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VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences
"70 years contributing to science, preserving the environment and building the future"

VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences

From October 3 to 5, 2023


Auditorium Paraninfo, Rafael Azula and halls of the Postgraduate Building
of the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia


The Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC), year by year has promoted the development of the ENCUENTRO DE LA FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS. The faculty has organized this event yearly from 2006 to 2022 as a national meeting along with the international version since 2018, framed as the Jornada de Investigación y Extensión de la UPTC. The main interest of this academic meeting is to promote spaces that favor the social appropriation of knowledge as well as academic and technological updating, through the sharing of final and partial results of research projects in basic and applied sciences. In the same way, it seeks to strengthen and/or create research and academic cooperation networks with researchers and research groups recognized in the national and international contexts.

Due to the above and given its trajectory, the “VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences” (IMFaS-2023) will be established for the year 2023.

The Faculty of Sciences and its Research and Extension Management Center (CIEC) join the framework of the Research and Extension Day of the UPTC through the participation of the Research Groups of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Chemical Sciences, and the Graduate School.

Since its origins, the CIEC has been known for promoting and disseminating the results of research processes and projects that enrich and provide feedback on the academic work of teachers as well as the comprehensive training processes of the students of the Faculty, with the aim of strengthening and enhancing the achievements obtained through the experiences acquired in each of the areas of knowledge in the natural and exact sciences.

The IMFaS-2023 is intended for professors, researchers, students, research groups, young researchers and anyone interested in research in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics-Statistics and Biology. The event will focus on the involvement of these disciplines in the preservation of the environment and the construction of a sustainable future.

  1. To promote the exchange of knowledge in the physical, biological, chemical, and mathematical disciplines through the participation of experts and professionals in these fields, to foment the discussion of new discoveries and establish collaborations to promote research in favor of the preservation of the environment and the construction of a sustainable future.

  2. To promote research and development in each of the areas of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, through a forum or dialogue that allows the presentation and discussion of the latest advances in research. Critical issues, challenges and difficulties faced by each field will also be addressed with the aim of finding solutions that contribute to sustainable development.

  3. To facilitate the dissemination of innovative research results, new findings, and emerging technologies in each of the aforementioned areas. A platform will be provided for researchers to share their discoveries and scientific advances, generating a significant impact on scientific knowledge and the application of science to environmental care.

  4. To provide a space for the presentation of scientific talks where participants will share their most recent research and findings in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, promoting innovation and progress in the preservation of the environment and sustainability. In addition, feedback and constructive discussion will be promoted to foster continuous improvements in the corresponding scientific areas, thus enriching knowledge in the scientific community.

  5. To stimulate the participation and engagement of the scientific community in the areas of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics through oral, poster and photo presentation sessions.  These sessions will provide a space to share research results in a visually attractive way, allowing direct interaction and feedback among participants in order to generate a positive impact on the interactive scientific community in attendance.

There will be keynote lectures given by international and national guests, disciplinary presentations, as well as a panel discussion and an exhibition of posters and photographs.

Talks and posters:

  • Receipt of abstracts through e-mail imfas@uptc.edu.co : from July 28, 2023.
  • Acceptance letters: From August 15th, 2023 until September 8th, 2023.

Proposals sent by those interested in participating within the thematic areas will be selected after evaluation and approval by the members of the Scientific Committee of the Conference. For the submission of proposals, the indications given in the template (APPENDIX 1) should be taken into account, whereby the purpose, methodology, development and main conclusions of the work should be evidenced.  The Scientific Committee will be in charge of classifying the work according to its relevance as a paper or poster presentation. If the work is accepted in any form, and if you wish to publish the text in the proceedings of the event, you must send the authorization for publication to the following e-mail address: imfas@uptc.edu.co .


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Registration form

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Formulario de inscripción

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II International Science and Technology Photography Competition

- Photography: II International Science and Technology Photography Competition IFSP-UPTC:

Reception of photos: from july 28th to september 4th, 2023.

