XX - Edition 2016

SIBPA - Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata

IVSLA - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti


XX School of Pure and Applied Biophysics


Molecular and biophysical aspects of photosynthesis


Venice, - Campo Santo Stefano, January 25th-29th, 2016


Organised by:

SIBPA - Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata
IVSLA - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti

Director of the School:

  • Giorgio M. Giacometti (IVSLA and University of Padua) - E-mail: gcometti[at]bio.unipd.it

Scientific Coordinators of the 2016 School:

  • Tomas Morosinotto (Department of Biology, University of Padova)
  • Ildikò Szabò (Department of Physics, University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Giorgio M. Giacometti (IVSLA and University of Padua)

School overview and provisional program


The School focuses on contemporary biophysical topics. The selected subjects will draw young researchers' attention to frontier research issues of considerable scientific and educational impact. The School will be held in the magnificent Palazzo Franchetti, the premises of the "Istituto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti" located in the historical centre of Venice, close to Canal Grande and Accademia (Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti).

The focus of the 2016 School is Molecular and biophysical aspects of photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis converts solar energy into chemical energy and support most living organisms on Earth. Also biomass produced by photosynthetic organisms was converted into fossil fuels, that now supply energy to power most human activities. The school will cover the most recent knowledge on the features of the photosynthetic machinery apparatus and its regulation. it will cover in particular structure of photosystems, regulation of electron and proton transport, light harvesting and photo-protection, carbon fixation and photorespiration.



  • Eva Mari Aro, University of Turku, Finland
  • Jim Barber, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Roberto Bassi, University of Verona, Italy
  • Donatella Carbonera, University of Padova, Italy
  • Pierre Cardol, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Roberta Croce, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Elisabetta Collini, University of Padova, Italy
  • Giovanni Finazzi, CEA Grenoble, France
  • Matt Johnson, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Pierre Joliot, IBPC, Paris, France
  • Fabrice Rappaport, IBPC, Paris, France
  • Jean-David Rochaix, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Paolo Trost, University of Bologna, Italy 



Maximum 35 students will be admitted to the school. Applications are encouraged from young scientists (PhD students and postdocs) interested in the topics of the school.

A poster session will be held for students to present their activity but the presentation of a poster is not mandatory.

The participation fee is 350 Euro which includes five nights' accommodation and attendance at the lessons.

The fee for students who do not need accommodation is 165 Euros.

Deadline for registration 4th December 2015.

Applicants are admitted to the school by the Scientific Committee based on the information provided on the application form (short curriculum). The results of the selection will be individually communicated by e-mail.
Payment must be performed within two weeks of notification of admission.
Applications are encouraged from all young scientists (PhD students and post doctors) interested in the topics of the school.

Application process:

  • Send an email to the Scientific Committee at:tomas.morosinotto[at]unipd.it
  • In the subject field, write your full name and “Venice School on Photosynthesis”
  • In the email, please provide:
  1. contact information (name, affiliation, address, email, and phone number)
  2. current position
  3. name of reference person (e.g. supervisor)
  4. preliminary poster title (not mandatory)
  5. short CV (maximum one A4 page; text and pdf files are admitted).


Further information is available through the scientific coordinators or the director of the school.

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