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Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science
Every year since 1996, the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague, Czech Republic, has offered the Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science. The course, organized under the auspices of UNESCO and IUPAC, is intended primarily for young scientists with M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in polymer science or a related discipline, who are from countries with limited facilities for research.
The course lasts 10 months and comprises about 50 hours of lectures in modern polymer science, and a few hours of the basics of chemical English and principles of macromolecular nomenclature according to IUPAC recommendations. Most of the time is devoted to work on topical research projects under the supervision of senior scientists. The participants exploit all modern experimental facilities of the Institute. The results of their work are published in international technical journals and presented at technical meetings.
The graduates of the course are authors or co-authors of about 60 papers published in international technical journals and 70 communications at international meetings; See <www.iupac.org/projects/
So far, 62 participants from the following countries attended or are attending the course: Bulgaria, India, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Follow-up shows that graduation from the course has been very helpful to professional promotion of the graduates in their home countries.
For more information, contact the Task Group Chairman Pavel Kratochvil <email@example.com>.
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