Terms and conditions

The team that integrates the partnership between the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo (IFSP) and the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC), publishes the rules of the "II International Science and Technology Photography Competition".


1. General Provisions

The II International Science and Technology Photography Competition is open to students of Engineering programs of the Faculty of Science and bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences of the IFSP Campus Sertãozinho & Birigui and the UPTC.

      1. The theme of this edition of the contest is "Preserving the Environment".

      2. The competition aims to promote the integration of natural sciences, technologies, and art through photography.

      3. The photographs must represent an experience which generates great impact on the concept or phenomenon of natural sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and geosciences, or of technology: mechanical, electrical/electronics, computer science/computing or civil construction/architecture, according to the category selected at the time of registration.

      4. The pictures must be self-authored. Plagiarism, if proven, results in the disqualification of the participant from the contest in addition to other appropriate measures.

      5. In the case of pictures with people, the authorization to use the image of the person photographed is mandatory (See Appendix II). If the participant is under 18 years of age, the authorization of the person in charge is required (See Appendix III).

      6. The photographs must respect human rights, animal rights and current legislation.

      7. Pictures with nudity, scenes of violence, hate speech, political party propaganda and/or promotion of registered trademarks will not be accepted.

2. Registration

  1. The participant will be automatically registered in the photo competition by sending the photo as an attachment via e-mail to imfas@uptc.edu.co

  2. The deadline for submission will be until 04/09/2023.

  3. Each participant may submit up to 2 pictures per thematic area, totaling a maximum of 8 pictures in the competition.

  4. The thematic categories of the photographs are included within the same thematic areas of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics-Statistics.

3. Photo specifications

  1. Only digital pictures will be accepted in *.jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 2 Mp (sufficient for a print of 18 cm x 25 cm).
  2. The file of the picture must have the name of the participant and the title of the photograph (e.g., Jorge Silva - Refraction in water.jpeg).
  3. The techniques used in the creation, composition and editing are free for the participant. Filters and other resources that the participant considers necessary in the creation of the work are also allowed.
  4. At the time of registration, the participant must write (in his/her own words) a text about the work, with a maximum of 200 words, in English and Spanish. Plagiarism, if proven, results in the disqualification of the participant. The text must highlight the scientific knowledge involved or represented in the image.

4. Evaluation Committee

  1. The pictures will be initially evaluated by panels composed of a technical jury (specialists in the thematic categories) from the participating institutions, defined by the team of partners.
  2. The evaluation criteria will be:- Technical quality of the picture: This involves the techniques used in the work (focus, lights and shadows, planes and lines, exposure).
    - Artistic composition of the image: This involves the elements used in the image, their organization, framing, and distribution in the work.- Creativity of the execution of the work: This involves the uniqueness of the creation of a work, its originality, and ideas.
    - Scientific concepts: This implies the identification and comprehension of a significant scientific/technological phenomenon within the selected category.
    - Coherence of the work: This involves the relationship of the image and text with the concept/phenomenon represented, as well as its correct description.
  3. The jury will select up to 1 finalist photograph for each thematic axis.
  4. The list of winning pictures will be published on 05/10/2023 at the closing ceremony of the event.

  5. The finalist pictures will be evaluated by popular vote and by a technical and artistic jury previously defined by the IFSP and UPTC alliance team, guaranteeing the balance of judges from both institutions.

  6. There can be no appeal on the result of the evaluation.

5. Certification and exhibition

  1. All qualified participants will receive a certificate of participation in the competition.

  2. The winning pictures will be certified.

  3. All qualified pictures will be presented at the 2nd International Science and Technology Photography Competition, an online exhibition and on-site exhibition event, and will be published in the proceedings of the event. The finalist photographs may be printed and displayed in an exhibition at participating campuses.

6. Final Regulations

  1. By entering the competition, the participant declares that he/she is aware of and accepts all the rules contained in these regulations.

  2. The participant, by entering the competition, grants the right to use the photograph submitted to the 2nd International Science and Technology Photography Competition.

