A press conference held in the Soto del Rey room at the Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Postgrado de la Universidad de Oriente (Vice-Chancellor Offices for Research and Postgraduate Studies of the Universidad de Oriente), marked the beginning of the First PhD Scientific Workshop “Bringing Knowledge into Practice”, to be hosted in the city of Santiago de Cuba from November 6th to 11th.
When presenting the general schedule of the event, Dr. Hipolito Carvajal explained that this first PhD Scientific Workshop is attended by approximately 50 candidates from the eastern region of the country. Among the activities comprised in the schedule, he highlighted the scientific work of several commissions and the social impact of the programme in the context of its fifth year.
"We have managed to strengthen doctoral training in co-supervision with Belgian universities. Currently, 45 PhDs students are being trained. 11 laboratories have been reinforced in the UO, all of which contributes to the development of science with high impact in eastern Cuba” - explained Dr. Carvajal. “Currently, for example, water quality studies are conducted in the reservoirs of the eastern region; in addition, a high performance computing center has been equipped, which allows the processing of data for new research and new products”.
During this week, the progress of each area involved in the programme will be shown. Dr. Carvajal explained that "we also work on obtaining pharmaceutical products from natural raw materials. There are three patents in process: the regeneration of activated carbon, applied to the Cuban rum industry, is one of the most outstanding ones”.
In the context of the expectation generated by the celebration of the Day of the Belgian Culture, on November 11th, correspondents inquired about the topicality of the studies on heritage that take place in the city. Dr. Hichem Salhi said that the study of this topic in Santiago de Cuba is carried out from two perspectives: “tangible and intangible heritage. The main input is the scientific training of several young researchers who already contribute to the study of architecture, and certain aspects of music and law, among other topics of interest. "
During the press conference, MsC. Henry Blanco Lores explained the installation of stations and servers for the use of Imagis in several hospitals in the eastern region of the country, whose software enables the visualization of clinical images, archive studies, and exchange information inside and outside hospitals.
leaders of the VLIR-UO program exchange with the press on the impact of the program and the general points of The PhD Scientific Workshop.
Photos: Rovier Mesa.
Tranlator: Mayte Palacios