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Polymer Division (IV)


Number: 2007-049-1-400

Title: Postgraduate course in polymer science

Task Group
Pavel Kratochvil

Members: Frantisek Rypacek, Jiri Brus, Jarmila Duskova, Tomas Etrych

To enable young university graduates and PhDs from countries with limited research facilities to acquire knowledge on recent advances in polymer science and professional skills needed for promotion of polymer science in their home countries.

> link to info on previous courses

The twelfth and thirteenth runs of the Course will be held in the academic years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in Prague. The Courses are sponsored by UNESCO with minor financial assistance of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The Institute with more than 100 scientists and with experience of more than 40 years in postgraduate education offers up-to-date facilities for postgraduate training in polymer science. The number of participants in each of the eleven runs so far completed was usually between 5 and 13, depending on the funds available. The Course lasts 10 months and comprises about 50 hours of lectures in modern polymer science, including introduction into the nomenclature and terminology recommended by IUPAC, experimental work on research projects under the supervision of senior scientists of the Institute, and participation in all educational activities within the Institute. The results of the research are published in international technical journals and presented at meetings. The cumulative results of the runs of the Course held hitherto are: 85 participants, 119 papers published in international journals and 167 communications at international meetings.

For list of communications see www.imc.cas.cz/unesco/papersUI.html

The papers co-authored by the Course graduates have been cited more than 1000 times. At the end of each run, a public seminar is organized, where all participants report on their results. A certificate of graduation, with UNESCO and IUPAC logos, is issued to the graduates. Students from the following countries graduated from the Course: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, India, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Uzbekistan. Follow-up shows that graduation from the Course has been very helpful to professional promotion of the graduates in their home countries. Co-operation with a number of them continues through joint projects with their home laboratories.

For detailed information on the Course see www.imc.cas.cz/en/imc/unesco.html


Last update: 20 December 2007

<project announcement published in Chem. Int. 30(2) 2008>


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