  3. Any participant may request a certificate of participation in the competition.

  4. Actions not addressed in these public regulations will be decided by the IFSP and UPTC alliance team.

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The thematic areas are classified into 5 components:


 These components are distributed in each thematic area and within each science area as follows:




F1: Renewable energies and energy efficiency: Research on the development and application of technologies for the use of renewable energy sources, as well as the design of efficient energy systems that reduce the carbon footprint and promote sustainability.

F2: Materials for solar cells and energy optimization: Research on the development and characterization of materials used in solar cells, with the objective of improving energy efficiency and maximizing renewable energy production. The aim is to understand the properties of the materials and their behavior in different conditions, to optimize the performance of solar cells, and to promote their application in sustainable energy generation.

F3: Theoretical modeling and simulation of materials with optical, electrical, and magnetic properties for environmental conservation: Research that applies theoretical models and computational simulations to study and optimize the properties of materials with optical, electrical, and magnetic characteristics by studying advanced materials that contribute to environmental conservation, such as in the improvement of renewable energy devices, environmental sensors, and sustainable energy storage technologies. Using modeling and simulation tools, we seek to understand and predict the behavior of these materials, and thus accelerate their application in innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.

F4: Nanoscience and nanotechnology for the preservation of the environment: Research in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology with the goal of developing innovative solutions for environmental preservation. The unique properties of nanoscale materials and their application in areas such as environmental remediation, water and air quality monitoring, waste treatment, and development of more efficient and sustainable materials and technologies will be explored. Through the manipulation and control of matter at the nanoscale, we will seek to harness the emerging properties of materials to address environmental challenges and contribute to a more sustainable future more effectively.

F5: Teaching physics through the application of innovative approaches that embrace the use of technology, the promotion of inquiry and problem solving, gender equity and diversity, effective assessment strategies and interdisciplinary connections, incorporating the application of physics principles in environmental studies, contributing to sustainable practices, fostering a sense of responsibility towards the preservation of our planet.

F6: Astronomy and Environmental Conservation: research on astronomical tools to contribute to the conservation and protection of the environment. Various topics will be addressed, such as the implementation of astronomical observatories to monitor and study the quality of the atmosphere and its components, together with the analysis of data for the surveillance and management of natural resources. In addition, the objective is to identify the effects of light pollution on nocturnal ecosystems to promote reduction measures


C1: Green chemistry and sustainable materials: Research on the design and development of chemical and biotechnological processes that minimize environmental impact, using sustainable materials and cleaner technologies. This focuses on the synthesis of environmentally friendly chemical products and the optimization of industrial processes.

C2: Water treatment and residues management: Studies on the removal of contaminants in water as well as the development of more efficient and sustainable treatment and purification techniques. In addition, it includes research on chemical residues management methods and their impact on the environment.

C3: Renewable Energies:  Solar energy, bioenergy, biodiesel, biomass, bioethanol, and biogas.

C4: Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and new materials: Energy production and storage; development of instruments to solve scientific problems; food technology; water technology; and environmental technologies.

C5: Teaching chemistry through the application of innovative approaches that embrace the use of technology, pedagogy and didactics, the promotion of inquiry and problem solving, gender equity and diversity, effective assessment strategies, and interdisciplinary connections. These incorporate studies and application of green chemistry that contributes to sustainable practices, environment conservation, life quality, and fostering a sense of responsibility towards the preservation of our planet.


B1: Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration: Research on the protection and conservation of endangered species as well as the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Topics such as management of protected areas, reintroduction of species, and evaluation of the impact of human activities on ecosystems, and the use of computer and information technologies in conservation are addressed.

B2: Genetics, biotechnology, and sustainable development: Studies on the use of biotechnology to promote sustainable environmental practices, improve food production, and reduce the use of pesticides. In addition, research is conducted on the use of microorganisms and enzymes for waste treatment and the production of biodegradable products.

B3: Climate change: Studies related to the explanation of the phenomena, the integration of phenomena-risk management, and education and awareness-raising. Also included are climate variation, modeling, greenhouse effect, adaptation strategies for human settlements and infrastructure, human health, water resources, agriculture, soil and forest resources, marine and coastal systems, biodiversity, and tourism.

