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CCTVal strengthens its endeavors through major international collaboration agreements

Additionally, during the course of the second semester, the Center seeks to attract young talents attending their last university year to reinforce its international scientific links.

Additionally, during the course of the second semester, the Center seeks to attract young talents attending their last university year to reinforce its international scientific links.


To promote the study and experimentation of various scientific areas through a multidisciplinary team focused on the development of new technological and engineering advances, are the main objectives of the Centro Científico Tecnológico de Valparaíso (CCTVal) of the Federico Santa María Technical University and internationally renowned for its intensive scientific endeavors.

To this end, and as one of the strategies for this second semester, CCTVal opened up nominations for the competition “Fondo para Memorias Aplicadas 2017”, aimed at newly graduates who wish to develop and implement their dissertation projects.

For Iván Schmidt, CCTVal Director, it is extremely important that young talents be incorporated to this Center with the aim of increasing the number of projects and research that are in need of sponsoring and financing.

“We are trying to attract last year students to incorporate them as members, and with that in mind, we decided to make a call for Applied Projects”, Schmidt comments.

Since the Center’s inauguration in 2009, and with the support of CONICYT, CCTVal has firmly established itself as a world-class organization seeking to promote through its endeavor, the discovery of new knowledge in Particle Physics and Engineering applied to High Tech, with the aim of impacting society in a positive way.

Under this context is that the Center is known worldwide for its close collaboration with the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) and for projects jointly conducted with the most prestigious scientific agencies in the world.

“CCTVal currently has collaborative projects with FermiLab – the most important high energy physics laboratory of its kind, located in Chicago; also, we have a close scientific cooperation with the Virginia based JeffersonLab, through the Mirror project collaboration. What is fundamental about this kind of collaborations is that they help us execute projects and research with results that can be applied to multiple sectors and using varied disciplines”, the professional emphasizes.

Claudio Dib, academic of the Physics Department and member of CCTVal’s board of directors, comments that “we are currently implementing a more active dissemination plan, where we contemplate different projects that we have with companies and various institutions, to communicate somehow the Center’s endeavors. Recently, I gave a TEDx talk about what we do at CCTVal, highlighting the collaboration with CERN, allowing the audience to learn about my experience and showing them how first rate science is conducted in Chile”.

On the occasion, Dib was able to give details about the A.N.D.E.S. project (Agua Negra Deep Experiment Site), where the academic is the National Coordinator. This initiative – promoted by scientists from Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Mexico – proposes the implementation of a world-class underground laboratory inside the soon to be built Agua Negra tunnel that will be located between the Coquimbo Region (Chile) and the San Juan Province (Argentina), at more than 1,750 meters deep.

Thus, the A.N.D.E.S. project joins the active participation that CCTVal fulfills with the Valparaíso University’s Núcleo Milenio de Astronomía and the astronomy - informatics development that some of the Center’s members have with the Cherenkov Telescope Array, better known as the CTA Observatory.

“It is very important to us that those last year undergraduate students can approach CCTVal so we can support them with their projects. We count with a team of highly qualified professionals, many interesting initiatives and the financing that allow us to develop a large number of researches. The idea is that these students can continue their dissertation projects in an applied way and even start a venture.” Schmidt emphasizes.

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Escrito por USM Noticias 28 · Sep · 2017