The second cohort began to conga!

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On Monday, January 24th, the LA-CONGA physics teaching community received the group of students from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela enrolled in the second cohort, which will be attending this year. More than one hundred Latin Americans applied to the program and underwent a selection process, according to the level of training required to receive the graduate courses in Advanced Physics.

During the event, the coordination and teaching team made a presentation of their biographical profiles, as well as their training and trajectory; most of them arrive with European and Latin American experiences. The occasion served to discuss the life passions uniting those who make up this initiative’s teaching team. “This helps us to create community”, said José Ocariz,  representing the University of Paris and coordinator of LA-CoNGA physics. The meeting, charged with an awareness of daily life, left in the air words such as those of Mario Cosenza, from Universidad de Yachay (Ecuador): “Be afraid of dreams, they are dangerous, they come true and change our lives”.

This second cohort will be made up of a group of ninety students from the four countries that lead the participating master’s programs and who would participate under different modalities in the courses offered by LA-CoNGA physics. In this opportunity, the community is mainly integrated by the group from Ecuador, mostly students from the Universidad de Yachay; next comes the group of students from Colombia (Universidad Industrial de Santander and Universidad Nacional); and finally the groups from Peru (Universidad Nacional de San Marcos) and Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela and Universidad Simón Bolívar). As guest students, the project also welcomed a group from Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Escuela Superior Politécnica del Chimborazo (Ecuador) and Universidad Nacional de Honduras.

This year, the LA-CoNGA physics coordination aims to strengthen the training experience in Advanced Physics shared with eleven universities in two continents. In the first cohort, developed in 2021, more than fifty Latin American students attended training in the three designed lines: Data Science, Scientific Instrumentation and Theoretical High Energy Physics and Complex Systems. This ERASMUS+ CBHE project, co-financed by the European Commission, will seek for the second cohort to focus efforts on the concept of interconnected laboratories, citizen science practices and research stays in research groups/centers or industrial partners in Latin America and Europe.