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First ''Santander International Summer School'' is launched at Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile

Heidelberg, 8th November 2013-. The University of Heidelberg invites 17 outstanding doctoral students from selected universities in Latin America and Europe to the first “Santander International Summer School” from November 19 to 29, 2013, in Santiago de Chile.

The students from Argentina, Chile, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom can participate in the event entitled “Getting in Shape-Visualization and Manipulation of Organismal Morphogenesis”. The summer school closes with a symposium over a two-day period.

Santander financially supports the summer school through its Global Division Santander Universidades, a part of Santander dedicated to the collaboration with the university world that works in Germany as “Santander Universitäten”.

Through the “Santander International Summer School” young talents can inform about molecular development processes in flora and fauna and interact with renown scientists from European and Latin American universities. Presentations, discussions and the symposium will take place at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America and the Centro Fondap de Regulación del Genoma at Universidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile.

During the first “Santander International Summer School” an innovative high performance microscope will be introduced. On the long term, through the inbuilt thin laser lenses scientists can observe development processes of up to 60,000 cells very gently, with the greatest temporal and spatial dissolution possible. “The physical bases of this type of microscope have been developed, above all, at the University of Heidelberg over the last few years. Life sciences have taken this new mechanism for analytical investigations”, remarks Prof. Dr. Jochen Wittbrodt from the Centre for Organismal Studies at University of Heidelberg.

So far, only a few outstanding centres in Europe -including Heidelberg and Dresden- and the USA have done research on the lens microscope. The aim of the “Santander International Summer School” is to train doctoral students in modern approaches for studying development and growth during organogenesis of plants and animals. Subsequently they shall be enabled to build the first lens microscope in Latin America. “The summer school supports the transfer of knowledge and technology between Latin America and Europe and develops top-class networks of strong research partners on both continents”, says Prof. Dr. Jochen Wittbrodt. About 120 international students are expected to participate in the symposium at the Universidad de Chile from November 28 to 29, 2013.

Funded by “Santander Universitäten”, the summer and winter schools are to be organised in cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for Latin America, the Heidelberg Center South Asia in New Delhi, the International Academic Forum Heidelberg as well as a Japanese partner university.

With the summer schools, the partner institutions want to support the geographical mobility of young scientists and scholars and develop top-class networks of strong research partners in Latin America, Asia and Europe. The second summer school in this line will take place at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg in April 2014. Granted students will then be informed about neuroeconomics.

About Santander Universidades
Santander Universitäten is part of the global division Santander Universidades of Banco Santander. The bank, through Santander Universidades, maintains a stable alliance with more than 1,040 academic institutions worldwide. These collaborations are unique among other national and international banks. Banco Santander supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as scholarship and research, international cooperation, transfer of knowledge and technology, exchange of students and innovation.

For more information please visit www.santander.com/universities. For more information about Santander Universitäten Germany please visit www.santanderbank.de/universitaeten.

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