Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24-30, 2011

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International Conference "Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability"

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24 -30, 2011



24 July, 2011 (1st day)



15:30 – Opening ceremony

Jalal Aliyev (Azerbaijan), Ali Abbasov (Azerbaijan), Jim Barber (UK), Eva-Mari Aro (Finland), Bill Rutherford (France), Bob Blankenship (USA), Suleyman Allakhverdiev (Russia)

16:00-16:35 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 1

Jim Barber, Imperial Collage London, London, UK

From natural to artificial photosynthesis"

16:35-17:10 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 2

Hiroshi Nishihara, The University of Tokyo, Japan

"Photosensing systems composed of phosystem I and molecular wire".

17:10-17:45 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 3

Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Electrospun nanomaterials for energy”

18:00 –Welcome party



25 July (2nd day)

Chairpersons: Jim Barber (UK); Suleyman Allakhverdiev(Russia);

8:30-9:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 4

Jalal A. Aliyev, Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Republic; Institute of Botany, ANAS, Azerbaijan

“Photosynthesis, photorespiration and productivity of wheat and soybean genotypes”

9:05-9:40 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 5

Leslie Dutton, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Prospects for natural photosynthesis in man-made proteins"

9:40-10:15 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 6

Jian-Ren Shen, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan

Atomic structure of PSII that enables photosynthetic water-splitting"

10:15-10:35 (20 min) Coffee break

Chairpersons: Jian-Ren Shen (Japan); Bill Rutherford (France-UK)

10:35-11:10 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 7
Nathan Nelson, Tel Aviv University, Israel

“Crystalstructure of plant PSI and its utilization as a photovoltaic device”

11:10-11:45 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 8

John Golbeck, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

“Production of solar biofuels using modified biological components”

11:45-12:15 (30 min) Lecture 1

Athina Zouni, (Carina Glöckner), Technical University, Berlin, Germany

"Progress in the structural biology of photosystem II: a closer look at the acceptor side"

12:15-12:45 (30 min) Lecture 2

Ernst-Walter Knapp, Free University of Berlin, Germany

“Exploring redox, protonation states and function of the Mn-cluster in PS II”

12:45-14:30 Lunch

Chairpersons:Norio Murata (Japan); Fabrice Rappaport (France)

14:30-15:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 9

Holger Dau, Freie University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

”Protonation dynamics in photosynthetic water oxidation“

15:05-15:40 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 10

Gernot Renger, Technische Universitat, Berlin, Germany

“The fundamental role of the redox couple H2O/O2 in solar energy exploitation by the biosphere”

15:40-16:10 (30 min) Lecture 3

Jean-David Rochaix, University of Geneva, Switzerland

“Molecular analysis of state transitions”

16:10-16:40 (30 min) Lecture 4

Jun Minagawa, National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan

“A supercomplex of supercomplexes driving cyclic electron flow in photosynthesis”

16:40-17:00 (20 min) Coffee break

Chairpersons:Jun Minagawa (Japan); Gernot Renger (Germany)

17:00-17:30 (30 min) Lecture 5

Arvi Freiberg, Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia

“Spectroscopic effects associated with self-assembly of photosynthetic antenna proteins into native intracytoplasmic membranes”

17:30-18:00 (30 min) Lecture 6

Marc Brecht, Universitat Tuebingen, Instituts fur Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Germany

“Single-molecule spectroscopy on PSI and PSI-nano-hybrids”

18:00-18:30 (30 min) Lecture 7

Mahir D. Mamedov, A.N. Belozersky Institute of Physical-Chemical Biology, Moscow State University, Russia

“Electrogenic reactions involving PSIIturnover”

Chairpersons: Athina Zouni (Germany); Julian Eaton-Rye (New Zealand); Esa Tyystjarvi (Finland); Diana Kirilovsky (France);

18:30-19:30 (60 min) Poster viewing/discussion: Sections 1-6

20:00- Dinner

26 July (3rd day)

Chairpersons: Yuichiro Terashima (Japan); Jean-David Rochaix (Switzerland)

8:30-9:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 11

Norio Murata,Yoshitaka Nishiyama, Suleyman Allakhverdiev,

National Institute for Basic Biology,Okazaki, Japan

“The mechanism of photoinhibition in vivo: Re-evaluation of previous studies”

9:05-9:40 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 12

Steven Long, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

“Digital re-design in systems and synthetic biological approaches to improving resource use efficiency in crop photosynthesis”

9:40-10:15 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 13

Mitsue Miyao, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), Tsukuba, Japan

“Lessons from engineering a single-cell C4 photosynthetic pathway into rice: an approach to improve C3 photosynthesis”

10:15-10:45 (30 min) Lecture 8

Anja Krieger-Liszkay, Institut de Biologie et Technologies de Saclay (IBiTec-S), CNRS URA, CEA Saclay,Gif-sur-Yvette,France

“Regulation of photosynthetic electron transport and ROS production in plants grown in short day or long day conditions”

10:45-11:00 (20 min) Coffee break

Chairpersons:Norio Murata (Japan); Eva-Mari Aro (Finland)

11:00-11:30 (30 min) Lecture 9
Esa Tyystjarvi, University of Turku, Turku,Finland

“Photoinhibition of PS II -magnetic field effect, singlet oxygen and mechanism”

11:30-12:00 (30 min) Lecture 10

Imre Vass, Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Center, Szeged,Hungary

“Molecular mechanisms of photoinhibition”

12:00-12:30 (30 min) Lecture 11

Igor N. Stadnichuk, Institute of Biochemistry, RAS, Russia

“Phycobilisomes in phenomenaofshort-term light adaptations”

12:30-13:00 (30 min) Lecture 12

Diana Kirilovsky, iBiTec-S, Gif sur Yvette, France

“The orange carotenoid protein and photoprotection: in vitro reconstitution of the photoprotective mechanism”

13:00-14:30 Lunch
Chairpersons:Akiho Yokota (Japan); Nathan Nelson (Israel)

14:30-15:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 14

R. Khatypov, A. Khmelnitsky, A. Khristin, Vladimir Shuvalov,

Institute for Basic Biological Problems, Russia

“Primary charge separation within P870* in WT and mutants of heterodimers of P in femtosecond time domain”

15:05-15:40 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 15

Miwa Sugiura, Ehime University, Ehime, Japan

“Comparison of Thermosynechococcus elongates PS II composed of different D1”

15:40-16:10 (30 min) Lecture 13

AndreyB. Rubin, Faculty of Biology, Moscow State University, Russia

“Chlorophyll fluorescence and problems of ecological monitoring”

16:10-16:40 (30 min) Lecture 14

Frank Müh, Institut für Theoretische Physik, JohannesKepler Universität Linz, Linz, Austria “Towards a structure-based understanding of excitation energy transfer in light-harvesting complexes”

16:40-17:00 (20 min) Coffee break

Chairpersons: Barry Bruce (USA); Imre Vass (Hungary);

17:00-17:30 (30 min) Lecture 15

Jorg Pieper, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

“Protein and hydration water dynamics in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes”

17:30-18:00 (30 min) Lecture 16
Gyozo Garab, Biological Research Center, HAS, Inst. Plant Physiology, Szeged, Hungary
“Fast, reversible membrane-reorganizations in cyanobacterial and algal cells and in isolated plant thylakoid membranes”

18:00-18:30 (30 min) Lecture 17

Ismayil Zulfugarov, Busan National University, Korea; Institute of Botany, ANAS, Azerbaijan

“Superoxide production in the absence of energy-dependent quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence: The origin and the consequences”

Chairpersons:Anja Krieger-Liszkay (France); Ernest-Walter Knapp (Germany); Marc Brecht (Germany); Anjana Jajoo (India)

18:30-19:30 (60 min) Poster viewing/discussion: Sections 7-13

19:00- Dinner


27 July (4th day) (Lectures, Special Events and Tours)

Chairpersons: Kimiyuki Satoh (Japan);Jian-Ren Shen (Japan)

8:30-9:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 16

Bill Rutherford, iBiTec-S, Gif sur Yvette, France

“Photosystem II; an evolutionary view”

9:05-9:40 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 17

Eva-Mari Aro,Universityof Turku, Finland

Alternative electron transfer routes in thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts and cyanobacteria”

9:40-10:15 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 18

Robert Blankenship, Washington University, USA

Evolution of photosynthesis”

10:15 -10:35 (20min) Coffee break

Chairpersons:Jim Barber (UK); Kimiyuki Satoh (Japan); Suleyman Allakhverdiev (Russia)

10:35-11:10(35 min) Plenary Lecture 19

Per E.M. Siegbahn, University of Stockholm, Sweden

“Mechanism and structure for water oxidation based on computations”

11:10-11:40(30 min) Lecture 18

Fabrice Rappaport, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, CNRS, France

“Reinvestigating the role of short-circuits or alternative electron pathways: exemples from the cytochrome b6f complex and the plastid terminal oxidase”

11:40-12:10 (30 min) Lecture 19

Tatsuya Tomo, Tokyo University of Sciences, Tokyo, Japan

“Current topics of chlorophyll-d dominated cyanobacterial photosystems”

12:10-12:40 (30 min) Lecture 20

Franz-Josef Schmitt, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany

"Excitation energy transfer processes in coupled phycobiliprotein complexes of A. marina and semiconductor nanocrystals forming hybrid structures"

12:40-13:10 (30 min) Lecture 21

Min Chen, University of Sydney, Australia

“Expanding the photosynthetic spectrum using red-shifted chlorophylls”

13:10-15:00 Lunch

Chairpersons: Holger Dau (Germany); Per Siegbahn (Sweden)

15:00-15:30 (30 min) Lecture 22

Julian Eaton-Rye, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

“Photosystem II lipoprotein in cyanobacteria”

