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Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Spectroscopy, Signaling and Optogenetics: Past, Present and Future


March 3-4, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Heli Lehtivuori & Jonas Wietek

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 3, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by December 3, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other early-career scientists to present and exchange the latest results and cutting edge ideas. This seminar will explore the most recent findings from photosensory processes, including a variety of proteins, their molecular properties, and their application as optogenetic tools. The two-day seminar consists of one core session per day. Both of these core sessions include three to four oral presentations chosen from submitted abstracts and one poster session. The core sessions will be carried out entirely by PhD students and post-docs. The seminar begins with a framing keynote lecture by distinguished academic Prof. Klaas Hellingwerf from the field of photosensory receptors. The seminar will close with a career development mentoring session where early-career researchers can converge with successful mid-career academic and non-academic researchers.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by December 3, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Dinner: 8:00 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by January 3, 2018. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Klaas Hellingwerf (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Panel Discussion - Researcher's Life and Work"

  • Emina Stojkovic (Northeastern Illinois University, USA)
  • Josiah Zayner (The ODIN, USA)
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