DateOctober 29-31, 2015
VenueNara Kasugano International Forum, Noh Theatre
ChairToshiharu Shikanai
Organizing CommitteeToru Hisabori
Jun Minagawa
Ayumi Tanaka


  • Structure and dynamics of photosynthetic machinery
  • Adaptation strategy via regulation of photosynthetic electron transport
  • Regulation of photosynthesis by metabolism of pigments
  • Machinery for the regulation of photosynthesis
  • Environmental sensing in photosynthesis
  • How to improve photosynthesis?


  • Eva-Mari Aro (University of Turku)
  • Roberto Bassi (University of Verona)
  • Karl-Josef Dietz (Bielefeld University)
  • Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont (University of Geneva)
  • Michael Hippler (University of Münster)
  • Stefan Hörtensteiner (University of Zurich)
  • Peter Jahns (Heinrich Heine University)
  • Felix Kessler (University of Neuchatel)
  • Helmut Kirchhoff (Washington State University)
  • David Kramer (Michigan State University)
  • Congming Lu (Chinese Academy of Science)
  • Krishna Niyogi (UC Berkeley)
  • Gilles Peltier (CEA Caharache)
  • Lianwei Peng (Chinese Academy of Science)
  • Kevin Redding (Arizona State University)
  • Jean-David Rochaix (University of Geneva)
  • Matthias Rögner (Ruhr University)
  • Francis-André Wollman (CNRS)
  • Lixin Zhang (Chinese Academy of Science)

  • Hiroyuki Ohta (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Kenichi Ogawa (RIBS, Okayama)
  • Toshiharu Hase (Osaka University)
  • Toru Hisabori (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Masahiko Ikeuchi (University of Tokyo)
  • Maki Kawai-Yamada (Saitama University)
  • Kazuyuki Kuchitsu (Tokyo University of Science)
  • Genji Kurisu (Osaka University)
  • Makoto Kusaba (Hiroshima University)
  • Amane Makino (Tohoku University)
  • Jun Minagawa (NIBB)
  • Yoshitaka Nishiyama (Saitama University)
  • Wataru Sakamoto (Okayama University)
  • Jian-Ren Shen (Okayama University)
  • Masahiro Tamoi (Kinki University)
  • Yuichiro Takahashi (Okayama University)
  • Ayumi Tanaka (Hokkaido University)
  • Kan Tanaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology)


 October 29
9:30-9:35 Tosiharu Shikanai (Kyoto University) Opening remark
9:35-9:45 Shoichi Kusumoto (President of Yamada Science Foundation) Welcome address
Machinery for the regulation of photosynthesis
9:45-10:15 Jun Minagawa (NIBB) Dissipation of excess light energy in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
10:15-10:45 Krishna Niyogi (UC Berkeley) Regulation of light harvesting by non-photochemical quenching.
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:30 Peter Jahns (Heinrich Heine University) Regulation of energy dissipation by PsbS and zeaxanthin.
11:30-12:00 Roberto Bassi (University of Verona) Co-evolution of light harvesting and energy dissipation functions in land plants
12:00-13:00 Lunch
Structure and dynamics of photosynthetic machinery
13:00-13:30 Jian-Ren Shen (Okayama University) Structural biology of photosystem II and photosystem I.
13:30-14:00 Kevin Redding (Arizona State University) Mutations in Photosystem I that affect directionality and efficiency of charge separation.
14:00-14:30 Genji Kurisu (Osaka University) X-ray structure and NMR Analysis of the Ga-substituted Cyanobacterial Ferredoxin interacting with Photosystem I.
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-15:30 Helmut Kirchhoff (Washington State University) Photosynthetic energy transformation on the mesoscale.
15:30-16-00 Yuichiro Takahashi (Okayama University) Structure and biogenesis of photosystem I complex.
16:00-16:30 Francis-André Wollman (CNRS) Insights into the functional organization of light harvesting antennae in Chlamydomonas.
16:30-17:00 Break
Adaptation strategy via regulation of photosynthetic electron transport
17:00-17:30 Toshiharu Hase (Osaka University) Modulation of protein-protein interaction of Fd and Fd-dependent enzymes.
17:30-18:00 Congming Lu (Chinese Academy of Science) The function of chloroplastic small heat shock protein HSP21 in Arabidopsis.
18:00-18:30 Keisuke Yoshida, Satoshi Hara, Kazunori Sugiura, Toru Hisabori (Tokyo Institute of Technology) Significance of the redox regulation networks in plants.

