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Daily Scientific Programme

The programme will be updated soon with the submitted abstracts.

Presently only the invited ones are listed.

Monday, 4 September

15:30 - 18:30 Registration
19:30 Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 5 September

 8:30 -  8:50 Opening Ceremony
 8:50 -  9:20 Young Investigator Award Lecture
 9:30 - 13:00 Parallel Symposia     (10:30 - 11:00    Coffee-break)
Molecular and cellular aspects of PDT
Chairs: Kristian Berg (Oslo, Norway), Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Kristian Berg (Oslo, Norway)
    "From Photochemical Internalization to epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition"
  • Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska (Geneva, Switzerland)
    "Optimized drug combinations to support light therapy"
  • Arjan Griffioen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    "Vascular targeting and inflammation"
Photobiology and photochemistry in aquatic environments (ESP-ASP Joint Symposium)
Chairs: Patrick Neale (Edgewater, MD, United States), Ruben Sommaruga (Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Richard Sempéré (Marseille, France)
    "Variation of UV/PAR in aquatic environments"
  • Davide Vione (Torino, Italy)
    "Photochemistry of surface waters"
  • Patrick Neale (Edgewater, MD, United States)
    "Effects of UV/PAR inhibition on marine primary production"
  • Samuel Hylander (Kalmar, Sweden)
    "Role of pigments in zooplankton"
  • Virginia Albarracín (San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina)
    "UV-resistant actinobacteria from High-Altitude Andean Lakes: Biodiversity and adaptation mechanisms"
Topical photoprotection: 2017 (ESP-ESPD Joint symposium)
Chairs: Henry W. Lim (Detroit, United States), Gillian M. Murphy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Elma Baron (Cleveland, OH, United States)
    "Controversies on sunscreens"
  • Henry Lim (Detroit, MI, United States)
    "Non-topical form of photoprotection"
  • Prithwiraj Maitra (Skillman, NJ, USA)
    "Novel developments in sunscreens"
  • Giovanni Leone (Roma, Italy)
    "What should we tell our patients about how to practice photoprotection? "
DNA photolesions - Recent advances
Chairs: Thierry Douki (Grenoble, France), Laurent Marrot (London, United Kingdom)
  • Wolfgang Zinth (Munich, Germany)
    "Formation of pyrimidine dimers studied by time-resolved infra-red spectroscopy"
  • Sheera Adar (Jerusalem, Israel)
    "Formation and repair of pyrimidine dimers studied by next generation sequencing"
  • Mark Birch-Machin (Newcastle, United Kingdom)
    "UV-induced mitochondrial DNA damage"
  • Shobhan Gaddameedhi (Spokane, WA, United States)
    "Modulation of CPD repair by circadian clock"
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 15:00 Keynote lecture 1
John L. Spudich (United States)
Microbial rhodopsins and optogenetics
15:00 - 15:30 Keynote lecture 2
Georg T. Wondrak (United States)
From photo-excited states to molecular interventions: targeting skin photo-oxidative stress
15:30 - 19:00 Parallel Symposia     (16:30 - 17:00    Coffee-break)
Photobiology in industry
Chairs: Alberto Diaspro (Genova, Italy), Roberto Pini (Firenze, Italy)
Light and vitamin A in retinal disease
Chairs: Rosalie K. Crouch (Charleston, United States), Yannis Koutalos (Charleston, United States)
  • Yiannis Koutalos (Charleston, United States)
    "Processing of vitamin A in human rod and cone photoreceptors"
  • Malgorzata Rozanowska (Cardiff, United Kingdom)
    "Role of retinaldehydes and short-term light adaptation in modifying the susceptibility of the retina to light-induced damage"
  • Yoshinori Shichida (Kyoto, Japan)
    "Thermal isomerization of chromophore in visual pigment"
  • Martha Sommer (Berlin, Germany)
    "Structural and functional versatility of arrestin-rhodopsin interactions"
UV-B-stimulated plant protection (ESP-UV4Plants Joint Symposium)
Chairs: Gareth I. Jenkins (Glasgow, United Kingdom), Éva Hideg (Pécs, Hungary)
  • Gareth I. Jenkins  (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
    "UV-B stimulated plant protection: what does UVR8 contribute?"
  • Éva Hideg (Pécs, Hungary)
    "How do phenolic compounds contribute to the sunlight acclimation of leaves? Potentials and possibilities"
  • Monika Schreiner  (Großbeeren, Germany)
    "Potential importance of secondary plant metabolites induced by UV-B radiation: benefits from plant protection to human health"
  • Jason Wargent (Massey, New Zealand)
    "UV-B as a positive regulator of plant photosynthetic performance"

Wednesday, 6 September

 8:30 -  9:00 Keynote lecture 3
Alberto Diaspro (Genova, Italy)
Controlling and manipulating fluorescence dynamics towards nanoscale bioimaging
 9:00 -  9:30 Keynote lecture 4
Claire Wyart (Paris, France)
Light on a sensory interface relaying information from cerebrospinal fluid to motor circuits
 9:30 - 13:00 Parallel Symposia     (10:30 - 11:00    Coffee-break)
Chemistry and delivery of photosensitisers
Chairs: Graça Neves (Aveiro, Portugal), Gang Zheng (Toronto, Canada)
  • Zhuang Liu (Suzhou, China)
    "Modulating tumor microenvironment with nanotechnology for improved photodynamic therapy"
  • Isabel Pastoriza (Vigo, Spain)
    "Plasmonic nanostructures as biomedical tools"
  • Gang Zheng (Toronto, Canada)
    "From nano to micro and back: porphyrin supramolecular assembly for phototheranostics"
  • Graça Neves (Aveiro, Portugal)
    "Synthetic strategies in the design of photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy"
Non-visual photoreception and circadian vision:
from basic and applied research to human behavior and health

Chairs: Carlo Musio (Trento, Italy), Joan E. Roberts (New York, United States)
  • Carlo Musio (Trento, Italy)
    "Non-visual photoreceptors: from basic science to potential optogenetic applications"
  • Cristiano Bertolucci (Ferrara, Italy)
    "Circadian rhythms of non-mammalian vertebrates"
  • Robert Lucas (Manchester, United Kingdom)
    "Melanopsin photoreceptors and visual function"
  • Joan E. Roberts (New York, United States)
    "Practical applications of controlled circadian rhythm to human health"
  • Octavio Luis Perez (Madrid, Spain)
    "Effects of ‘blue-regulated’ full spectrum LED lighting in clinician performance and patient safety"
Systemic photoprotection
Chairs: Gary Halliday (Sydney, Australia), Wilhelm Stahl (Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Volker Böhm (Jena, Germany)
    "Photoprotection with food rich in carotenoids: is prevention of age-related macular degeneration possible?"
  • Wilhelm Stahl (Düsseldorf, Germany)
    "Antioxidants in systemic photoprotection - Mechanisms and concepts "
  • Diona Damian (Sydney, Australia)
    "Nicotinamide protection from UV induced skin damage and skin cancer"
  • Suzanne Pilkington (Manchester, United Kingdom)
    "Omega-3 and photoprotection: eicosanoids and beyond"
Photoimmunology in health and disease
Chairs: Scott N. Byrne (Sydney, Australia), Prue H. Hart (West Perth, Australia)
  • Robyn Lucas (Canberra, Australia)
    "How epidemiology and public health engages with photoimmunology"
  • Stephen Ullrich (Houston, TX, United States)
    "Platelet activating factor: critical mediator for UV-induced systemic immune suppression"
  • Prue H. Hart (West Perth, Australia)
    "Report on a UVB-phototherapy trial for early multiple sclerosis"
  • Scott N. Byrne (Sydney, Australia)
    "UV-activated regulatory cells in health and disease"
 9:00 - 13:00

Satellite Meeting (Jointly organized by UV4Plants Association and ESP) (11:00 - 11:20    Coffee-break)

Turning photobiology into commercial reality (exploiting UV radiation for sustainable and innovative food)
Chairs: Annamaria Ranieri (Pisa, Italy), Gareth Jenkins (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Pill-Soon Song (Jeju, Republic of Korea)
    "Photo-biotechnology for stress-tolerant and environmentally friendly crop plants based on phytochrome genes"
  • Javier Martínez-Abaigar (Logroño, Spain), Encarnation Núñez-Olivera (Logroño, Spain)
    "UV-B and grapevine: from plant physiology to the quality of berries and wine"
  • Marco Santin (Pisa, Italy)
    "Don’t put sunscreen on fruits! UV-B radiation as a precious resource for peach quality"
  • Katja Frede (Potsdam, Germany), Susanne Baldermann (Potsdam, Germany)
    "Impact of light quality on the carotenoid metabolism in pak choi"
  • Thais Huarancca Reyes (Pisa, Italy)
    "Andean sunshine: high UVB radiation on local crops"
  • Melanie Wiesner-Reinhold (Großbeeren, Germany)
    "Influence of narrow-banded UVB-LEDs on secondary plant metabolites"
  • Timo Bongartz (OSRAM GmbH)
    "Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) – Development and Usage of Tunable LED Grow Lights in collaboration with (Research) Partners"
13:00 - 15:30 Poster session with lunch box  
15:30 - 16:00 Presentation of the ESP Education and Training Committee activities  
16:00 - 19:30 Parallel Symposia     (17:00 - 17:30    Coffee-break)
Translational and therapeutical aspects of PDT
Chairs: Abhishek Garg (Leuven, Belgium), Tayyaba Hasan (Boston, United States)
  • Edward Maytin (Cleveland, OH, United States)
    "Cellular differentiation approaches to optimize PDT efficacy"
  • Tayyaba Hasan (Boston, United States)
    "Exploiting cellular behavior to maximize cancer treatment outcomes"
  • Abhishek Garg (Leuven, Belgium)
    "Photodynamic therapy: towards next-generation immunotherapy for cancer"
  • Olivier Feron (Brussels, Belgium)
    "PDT-induced ER stress: from mTOR and deubiquitinase inhibition to tumor vaccination"
Frontiers in DNA repair
Chairs: Patrick Rochette (Québec, Canada), Evelyne Sage (Paris, France)
  • Patrick Rochette (Québec, Canada)
    "Consequences of chronic UV irradiation on genotoxic stress response"
  • Antonio Conconi (Sherbrooke, Canada)
    "Transcription coupled nucleotide excision repair, RNA polymerase-I fallow off at UV induced DNA lesion and nucleosomes deposition"
  • Carlos Menck (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
    "Roles of translesion synthesis polymerases in ultraviolet-induced DNA damage replication in human cells"
  • Jun Hidema (Sendai, Japan)
    "Photolyases in plants"
Dynamic luminescent probes
Chairs: Ranieri Bizzarri (Pisa, Italy), Thomas Gensch (Jülich, Germany)
  • Oliver Griesbeck (Martinsried, Germany)
    "On fluorescent proteins and biosensors"
  • Niko Hildebrandt (Orsay, France)
    "Long luminescence lifetime terbium probes for TR-FRET biosensing "
  • Marie Erard (Orsay, France)
    "Genetically encoded biosensors for quantitative analysis of live cell chemistry"
  • Thomas Gensch (Jülich, Germany)
    "Monitoring of pH in living cells and cell organelles by fluorescence lifetime imaging"
Photoreception shapes photosynthesis
Chairs: Roberto Bassi (Verona, Italy), Lucia Guidi (Pisa, Italy)
  • Luca Dall'Osto (Verona, Italy)
    "Role of chloroplasts movements and photoprotection mechanisms on light stress"
  • Angela Falciatore (Paris, France)
    "Phytochrome control over photosynthetic gene expression in Diatoms"
  • Dimitri Petrousos (Grenoble, France)
    "Phototropines and the control on chloroplasts protein accumulation"
  • Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont (Geneva, Switzerland)
    "Expression of proteins determining photosynthesis efficiency in under UVR8 control"

Thursday, 7 September

 8:30 -  9:00 Keynote lecture 5
Giorgio Paolucci (Allan, Giordan)
SESAME: Science and intercultural dialogue in the Middle East
 9:00 -  9:30 Keynote lecture 6
Sebastiano Campagna (Messina, Italy)
Artificial photosynthesis: a concert for photons and electrons
 9:30 - 13:00 Parallel Symposia     (10:30 - 11:00    Coffee-break)
Experimental and preclinical models for PDT
Chairs: Catharina M. Lerche (Copenhagen, Denmark), Pål Kristian Selbo (Oslo, Norway)
  • Catharina M. Lerche (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    "PDT: skin penetration and skin cancer prophylaxis in a murine model"
  • Pål Kristian Selbo (Oslo, Norway)
    "Improving peptide-based cancer vaccines with photochemical internalization in the C57BL/6 mouse model"
  • Jonathan Celli (Boston, United States)
    "Photodynamic therapy for targeting biophysical regulators of pancreatic cancer growth and invasive progression"
  • Huang Chiao (Joe) Huang (Boston, United States)
    "Modulation of tumor microenvironment and drug pharmacokinetics with photodynamic therapy in mouse tumor models"
Drug photosensitivity and carcinogenesis
Chairs: Sally H. Ibbotson (Dundee, United Kingdom), Miguel A. Miranda (Valencia, Spain)
  • Sally H. Ibbotson (Dundee, United Kingdom)
    "Clinical overview of drug photosensitivity and photocarcinogenesis"
  • Miguel A. Miranda (Valencia, Spain)
    "Drug-photosensitized DNA-damage"
  • Peter Karran (London, United Kingdom)
    "Protein oxidation and drug-related photocarcinogenesis "
  • Laurent Marrot (Paris, France)
    "Chemical and pollutant-induced photosensitivity and photocarcinogenesis in skin models"
Time - and space- resolved photobiology (ESP-EPA Joint Symposium)
Chairs: Cristina Flors (Madrid, Spain), Cristiano Viappiani (Parma, Italy)
  • Dario Polli (Milano, Italy)
    "Pump-probe spectroscopy of excited state dynamics in organic systems with high temporal (and spatial) resolution"
  • Cristian Strassert (Munster, Germany)
    "Spatiotemporally resolved photoproduction of ROS in functional microscopy"
  • Cristina Flors (Madrid, Spain)
    "Correlative nanoscopy"
  • Cristiano Viappiani (Parma, Italy)
    "Cellular uptake of photosensitizers at subdiffraction resolution"
Light harvesting dynamics
Chairs: Diana Kirilovsky (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), Alexander Ruban (London, United Kingdom)
  • Roberta Croce (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    "Plant photosynthesis without carotenes"
  • Diana Kirilovsky (Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
    "The cyanobacterial family of helical carotenoid proteins and photoprotection"
  • Tomas Polivka (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)
    "Light-harvesting strategies of photosynthetic microorganisms: different ways to collect and utilize sunlight"
  • Alexander Ruban (London, United Kingdom)
    "Dynamics of the photosynthetic light harvesting antennae"
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break  
14:30 - 18:00 Parallel Symposia     (16:00 - 16:30    Coffee-break)
PDT oral communications
Benefit (vitamin D synthesis) versus hazard (skin cancer) of sunlight exposure
Chair: Lesley E. Rhodes (Manchester, United Kingdom), Antony R. Young (London, United Kingdom)
  • Lesley E. Rhodes (Manchester, United Kingdom)
    "Concurrent health risks and benefits of low level sunlight exposure in different skin types"
  • Antony R. Young (London, United Kingdom)
    "Health risks and benefits of higher intensity sunlight exposures in dark and light skin"
  • Peter Philipsen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    "Impacts of sunlight exposures during holiday and occupational activities"
  • Ann Webb (Manchester, United Kingdom)
    "How much sunlight exposure is required to safely provide adequate vitamin D?"
  • Frank de Gruijl (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    "Additional lecture in tribute to Jan van der Leun: How much/type of sunlight exposure to produce skin cancer?"
Experimental photoprotection - From cellular to animal studies
Chair: Vivienne E. Reeve (Sydney, Australia), Rex M. Tyrrell (Bath, United Kingdom)
  • Christoph V. Suschek (Düsseldorf, Germany)
    "NO derivatives and skin environmental exposure to light: from molecular pathways to therapeutic opportunities"
  • Vivienne E. Reeve (Sydney, Australia)
    "Endogenous oxidatively activated photoprotection, cGMP and phosphodiesterases in the skin"
  • Albena Dinkova-Kostova  (Dundee, United Kingdom)
    "The multifaceted role of the isothiocyanate sulforaphane in protection against UV skin damage and carcinogenesis"
  • Rex M. Tyrrell (Bath, United Kingdom)
    "Do we need antioxidants in topical sunscreens?"
Biotechnological applications of photosynthesis
Chair: Giuseppina Rea (Monterotondo, Italy), Massimo Trotta (Bari, Italy)
  • Giuseppina Rea (Monterotondo, Italy)
    "Wiring genetically engineered Chlamydomonas cells for electrochemical biosensors"
  • Massimo Trotta (Bari, Italy)
    "The biohybrid approach to solar energy conversion"
  • Nicolas Plumere (Bochum, Germany)
    "Photosynthetic proteins in devices – The hurdle of charge recombination"
  • Taras Antal (Turku, Finland, XX)
    "Mechanisms of H2 photoproduction in sulfur and magnesium deprived Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cultures"
  • Raoul N. Frese (Place, XX)
    "Biological photovoltaic building blocks for solar energy harvesting"
18:00 - 19:00 ESP General assembly  
20:30 Gala dinner
Medal award ceremony

