Scientific Conference of PhD Students of FAFR, FBFS and FHLE SUA in Nitra
by Jozef Polák
Scientific Conference of PhD Students was organised on the occasion of Science and Technology Week in the Slovak Republic at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. The Conference was held on November 7, 2019 in Nitra, Slovakia under the auspices of doc. Ing. Peter Ondrišík, PhD. – dean of the Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources (FAFR), prof. Ing. Norbert Lukáč, PhD. – dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences (FBFS) and prof. Ing. Dušan Igaz, PhD. – dean of the Faculty of Horticulture and landscape engineering (FHLE).
Its main aim was to provide a platform for presentation of research findings, exchange of experiences and knowledge sharing. Presentations focused to basic and applied science results in following topics:
- Animal production;
- Applied and molecular biology;
- Multifunctional agriculture, environment landscape architecture and rural development;
- Plant production;
- Technology, quality and safety of raw materials and foodstuffs of animal origin;
- Technology, quality and safety of raw materials and foodstuffs of plant origin.
Dean of the FHLE Dušan Igaz in his speech during opening ceremony highlighted that this new form of cooperation between faculties brought new topics, expanded the scope of discussions and opportunities for cooperation.
A total of 69 participants were registered for the conference, of which 45 were from SUA in Nitra (27 PhD students from FAFR, 10 from FBFS, 8 from FHLE). Two PhD students were registered from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the other two came from the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. In addition to the Slovak PhD students, 20 foreign students from the following countries registered for the conference: Poland (Pedagogical University of Cracow – 1, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences – 1), Hungary (Szent István University – 2), Latvia (Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava – 1), and Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences – 10 and National University of Uzbekistan – 5).
During the closing ceremony, Honourable Mention for the best presentations from the hands of the Dean of the FBFS Norbert Lukáč received:
- session: Animal production and technology, quality and safety of raw materials and foodstuffs of animal origin
Denisa FOLTINOVÁ: Effect of essential oils of Lauraceae plants on the Penicillium commune
(Department of microbiology, FBFS SUA in Nitra)
- session: Plant production and technology, quality and safety of raw materials and foodstuffs of animal origin
Miriama LUKÁCS: Influence of different intensity of mowing on grassland botanical composition in warm and dry conditions
(Department of crop production and grassland ecosystems, FAFR SUA in Nitra)
- session: Biotechnolgies and applied and molecular biology
Jana BILČÍKOVÁ: Possibilities of interlinking the genomic data and allergenic potential of apples
(Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, FAFR SUA in Nitra)
- session: Multifunctional agriculture, environment landscape architecture and rural development
Dalma VARGA: Methodological issues of landscape-transforming analysis in adaptive inland water management
(Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary)
- session: Nutrition
Adriána MAŤOVÁ: Dynamics of changes in total carotenoids and antioxidant activity in fruits of selected varieties of Cucurbita moschata Duch. during storage
(Department of vegetable production, FHLE SUA in Nitra)
Presented papers were published in the form of an extended abstract in the Proceedings of Abstracts available on the conference website or in the form of scientific papers, which will be published in the Journal of Central European Agriculture, The Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Potravinárstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, Archives of Ecotoxicology, Acta Horticulturae et Regiotecturae or Acta Fytotechnica et Zootechnica.
Committees hope, that the Conference provided a meeting place for creative discussion and new ideas for collaboration; and that the scientific programme has contributed to increasing our knowledge, improving our future work and building new friendships between PhD students from different countries.