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Valparaiso Region hosted the Third School on Magnetism for university students who work in the field

October 25, 2011

University students knew first hand the level that scientific activity in this discipline has reached and had the opportunity to link up with researchers working in the area at the international level.

More than 50 students from seven Chilean universities with a common interest in the area of magnetism participated in the Third School on Magnetism, which at the San Martin Hotel in Viña del Mar on October 24 and 25.

The activity, organized by the Millennium Nucleus on Basic and Applied Magnetism, the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA) and the Department of Physics of the Technical University Federico Santa María, sought to inform students about the basic concepts of magnetism and current research on the theme. The organizing committee of the school awarded 40 scholarships to undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who conduct research at different universities on the themes magnetism and nanotechnology.

Among the recipients of the scholarships, 13 were from the University of Santiago, 12 from the University of Chile, 10 from the Technical University Federico Santa María, 3 from the Metropolitan Technological University and 2 are from the Catholic University of Chile.

One of the scholarship recipients was Rosa Corona, Physical Engineering student at USACH, who valued this opportunity for academic development: “We are just beginning our scientific studies and attending events like this can enrich our understanding about nanostructures and applied magnetism”.

Marianela Saldías, a doctoral student in Engineering Sciences at the University of Chile emphasized the networks that emerge as a result of these schools: “One can get up to date in this discipline, but above all this type of event generates networks, which sometimes already exist, but become more solid when people can know one another personally and the students and researchers who work on this theme in different laboratories throughout the country.”

This is precisely one of the objectives of this event, to provide a point of encounter for students who are involved in research into magnetism, nanoscience or nanotechnology, and link them up with researchers who work in this field through the interactions generated in the conferences programmed for this activity.

After opening the Third School of Magnetism, the director of CEDENNA, Dora Altbir, highlighted the fact that this third version of the school, oriented to disseminating and strengthening the study of magnetism: “Magnetism is one of the oldest disciplines known to humans and in turn, is one of the most widely used phenomena in current technology and in the vanguard of technology in the era of nanotechnology. Because of this we want to be able to give continuity to this activity that allows our students to learn more about basic and applied research related to magnetism” stated Dr. Altbir.

Pedro Landeros, a representative of the organizing committee of the school added that “it is important to maintain this type given that our objective is to develop magnetism and in particular experimental physics in the future and we need our students to have a solid base in this area of research.” stressed the academic from the Department of Physics of the Technical University Federico Santa María.

Among the overseas researchers who participated in this event are Andreas Berger, of the CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, Spain; Alejandro Butera, from the Bariloche Atomic Center, Argentina and Alberto Guimaraes, from CBPF, Brazil, among other academics.

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