School of Advanced Science on Frontiers of Lasers selects students

The São Paulo School of Advanced Science (SPSAS) on Frontiers of Lasers and their Applications will take place on July 16-27 at the Center for Lasers and Applications in the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN) at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil.

In this edition, the school will be held together with the XVI Jorge André Swieca School on Non linear and Quantum Optics.

Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in Brazil or any other country must submit applications until March 31st. Selected students from other cities, states or countries are entitled to receive benefits to cover the expenses in airline tickets, transportation from airport to hotel and back and daily allowance in the city where the school will be organized.

Students interested in participating must send a cover letter, a one-only page CV (template available in word format), a research abstract (including charts and references) and also fill an online questionnaire, available at the school's website.

According to Niklaus Ursus Wetter, general coordinator of the SPSAS, the main goal of the school is to disseminate and improve knowledge in laser photonics in order to achieve a critical mass of scientists working in this field.

"It is an achievable goal, through high-level teaching in basic education and also on the frontier of knowledge, both of which are SPSAS' emphasis. We will organize classes lectured by teachers from Brazil and abroad, as well as minicourses, workshops and conferences, in order to assure our students make the best of it," says Wetter.

Photonics is a field that will promote a major impact on the technology, society and economy of the near future, says Wetter, but he states that in Brazil many challenges have to be surmounted so that photonics may blossom.

"Among other gaps, I see a lack of a solid academic background in Brazilian students when compared with students from countries where education is a state priority, and that stop us from tackling more complex subjects as the ones in such a recent field as photonics."

"The promotion of this school is yet another vital step in the formation of scientists, as well as in the fostering of companies and innnovation in such a strategic area, responsible for a market that generated US$ 530 billion," Wetter said.

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Through the SPSAS program, FAPESP offers funding for the organization of short duration courses in advanced research in the different areas of knowledge in the State of Sao Paulo.

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