Cuban PhD students show scientific breakthroughs in Belgium

Submitted by Daylenis Blanco on Monday 12 de June 2017 - 01:1 pm
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With the purpose of confirming the progress obtained during their research stays in Belgian universities, Cuban leaders of the VLIR IUC program that promotes the sustainable development in the eastern region of Cuba met with nine PhD students in the International Relations headquarters of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) last Wednesday. 

Dr. Hipólito Carvajal, academic leader on the Cuban side, confirmed the advances of every PhD student and assessed the different achievements of the young scientists in the field of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, after their experiments were conducted in Belgian research centers.

As remarked by MSc Clara Escalona, TP3 PhD Student, details of the private thesis defense of Yohandis Zulueta to take place in the upcoming June 20th in the University of Leuven, and his public thesis defense in the Universidad de Oriente, to take place on November 6th and 11th, were specified. Mr. Zulueta will obtain his PhD diploma in Chemistry and Physics in the University of Leuven and the Universidad de Oriente respectively.

This researcher works in the field of Materials Sciences. According to one of his promoters, Dr. Pedro Muné Bandera, “this is a theoretical study of ionic conductors modelling, which are materials used in manufacturing batteries. Work is being conducted in terms of enhancing the properties of these materials and some others used in thermonuclear plants. Even though the study is in its first stages, his scientific publications, which have already been quoted and proven to be useful to science worldwide, are undoubtedly a first breakthrough. As a student, he has worked independently and we expect that his predefense thesis in Belgium and posterior thesis defense in Cuba, prove to be successful academic exercises”.

In this work session – Mrs. Escalona asserts- Dr. Hipólito Carvajal, academic leader on the Cuban side and Dr. Eduardo Beira Fontaine, responsible for the operational area of the project, detailed the program of the PhD Scientific Workshop, VLIR-Cuba Cooperation, to take place in the Universidad de Oriente from November 6th to November 11th. For this event, all the academics and researchers interested in the PhD program have to send a paper to the e-mail showing their research advances. Every paper will be subjected to a process of evaluation and selection for publication in specialized magazines.

In this same date, a workshop divided into three major work areas: Biopharmaceutical Products and environmental research; Biomaterials, Biomedical Applications and Clean Technology, and Cultural Heritage, Law and Social Sciences will be taught.

Dr. Hichem Sahli, coordinator of the Vlir-IUC program on the Flemish side, also partook in this meeting.

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