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Vol. 33 No. 5
September-October 2011

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives.
See also www.iupac.org/projects

UNESCO/IUPAC Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science

The 15th run of the UNESCO/IUPAC Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science began in October 2010 and will conclude in July 2011 with the workshop Careers in Polymers III organized by the Institute. Five students from the following countries have been attending the course: Kazakhstan, Serbia, Vietnam, and Poland. In March, the mid-term seminar was held at which the students reported on the results of their research projects. More than half of the projects are likely to result in publications in international journals or communications at meetings.

Preparations for the 16th course are nearly complete. Out of the large number of applicants, 10 have been nominated from India, China, Uruguay, Poland, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. The course will start in October 2011 and will be concluded in July 2012.

Cumulative results of the 15 runs held so far are as follows: 120 graduates, 20 nationalities, 173 publications in international journals, 306 communications at international meetings, and 2614 citations (all as of December 2010).

The course has become a global activity. Students from all continents except Australia and North America have graduated. The average publication output is more than one paper in an impacted journal, two conference communications, and about 22 citations per graduate. Of course, the distribution of scientometric hits per individual is very non-uniform. In several cases, a productive long-term co-operation has developed between the institute and the graduate’s mother institution. In the last five years, 12 graduates became doctoral students at Czech universities. Graduation from the course often enhanced professional promotion in the home countries of the graduates. The course contributes to a positive image of IUPAC both inside and outside the professional community at virtually no cost for the Union.

For more information, contact Task Group Chair, Pavel Kratochvil <krat@imc.cas.cz> or visit <www.imc.cas.cz/en/imc/unesco.html>.

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