CEDENNA organizes numerous outreach activities, including conferences, talks, competitions, schools, seminars and exhibitions, to present its work to the general community, generating greater interest in science among the youth of our country.
More than 60 students from different parts of Chile and belonging to 10 universities, came together out of a common interest in magnetism to attend the Second School on Magnetism, which took place at the National and International Events Center of the University of Santiago from August 30 to September 1, 2010.
The activity, organized by the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), and by the Millennium Nucleus on Basic and Applied Magnetism, seeks to inform students on the basic concepts of magnetism and the research currently underway on this theme.
This workshop endeavors to be a point of encounter for students who undertake research, whether in magnetism, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and to relate to researchers who work in the area through the interaction generated in the conferences programmed for this activity.
Magnetism is one of the oldest disciplines known to man and in turn one of the most widely used phenomena in contemporary technology and in the vanguard in the era of nanotechnology.
After inaugurating the Second School on Magnetism, the director of CEDENNA, Dora Altbir, stated that as researchers we carrying out scientific activities of the highest quality to put science at the service of the country. “This is why we have funded the work of post-doctoral and other students. The students are fundamental in our centers given that it is they, in the early stages of their careers, join our laboratories and being providing support to the different activities through their work and their ideas”, stated Dr. Altbir.
Among the overseas researchers who participated in the school are Eugenio Coronado, de la Universidad de Valencia (Spain); Antonio Azevedo, de la Universidad Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) y José d’Albuquerque e Castro, de la Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), among other academics.
For Juan Escrig, a member of the organizing committee of the school, the fact that this is the second school is a very important accomplishment given that it means there is continuity in the project they are developing as researchers. “This is reflected in the participation of students – there is an increasingly number of interested students – and in the number of works presented. In the first school, we had ten posters, while in the second close to forty works were presented” pointed out the researcher from the Physics Department of USACH.
One of the these works was presented by Roberto Hauyón, a doctoral student in Physics from the University of Chile, appreciated the opportunity to participate in this encounter: “Sometimes for students universities are like little islands with little communication among them. Congresses and schools like this provide us with a meeting point where we can find out what other universities and other research groups are doing”, Hauyón emphasized.
Rosa Madrid thought the same. A student of Industrial Chemistry from the Metropolitan Technological University, she added that initiatives such as this help in orienting students in deciding which specialty to follow as a researcher.