“Photosynthesis in Our Lives”

A chance to explore the hottest research topic in St. Louis

St. Louis is known for its plant science, but few of us know what is going on in the labs we drive by on the way to work. Now is our chance to find out.

The International Society of Photosynthesis Research, meeting this August in St. Louis, is offering an afternoon of talks and demonstrations about the original “green” chemistry invented by bacteria and plants and its relevance to our energy future.

A public outreach session introduces current research in photosynthesis through short talks, videos and demonstrations

Intended for teachers, students and the public, “Photosynthesis in Our Lives” will take place from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Park View room at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.

Learn about the latest research, see algae balls turn water purple and watch leaves mysteriously float and sink. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged. RSVP by Aug. 7.

What are scientists working on and why?

Robert Blankenship, PhD, the Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and moderator of “Photosynthesis in Our Lives,” said he handpicked three internationally renowned scientists who are particularly engaging speakers to deliver 15-minute talks about photosynthesis and its relevance to the global energy crisis.

Read the entire story by Diana Lutz in the WUSTL Newsroom.