These meetings are organized every year in order to promote dialogue between scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. Following the agreement signed between Columbus and the Lindau Foundation, organizer of the meetings, five young chemistry talents from Columbus member universities will participate in this meeting. Columbus-nominated participants represent 27.7% of young Latin American accepted researchers studying in the region, and 20.8% of all accepted Latin American young scientists, if those studying outside the region are included. Find out below the young researchers that come from Columbus member universities:
Vanessa Arteaga - University of Colima
Vanessa is a young student of the Bachelor Degree in Biochemical Pharmacist Biologist at the Universidad de Colima. She is currently working on her thesis project which deals with the synthesis of Pyridine-Carboxylic Acids coupled with Ibuprofen Esters aiming to reduce the gastrointestinal effects of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
Despite not having heard before about the meetings and having little scientific experience, she had the courage to apply to participate in the meetings. Her international experiences and researches allowed her to have been selected to participate in the meetings with Nobel prizes. Since the publication of the results, there has been a positive impact on the image of her university, Universidad de Colima, since it is small and for the Chemistry program, that is barely 30 years old.
Antonella Coccia - University of Belgrano
Antonella is in the third year of Chemistry at Universidad de Belgrano. Antonella currently works in the laboratory of Chemistry of her university with Professor Pablo Raúl Castello. They are developing a bacterium capable of producing Lysine from common residues. Lysine is an essential amino acid that the body needs and can only be incorporated with the diet. "Our goal is to create an environment to reproduce this bacterium as efficiently as possible, and obtain it in quantity. This could be an alternative to obtaining Lysine from dietary supplements".
Antonella thinks that this meeting is an excellent opportunity to encounter and interact with students and researchers in Chemistry. In this way, she can network and tie bonds that in the future will allow her to carry out joint, interdisciplinary and / or remote researches, exchange information and experiences (such as studies and research in countries other than Argentina), and of course an incredible opportunity to interact with Nobel Prize Laureates.
Oleksandra Trofymchuk - University of Talca
Oleksandra received her PhD in Chemistry from the Universidad Católica de Chile and she is doing her postdoctoral research at the Universidad de Talca. She is part of the research group of Professor Leonardo Santos at the Universidad de Talca. Professor Santos is a famous figure in studies of Mass Spectroscopy and Organic-Metallic Chemistry. For this reason, she chose to work with him. She is applying her knowledge in the research of active species with organic species. She states that although the Universidad de Talca is small, the work they are doing is of very high quality.
She already knew about the existence of the meetings because a Canadian colleague participated 4 years ago and told her about the high level and quality of the meeting. “It was a great achievement for her and her university and they organized many events around her experience”, she added. Another colleague from the Universidad Católica participated two years ago in the meetings and also expressed that it was an excellent experience where he had the possibility of interacting with experts in the area and to generate contacts.
Felipe Jimenez Aspe – Universidad de Talca
Felipe is a Pharmacist Chemist graduated from the Universidad de Talca and is also PhD in Science with a mention in Research and Development of Bioactive Products from the same university. He is part of the Multidisciplinary Scientific Nucleus of the Universidad de Talca. This group was created to enhance the work of young researchers at the University. He is currently working in the "Food Chemistry" area, mainly in the development of functional foods and in the Health Promoting Properties of native Chilean fruits such as berries and cacti.
Felipe hopes to be able to discuss his research results with Nobel Prize Laureates and also to be inspired by them. Scientists face obstacles in the development of research and the Nobel Laureates are examples of many years of research that achieve in very important results. Then for him it is a great motivation to understand and hear them talk about how they were able to overcome these obstacles until finally getting exceptional results that led them to be awarded for their research. "Having the opportunity to talk to them and listen to talk about how to overcome barriers, obstacles and solve problems to keep going forward in research is very important to me."
Diana Montes – Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar
Diana is a Chemist with a PhD in Environmental Toxicology. At the moment he is doing a Postdoctorate in Sciences at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). At the same time, she works for the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar. She has worked on different topics, especially in the design of drugs and in the evaluation of environmental contaminants.
Although she did not know about the meetings before, when she asked for a letter of recommendation from his tutor at Cambridge University, he told him that he had participated a few years ago in the meetings in Lindau. He took the opportunity to talk about the meetings as an excellent opportunity to meet high-level scientists and researchers; this opportunity was very important for the development of his scientific career and for the research he was doing.
Diana affirms that Latin America "is a privileged place to do science because Latin America has many potentialities in the biodiversity and chemo types that exist in this diversity. But that there is difficulty in the training of scientists; for this sometimes they have to leave their countries to get a better education". For Diana, this meeting will give them the opportunity to establish the relationships they need to make their researches have a greater impact and notoriety. According to her, meeting the Nobel laureates will help them to reflect on science and to have a different philosophy of science that allows them to impact more in society. To make the results of their research have a significant effect on the development of Latin America and the world. She believes that her participation will have a great impact on her university and the region in this regard.