The School of Life Sciences and the School of Chemistry at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) have jointly organized the 12th Asian Community of Glycoscience and Glycotechnology meeting at the School of Life Sciences. The meeting was inaugurated by our Vice Chancellor Prof. B. Jagadeeshwar Rao in the auditorium of the School of Life Sciences on the 8th November, 2023.
Welcoming the international audience from Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand as well as scientists, faculties, students from different institutes and Universities in India and the University of Hyderabad, the Vice Chancellor commented on the significance of glycoscience in modern biology and specifically indicated that a lot needs to be still understood in this important area. He further added that he is happy to learn that the 6th ACGG meeting was hosted at UoH in December, 2014 and now the 12th ACGG meeting is being organized, a second time in UoH. This gives further significance to this meeting and the contributions made by faculty from the UoH in this area to bring together scientists to update the knowledge in the area of glycoscience and glycotechnology. He appreciated the efforts of the organizing committee Prof. N. Siva Kumar, Prof. M. J. Swamy and Prof. P. Appa Rao in making this event possible at the UoH. Professor A. Surolia from IISc (Bangalore) who is an internationally renowned glycobiologist also attended this meeting and chaired a scientific session. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Naresh Babu V Sepuri, Head, Department of Biochemistry appreciated the efforts of the Faculty of School of Life Sciences and School of Chemistry who contributed in the core area of Glycobiology and also recalled their efforts earlier in developing the First International Research Training Group in Molecular and Cellular Glycosciences at the University of Hyderabad and its successful completion.
The three- and half-day deliberations have focused in the general area of glycolipids, glycochemistry, glycobioinformatics, glycoscience, glycobiology and glycotechnology. There were in total 23 long lectures by senior scientists and 16 short presentations by post-doctoral fellows and Ph. D. students and over 20 poster presentations in total.
Overall the meeting was conducted with focus on scientific discussions and interaction. The technical sessions were chaired by experts from different institutions, both from India and abroad.
On the 9th evening a one-hour cultural program was organized and the students of Department of Dance, SN School of Arts and Communication gave a spectacular performance of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance.
The steering committee meeting of ACGG was also held at the School of Life Sciences during the conference. The meeting was concluded successfully on the 11th November by lunch time.