Introduction to SPEA12

On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 12th European Conference on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Energy and Environmental Applications (SPEA), to be held in person from 17-21 June 2024, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Through plenary and keynote lectures, oral presentations, poster talks and poster sessions, the ambition of the four-day SPEA12 conference is to report on the most advanced research progresses in energy and environmental photocatalysis and photochemistry, and to pave the way for future research and challenges.

Launched in 2000 and 2002 in Saint-Avold, France, the European meeting series SPEA progressively gained over the last 23 years its renown among the most relevant meetings in solar chemistry and photocatalysis by travelling around Europe. Hosted in Barcelona (2004), Gran Canaria (2006), Palermo (2008), Prague (2010), Oporto (2012), Thessaloniki (2014), Strasbourg (2016), Almeria (2018), and Turin (2022).

SPEA12 will cover research fields as varied as water and air treatment/disinfection, novel materials and processes for solar photocatalysis, environmental photochemistry, hydrogen production and carbon dioxide utilization, functionalized surfaces, modelling and mechanistic studies, commercial applications and standardization, whether the research approach is fundamental or applied.

We truly hope that the SPEA12 program will reflect the high commitment and exceptional profile of the international community working in this field, and selected papers will be published in high impact factor journals following the SPEA meeting.

Explore the SPEA12 website: there is a time to work, and a time for entertainments and touristic discovery. So, you are encouraged to plan enjoying the city of Belfast, and to taste the local hospitality.
We are very much looking forward to welcome you to our beautiful city of Belfast

On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees,
J. Anthony (Tony) Byrne and Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez, SPEA12 Co-Chairs

SPEA12 Key Dates

  • Opening of Abstract Submission: 8 December 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 2 February 2024
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 4 March 2024
  • Preliminary Program: 29 March 2024
  • Early-Bird Fee Deadline: 5 April 2024
  • Registration and Payment Deadline for all Delegates: 24 May 2024

Registration Fees

Registration will not be open until January 2024.  

The rates for registration fees are given below.

Registration Fee Information
Ticket Type Early Bird (Euro) Standard (Euro)
Regular 650 750
International Scientific Committee 450 500
PhD and Post Doc students 360 460
Accompanying person 250 340

Note that fees will be payable in GBP pounds Sterling and the exchange rate will be set when registration opens in January 2024.

Early Bird fee deadline is 5 April 2024.  Standard rates will apply after that date.

Each corresponding author is entitled to submit up to TWO abstracts.  For any more abstracts, a 60 Euro fee will apply for each additional abstract.

Accompanying person registration fee includes attending the welcome reception in Belfast City Hall on 17 June, Gala dinner in the Titanic Museum on 19 June, and lunches (18 -21 June), along with any subsidy applied to touristic activities.



Join us at Ulster University’s new and enhanced Belfast campus, one of the largest higher education capital builds in Europe. Its opening to staff and new and returning students marked a new chapter in delivery of the University’s mission to offer the best possible learning, teaching and research environment for staff and students, and to play our part in the economic development of local communities and the ambitions of North Belfast, the wider city and region.

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Conference Location

Locations around Ulster University

locations around Ulster University
Titanic Centre, Belfast
Dark Hedges


The SPEA12 conference is sponsored by:

Tourism Northern Ireland
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Visit Belfast - Purple