Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are excited to formally announce the 27th Western Photosynthesis Conference (WPC2018), to be held at Biosphere 2 outside of Oracle, Arizona from January 4th to 7th, 2018.

The Western Photosynthesis Conference (WPC) is an important and engaging meeting that covers the most exciting research advances from laboratories located primarily in the Western United States, with some additional attendees coming from outside of this region. Importantly, the WPC in a mixture of young scientists and more established principal investigators, but focuses on allowing early-career scientists to present their latest research findings to the photosynthesis community.

To help us make WPC2018 a success and rewarding for all, we kindly ask that you spread meeting information to your colleagues. The cost of this conference will be all-inclusive with a sliding fee structure for students, post-docs, and faculty. Please follow the link to register using the registration tab above. The following deadlines have been established:
Early-Bird Discount closes                                                                           October 30th
Online Registration closes                                                                           December 15th
Abstract Submission for Travel Awards                                                       November 15th
Abstract Submission for Oral Talks                                                              December 1st
Abstract Submission for Poster Presentation                                              December 15th 

To highlight and encourage research presentations from young investigators in the Western region of the US and Canada, a number of speakers will be will be selected from submitted abstracts.

We are excited about the new venue at Biosphere 2, which will provide a relaxing and interactive atmosphere for high-level scientific discussions. During our free time, many recreational opportunities exist in the area including a new zip line facility, cave exploration, hiking, a Biosphere 2 tour and golfing among other opportunities. Of course, we will continue our long-standing tradition of the evening social mixer to foster new acquaintances and to allow catching up with old friends.

To help make WPC2018 successful and rewarding for all, we kindly ask that you spread this information to interested colleagues. Early-Bird registration enables a $50 saving from listed registration fees and will be active until October 30, 2017. Travel awards for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists are anticipated.

We hope to see you at WPC2018!
Kind regards from the organizing committee,
Matthew C. Posewitz, Chair
Barry D. Bruce, Co-Chair
Asaph Cousins, Co-Chair