Important Dates

Welcome Message

Greetings from the Chair

The 2nd Asia-Oceania International Congress on Photosynthesis (2nd AOICP) will be held in Kobe Fashion Mart from 18, September (Wednesday) to 21, September (Saturday), 2024. It is our great pleasure to invite all of you to participate and present your research results in this congress.
Photosynthesis research is becoming increasingly important in the era of climate change, as our modern life depends on photosynthesis in terms of food, oxygen and fossil fuels, and researches into the mechanisms of photosynthesis may provide important clues to mitigate the impact of climate change. Thus, it is important to bring active researchers and students together to discuss the current status and future perspectives in the field of photosynthesis research, and this congress will provide an excellent opportunity for such discussions.
This congress is the second in the series. The first one is held in 2018 in Qingdao, China, following the decision of The International Society of Photosynthesis Research that the International Congress on Photosynthesis Research will be held every four years, and the Gordon Research Conference on Photosynthesis will be held every two years in the years different from the International Congress. This means that there will be a vacant year in every four years, and the International Society of Photosynthesis Research decided to held regional congress in this vacant year. Due to the effect of COVID-19, this congress has been postponed, however, in 2024, we are pleased to announce that the congress will be held face-to-face in Japan. It is our hope that all of you will attend the congress, and join the discussions, exchange your ideas with colleagues from various countries, and enjoy the beautiful city and foods of Kobe and the traditional culture of Japan.
This congress is hosted by the Japanese Society of Photosynthesis Research, with the help of a number of parties listed in the web page. I thank these parties for their support.

With warmest regards,
Prof. Jian-Ren Shen
Chair, 2nd AOICP

Scope and Topics

Confrerence Scope

 Mechanism of water oxidation in PSII

 Structures and functions of bacterial reaction centers

 Light harvesting and photosynthetic electron transfer

 Photosynthetic membrane protein complex, structure and function

 Biosynthesis and assembly of photosynthetic apparatus

 Carbon fixation and metabolism

 Photosynthetic gene expression

 Perception of environmental stresses and signaling

 Ecophysiology and other applications

 Crop yield improvement and agricultural biotechnology

 Biofuels and artificial photosynthesis

 Young scientist seminar


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  • Jian-Ren Shen


  • Toshiharu Shikanai

Organizing Committee

  • Koichiro Awai (Shizuoka University)
  • Yuichi Fujita (Nagoya University)
  • Hideki Hashimoto (Kansei Gakuin University)
  • Kentaro Ifuku (Kyoto University)
  • Genji Kurisu (Osaka University)


  • Jun Minagawa (National Institute for Basic Biology)
  • Wataru Sakamoto (Okayama University)
  • Miwa Sugiura (Ehime University)
  • Kintake Sonoike (Waseda University)
  • Ryouichi Tanaka (Hokkaido University)