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21-22 Sept 2018
University of Cambridge

Colombian research in the UK

5th Annual Summit:

Research to transform  

The 5th Annual Summit

Two days of inspiration to transform
21 - 22 Sept | 2018
09:00 am

For the 5th time since 2015, the community of Colombian researchers in the UK, researchers from all over the world or people interested in Colombia and working in UK institutions, will get together to strengthen their links and discuss their role in the development of Colombian society.


The 2018 summit, "Research to Transform", will take place in the prestigious University of Cambridge, and will focus on the potential research has to contribute to the positive transformation of Colombia.


Framed within the Colombian Policy on Science and Technology and the Sustainable Development Goals the summit will include:


  • Introduction and critical discussion of COLCIENCIAS' National Guidelines for Research "Libro Verde 2030"


  • Presentations of research experiences in the context of "transforming Colombia"


  • Discussion on the role of scientific outreach in the development of Colombian Society


  • Keynote speakers


Join the Embassy of Colombia in the UK "Academics and Scientists Interested in Colombia Database"


Three-minute presentation slots available.

Submit the title of your presentation and a 100 words summary to ColombianResearchUK@gmail.com


Travel bursaries (of up to £30) will be available to all student registered to the summit (Please bring the receipts).

A few accommodation subsidies (of up to £30) will be available to students registered 

Students Accomodation

There is an initiative to share accommodation among students. If you are interested in this initiative, please fill in these forms as appropriate:

Visitors:  https://goo.gl/forms/pYd1aSmLZvcgjEdr1


Locals:   https://goo.gl/forms/9XQoHBYQftsVDkv12


Day 1 - September 21st

Venue: Centre for Latin American Studies.

Alison Richard Building (ground floor)



Registration / Coffee




  • University of Cambridge Colombian Society (CUCOL)

  • ABeCol

  • Embassy of Colombia in the United Kingdom



The vision 2030 of the Science and Technology Policy in Colombia (Libro  Verde 2030).

  • Speaker:  Dr. Matías Ramírez, SPRU, University of Sussex



Panel: How does my research relate to the Sustainable Development  Goals?


Moderator: Dr. Pedro Mendes Loureiro, Lecturer, University of Cambridge

  • Mabel T. Rojas Rueda, M.Sc. student in Development Economics and Policy, The University of Manchester

  • Ivone Campos, Laboratory of Animal Welfare, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University

  • Jorge Ravagli, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham

  • Juan Sebastián Cañavera, Future Infrastructure and Built Environment Centre for Doctoral Training, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge




Lunch (included)



Innovation and Transformation of Colombia through Research: an account of UK -                                  Colombia partnership

Speaker: Brian Corbett, Cambridge Enterprise


14:40 3MP Three minutes’ presentations (submission deadline 15th Sept 2018)

PhD and Master’s students


16:00. Coffee break


16:20. Workshop: The implementation of Colombia’s Science and Technology Policy on our hands


Dr. Matías Ramírez, Dr. Zulma Cucunubá, Dr. Alida Acosta and Claudia Obando PhD Candidate.


17:20. ABeCol Meeting - CoreUK, a proposal for the future


Colciencias intervention



18:40. Wine reception





Day 2 - September 22nd

Venue: Queens’ College, Bowett Room


09:00. Introduction to Queens’ College

9:05 - 10:10. Keynote Speaker

Desenredar el manglar:  Violencia lenta y la ecología de los pobres en el caribe colombiano (in Spanish), Dr. Rory O'Bryen, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages and the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.


Moderator: Dr. Ana María Otero, Associate Professor, Department of History, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

10:10 -10:25: Colombian film research that transforms: A video series

Speaker: Camilo Martin-Flórez,  PhD candidate in Film and Culture Studies, University of Bologna - University of Reading 

10:25. Academic Speed Dating (with Coffee): Get to know the research as you get to know the researcher


11:55. Science Outreach in Colombia

Moderator: Juan-Pablo Castañeda

  • Clubes de Ciencia: Camilo Mesa, Postdoctoral Researcher in Photoelectrochemical Studies, Imperial College London

  • C-innova e IDD education: Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar, Researcher at the Personal Robots Group, MIT

  • Programa Ondas: Juan-Pablo Castañeda (PhD Candidate in Earth Science, University of Birmingham)


12:25. Closing Remarks


13:00. Lunch (not included)


14:30. A travel back in time through 800 years of history: Guided Tour of Cambridge

The Only Juan Cambridge Tours

Join us in this two-hour walking tour of the historical center of Cambridge at the end of the event.

The tour will include interesting facts and stories behind some of the most iconic spaces of Cambridge such as:

●      Our host Queens' College

●      The famous King's, Gonville and Caius, St John', Trinity and Sidney Sussex College

●      Iconic places such as the Eagle Pub (a.k.a. the place where DNA was discovered) and Great St. Mary’s Church

Looking forward to showing you the wonders of Cambridge!



Prepare for the Summit

Watch the videos and download the material in preparation for the summit



Venue Day 1: Alison Richard Building 7 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DT

How to get to ARB 

Venue Day 2: Queen's College Cambridge CB3 9ET

How to get to Cambridge

Cambridge is a small and busy city; the roads in and around the city centre often get congested and parking space is limited.


By Car
We advise that visitors arriving by car use the Park and Ride services detailed at www.cambridgeparkandride.info. Visitors from the north can also use the Guided Busway Park and Ride- follow the signs for Longstanton Park and Ride from junction 29 of the A14. For more information see www.thebusway.info.

Disabled parking is available in the city’s car parks and on some streets. Please check details in advance with the Tourist Information Centre: www.visitCambridge.org.


By Train
Cambridge railway station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk (around one mile) from the city centre. There are a taxi rank and bus stops in front of the main entrance and buses run every 10 -20 minutes to all University sites. 


By Bus
National bus services stop on Parkside, Parkers Piece.

Getting around Cambridge

The University’s faculties and departments and the Colleges are situated across Cambridge, though most are within walking distance of the city centre.

As Cambridge is fairly compact and better suited to pedestrians and cyclists than vehicles wherever practical and possible we recommend getting around the city on foot or by bike- these are often the quickest means of transport and are also best for getting a sense of the city.

The Universal bus service – run by Whippet Coaches- runs frequently between Madingley Road Park and Ride and Addenbrooke’s Hospital via Cambridge Railway Station. This service connects both the Biomedical Campus and West Cambridge Site to Cambridge city centre. For more information about local bus services visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.


Are you planning to stay in Cambridge?

If you are looking to stay in Cambridge overnight to view this wonderful city.  Please find below some suggestion of where you can find affordable accommodation:





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