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The Photosynthesis Gordon Research Conference series has its roots in the 1960's, when the mechanism of energy transformation was controversial and mitochondrial scientists had very lively and heated discussions on the topic. At the time, the Gordon Conference series on "Energy Coupling Mechanisms" was an important setting for these discussions and several photosynthesis scientists participated in them. In 1968, seeing the need for a conference setting to give photosynthesis researchers an informal discussion format, Donald Keister submitted a proposal to the Gordon Conferences for a meeting entitled "Photosynthetic Organelles". The proposal was accepted and the conference was held in 1969. Anthony San Pietro was the co-chairman. It was a successful conference and it was authorized to be continued. Photosynthesis Gordon Research Conferences have been held almost annually since, with the exception of the years in which one of the triennial International Photosynthesis Congresses is held. As photosynthesis is a particularly interdisciplinary field with major contributions from, for example, biochemistry and biophysics, the emphasis of Photosynthesis GRCs traditionally has alternated between biochemical and biophysical aspects. However, as the field continues to evolve and to draw from an increasing number of disciplines, this distinction is blurring. The Photosynthesis GRC series brings together scientists with interests in, for example, solar energy conversion, energy and electron transport, and the molecular physiology of photosynthetic organisms, and continues to be a pivotal meeting point and discussion venue for leading researchers in the field.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Photosynthesis" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Photosynthesis
Photosynthetic Plasticity: From the Environment to Synthetic Systems
Jul 16-21 Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River Arthur R. Grossman
2015 Photosynthesis
The Dynamics and Regulation of Photosynthesis: From the Origin of Biocatalysis to Innovative Solar Conversion
Jun 28 - Jul 3 Bentley University Fabrice Rappaport
2014 Photosynthesis
From Evolution of Fundamental Mechanisms to Radical Re-Engineering
Aug 10-15 Mount Snow David Kramer
2012 Photosynthesis Jul 8-13 Davidson College Richard J. Debus
2011 Photosynthesis Jun 12-17 Davidson College Krishna K. Niyogi
2009 Photosynthesis Jun 28 - Jul 3 Bryant University Doug Bruce
2008 Photosynthesis Jun 22-27 Mount Holyoke College Wim F.J. Vermaas
2006 Photosynthesis Jul 2-7 Bryant University R. David Britt
2005 Photosynthesis Jul 3-8 Bryant University Sabeeha Merchant
2003 Photosynthesis Jun 22-27 Roger Williams University Marilyn Gunner
2002 Photosynthesis Jun 16-21 Roger Williams University Donald A. Bryant
2000 Photosynthesis Jun 18-23 Kimball Union Academy Gary W. Brudvig
1999 Photosynthesis Jun 13-18 New England College John H. Golbeck
1997 Photosynthesis Aug 3-8 Plymouth State College Melvin Y. Okamura
1996 Photosynthesis, Biochemical Aspects of Aug 4-9 New Hampton School Charles F. Yocum
1994 Photosynthesis, Biophysical Aspects of Aug 7-12 New Hampton School Marion C. Thurnauer
1993 Photosynthesis, Biochemical Aspects of Aug 1-6 New Hampton School Bruce A. Diner
1991 Photosynthesis, Biophysical Aspects of Jul 29 - Aug 2 Proctor Academy Robert E. Blankenship
1990 Photosynthesis, Biochemical Aspects of Jul 16-20 Colby-Sawyer College William A. Cramer
1988 Photosynthesis, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Jul 4-8 Holderness School Colin A. Wraight
1987 Photosynthetic Membranes, Biochemical Aspects of Jul 27-31 Colby-Sawyer College Richard Malkin
1985 Photosynthesis, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Jul 29 - Aug 2 Colby-Sawyer College Gerald T. Babcock
1984 Photosynthesis, Biochemical Aspects of Aug 20-24 Kimball Union Academy Richard A. Dilley
1983 Photosynthesis, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Feb 7-11 Crowne Plaza Paul A. Loach
1981 Photosynthesis, Biochemical Aspects of Jul 20-24 Kimball Union Academy Richard E. McCarty
1980 Photosynthesis, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Feb 4-8 Miramar Hotel William W. Parson
1978 Photosynthesis, Biochemical Aspects of
Electron Transport, Photophosphorylation, Membrane Structure
Jul 24-28 Tilton School David W. Krogmann
1975 Photosynthesis, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Jul 21-25 Tilton School Roderick K. Clayton
1973 Photosynthesis, Regulatory Mechanics in Aug 13-17 Tilton School Anthony San Pietro
1969 Photosynthetic Organelles
Structure, Function, and Control Mechanisms
Jun 29 - Jul 4 Holderness School Donald L. Keister
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