Last week, I traveled to Gent to attend the conference Sinapsis 2019 It was the fourth meeting of Peruvian scientists in Europe held on October 23th-25th, 2019. It was a very intense event since every day the journey started at 9 am and finished around 8 pm.
About the oral presentations
From almost 40 speakers, I highlight the work of six presentations that had my attention from the moment they started speaking until the very end. From my humble opinion and understanding, I decided to write about the work of three male and three female scientists.
The first speaker pictured is Prof. Jorge Chau from the Leibniz Institute in Germany and his talk named “Studies of mesospheric and lower thermospheric turbulence and waves with novel multi-static MIMO specular meteor radars”. He made a thoughtful and impassioned explanation of his work. This time I understood maths and its application. My second favorite talk was given by Lucia Fitts Vargas. She talked about “Effects of disturbances and land used change on carbon stocks in six US states ” from the University of Minnesota. I liked her talk because she was able to explain in a very simple way the presence of carbon in trees in our jungle in Peru and then she gradually jumped to the complexity explanation about her carbon stock research and tools used in the USA. I was impressed by the research of Jacqueline Valverde Villegas from INSERM, Université de Montpellier, France about the HIV: “Aspectos genéticos e inmunológicos en la infección por el VIH/SIDA”, and the work of Juan Carlos Hurtado from the University of Barcelona: “Identificación de las causas de muerte en países de mediana y baja renta a través de la autopsia mínimamente invasiva”. I overheard good acceptance for the talk of Dr. Luis Dalguer about the earthquakes prediction in Switzerland: “Terremotos: su mecanismo físico, su predicción y prevención de desastres”. Lastly, the talk of Lucila Menacho from the University of Engineering in Peru named “Study, construction, and applications of supercapacitors based on graphene” was an interactive talk that everyone in the room paid attention. Congrats in general to all because all they were interesting topics.The order’s speakers in the picture: Chau, Fitts, Valverde, Menacho, Hurtado, Dalguer.
About the poster presentations
54 posters were presented in two sessions. I had the opportunity to read a few of them since I was also presenting a poster. I pictured the posters around:
- “ El puesto de venta de carne de pollo como fuente de contaminación de cepas con variabilidad clonal de Escherichia coli. ” by Juan Raúl Lucas López from Barcelona.
- “Autoría femenina en la Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública: Análisis del periodo 1997-2017” by Reneé Pereyra Elías from Oxford University.
- “Gestión de lodos de fosas sépticas en pequeñas ciudades AltoAndinas (Saylla, Cusco, Perú)” by Nathaly Mishel Salinas Pimentel from the Universitat de Barcelona.
Around 15 women out of 40 speakers did an oral presentation and 25 women out of 54 were poster presented. The presence of Peruvian women in science strengthened the influence in science and researching. Most of them were young scientists from different places Peru and national universities. I am so glad how they learn and how they want to contribute to Peru with their knowledge and professionalism. I talked to most of them, all they have a bright future.
I have more than ten years of experience in coordinating IT events, then I was able to give some suggestions to improve, such as the position of the banners for pictures and videos, and for organizing the group photo. That moment was captured in the picture! I was the number 02 poster, so the ambassador of Peru in Belgium had the privilege to hear my ideas of HPC and what I found so far in Peru. I hope that within 10 years all Peruvian scientists will be able to use HPC in their researches.
One day before the conference, we went together to the company AGP where we saw onsite the process of the creation of new generation impact-resistant glass. It was also arranged a country yard day where we enjoyed Peruvian food. It was years of not trying “canchita serrana”. I had a great time remembering some local Peruvian jokes with the people I met.
Ghent is a beautiful city and the season was OK for me. It was cold but not so much as in the UK this time. Some sunny days were perfect to take landmark pictures around the city:While I was walking to go to the conference, I saw some messages on the street that I like:
The bottom messages that are shown, seem too small in comparison to my face. They say:
- “You are not lost, you are here”
- “After all, strangers again”
I have to thanks people that made me feel so good at the event. Thanks to Carlota Roca for the support and the tourist night where I learned about the prisoner story. Thanks to Lucia, she is so smart and funny, I really enjoyed she is an authentic person. Thanks to Rene Pereyra for trying to help me in finding out what to do in my professional path. Thanks to Camacho for his understanding, he made me feel again people from Piura. He speaks like people in my family. Thanks to Ximena and Janeth, they are too young and inspirational as well. I did not have any picture with Luis Tay, he helped as an organizer.
Generally, it was a good experience. I have not seen another Peruvian in person more than a year and living again for a week with Wilson Valerio, Martin, Raul, Alisa, and others, made me remember my roots and why I am in Europe. I tried the best chocolate!
Thanks to the organization for the partial financial support received. Thanks SINAPSIS!