Conference Support 23rd Western Photosynthesis Conference 2014

Project: Research project

Description

Abstract The Western Photosynthesis Conference is a regional conference held on an annual basis to bring together researchers primarily from the Western United States to share their newest advances in research of photosynthetic processes. An essential component of the conference is to provide an environment that facilitates the exchange of ideas and the forging of effective collaborations. Maybe most importantly, emphasis is placed on the exposure of junior scientists to more established researchers in the field, providing them with extensive networking opportunities with senior colleagues. A large number of speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts, based on scientific excellence and on fit to the theme of each session. We anticipate that a large fraction of oral presentations will be given by junior researchers such as graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Ample opportunities will be provided for informal interactions that allow students and postdocs to gain a broader perspective of the current thinking in their chosen research area. In this sense, regional meetings such as the Western Photosynthesis Conference fulfill an important need in terms of being inclusive of junior scientists, something that cannot be provided by international conferences, as these tend to be more focused on well-established, high profile scientists. This conference is directly relevant to the mission of the DOE Biosciences programs in Photosynthetic Systems and the Physical Biosciences. The conference is focused on both fundamental and more applied research related to the biological conversion of solar energy to various energy storage forms. Of particular interest is the accumulation of redox equivalents achieved by extracting energy from sun light, a process ultimately used to generate all the components of our planets biomass. This process involves the assimilation of atmospheric CO2, and its reduction to form the hydrocarbon building blocks used by all life forms on Earth. To expand the scope of this meeting compared to previous years, we are planning an extensive and relatively broad session or two on biomimicry and artificial photosynthesis. In addition, we will place special emphasis on CO2 limitations of photosynthesis and thiol-mediated redox regulation of enzymatic activity. This year, the Western Photosynthesis Conference will be chaired by Dr. Rebekka Wachter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, Arizona State University. Dr. Helmut Kirchhof, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Institute of Biological Chemistry, and Dr. Arthur Grossman, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford, will serve as co-chairs. With this application, we would like to request travel funds for ten student and ten postdoctoral researchers for this conference. In addition, we would like to request registration and lodging funds for one invited speaker at the assistant professor level.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/1/149/30/14

Funding

  • US Department of Energy (DOE): $2,499.00

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biochemistry
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