydrogen energy, from fundamental and applied aspects of research to artificial photosynthesis and nanobiotechnology, and to meet researchers of photosynthesis and hydrogen energy from around the world. This meeting will provide a forum for students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists from different countries to deepen their knowledge and understanding, widen professional contact, to create new opportunities and establish new collaborations. Moreover, one of the sessions will be devoted to the talks of young scientists and to their rewarding.

International Conference «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» is a traditional event held in various countries of the world. The Conference, first organized in 2004, has a positive dynamic of development, evoking an ever-growing interest among the global scientific community. It is planned that more than 200-300 scientists will take part in the conference. As expected, scientists from more than thirty countries of the world will attend the event (Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Israel, India, Iran, Italy, Canada, China, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland Republic of Korea, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, USA, Taiwan, Turkey, Finland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia and Japan).

The Conference «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» will provide in-depth discussion of one of the most important fundamental problems of modern biology – photosynthesis. Despite the stupendous achievements in recent decades in the study of photosynthesis, many aspects of this process remain uninvestigated. In addition, the relevance of research in the field of photosynthesis and associated hydrogen release processes in recent decades has been reinforced by the growing need of mankind for new sources of energy. Scientific knowledge about the mechanisms of transformation and storage of solar energy, the stability of the photosynthetic apparatus to stress conditions can be applied for environmentally friendly and resource-saving energy and the formation of new energy sources.

Honorary persons

International Advisory Board

Willem Vermaas
(USA)
President of International Society of Photosynthesis Research

T. Nejat Veziroglu
(USA)
President of International Association for Hydrogen Energy

Terry Bricker
(USA)
Editor-in-Chief of Photosynthesis Research

Emre A. Veziroglu
(USA)
Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Vaughan Hurry
(Sweden)
Editor-in-Chief of Physiologia Plantarum

Sergey Shabala
(Australia)
Past President of Australian Society of Plant Scientists; Editor-in-Chief of Functional Plant Biology

Vladimir V. Kuznetsov
(Russia)
President of Russian Society of Plant Physiologists; Editor-in-Chief of Russian Journal of Plant Physiology

Eva-Maria Aro
(Finland)

Govindjee
(USA)

William A. Cramer
(USA)

Gyozo Garab
(Hungary)

Jian-Ren Shen
(Japan)

Kimiyuki Satoh
(Japan)

Anthony Larkum
(Australia)

George Papageorgiou
(Greece)

Nathan Nelson
(Israel)

Norio Murata
(Japan)

Tingyun Kuang
(China)

Cesare Marchetti
(Italy)

Richard Cogdell
(UK)

Thomas D. Sharkey
(USA)

Wolfgang Lubitz
(Germany)

Vladimir A. Shuvalov
(Russia)

John Golbeck
(USA)

Organizers

International Organizing Committee:

International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR)

International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)

Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev
(Russia)
Coordinator

Julian J. Eaton-Rye
(New Zealand)
Co-chair

Tatsuya Tomo
(Japan)
Secretary

James Barber
(UK)
Chairman

Members:

Seiji Akimoto (Japan)
Marian Brestic (Slovakia)
Barry Bruce (USA)
Robert Burnap (USA)
Min Chen (Australia)
Roberta Croce (The Netherland)
Arvi Freiberg (Estonia)
Thomas Friedrich (Germany)
Alfred Holzwarth (Germany)

Harvey Hou (USA)
Irada Huseynova (Azerbaijan)
Kentaro Ifuku (Japan)
Stefan Janssen (Sweden)
Francesco Loretto (Italy)
Dmitry A. Los (Russia)
Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour (Iran)
Hong Gil Nam (Korea)

Hiroshi Nishihara (Japan)
Seeram Ramakrishna (Singapore)
Andrew B. Rubin (Russia)
Kostas Stamatakis (Greece)
Rajagopal Subramanyam (India)
Anatoly A. Tsygankov (Russia)

Local Organizing and Program Committee:

