The 14th Nordic Photosynthesis Congress

From Basics to Redesigning Photosynthesis
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Program

The program of NPC14 covers structures and evolution of photosynthetic complexes, regulation, and acclimation of photosynthesis, as well as bioengineering and synthetic biology for improvement of photosynthetic yield and production of valuable biocompounds. It will not be divided into distinct sessions, but all participants are asked to take into consideration the theme of the conference in the presentations.
The program will be comprised of invited lectures, oral presentations (15 + 5 min), and short flash presentations given by young researchers (5 min). Posters will be presented in electronic form in separate poster sessions.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
14:00 Arrival and Registration
Coffee
16:00–18:40 Session 1
Chair: Eevi Rintamäki, University of Turku, Finland
16:00–16:10 Opening, Eevi Rintamäki, University of Turku, Finland
16:10–16:50 Stenbjörn Styring,
Uppsala University, Sweden
Do we really know everything we need to know about Photosystem II? Discovery of new, unexpected intermediates in the central photochemistry
16:50–17:30 Martin Hagemann,
Universität Rostock, Germany
Cyanobacterial CO2 assimilation – regulation and engineering
17:30–17:50 Peter Jahns,
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
On the role of Photosystem II subunit PsbS during high light acclimation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
17:50–18:10 Atle M. Bones,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
A systems analysis of the light-harvesting antenna in diatoms
18:10–18:30 Agu Laisk,
University of Tartu, Estonia
Triplets in leaves – measurement by chlorophyll fluorescence quenching, dependence on light intensity and O2 concentration
18.30–18.40 Yagut Allahverdiyeva,
University of Turku, Finland
Nordic center of excellence NordAqua
19:30 Welcome reception with light buffet dinner
City Hall, Aurakatu 2
Thursday, May 23, 2019
09:00–13:00 Session 2

Chair: Poul Erik Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

09:00–09:40 Eva-Mari Aro,
University of Turku, Finland
Photosynthesis regulation
09:40–10:00 Cornelia Spetea,
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
What we know so far about chloroplast transporters in algae?
10:00–10:30 Flash presentations


Duncan Fitzpatrick,

University of Turku, Finland
An inconvenient truth: New analytical assessment of chemical inhibitors used commonly throughout photosynthesis research

Stephanie Bethmann,
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Zeaxanthin epoxidase is degraded in parallel with the D1 protein during photoinhibition of photosystem II

Otilia Cheregi,
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Biomass potential of local microalgal strains cultivated in Swedish West coast climate

Anita Santana-Sánchez,
University of Turku, Finland
Flv1-4 proteins function in versatile combinations in O2 photoreduction in cyanobacteria

Eerika Vuorio,
University of Turku, Finland
The native hydrocarbons in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 have an effect in cellular buoyancy and light harvesting capacity

D.A. Russo,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Efficient secretion of a lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase in a fast-growing cyanobacterium

10:30–11:40 Posters, exhibition, and coffee
11:40–12:20 Athina Zouni,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
New Insights into the dynamical structure of Photosystem II
12:20–12:40 Jacqueline Thiemann,
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Structural and functional analysis of the photosynthetic complex I
12:40–13:00 Johannes Messinger,
Uppsala University, Sweden
Regulation of Photosystem II by bicarbonate
13.0014.00 Lunch
14:00–17:50 Session 3
Chair: Fikret Mamedov, Uppsala University, Sweden
14:00–14:40 Michael Hippler,
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
The interplay of robustness and plasticity: Regulation of algal photosynthetic electron transfer
14:40–15:00 Mathias Pribil,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Membrane-bound protein scaffolding using thylakoid protein CURT1A
15:00–15:20 Andrea Trotta,
University of Turku, Finland
The phosphorylation dynamics of CURT1B under fluctuating light
15.20–15:50 Flash presentations


Mun Hon Cheah
,
Uppsala University, Sweden
Insights into oxidation state of the oxygen-evolving cluster during photoactivation of PSII microcrystals

Heta Mattila,
University of Turku, Finland
Photosystem II does not convert nascent oxygen into singlet oxygen

Karen Zinzius,
University of Muenster, Germany
Calredoxin is important for fine-tuning of photosynthesis and acclimation to low CO2

Steffen Grebe,
University of Turku, Finland
The unique photosynthetic apparatus of Pinaceae – Analysis of photosynthetic complexes in Norway spruce (Picea abies)

