International solar fuels conference 2021

26 - 29 July 2021, United Kingdom

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ISF-2021 Young Conference

26 - 27 July 2021, United Kingdom



You are warmly invited to join us in July 2021 for this online edition of the International solar fuels conference. The first meeting of this internationally renowned conference was held in Uppsala, Sweden in 2015, and since then the meetings have been a highlight for the global solar fuels community.
Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with the University of Grenoble and Uppsala University, the 2021 conference will host some of the leading solar fuels researchers from around the world. It promises to be a great forum to bring together research leaders and young scientists to discuss the main issues surrounding climate change and energy supply. 

We’re delighted to be also hosting the Young conference immediately preceding the main conference. The Young conference aims to give as many young researchers as possible the opportunity to present, and will also include keynote talks from mentoring experts and careers advice from the RSC.
On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to meeting you online in July 2021.
Conference Co-chairs
Vincent Artero, CEA
Leif Hammarström, Uppsala Universitet
Ann Magnuson, Uppsala Universitet
Eric Maréchal, CNRS


The programme will explore all aspects of direct solar fuel production, combining biological, molecular and solid state approaches. The main themes include:
  • Multi-electron/multi-proton catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous, enzymatic and bioinspired processes)
  • Light-harvesting and light-driven processes
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Photobiological approaches
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Devices and demonstration: robustness, sustainability and upscale


The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
Kazuhiko Maeda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Kazuhiko Maeda received his PhD from The University of Tokyo (2007) under the supervision of Professor Kazunari Domen. During 2008–2009, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University, where he worked with Professor Thomas E. Mallouk. He then joined The University of Tokyo as an Assistant Professor in 2009. Moving to Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2012, he was promoted to an Associate Professor. He was also appointed as a PRESTO/JST researcher during 2010–2014. His major research interest is heterogeneous photocatalysis for light to chemical energy conversion, with a focus on water splitting and CO2 fixation. He published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on international journals with more than 36,500 citations and h-index of 84.

Hiroyuki Ohta, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Hiroyuki Ohta received Doctor of Agriculture from Kyoto University in 1988. He was appointed as an assistant professor in Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1991, and promoted to a professor in Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (2007-2015). He is currently a professor in School of Life Science and Technology (2016-).

He has more than 35 years of experience in plant and algal sciences. He started his carrier from research in Kyoto University and became well known by identification of the gene for the biosynthesis of the most abundant membrane lipid, monogalactosyldiacylglycerol, from plants two decades ago. Then, he elucidated the mechanism of membrane lipid biosynthesis in plants and algae. He expanded his research to triacylglycerol (oil) synthesis, particularly in microalgae, and established a novel oil production system using low phosphorus stress as a trigger. His interests also cover evolution of land plants and function of oxylipins, lipid-derived regulatory compounds. By these achievements, he received Terry Galliard Medal from the international plant lipid researcher community in 2018.

  • Sophia Haussener EPFL, Switzerland
  • Jenny Yang University of California Irvine, United States
  • Jenny Z. Zhang University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts

Oral submissions are now closed. 

Abstract submitters will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting speaker.

Presenters of the best oral presentations at the Young conference will also be asked to present at the main conference. This will be judged on the day by the Young committee.

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract to the main conference or the Young conference by 7 June 2021 under one of the six themes:
  • Multi-electron/multi-proton catalysis
  • Light-harvesting and light-driven processes
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Photobiological approaches
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Devices and demonstration: robustness, sustainability and upscale 
Posters accepted for the Young conference will also be displayed at the main conference.

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and some will be selected for Flash poster presentations. Poster Prizes will also be awarded to the best posters presented.


Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the virtual sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Type Cost
RSC Members* £55
Non Members** £75
Student RSC Members* £25
Student Non Members** £35

* If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 
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A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the International solar fuels conference 2021.

As well as booking a virtual exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor networking events or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the International solar fuels conference 2021, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu

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