 October 30
9:10-9:40 Yoshitaka Nishiyama (Saitama University) Role of redox regulation of protein synthesis in the repair of photosystem II.
9:40-10:10David Kramer (Michigan State University) Electrons, protons and the tightrope of photosynthesis
10:10-10:40Michael Hippler (University of Münster) Calredoxin connects calcium and redox dependent regulation of algal photosynthesis.
Environmental sensing in photosynthesis
11:00-11:30Peter Gollan, Mikko Tikkanen and Eva-Mari Aro (Turku University) Photosynthetic light reactions; integral to chloroplast retrograde signaling.
11:30-12:00Karl-Josef Dietz (Bielefeld University) Retrograde signaling in the rapid high light acclimation response
13:00-13:30Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont (University of Geneva) Thylakoid protein phosphorylation and light acclimation of photosynthesis.
13:30-14:00Wataru Sakamoto (Okayama University) Regulation of chloroplast DNA levels and gene expression by organelle nuclease DPD1: influence on leaf longevity and photosynthesis.
14:00-14:30Jean-David Rochaix (University of Geneva) New insights into plastid biology through conditional repression of essential chloroplast genes.
15:00-15:30Lixin Zhang (Chinese Academy of Science) Molecular mechanisms of chloroplast retrograde signaling.
15:30-16:00Kan Tanaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology) Abscisic acid involves control of the cell-cycle initiation through heme homeostasis in a unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae.
16:00-16:30Felix Kessler (University of Neuchatel) Plastoglobules: a membrane microdomain for thylakoid lipid metabolism.
16:50-17:20Kazuyuki Kuchitsu (Tokyo University of Science) Regulation of stress responses and development by the ROS-Ca2+ signaling network and autophagy in plants.
17:20-17:50Lianwei Peng (Chinese Academy of Science) Molecular mechanisms of the chloroplast ATP synthase assembly in Arabidopsis.
17:50-18:20Masahiko Ikeuchi (University of Tokyo) Reengineering of photosystems in cyanobacteria
18:30-20:30Conference Buffet Diner

 October 31
Regulation of photosynthesis by metabolism of pigments
9:10-9:40Ayumi Tanaka (Hokkaido University) Identification of Mg-dechelatase essential for the degradation of photosystems.
9:40-10:10Stefan Hörtensteiner (University of Zurich) Chlorophyll breakdown: complexity of chlorophyll catabolite modification.
10:10-10:40Makoto Kusaba (Hiroshima University) Nuclear and cytoplasmic stay-green genes in legume.
How to improve photosynthesis?
11:00-11:30Hiroyuki Ohta, Masako Iwai, Takashi Nobusawa, Koichi Hori and Mie Shimojima (Tokyo Institute of Technology) Lipid remodeling under nutrient starvation in microalgae and its application for oil production.
11:00-12:00Gilles Peltier (CEA Cadarache) Exploring the basis of biomass productivity under steady state and fluctuating conditions by using Chlamydomonas mutants and a newly designed photobioreactor set-up.
13:00-13:30Maki Kawai-Yamada (Saitama University) Metabolic alteration in NAD(P)(H) pathway modulates plant growth and biomass.
13:30-14:00Masahiro Tamoi and Shigeru Shigeoka (Kinki University) Improvement of photosynthesis and productivity of crop plants and microalgae by genetic engineering of the Calvin cycle.
14:00-14:30Matthias Rögner (Ruhr University) Engineering cyanobacterial photosynthesis for biotechnological applications: Design cells and model systems.
15:00-15:30Kenichi Ogawa (RIBS, Okayama) Improving photosynthetic ability and biomass production in virtue of glutathione technology - Toward another "Green Revolution".
15:30-16:00Amane Makino (Tohoku University) Source and sink improvements in rice: Rubisco, grain yield and N-utilization
16:00-16:30Toshiharu Shikanai (Kyoto University) Regulation of photosynthesis by alternative electron flow.


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The registration fee is JPY 2,000. Because time is limited for lunch, we recommend you to reserve your lunch box (JPY 1,000 each). We also encourage you to attend the Conference Buffet Diner (JPY 5,000). All the costs will be collected at the venue.


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