Dorota Muth-Pawlak,
University of Turku, Finland
Bioenergetics and proteome dynamics of cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 under different trophic conditions

Jesús Pascual,
University of Turku, Finland
Post-translational regulation of organelle-induced stress responses

15:5016:40 Posters, exhibition, and coffee
16:40–17:10 Åsa Strand,
Umeå University, Sweden
Chloroplast development, a tale of two genomes
17:10–17:30 Peter J Gollan,
University of Turku, Finland
Photosynthetic redox homeostasis affects oxylipin biosynthesis and signalling
17:30–17:50 Taina Tyystjärvi,
University of Turku, Finland
A novel carbon signaling cascade in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
18:45         
Guided tour in the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
The Museum of History and Contemporary Art, Itäinen Rantakatu 4, Turku
20.00 Congress dinner at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
The Museum of History and Contemporary Art, Itäinen Rantakatu 4, Turku
Friday, May 24, 2019
09:00–13:20 Session 4
Chair: Imre Vass, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary & Paula Mulo, University of Turku, Finland
09:00–09:40 Marion Eisenhut,
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
The role of MNX/PAM71-family transporters in manganese management
09:40–10:10 Alexey Amunts,
Stockholm University, Sweden
Cryo-EM studies of photosynthetic complexes
10:10–10:30 Arjun Tiwari,
University of Turku, Finland
Location of photo-reduction of molecular oxygen and a capacity to accumulate H2O2 in photosynthetic electron transport chain of Arabidopsis thaliana
10:30-10.50 Aiste Ivanauskaite,
University of Turku, Finland
Protein acetylation by chloroplast acetyltransferase NSI is needed for state transitions in Arabidopsis thaliana
10:50–11:10 Coffee
11:10–11:40 Yumiko Sakuragi,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Bioengineering of photosynthetic organisms for diversified carbohydrate metabolic capacities
11:40–12:00 Paul Hudson,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
New metabolic engineering and systems biology possibilities in Synechocystis with the CRISPRi tool
12:00–12:20 Pekka Patrikainen,
University of Turku, Finland
Comparison of inducible native and heterologous promoters in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
12:20–12:40 Martina Jokel,
University of Turku, Finland
Redirection of photosynthetic electrons towards the hydrogenase instead of carbon fixation in a Chlamydomonas flv mutant
12:40–13:00 Lars B. Scharff,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Regulation of psbA translation in response to high light acclimation
13:00–13:20 Vesa Havurinne,
University of Turku, Finland
Photosynthetic sea slugs: insights from P700 oxidation kinetics in Elysia timida
13.20 Closing
13.20  Take-away lunch

Invited speakers

  • Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku, Finland
    Photosynthesis regulation
  • Stenbjön Styring, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Do we really know everything we need to know about Photosystem II? Discovery of new, unexpected intermediates in the central photochemistry
  • Alexey Amunts, Stockholm University, Sweden
    Cryo-EM studies of photosynthetic complexes
  • Marion Eisenhut, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
    The role of MNX/PAM71-family transporters in manganese management
  • Martin Hagemann, Universität Rostock, Germany
    Cyanobacterial CO2 assimilation – regulation and engineering
  • Michael Hippler, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    The interplay of robustness and plasticity: Regulation of algal photosynthetic electron transfer
  • Yumiko Sakuragi, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Bioengineering of photosynthetic organisms for diversified carbohydrate metabolic capacities
  • Åsa Strand, Umeå University, Sweden
    Chloroplast development, a tale of two genomes
  • Athina Zouni, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
    New Insights into the dynamical structure of Photosystem II
Oral presentations

Oral presentations (15 + 5 min) and short flash presentations (5min) will be selected based on the abstracts (deadline for submission 27 March). Please indicate in the registration form your willingness to give a presentation. Notification for the accepted oral presentations will be confirmed at the beginning of April. Others have the opportunity to present an electronic poster (see below).

Standard audiovisual equipment, laser pointer, wireless slide advancer and microphones, will be available for use during oral presentations. The lectures will be installed on a communal computer from a pocket memory stick, but also your own laptops may be used. Speakers are kindly asked to report to the session chair no later than 20 minutes prior to the start of their session. Technical staff will be available for assistance during this time.

Electronic posters

Electronic posters will be presented e.g. as a PowerPoint show. Bring your own laptop and prepare a short (ca. 3-5 min) presentation in the form that it will run automatically during the given poster session. The presenter is kindly asked to be at the poster during the session.

We wish to thank the following sponsors and collaborators for the support: