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The Conference is sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, the Australian National University,

the Journal of Experimental Botany, Western Sydney University, Photon Systems InstrumentsLI-COR Biosciences, WalzAustralian Society of Plant Scientists, QUBIT Systems and CSIRO.

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2016 marks 50 years since the publication of the biochemical characterisation of the C4 pathway by Hal Hatch and Roger Slack. This conference commemorates this discovery and its significance in today’s plant biology and agricultural research. The Conference will bring together world experts in the field of C4 photosynthesis ranging from molecular genetics to ecophysiology to applied efforts to engineer C4 into C3 crops.

This is an exciting opportunity for a cross disciplinary meeting and offers great promise of translational outcomes for biofuels and food production not dreamt of 50 years ago.  

CC4 (source files)4 Photosynthesis Conference 2016

10-13 April, 2016, QT Hotel Conference Centre, Canberra, Australia

The registration cost for the conference is $600. The cost for students is $300.

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Key Dates

Registrations: Are now closed

Public Lecture: 12th April 2016


Conference Program (link)





The Conference’s session themes will include:

• veins c4Historical perspectives and the C4 renaissance
• Enzymes and Pathways
• Molecular biochemistry of C4
• C4 photosynthesis from the leaf to the field
• Genomics and Evolution
• Cell biology of the C4 Syndrome
• C4 Physiology
• Development biology
• C4 and CCM engineering
• The next 50 years



Posters and Speakers selected from Poster Abstracts

There are a limited number of places still available for posters and potential speakers to be chosen from abstracts. If you are interested in contributing, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to: now.

Travel Grants

Applications for travel grants have now closed.

A small amount of money has been set aside for travel grants. Please submit a letter giving reasons for your request, with your poster abstract to to be considered for a travel funding supplement.

Public Lecture 

As part of this conference a free public lecture will be delivered by Rowan Sage on “The Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis”

Where: Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

When:  5:00- 7:00pm, Tuesday 12th April, 2016 (networking event at 5:00 pm, public lecture 6:00pm)

More information

Print information 

Download the Draft Conference Program

Download the 4 Page Brochure

Download the 1 Page Poster

Organising Committee

Professor Murray Badger
Professor Susanne von Caemmerer
Professor Robert Furbank
Dr Oula Ghannoum


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