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Cuban scientific community network at UWL

Professor Antoni Kapcia from Nottingham University exchanges with Prof Krull in the background whilst Consul: Sra Irelia Lopez Diaz listens to a conversation in progress in the foreground.

Researchers from around the world attended the School of Computing and Technology’s Transnational Knowledge Networks (TKN) in Global Science networking event on 28 March 2014. Guests included academics, scientists, engineers, sociologists and journalists from Canada, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and France and representatives from the Cuban Embassy.

The event stems from a research project by doctoral student Miriam Palacios-Callender, which focuses on mobility, migration and networking in the Cuban scientific community. Guest speakers were invited to share their expertise on the topic through discussions, presentations and a networking reception on campus. Responding to new modes of communication in digital technologies and media, the School plans to help develop Cuba’s first transnational knowledge network for technology and science

Dr Tony Olden opens the first session ‘Setting the scene’ with (left to right) Prof Jean Stubbs (Institute of the Americas, UCL), Miriam Palacios-Callender, Dr Stephen Roberts and Prof. Cathie Krull (Queens University, Kingston, Ontario).

Dr Esther Alonso Becerra (3rd from left) delivers a paper reporting on the part played by the University of Havana in promoting international exchange and collaboration.

Professor Antoni Kapcia from Nottingham University exchanges with Prof Krull in the background whilst Consul: Sra Irelia Lopez Diaz listens to a conversation in progress in the foreground.

Dr Julio Padron and Sra Irelia Lopez Diaz share ideas in the conference room.

Professor Sir Salvador Moncada (University of Manchester) presented the final session ‘Promoting collaboration within science policy: the diaspora as a resource’.

Dr Stephen Roberts, Associate Professor in Information Management at the School of Computing and Technology, commented: ‘This event comes at an important time for academic research where science and technology is rapidly evolving and migration is increasing. The school can certainly see this leading to a number of other important events in the UK and overseas.’

For more information visit the School of Computing and Technology or read Miriam Palacios-Callender’s research project

Photos by Virgilio Ponce