Friday, 8 September

 8:30 -  9:00 Keynote lecture 7
Thomas Carell (Munich, Germany)
The dynamics of DNA photo-damage and enzymatic photo-repair
 9:00 -  9:30 Keynote lecture 8
Giorgia Miolo (Padova, Italy)
Methodologies based on light as helpful tools in crime investigation
 9:30 - 13:00 Parallel Symposia     (10:30 - 11:00    Coffee-break)
Environmental antimicrobial PDT
Chairs: Adelaide Almeida (Aveiro, Portugal), Kristjan Plaetzer (Salzburg, Austria)
  • Santi Nonell (Barcelona, Spain)
    "Interaction of photosensitizers with pathogenic microorganisms"
  • Donat-Peter Häder (Erlangen, Germany)
    "Photodynamic control of pathogenic parasites in aquatic ecosystems"
  • Adelaide Almeida (Aveiro, Portugal)
    "Photodynamic desinfection of blood by porphyrins and phthalocyanines"
  • Kristjan Plaetzer (Salzburg, Austria)
    "Photodynamic decontamination for improving food safety"
From irradiance to dose
Chairs: Stefan Andersson-Engels (Cork, Ireland), Giovanni Romano (Firenze, Italy)
  • Peter Remsen Ogilby (Aarhus, Denmark)
    "Controlling and quantifying the dose of photo-produced singlet oxygen in single cell experiments"
  • Alan Nahum (Liverpool, UK)
    "From the ionizing radiation field to the absorbed dose and its determination"
  • Johannes Swartling (Lund, Sweden)
    "Dose control in interstitial PDT of prostate cancer: clinical experiences"
  • Herbert Stepp (Munich, Germany)
    "Dose and clinical outcome in PDT"
New light technologies in cutaneous photodiagnosis and treatment
Chairs: Giovanni Pellacani (Modena, Italy), Franz Trautinger (Sankt Pölten, Austria)
  • Franz Trautinger (Sankt Pölten, Austria)
    "The concept of field cancerization - Clinical implications for photodiagnosis and therapy"
  • Nathalie de Carvalho (Modena, Italy)
    "New imaging techniques reveal a different sun-damage landscape"
  • Giovanni Pellacani (Modena, Italy)
    "The role of confocal microscopy and optical coherence tomography in the diagnosis of skin cancer"
  • Piergiacomo Calzavara-Pinton (Brescia, Italy)
    "Natural and artificial light sources for PDT"
  • Giovanni Leone (Roma, Italy)
    "Phototherapy for vitiligo: what's new?"
Cryptochromes and novel photoreceptors for UV-visible light
Chairs: Margaret Ahmad (Paris, France), Giovanni Giuliano (Roma, Italy)
  • Margaret Ahmad (Paris, France)
    "Cryptochrome photocycle and mechanism of light activation"
  • Robert Bittl (Berlin, Germany)
    "Insight into cryptochrome function by “in cell” electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy"
  • Inês Chaves (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
    "Good times, bad times: cryptochromes and the circadian clock in health and disease"
  • Peter Hore (Oxford, UK)
    "Role of cryptochrome in light-dependent magnetoreception"
  • Giovanni Giuliano (Roma, Italy)
    "Multiple roles of cryptochromes in controlling Solanaceae physiology and development​"

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break  
14:30 - 18:00 Parallel Symposia     (16:00 - 16:30    Coffee-break)
Photofunctional proteins
Chairs: Andreas Möglich (Bayreuth, Germany), Santi Nonell (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Konstantin A. Lukyanov (Moscow, Russia)
    "Intermolecular photochemistry in fluorescent proteins"
  • Rubén Ruiz-González (Barcelona, Spain)
    "Insights on singlet oxygen generation by flavin-binding proteins"
  • Andreas Möglich (Bayreuth, Germany)
    "Blue-light photoreceptors for the control of nucleic acids"
  • Matias Zurbriggen (Düsseldorf, Germany)
    "Mammalian and plant optogenetics for the control of cellular processes"
New horizons in antimicrobial PDT
Chairs: Michael Hamblin (Boston, United States), Tim Maisch (Regensburg, Germany)
  • Mariusz Grinholc (Gdansk, Poland)
    "Developing a strategy leading to an effective fight against the phenomenon of microbial strain-dependent response to photodynamic inactivation"
  • Mark Wainwright (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
    "Designing future photoantimicrobials"
  • Michael Hamblin (Boston, United States)
    "Potentiation of antimicrobial photoinactivation by potassium iodide"
  • Tim Maisch (Regensburg, Germany)
    "Self-disinfecting photodynamic surfaces"
UV, melanocytes and melanoma (ESP-ESPCR Joint Symposium)
Chairs: Markus Böhm (Münster, Germany), Lionel Larue (Orsay, France)
  • Lionel Larue (Orsay, France)
    "ß-catenin and melanocytes"
  • Markus Böhm (Münster, Germany)
    "The role of Nrf2 in melanocyte cytoprotection, pigmentation and cellular transformation"
  • Emilie Warrick (Aulnay-sous-Bois, France)
    "Actinic Lentigo: a UV-induced hyperpigmentation revealing an altered melanocyte microenvironment"
  • Jose Carlos Garcia-Borron (Murcia, Spain)
    "Novel insights into MC1R-mediated antioxidant and DNA repair pathways in melanocytes"