Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability 2017
by Jozef Polák
In the period of October 30th to November 5th, the conference “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability 2017” was held in Hyderabad, the capital city of the state Telangana, India. The conference, in which participated more than 350 scientists from 36 countries, was organized by the School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, which is one of the best Indian universities. The event was organized on behalf of prominent personalities of photosynthesis research: Prof. Raghavendra, Prof. Cramer and Prof. Govindjee. At the conference, the SAU was represented by prof. Ing. Marián Brestič, CSc., doc. Ing. Marek Živčák, PhD., and Ing. Marek Kovár, PhD. Professor Brestic was a member of an International Organizing Comitee and, together with Marek Zivcak, they were honored to be members of the young scientist award committee. The conference was perfectly organized by the employees of the host institution and numerous volunteers. In addition to participants from the host country, the most numerous were the scientists from Japan, USA, Western Europe, which are the leading countries in this scientific area; anyway, Slovakia with 6 participants was also well represented. Although in this year, unlike the previous years, the conference was without the attendance of Nobel Prize Winners, many lectures of prominent personalities of the photosynthesis research have been presented at the scientific forum. The conference provided also a unique forum for scientific discussions and non-formal meetings with a great atmosphere. Thus, in addition to new knowledge, attendants took home many new contacts and offers for international cooperation.