Title: Postgraduate course in polymer
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.
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
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