B4: Animal and plant systematics, structure and function: Presentation of papers and generation of a space for discussion on current topics related to taxonomy, biogeography and systematics, animals, and plants.

B5: Teaching biological sciences through of different innovative approaches as Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration, ethnobiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, and sustainable development, and Climate change.


M1: Modeling and simulation of environmental systems: Research involving the use of mathematical models and simulations to understand and predict the dynamics of environmental systems, the spread of diseases, the management of natural resources, and the evolution of ecosystems.

M2: Optimization and planning of sustainable resources: Studies on the application of mathematical optimization techniques for the efficient and sustainable planning of natural resources, such as water management, energy, and food distribution. The aim is to maximize resource utilization and minimize environmental impacts.

M3: Application of statistics and probability in the sciences.

M4: Mathematical reasoning and divulgation of mathematics.

M5: Teaching statistics and probability at different educational levels.



- Pre-registration (abstract submission) must be done on the dates indicated through the event's web portal, considering the limited number of places available.

- Each author may submit more than one proposal, either individually or in co-authorship. When there is more than one author, only one will be responsible for submitting the proposal and managing the data related to it on the event's website.


- The registration (complete document) of the people who were accepted in the pre-registration must be made on the dates indicated through the event's web portal, considering the limited quotas.

- When there is more than one author, only one will be responsible for sending the complete document and managing the data related to it on the event's website. This person will pay his/her registration as a speaker through the link given on the page and register the number of proofs of payment in the form and attaching the proof of payment.

- The registration fee is per person; i.e., if you participate in more than one paper, you must pay the respective value of the number of papers in which you are registered. Participation will be certified for those who present a poster or paper as a speaker.

- Students or professors may register without presenting papers or posters through the payment and registration link and will be certified as participants.

  • Abstracts by web portal of the event (pre-registration): Until August 15, 2023.
  •  Letters of acceptance of papers: from August 18, 2023.
  • Registration and payment: from August 18 to September 25, 2023.

Means of payment: Only bank transfer. 




Value (pesos)

Cost until September 15

Value (pesos)

Cost until September 20

Undergraduate students (non-presenters)

$ 50.000

$ 70.000

Postgraduate students (non-presenters)

$ 100.000

$ 120.000

Undergraduate students (Presenters)

$ 100.000

$ 120.000

Postgraduate students (presenters)

$ 120.000

$ 140.000

Professors and professionals (non-presenters)

$ 120.000

$ 140.000

Professors and professionals (presenters)

$ 300.000

$ 320.000

Chairwoman: Judith Helena Ojeda Silva.

- Organizing committee:
The organizing committee will be responsible for the planning and execution of the event. This committee has experience in organizing and/or participating in events, has great knowledge in the areas of physical sciences, chemistry, biology and mathematics-statistics, and has sensitivity and commitment. This committee will be the central axis of the event in terms of delegating functions and will be formed by:

  • Irina Tatiana Morales Castaño
  • Gloria Astrid Prieto Súarez
  • Oscar Julio Medina Vargas
  • Margoth Adriana Valdivieso Miranda
  • Lyda Jeaneth Sanabria Velásquez
  • José Mauricio Díaz Fonseca
  • Clara Inés Torres García

- Scientific Committee:
This committee, together with the organizing committee, will be in charge of receiving the papers to be presented and will classify them in the form of posters, presentations, forums, talks, discussions, and pictures (among others) and will be made up of the following members:



Juan Carlos Castillo Millán


Sonia Mancipe Estévez


Jairo Antonio Cubillos Lobo


Daniel Gallego


Diego Mauricio Gallego Mahecha


Segundo Agustín Martínez Ovalle


William Alfonso Pacheco Serrano


Zaida Zarely Ojeda Pérez


Adriana Janneth Espinosa Ramírez


María Eugenia Morales Puentes


Omaida Sepúlveda Delgado

Mathematics and Statistics

Richard Alexander de la Cruz

Mathematics and Statistics

Martha del Pilar Pacheco

Mathematics and Statistics

Victor Miguel Ángel Burbano Pantoja

Mathematics and Statistics


- Finance Committee:
This committee shall report on income and expenses, prepare the preliminary and final budget, seek the necessary economic resources for the event, establish priorities for expenses, make payments, and shall be made up of the event's organizing committee.

