Dear Colleagues,

8th International Conference “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2017”
in honor of Agepati S. Raghavendra, William A. Cramer, and Govindjee

will take place at the School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
from October 30 to November 4, 2017

Please be a part of the prestigious International Conference in which two or three Nobel Laureates will be delivering lectures along with other famous people in the field of Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research.

Your participation is important for the success of the Meeting, and will be very much appreciated. This Meeting will be a great occasion for discussions of previous, present, and future research on Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy, from molecular to global, and will provide an exciting scientific program, which will cover the breadth and depth of Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy, and to meet researchers from around the world. This meeting will provide a forum for students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists from different countries to deepen their knowledge and understanding, widen professional contact and create new opportunities, including establishing new collaborations.

Download the program and abstracts book:


The meeting will cover the following topics:

1. Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability:

1.1. Primary Processes of Photosynthesis
1.2. Structure, Function and Biogenesis of the Photosynthetic Apparatus
1.3. Bacterial Photosynthesis and its metabolism
1.4. Photosystem II and Water Oxidation Mechanism
1.5. Energy Transfer and Trapping in Photosystems
1.6. Photosystem I and Bacterial Photosynthesis
1.7. Carbon Fixation (C3 and C4) and Photorespiration
1.8. Artificial and Applied aspects of Photosynthesis
1.9. Regulation of Photosynthesis and Environmental Stress
1.10. Systems Biology of Photosynthesis: Integration of Genomic, Proteomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic Studies
1.11. Photosynthesis Education
1.12. Emerging Techniques for Studying Photosynthesis including Neutron Scattering in Photosynthesis Research

2. Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability:

2.1. Energy for the Future – Hydrogen economy
2.2. Elevating Climate Change
2.3. Biological Hydrogen Production
2.4. Hydrogenases
2.5. Proton Reduction Catalysts
2.6. Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
2.7. Artificial Photosynthesis for Hydrogen energy
2.8. Hydrogen Energy Education
2.9. Emerging Techniques for Studying of Hydrogen Energy

Use these section numbers when you submit your abstracts.

Powerful, strong, up-to-date lectures and posters of this meeting will be selected, peer-reviewed and published in special issues of Photosynthesis Research and International Journal of Hydrogen Energy in the form of regular articles or reviews.

Special issue of the Photosynthesis Research: Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability.
Special issue of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy: Hydrogen Energy for Sustainability: Hydrogen Production Processes by Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis.
The deadline for submission: March 10, 2018.

Important Dates:

The deadline for official invitation letter request (for visa): September 10, 2017
The deadline for registration fee and abstract submission: September 20, 2017
The deadline for paper submission (for the special issues of PhotosynRes and IJHE): March 10, 2018


Hyderabad is a cosmopolitan city with a deep-rooted past history. It is the capital of Telangana state. Its language and mannerisms still exude its rich and legendary past. The Nizams of Hyderabad were known to be one of the wealthiest royals of the past.

Today Hyderabad is a cosmopolitan city on the fast track, with leading institutes in basic and applied sciences. Hyderabad is the city of the Chudi (bangles), pearls, Birla Mandir, Golconda fort, Salar Jung Museum, Handicrafts village (Shilparamam), Nehru Zoological Park and High-Tech city, thus featuring a blend of ancient culture and modernity.

Hyderabad is an important place of studies in southern India. It is a city with the most number of educational institutions in India, with three federal (central) funded Universities, two deemed Universities and six state Universities. It houses the world class institutes like University of Hyderabad, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, etc.

Weather in Hyderabad during October-November is pleasant with day time temperatures ranging from 25 to 30°C.

Special Events:

We will have special awards ceremony on November 3 (at 16:00):

This conference will enable organizers to introduce 6 Young Talents awards and 6 Best Posters awards to young scientists. The awards will be presented to young scientists who have done outstanding research in the field of photosynthesis and hydrogen energy research for sustainability.

All young researchers, including Ph.D. students and Post-Docs may compete for awards. The winners will be selected by the special committee.

Cultural Program:

City tours are planned on 02-11-2017 (Thursday) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The cost of each tour (including lunch) may vary depending on the price of the entry tickets and distance. The participants are requested to register their names by sending an email indicating their choice of tour before 15th October 2017. There will be three different tour packages as follows:

Option 1: Golconda fort – Qutb Shahi tombs – Shilparamam – Rs. 700/-
Option 2: Golconda fort – Charminar – Nehru Zoo Park – Rs. 700/-
Option 3: Ramoji film city – Rs. 2,300/-

Traditional Indian cultural program may be on one of the days with dinner (its free).


Shilparamam is Hyderabad’s tribute to India’s natural beauty, richly diverse cultural heritage and vibrant ethos. It is a place where artisans from across India showcase their individual skills in a variety of arts, crafts and culture. From Indian pottery to a plethora of weaves, woodwork, jewellery, clothes and local crafts of each region of the country, Shilparamam is a kaleidoscope of India’s colour, diversity and talent.
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Ramoji Film City

Escape to Ramoji Film City, a magical realm filled with excitement and wonderful surprises at every turn. As the world’s largest integrated film city and India’s only thematic holiday destination with magic of cinema, there’s something special for you here. Spread across a sprawling 2000 acres Ramoji Film City, set up by Ramoji Group in 1996, is a dreamy celluloid journey. Certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest Film studio complex, at Ramoji Film City, a filmmaker can walk with a script and walk out with film. For the others, Ramoji Film City flung open a wonderland where 1.5 million tourists build memories every year.
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Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort (The outer fort) occupies an area of 3 km2 which is 4.8 kilometers in length. It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143 AD. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
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Nehru Zoo Park

Spread over an area of approximately 380 acres, the Nehru Zoo Park boasts of almost 1,500 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Adding to the extensive varieties of wildlife, this zoo park is considered to be the first one where animals have been kept in zoological order. What makes Hyderabad zoo an amiable place for both visitors and inhabitants are the open enclosures in which animals are kept. These open enclosures have been created to resemble the natural habitats. A wide variety of exotic animals have been successfully bred in this zoo park as well. Adding to the overall experience are the extensive range of activities to do in Hyderabad Zoo Park. Various Safaris, such as lion safari, bear safari and bison safari, along with toy train makes the visit all the more exciting. Butterfly Park, Jurassic Park, aquariums, etc., also let you explore the wildlife in a fun yet educational manner.

Qutb Shahi tombs

The Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, India. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.


The Charminar (“Four Minarets”), constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque and has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India. Charminar is a historical place since 400 years and also famous for its surrounding markets. Bangles can be found at cheaper rate. Many local festivals are celebrated grandly in Charminar like Ramzaan and other festivals. It is listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India.

For more information, please contact Mr. Sree Harsha
Mobile number: +919246504010

International organizing committee:

Chairman: James Barber (UK)
Co-chair: Julian J. Eaton-Rye (Secretary of ISPR, New Zealand)
Co-chair: Rajagopal Subramanyam (India)
Secretary: Tatsuya Tomo (Japan)
Coordinator: Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev (Russia)

Click here to see the complete list of organizers.