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

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

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

Anthony Larkum
(Australia)

Cesare Marchetti
(Italy)

Eva-Maria Aro
(Finland)

George Papageorgiou
(Greece)

Govindjee
(USA)

Gyozo Garab
(Hungary)

Jian-Ren Shen
(Japan)

Kimiyuki Satoh
(Japan)

Nathan Nelson
(Israel)

Norio Murata
(Japan)

Tingyun Kuang
(China)

William A. Cramer
(USA)

Vladimir A. Shuvalov
(Russia)

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)
John Golbeck (USA)
Alfred Holzwarth (Germany)

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

Hiroshi Nishihara (Japan)
Seeram Ramakrishna (Singapore)
Andrew B. Rubin (Russia)
Thomas D. Sharkey (USA)
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@ic.cnr.it
CNR – Institute of Crystallography, Unit Monterotondo, Rome, Italy

Sponsors

Confirmed sponsors of the conference

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Speakers of the conference

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

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)

Barry Bruce
(USA)

Matthias Rogner
(Germany)

Marc Nowaczyk
(Germany)

Jörg Pieper
(Estonia)

Nathan Nelson
(Israel)

Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour
(Iran)

Bolatkhan K. Zayadan
(Kazakhstan)

Sergey Kosourov
(Finland)

Guangye Han
(China)

Giovanni Venturoli
(Italy)

Sumanta Kumar Padhi
(India)

Imre Vass
(Hungary)

Szilvia Z. Toth
(Hunagary)

Kostas Stamatakis
(Greece)

Gadi Schustre
(Israel)

Yuki Kato
(Japan)

Kevin Sheridan
(New Zealand)

Rachel Nechushtai
(Israel)

Hitoshi Nakamoto
(Japan)

Chikahiro Miyake
(Japan)

Mats Hansson
(Sweden)

Conference program

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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. Systems Biology of Photosynthesis: Integration of Genomic, Proteomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic Studies
1.11. Plant Mineral Nutrients and Photosynthetic Capacity
1.12. 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

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Important dates

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Abstracts

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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

PHOTOSYNTHETICA
International Journal for Photosynthesis Research

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.

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Special Events

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Cultural programme

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THE PHOTOSYNTHESIS SONG

Thank you for your interest in the science of photosynthesis!