4th International Workshop on Solar Energy for Sustainability, 21 to 24 March 2016.
We would like to invite you to the upcoming 4th International Workshop on Solar Energy for
Sustainability: “Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics” on 21 to 24 March 2016, held in celebration of
the 75th Birthdays of Prof Sir John Walker FRS and Prof Leslie Dutton FRS, and the legacy of Prof
Jan Anderson FRS.
Global bioenergetics relies on the continuous input of solar energy initiating with light-driven
charge separation and water splitting reactions of photosynthesis followed by the subsequent use of
the resulting high energy electrons and protons to drive the production of ATP either through
photosynthetic or oxidative phosphorylation. The resulting ATP is the energy currency of biology
and powers the processes of life including the synthesis of organic molecules. These molecules are
a store of chemical energy which is ultimately utilised by non-photosynthetic metabolism leading to
their oxidation back to water and carbon dioxide from which they were formed.
This meeting will cover various aspects of this bioenergetic cycle to which Prof Sir John Walker
(Nobel Laureate) FRS and Prof Leslie Dutton FRS have made major contributions. The cycle is
initiated by the reactions of photosynthesis and the workshop will also cover the regulation of
these processes in memory of the outstanding contributions made to this area of research by
Professor Jan Anderson FRS who recently passed away. Therefore this workshop will bring together
world leading scientists actively involved in understanding natural biological processes associated
with the flow of energy in biological cells.
Chaired by Prof James Barber (Imperial College London), the distinguished speakers include Prof Sir
John Walker FRS (MRC Cambridge), Prof Leslie Dutton FRS (University of Pennsylvania), Prof Rudy
Marcus (Caltech) and many others.
For enquiries, please email to the workshop secretariat at Photosynthesis@ntu.edu.sg
We would appreciate it if you could circulate this announcement to your friends, colleagues and stu
dents who might be interested to attend.
Institute of Advanced Studies, NTU