15:30-16:00 (30 min) Lecture 23

Kentaro Ifuku, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

"Functional diversifications of photosystem II extrinsic subunits in higher plants"

16:00-16:30 (30 min) Lecture 24

Marc Nowaczyk, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum,Germany

“The role of a novel dimeric photosystem II-Psb27 complex in PSII repair”


Special Events

1) Young Talents (3 awards/prizes)

2) Best posters (3 awards/prizes)



28 July (5th day)

Chairpersons:Miyao Mitsue (Japan); Andrey Rubin (Russia)

8:30-9:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 20
Akiho Yokota, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan

“RuBisCO and its challenges”

9:05-9:40 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 21

Ichiro Terashima, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo,Japan

“Chloroplast CO2 concentration and Rubisco kinetic parameters in the elevated CO2 world”

9:40-10:15(35 min) Plenary Lecture 22

Govindjee, University of Illinois, USA

"Photosystem II: Unique role of bicarbonate”

10:15-10:45 (30 min) Lecture 25

Vyacheslav V. Klimov, Institute of Basic Biological Problems, Russia

"Bicarbonate requirement for the water-oxidizing complex of photosystem II"

10:45-11:00 (15 min) Coffee break
Chairpersons:Arvi Freiberg (Estonia); Mahir Mamedov (Russia)

11:00-11:30 (30 min) Lecture 26

Vidadi M. Yusibov, Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology, USA;

Institute of Botany, ANAS, Azerbaijan

“Future of plant biotechnology: Industrial and health applications”

11:30-12:00 (30 min) Lecture 27

Anjana Jajoo, Ahilya University, Indore, India

“Low pH causes structural re-organizations in thylakoid membranes of higher plants”

12:00-14:00 Lunch

Chairpersons:Vladimir Shuvalov (Russia); Bob Blankenship (USA)

14:00-14:30 (30 min) Lecture 28

Seiji Akimoto, Molecular Photoscience Reserch Center, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

“Optimization of light harvesting probed by time-resolved spectroscopy”

14:30-15:00 (30 min) Lecture 29

Heiko Lokstein, University of Potsdam, Germany

Non-linear laser spectroscopy of pigment-pigment interactions in light-harvesting complexes

15:00-15:30 (30 min) Lecture 30

Hazem Kalaji,Warsaw University of Life Science, Warsaw, Poland

"Exploring the structure and function of photosynthetic apparatus by the use of simultaneous measurements of prompt and delayed fluorescence and modulated light reflection at 820 nm"

15:30-15:45 (15 min) Coffee break

Chairpersons:Vyacheslav Klimov (Russia); Govindjee (USA)

15:45-16:15 (30 min) Lecture 31

Victor Solovyov, Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, London, UK

Plant genomes bioinformatics and new sequencing technologies

16:15-16:45 (30 min) Lecture 32

Ilham A. Shahmuradov, Institute of Botany, ANAS, Azerbaijan

Bioinformatics approach in studies of plant gene transcription and mRNA polyadenylation”

16:45-17:15 (30 min) Lecture 33

Tarlan H. Mamedov, Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology, USA, Institute of Botany, ANAS, Azerbaijan

“Target modification in plants by co-expressing with modifying enzymes”

19:00 Banquet


29 July (6th day)

Chairpersons:John Golbeck (USA); Gyozo Garab (Hungary)

8:30-9:05 (35 min) Plenary Lecture 23

Barry D. Bruce, Sustainable Energy and Education Research Center (SEERC), University of Tennessee, USA

“Strategies for integration of photosynthetic complexes into photovoltaic devices”

9:05-9:35 (30 min) Lecture 34

Olaf Kruse, Bielefeld University, Center for Biotechnology, Germany

Моlecular aspects of light to biomass conversion”

9:35-10:05 (30 min) Lecture 35

Anatoliy Tsygankov, Institute of Basic Biological Problems, RAS, Pushchino, Russia

“Purple bacteria as hydrogen producers”

10:05-10:35 (30 min) Lecture 36

Harvey J.M. Hou, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA

“Mimicking PS II using Mn-oxo complex/tungsten oxide catalytic material”

10:35-10:50 (15 min) Coffee break

Chairpersons: Olaf Kruse (Germany); Yashar Feyziev (Azerbaijan)

10:50-11:20 (30 min) Lecture 37
Joanna Grzyb, Institute of Physics, PAS, Warsaw, Poland

“De novo designed proteins -modules for photosynthetic systems”

11:20-11:50 (30 min) Lecture 38

Khurram Saleem Joya, Department of Chemistry, Leiden University, The Netherlands

“A new class of highly efficient and easy accessible single site molecular water splitting catalysts”

12:00-13:30 Lunch

14:00 closing ceremony

Jalal Aliyev (Azerbaijan), Jim Barber (UK),Eva-Mari Aro (Finland), Bill Rutherford (France), Bob Blankenship (USA)


30 July (7th day) Departure