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Humboldt Kolleg
“Breaking Paradigms: Towards a Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinary Science”
In commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt
Conference Concept
February 21th – 24th, 2019.
Ibarra, Ecuador

 
When from science we need to solve the complex problems of modern society it is essential to go beyond the boundaries of disciplines and academic fields. Only then, it is possible to achieve innovative scientific results that can be reversed in the quality of life of the human being. From this consideration arises the name proposed for this kolleg: “Breaking Paradigms: Towards a Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinary Science”.
 
From February 22th to February 24th, Ecuador will be the headquarters of the Humboldt Kolleg: “Breaking Paradigms: Towards a Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinary Science”. During Kolleg researchers from the chemical, biological, physical, mathematical and geological sciences will be exchanging their scientific experiences. This Kolleg aims to create a space for Humboldtians, young doctors in science and young researchers of Latin American for disseminating their results, as well as to create collaborative and cooperative relationships and strengthen the existing one, in order to take steps forward in scientific knowledge within Latin America.
 
The Humboldt Kolleg “Breaking Paradigms: Towards a Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinary Science” has the characteristic of occurring in Ecuador: a country that is betting on the development of science as never before and therefore, engaged in the creation and development of human resources in the short term.
 
This Humboldt Kolleg has been planned and organized by Prof. Dr. Vivian Morera Córdova, currently full-time professor of the School of Chemical Science and Engineering at Yachay Experimental Technology Research University, Urcuquí, Imbabura, Ecuador (https://www.yachaytech.edu.ec). The organization of this event will also include Prof. Dr. Nelson Santiago Vispo, also Humboldtian and full-time professor of the School of Biological Sciences and Engineering at the same University.
 
Inspired by the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt, the small group of Humboldtians living in Ecuador will welcome colleagues from Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Canadá, USA, Cuba and Ecuador in a nice environment dedicated to the scientific and cultural exchange. The event also has the purpose of creating the space for the dissemination of the programs offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to young doctors in science for conducting their research in leading laboratories in Germany. The Humboldt Kolleg will also attract the attention of many university students from Yachay Experimental Technology Research University, who dream of having a future space in scientific research.
 
         The event is planned for three days, including keynote lectures dictated by relevant German researchers, oral presentations, basically by Humboldtian researchers and poster presentations. We would like to invite Professor. Dr. Helmut Schwarz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to visit us in Ecuador and to open the Kolleg on with a plenary lecture.
 
       With the purpose of giving greater visibility to the scientific work of the Latin American Humboldtians, promoted and supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, we are going to dedicate a complete issue of the Bionatura magazine (http://revistabionatura.com) for the publication of the works presented, both orally and in poster format. The Bionatura Magazine was created by Prof. Dr. Nelson Santiago Vispo (Editor in chief). The special issue of the Bionatura Magazine will be published online and printed.
 
           We already have the confirmation of 80 participants, from which 4 are German prestigious professors and 32 are Humboldtians from 9 countries: Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Canadá, USA, Cuba and Ecuador. In addition, we invited 38 researchers (from different countries) and junior researchers working in universities and research centers in Ecuador. Representatives of German organizations (AvH Foundation, the German Embassy, the DAAD and the Goethe Institute in Ecuador) will be also invited.
 
           The First Ecuadorian Humboldt Kolleg “Breaking Paradigms: Towards a Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinary science” has thus the following objectives:
 
1.    to strength scientific collaboration and networking of Humboldtians within the Latin American region and between Latin America and Germany to develop research,
 
2.    to facilitate the exchange between young scientists and personalities of science in these fields,
 
3.    to create a space for dissemination of programs offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to young doctors in science for conducting their research in leading laboratories in Germany, and
 
4.    to provide social and informal contacts between Humboldtians and young researchers to give them the opportunity to plan their future scientific careers and familiarize them with AvH programmes.

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