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International Symposium on Photosynthesis Research in Honor of Eva-Mari Aro 2024

Symposium programme

Preliminary programme

Sunday, 8 September
Public session: Photosynthesis – the foundation of sustainable living
14.30Yagut Allahverdiyeva and Cheryl Kerfeld
Opening words and introduction to photosynthesis
14.45Jaakko Järvi, Dean of the Faculty of Technology, University of Turku
Greetings from the Faculty of Technology
14.50Plenary lecture: Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku, Finland
Struggling with photosynthetic light reactions for 50 years
15.25Plenary lecture: Christine A. Raines, University of Essex, UK
Improving photosynthetic efficiency for sustainable crop production
16.00Marjo Kaartinen, Rector of the University of Turku
Welcome words and unveiling of the portrait of Eva-Mari Aro
16.15Informal networking
18.30Welcome reception
Monday, 9 September
Session 1: PSII and PSI – structure, photoinhibition and redox regulation
08.30Introductory words from session chair: Esa Tyystjärvi, University of Turku, Finland
08.35Keynote lecture: A. William Rutherford, Imperial College London, UK
Title TBA
09.05Imre Vass, HUN-REN Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary
Singlet oxygen responsive genes in Synechocystis 6803
09.25Marc Nowaczyk, University Rostock, Germany
In vitro characterization of a photosystem I hydrogenase fusion construct
09.45Anja Krieger-Liszkay, Institute for Integrative Cell Biology, France
Plastid Terminal Oxidase (PTOX) protects photosystem I and not photosystem II against photoinhibition in Arabidopsis thaliana and Marchantia polymorpha
10.05Roman Kouril, Palacký University, The Czech Republic
Mimicking the spruce-type photosystem II supercomplex in Arabidopsis thaliana
10.25STRETCH BREAK, exhibition and posters
Session 2: Light harvesting or photoprotection – when and how?
10.55Introductory words from session chair: Mikko Tikkanen, University of Turku, Finland
11.00Keynote lecture: Roberta Croce, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Photosynthesis in far-red: from cyanobacteria to plants
11.30Peter Jahns, Heinrich Heine University, Germany
Zeaxanthin and photoprotection
11.50Roberto Bassi, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
A toolbox for rational engineering of photosynthetic light harvesting systems based on genome editing and complementation
12.10Julia Walter, University of Cambridge, UK
Investigating CP26 xanthophyll-binding sites in Arabidopsis
12.30LUNCH BREAK, exhibition and posters
Session 3: Thylakoid biogenesis and repair – from cellular machinery to thylakoid protein complexes
13.55Introductory words from session chair: Paula Mulo, University of Turku, Finland
14.00Keynote lecture: Josef Komenda, Institute of Microbiology CAS Trebon, Czech Republic
Early stages of photosystem I and photosystem II biogenesis in cyanobacteria: common features and differences
14.30Jörg Nickelsen, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
Spatial organization of thylakoid biogenesis
14.50Wataru Sakamoto, Okayama University, Japan
Thylakogenesis in Arabidopsis chloroplasts: VIPP1 as a key player in membrane remodeling and protection
15.10COFFEE BREAK, exhibition and posters
Sponsored by ThermoFisher and Fisher Scientific
16.00Luning Liu, University of Liverpool, UK
From complexity to clarity: exploring the variability of natural photosynthetic machinery
16.20Andrea Trotta, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
Deciphering composition and dynamics of land plants thylakoids
16.40Flash Talks
17.30First symposium day ends, free evening
Tuesday, 10 September
Session 4: Retrograde signaling in photosynthetic processes
08.30Introductory words from session chair: Eevi Rintamäki, University of Turku, Finland
08.35Keynote lecture: Christine H. Foyer, University of Birmingham, UK
Superoxide signaling in the regulation of chloroplast processes
09.05Åsa Strand, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden
Retrograde signals control dynamic changes to the epigenome
09.25Koichi Kobayashi, Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Thylakoid lipid biosynthesis as a trigger of photosynthesis-associated gene expression and chloroplast biogenesis
09.45Francisco Javier Cejudo, University of Seville, Spain