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Alexander G. Ivanov – aivanov@bio21.bas.bg, aivanov@uwo.ca Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Co-chair: Prof. Dr. Katya Georgieva – georgieva.katya.m@gmail.com
Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Co-chair: Prof. Dr. Antoaneta V. Popova – popova@bio21.bas.bg
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Emilia L. Apostolova – emya@bio21.bas.bg
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anelia G. Dobrikova – aneli@bi21.bas.bg
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Sashka Krumova – sashka@bio21.bas.bg
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. D.Sci. Stefka G. Taneva – sgtaneva@gmail.com
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Tsonko Tsonev – ttsonev@bio21.bas.bg
Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Andon Vasilev – a_vasilev2001@yahoo.com
Agricultural University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Violeta Velikova – violeta.velikova@gmail.com
Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Maya Y. Velitchkova – mayav@bio21.bas.bg
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

Dr. Petar Lambrev – lambrev.petar@brc.mta.hu
Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary

Dr. Maya Lambreva – maya.lambreva@cnr.it
National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Biological Systems, Monterotondo Stazione (Rome), Italy

Assoc. Prof. Kalina Ananieva, PhD – kalivanova@yahoo.com
Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia 1113 Bulgaria

Sponsors

Confirmed sponsors of the conference

Information will be added soon

Speakers of the conference

for oral presentation please contact Coordinator Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev suleyman.allakhverdiev@gmail.com

Confirmed Speakers

Govindjee
(USA)

Jian-Ren Shen
(Japan)

Seiji Akimoto
(Japan)

Julian Eaton-Rye
(New Zealand)

Tatsuya Tomo
(Japan)

Giuseppe Spazzafumo
(Italy)

Rajagopal Subramanyam
(India)

Franz-Josef Schmitt
(Germany)

Kentaro Ifuku
(Japan)

Nathan Nelson
(Israel)

Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour
(Iran)

Szilvia Z. Toth
(Hunagary)

Yuki Kato
(Japan)

Kostas Stamatakis
(Greece)

acceptance of applications is open

Conference program

Information will be added soon

The meeting will cover the following topics:

The conference will be carried out in two main directions. (1) “Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability”, which will be devoted to the study of the structure, functions and biogenesis of the photosynthetic apparatus. Within this direction, the problems of light-driven processes of photosynthesis, regulation of photosynthesis and its metabolism, as well as the sustainability of the photosynthetic apparatus to stress factors will be discussed. (2) “Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability” will be devoted to the studies of biological production of hydrogen. This direction of the Conference will include recent advances in the study of the molecular basis of photosynthetic hydrogen formation. Both directions include fundamental and applied aspects of research, and works in the field of artificial photosynthesis and nanotechnology.

1. Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability:

1.1. Primary Processes of Photosynthesis
1.2. Structure, Function and Biogenesis of the Photosynthetic Apparatus
1.3. Photosystem I and Bacterial Photosynthesis
1.4. Photosystem II and Water Oxidation Mechanism
1.5. Energy Transfer and Trapping in Photosystems
1.6. Plant Development and Growth Regulation
1.7. Carbon Fixation (C3 and C4) and Photorespiration
1.8. Artificial and Applied aspects of Photosynthesis including Nanotechnology
1.9. Regulation of Photosynthesis, ROS production and Environmental Stress
1.10. Photosynthesis under Extreme Environments: Arctic, Antarctic and Deserts Research
1.11. Environmental Control of Photosynthetic Sustainability: Global Aspects and Challenges
1.12. Systems Biology of Photosynthesis: Integration of Genomic, Proteomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic Studies
1.13. Plant Mineral Nutrients and Photosynthetic Capacity
1.14. Photosynthesis Education and Emerging Techniques for Studying Photosynthesis including Neutron Scattering

2. Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability:

2.1. Energy for the Future – Hydrogen economy
2.2. Elevating Climate Change
2.3. Biological Hydrogen Production
2.4. Hydrogenases
2.5. Proton Reduction Catalysts
2.6. Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
2.7. Artificial Photosynthesis for Hydrogen energy
2.8. Nanotechnology in Fuel Cells
2.9. Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Production
2.10. Hydrogen Energy Education and Emerging Techniques for Studying of Hydrogen Energy

Registration and Registration Fee

CONFERENCE FEES

Regular participants

Early registration (until May 14, 2021, inclusive) – 460 EUR
Regular fee (until September 7, 2021, inclusive) – 550 EUR
Late fee (after September 7, 2021, on spot) – 635 EUR

Students*

Early registration (until May 14, 2021, inclusive) – 230 EUR
Regular fee (until September 7, 2021, inclusive) – 280 EUR
Late fee (after September 7, 2021, on spot) – 345 EUR

Registration fee for Accompanying Persons – to be announced

The registration fee for regular participants and students covers:

  • Scientific sessions and exhibition access
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Get together reception
  • Official conference dinner
  • Tour to Balchik Botanical garden
  • Participation certificate

*Student fee applies to those who are studying full-time for an undergraduate or a master’s and PhD degrees. It does not apply to anyone who receives a salary related to their studies. It is mandatory to provide a proof of student status.

