Photosynthesis from Light to Life

July 17-20, 2018

Westin Hotel, Montreal, Canada

Come for Plant Biology 2018 (July 14-18) and stay for ISPR

An ISPR Meeting in Conjunction with Plant Biology 18

A new meeting between Photosynthesis Congresses

Other 2018 ISPR conferences

The 1st Asia-Oceania International Congress on Photosynthesis

“photosynthesis for the sustainable development”

1st European Congress on Photosynthesis Research ePS1

The International Conference on Microbial Photosynthesis (ICMP)

2018 Coordinating Committee

Eizabeth Ainsworth, Carl Bernacchi, Terry Bricker, Barry Bruce, Gary Brudvig, Asaph Cousins, Patricia Leon, Dave Hanson, Helmut Kirchoff, Dave Kramer, Dani Way, Wim Vermaas, ex officio

Confirmed speakers and topics


Major Symposia and Speakers

CO2 Regulation of Signaling
Julian Schroeder Chair
The Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis from the Leaf to Global Scale
Thomas D. Sharkey Chair
Biochemistry of Photosynthesis
Manajit Hayer-Harti  Chair
Leaf: Improving Photosynthesis to Maximize Productivity
Elizabete Carmo-Silva
Environmental Responses
Robert Sharwood Chair
Plant: Ecophysiology of Plant Response to Environmental Change Over Evolutionary Time Scales
Joy K. Ward
C4 and CAM
John Cushman Chair
Controls on Ecosystem-Scale Photosynthesis
Larry Flanagan
Photoprotection and stress
Dave Kramer Chair
Global Scale: Quantifying Photosynthesis at Regional and Global Scales
Joseph A. Berry
Structural cell biology of photosynthesis Steve Theg Chair

Stomatal and mesophyll conductance
Asaph Cousins Chair
Gibbs Medal Symposium, Mechanisms of Genome Evolution
Ralph Bock Chair
Artificial and synthetic systems
Barry Bruce Chair
The Acquisition of Novel Organelles Through Endosymbiosis – Genomic, Cellular, and Physiological Consequences
Eva Nowack
Organellar support for photosynthesis
Greg Vanlerberghe Chair
The Role of Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Evolution of Plants and Their Genomes

Jeffrey D. Palmer

Photosynthesis in a changing world
Lisa Ainsworth and Dani Way Chairs
Polyploidy as Integrator Across Levels of Biological Organization: From Cells to Ecosystems
Pamela S. Soltis
Experimental Genome Evolution in Plants
Ralph Bock

Plant Biology 2018 – only sessions of interest

Abiotic Stress: Water & Temperature

Andrew Leakey Chair
Forest and Climate Change

Ingo Ensminger Chair
From CO2 to Yield

Joseph Stinziano Chair

Child Care

ISPR will make child care available for these times


Wednesday, July 18 – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, July 19 – 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, July 20 – 8:30 am — 12:30 pm

Please email Tom Sharkey ( if you would like to use these services.

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