Dr Hugo ScheerDr. Hugo Scheer is a retired Professor at the Department 1 – Botanik of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany. The focus of his work is structure and function of photosynthetic and photosensory pigments, and their applications in medicine and photonics.

This includes work with bacteriochlorophyll-protein complexes, biliproteins and model systems in order to understand the elementary processes of photosynthesis, and the transfer of knowledge for modifying these systems for use as photodynamic sensitizers in the treatment of certain diseases including cancer, or to generating photonic components for use in imaging or switching.

He provides service to national and international organizations and journals including the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Chemical Society, the Society of Photosynthetic Research, the American Society of Photobiology.

Currently he is serving at the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, the École National Supérieur, Paris, France, at Wuhan and Huazhong Unversities, Wuhan, China, and The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, and Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Ma Chung University, Malang, Indonesia, and an Honorary Professor at the Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. His work resulted in over 250 scientific publications, reviews, and books.


Jürgen Köhler, Prof. Dr.Jürgen Köhler, Prof. Dr. is currently professor of Physics at the University of Bayreuth. He studied physics at the University of Düsseldorf where he obtained his Ph.D in 1990 followed by a postdoc period at the University of Leiden until 1999. In 1999 he accepted an offer for an associate professor position at the University of Munich which he left in 2000 for a chair in experimental physics at the University of Bayreuth. In 2002 he received the offer to become the head of the Biophysics Department at the University of Linz (Austria) which he denied in 2003.

His research interests cover the study of the electronic properties of (multi-) chromophoric systems such as organic molecules, molecular aggregates, macromolecules, and (bio-) polymers by means of optical spectroscopy including time-resolved spectroscopy and spectroscopy on single molecules.

He is the spokesman of the Research Training Group "Photophysics of Synthetic and Biological Multichromophoric Systems" at the University of Bayreuth, which offers PhD students a research-oriented, high-level interdisciplinary education, and he is the initiator ofthe international conference on "Light-Harvesting Processes" where novel concepts for solar driven energy production are discussed.

His major scientific achievements are the first detection of a single molecular spin, and its hyperfine interaction with a single nuclear spin, the first proof-of-principle that single-molecule spectroscopy can be exploited for sub-diffraction limited microscopy, and several contributions to elucidate the electronic structure of pigment-protein complexes from photosynthetic purple bacteria. For his single spin activities he received several scientific prizes among which the C.J.Kok Prize of the University of Leiden, the Gustav-Hertz Prize of the German Physical Society and a Heisenberg fellowship by the German Science Foundation.


Dr. Harald PaulsenDr. Harald Paulsen received his education at Georg August University Göttingen, Germany (chemistry program), Institute of Physiological Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany (Ph.D. work), Biology dept., Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA (Post-doc), Botanical Institute, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (habilitation). Presently he is a Professor of Plant Physiology and Acting Director of the Botanical Institute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

His research focuses on the structure and function of pigment-binding proteins in plants, primarily the light-harvesting proteins of the photosynthetic apparatus. As an important experimental approach, recombinant versions of such proteins are rebuilt in vitro, altered in their structure, and studied with regard to their function by biochemical and spectroscopic means. Recombinant, bacterially expressed versions of the plant light-harvesting protein are also being used, in collaboration with chemists and physicists, as light-harvesters in conjunction with organic dyes or inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots,) with potential applications in, e.g., solar cells or biosensors.

Dr. Paulsen has served his university as dean of the Biology department from 2003 to 2008. He is involved in the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 625) "From Single Molecules to Nanoscopically Structured Materials", teaching in the Graduate School of Excellence "Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ)" and "Max-Planck Graduate College with Johannes Gutenberg University (MPGC)" and serving as an advisor to scholars of the German National Academic Foundation.


Bernhard Grimm, Prof. Dr.Bernhard Grimm, Prof. Dr. is a German scientist. He obtained his diploma degree in biology from the University of Hannover, Germany in 1984. Three years later he successfully obtained his Dr. rer. nat. on the same field and university. In 1993, he obtained Habilitation degree in Plant Physiology from the University of Hannover.

He had been a Post-doc fellow and research assistant at the Carlsberg laboratory, Department of Plant Physiology, Copenhagen, Denmark from 1987-1992. Thereafter, he became a group leader at the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Department of Molecular Plant Physiology, IPK Gatersleben for 8 years during 1992-2000.

Currently, he is a professor (C4) of Plant Physiology at the Institute of Biology, Humboldt University Berlin since 2001. His research areas cover regulation of plant tetrapyrole metabolism, plastid-derived retrograde signaling, regulation of photosynthesis, stress physiology, and role of the heterotrimetric transcription factor NF-Y in response to abiotic stress.