On 29th of November 2018 International Conference “Actual problems of microbiology and biotechnology” at Lviv University took place at the Ivan Franko National University. More than a hundred scientists from 15 countries of Europe and Asia came to the conference. Coorganizers of a scientific forum became All-Ukrainian public organization “Ukrainian Society of Cell Biology”, Institute of Cell Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Lviv University.
Work of the Conference is aimed at discussing the actual problems of microbiology, biotechnology, and cell biology, presenting of important researches and projects of Institute of Cell Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine as we as establishing partnership relations and cooperation between Ukrainian and foreign biologists, biotechnologists and immunologists.
Conducting such an authoritative international scientific meeting is in Lviv is not coincidental. This is because Lviv is one of the most important centers of modern microbiological an biotechnological studies, the history of which reaches the first half of ХХ century.
During the ceremonial opening of the conference, which took place in the Assembly Hall, the Vice-Rector for Science of Lviv University, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor Roman Gladyshevskii, noted that studies in the field of microbiology and biotechnology are of great importance for everyday life of each of us. “Today, we often recall the microbiology in the context of solving the priority tasks of our time – nutrition, energy saving, medicine, ecology, etc. Microorganisms surround us everywhere, they can both threaten us and be an instrument for solving many problems. And, therefore, we must make great efforts for the intensive development of this branch of science,” Roman Yevgenovych emphasized.
The three-day conference takes place in a format of six sessions where scientists discuss the problems and prospects of the development of cell biology of microorganisms, microbial production of biofuels, as well as the role of medical microbiology and biotechnology in the context of modern medicine. In addition, scientists analyze important issues related to the study of microorganisms, biochemistry and genetics, the use of metabolic engineering in the design of effective producers and the introduction of new biotechnologies.
The conference also foresees a meeting of the European Federation of Microbiological Societies (FEMS) educational group.
The key speakers of the scientific meeting are:
Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Andrii Sybirnyi (Institute of Cell Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv); Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences prof. Grzegorz Wengzhin (University of Gdańsk, Poland);
academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Valentin Pidhorskyi (Institute of Microbiology and Virology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev); prof. Volkmar Passout, (Swedish Natural Sciences University, Uppsala); prof. Patrick Fiker (Liege University, Belgium); prof. Yaroslav Dzyadek (Institute of Medical Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz); prof. Andrzej Dzhugaj (Rector of the Higher Medical School in Klodzko, Poland); prof. Andrzej Gamián (Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw); Corresponding Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Alexander Rapoport (University of Latvia, Riga); prof. Rimantas Dauhelavichus (Kaunas University, Lithuania); prof. Vladimir Mrsa (Zagreb University, Croatia); prof. Alicia Jozkowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland); prof. Petro Buzini (University of Perugia, Italy); prof. Colin Harwood (University of Newcastle, UK); Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Armen Truchunyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia); prof. Deithard Mattanovich (Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences, Austria); prof. Joyce Kang (Medical University of Guizhou, China); prof. Joseph Anne (Leuven Catholic University, Belgium); prof. Paul Cos (Antwerp University, Belgium); Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Maryna Skok (O. V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev) and many others.
Participants of the conference could not only take part in lively discussions and mutual exchange of scientific ideas, but also enjoy the concert and cultural program. In particular, for all participants, a cognitive sightseeing tour of the city of Lviv was held.