International conference on “Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability-2016”
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During June 19–26, 2016, an international conference (http://photosynthesis2016.cellreg.org/) on “Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability-2016” was held in honor of Nathan Nelson and Turhan Nejat Veziroğlu at the Institute of Basic Biological Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, formerly Institute of Photosynthesis, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Pushchino, Russia. Further, this conference celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Institute. We provide here a brief introduction and key contributions of the two honored scientists, and then information on the conference, on the speakers, and the program. A special feature of this conference was the awards given to several young investigators, who are recognized in this Report. Several photographs are included to show the excellent ambience at this conference. We invite the readers to the next conference on “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability-2017”, which will honor A.S. Raghavendra (of University of Hyderabad), William Cramer (of Purdue University) and Govindjee (of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); it will be held during the Fall of 2017 (from October 30 to November 4), at the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. See <https://prs.science>.
KeywordsNathan Nelson Photosynthesis Sustainability Young investigator awards T. Nejat Veziroglu
We express our appreciation to all the attendees for valuable discussions and interactions on various aspects of photosynthesis at the 2016 conference, presented here. We thank all the members of the International organizing committee for their help with the various sections, and the committees, mentioned in this report for the selection of the Awardees; further, we are grateful to all the chairpersons of the poster sessions for their help. We thank the International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR), International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), Agrisera-Antibodies for Plant Sciences, Russian Photobiological Society, and three Russian companies (“OOO Fitosila”, “Pushchinskie laboratorii”, and “Speclabproekt”) for their support. We are thankful to T. Nejat Veziroğu and Ineke Ravesloot (on behalf of Govindjee and Tom Sharkey) for mailing books to the conference for the awards given to the young scientists. We thank all the members of the local organizing committee for their wonderful work that led to a very smooth running of our conference. Our special thanks go to Dmitry A. Los for the creation and support for the conference web site, and to Toshiyuki Shinoda and Alexander Shitov for most of the photographs used here. We thank many attendees and friends for sending additional messages to the organizers of the conference (see electronic supplementary material). This Conference, as well as the preparation of this News Report, was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (Grant #15-14-30007, AAT and SIA).