VISA information

Participants requiring a visa for entry to Bulgaria are strongly advised to make their application at least two months before the intended date of travel. To assist with the visa application process, we will provide you with a letter of invitation. The letter of invitation does not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizers to provide financial support.

Important dates

Information will be added soon

Abstracts

All abstracts should be submitted through online registration form

Submit your abstract for the 11th International Conference «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» in honor of Prof. Robert (Bob) Blankenship (USA), Prof. Norman Huner (Canada), Prof. Gunnar Öquist (Sweden), Prof. Michael Graetzel (Switzerland) and Prof. Gyözö Garab (Hungary).
It is required to be a registered participant to submit an abstract (one abstract per participant). Abstracts will be accepted only when the full registration fee has been paid.

Instructions for abstract preparation
1. Format
a. Abstracts must be in English.
b. Each abstract is limited to one page A4 size. Leaving 3 cm for each of the left, right, and upper margins and 7 cm for the bottom margin.
c. Use the font Times New Roman of 12 pt in single spacing or equivalent system font.
d. Use superscripts and subscripts for chemical formulas and Greek symbols from “Insert special symbols” menu. Do not use special fonts (i.e. Symbol).
e. Do not include figures or tables in the abstract.
f. Look for the abstracts from previous meetings on this website for additional guidance.
2. Session number
a. Each abstract must be identified with a Session number in the first line. e.g. S1.1
b. Select the topic from the Scientific Program that represents your work best. Only one Session number can be selected per abstract.
3. Title
a. Please, do not write your title in all upper-case letters. Use normal font.
4. Author(s) and Institution(s)
a. Use the same Times New Roman 12 pt font in single spacing or equivalent.
b. First Name must be placed before Family Name. Do not abbreviate First Name and Family Name. For European names extended Latin letters are allowed.
c. If the authors come from different institutions, they must be marked by superscripts numbers. If all authors come from the same institutions, do not mark them with superscript numbers.
d. The name of the person presenting the lecture/poster must be underlined.
e. Mark corresponding author with an asterisk. Include at least the e-mail address and, if possible, fax number and postal address of the corresponding author.
5. Abstract submission
a. All abstracts should be submitted through online registration form
b. Please do not submit the same abstract more than one time

Example:
S1.1
Title of my presentation
Elvin Okazaki 1*, Emilie Quebec 2, and Sevil T. Baku 1,3

1 – Institute of Basic Biological Problems, RAS, Pushchino, Moscow Region, Russia
2 – University of Québec, Québec, Canada
3 – Institute of Plant Physiology, RAS, Moscow, Russia
* E-mail: elvin@someaddress.org; Fax: +7(496)7731134
The text of your abstract. On the other hand the further development of various forms of activities entails the process of implementation and upgrading of significant financial and administrative conditions. A varied and rich experience in the scope and location of staff training is an interesting experiment to test new proposals. Ideological considerations of a higher order, as well as constant quantitative growth and scope of our activity allows us to estimate the value of personnel training system, and meets urgent needs. Ideological considerations of a higher order, as well as the strengthening and development of the framework requires us to analyze participatory systems.[1] A varied and rich experience of constant information and propaganda support of our business requires us to analyze trends progressive development.
References:
1. Emilie Quebec et al. (2009) PhotosynRes. 16(5), pp. 113–121

Papers

Photosynthesis Research
Official Journal of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Official Journal of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy

Functional Plant Biology

Physiologia Plantarum
An International Journal for Plant Biology

PHOTOSYNTHETICA
International Journal for Photosynthesis Research

Flyer for Our Special Issue

Posters

For poster presentation: maximum Poster size is A0 (~ 80 x 120 cm or 33,1 x 46,8 inches), vertical

Venue of the conference

The Meeting will be held in Varna (Albena Resort), Bulgaria.

Photos

Special Events

Information will be added soon

Cultural programme

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THE PHOTOSYNTHESIS SONG

Thank you for your interest in the science of photosynthesis!