Mani Kannan is a Doctorate in Biotechnology and works as a SERB-National Post Doctoral Fellow at ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tamil Nadu, India. He holds B. Sc., in Zoology and M.Sc., in Biotechnology. Kannan has 7 years of working experience in insect proteomics and Genomics. He has published more 30 national and international research articles in well reputed journals. Recently, he is worked on identification of chemo-olfactory related genes from antennae of Odoiporus longicollis for design new tool for pest management. He has presented an abstract on Molecular characterization of pupal gut protease from silkworm, Bombyx mori at 7th Asia Pacific Biotech congress, Beijing China. Kannan has completed schooling at Attur, Salem, Tamil Nadu and is passionate about insect pest management which is attacking both plants and animals.
Gabor A. Somorjai has been a leader in the field of Catalysis for more than 45 years. He has published almost 1200 papers and 4 books. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 and he was appointed to the faculty there in 1964. Since then, he has won just about every honor in his field. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Honda Prize, the ENI New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons Prize and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. He has received the Priestley Medal (2008), the National Medal of Science (2002) the Wolf Prize (1998). Somorjai became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1979 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1983
Prof. Litter has a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Buenos Aires University, Argentina), with postdoctoral studies at the University of Arizona, USA. She was head of the Division of Environmental Chemistry Remediation (National Atomic Commission of Argentina), Senior Researcher of the National Research Council and Full Professor at the University of General San Martín. She has more than 200 scientific publications in international journals, books, and book chapters. She received the Mercosur Prize in Science and Technology (2006 and 2011) and was President of the International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (2014). She was designated pioneer on photocatalysis in Argentina (2016).