The contribution of chloroplast redox systems to early plant development
10.05Keynote lecture: Barry Pogson, Australian National University, Australia
Retrograde signaling and protein translation - new pathways for cellular communication of changes in photosynthesis
10.35STRETCH BREAK, exhibition and posters
Session 5: Regulation of photosynthesis in response to environmental cues – from cyanobacteria to plants
11.00Introductory words from session chair: Yagut Allahverdiyeva, University of Turku, Finland
11.05Keynote lecture: Robert L. Burnap, Oklahoma State University, USA
Adaptive electron transport and resource allocation in photosynthesis
11.35Tomas Morosinotto, University of Padova, Italy
Navigating the edge between photoprotection and damage in the response to light fluctuations
11.55Tosiharu Shikanai, Kyoto University, Japan
Photoprotection of photosystem I under fluctuating light through cyclic electron transport
12.15Matt Johnson, University of Sheffield, UK
Rewiring photosynthetic electron transfer using CRISPR-cas9 gene editing
12.35LUNCH BREAK, exhibition and posters
13.40Maria Ermakova, Monash University, Australia
Cell-specific cyclic electron flow pathways in C4 photosynthesis
14.00Cornelia Spetea Wiklund, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
From photoinhibition to ion transporters – the role of EMA
14.20Tina Summerfield, University of Otago, New Zealand
Investigating the diversity of D1 and D2 proteins of Photosystem II in cyanobacteria
14.40Marion Eisenhut, Bielefeld University, Germany
Keeping the balance - manganese homeostasis in cyanobacteria
15.00COFFEE BREAK, exhibition and posters
Session 6: Systems biology in photosynthesis research – interactions between light reactions, carbon and nitrogen metabolism
15.25Introductory words from session chair: Taina Tyystjärvi, University of Turku, Finland
15.30Keynote lecture: David M. Kramer, Jan IngenHousz Institute, The Netherlands
Title TBA
16.00Wolfgang Hess, University of Freiburg, Germany
Systematic analyses of RNA-binding proteins in cyanobacteria identify novel factors that connect translation, photosynthesis, primary metabolism and subcellular organization
16.20Enrique Flores, Universidad de Sevilla, CSIC, Spain
Intercellular communication in filamentous cyanobacteria
16.40Elena Baena-Gonzalez, University of Oxford, UK
Thylakoid lipid biosynthesis as a trigger of photosynthesis-associated gene expression and chloroplast biogenesis
17.00Second symposium day ends
19.00Symposium dinner at Turku Castle
Wednesday, 11 September
Session 7: Evolutionary insights into photosynthesis
09.00Introductory words from session chair: Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland
09.05Keynote lecture: Christopher J. Howe, University of Cambridge, UK
Undoing photosynthesis: chloroplast genome reduction and the transition to heterotrophy
09.35Tanai Cardona, Queen Mary University of London, UK
The evolution and evolvability of the photosystems
09.55Claudia Büchel, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Same principle, a wealth of functions – the light harvesting complex family
10.15STRETCH BREAK and posters
Session 8: Improvement of photosynthesis – towards sustainable agriculture and living cell factories
10.55Introductory words from session chair: Pauli Kallio, University of Turku, Finland
11.00Keynote lecture: Andreas P. M. Weber, Heinrich Heine University, Germany
Can we redesign photosynthetic carbon assimilation?
11.30Jeremy Harbinson, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Title TBA
11.50Aniek van der Woude, Photanol BV
Bioproduction of circular chemicals from CO2
12.10Paul Hudson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Applying genetic and proteomic screens to enhance productivity of cyanobacteria
12.30Martin Hagemann, University Rostock, Germany
Establishing synthetic photorespiratory bypasses in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
12.50Wim Vermaas, Arizona State University, USA
Modifying electron flux through the photosynthetic electron transport chain in cyanobacteria to alter the NADPH/ATP production ratio
13.10Flash Talks
15.30Bus leaving to Herrankukkaro for the round table discussion and wrap-up event
21.30Bus leaving back to Turku

Programme is subject to changes.