- Programming Committee:

This committee will prepare the schedule of activities with dates and places, choose the topic to be dealt with and the activities to be carried out, structure the technical program, establish the mechanisms for pre-selection, select the speakers and lecturers, select activity coordinators, deliver the papers and works to the organizing committee within the established period for their reproduction and exhibition, structure the social program, prepare the visitors program, set dates for meetings, program pending actions, keep the organizing committee informed, and will be made up of the scientific and organizing committee.

- Support Committee or Logistic Committee:
This committee collaborates in everything related to planning and logistics, reservation of the convention center, assembly of rooms, rental of sound equipment, reproduction of the organizing material of the technical staff and will be formed by Clara Torres and young UPTC researchers.

- Promotion/Public Relations Committee:
This Committee oversees the design and production of the logo, poster, programs, brochures, special stationery, invitations, badges, all other matters related to printed materials, elaboration of banners, opening and closing events, planning and coordination of the protocol with the media, and will be formed by Sara Bernal, Judith Ojeda and Lyda Sanabria.

-Transportation Committee:
This committee coordinates everything related to transportation, coordinates the arrival and departure of delegates and guests at the terminals, coordinates parking services and transportation to the event site, and will be made up of Research Coordinators and delegates of the Organizing Committee.

- Security Committee:
This committee coordinates the entire security operation for special guests, delegates, and participants, monitors the facilities and materials until they are returned to the service provider, verifies the proper functioning of fire prevention systems, coordinates ambulance and first aid services, and will be made up of Integrated Management Systems (SIG) Engr. Paola Iveth Rodríguez Contreras.

Moreover, this committee will oversee reporting to the Internationalization Office, through the respective formats and requirements and on the dates that may be applicable, entry to and movement with the UPTC for international guest researchers. In this regard, the organizing committee will oversee such reports.

- Reception Committee:
This committee welcomes all participants, receives special guests, provides all information about event activities as well as information otherwise required by delegates and guests, and will be composed of the Organizing Committee and young researchers.

- Registration Committee:
This committee coordinates everything related to registration, designs the registration forms, delivers the materials, provides information, and will be formed by Judith Ojeda, Lyda Sanabria and Saray Burbano.

- Accommodation Committee:
This committee selects the different lodging alternatives, contracts the lodging services, distributes the rooms, assigns the rooms to the special guests, and will be formed by Judith Ojeda and Lyda Sanabria.

- Food and Refreshment Committee:
This committee selects the menus for the event (breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, among others), organizes the schedules for the meals, and will be made up of Clara Torres and the Organizing Committee.

-Socio-cultural program committee:
This committee assists in the planning and organization of the social program and will be formed by Judith Ojeda and Lyda Sanabria.

- Photography competition committee:

  • Local Committee
    José Mauricio Díaz Fonseca (Organizador principal)
    Judith Ojeda
    Lyda Sanabria

  • International Committee
    Allan Victor Ribeiro
    Riama Coelho Gouveia

VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences

VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023


The poster for the VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023 is designed to highlight the interconnectedness between the different areas of science and how they work together to solve complex problems. The poster features four characters sitting around a table looking at a world map, where each character symbolizes one of the areas of science: The microscope represents: Biology; Schrödinger's cat: Physics; the compass anchored to mathematical thinking: Mathematics and Statistics; and the Erlenmeyer flask: Chemistry.

In addition, the world map in the center of the poster represents the global vision of science and the idea that scientific knowledge has no boundaries. This design also seeks to encourage the creation and strengthening of partnerships with institutions and researchers with extensive expertise in each of the areas of science.

The VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences – 2023 will be an opportunity to share knowledge and discoveries that will advance the development of science and technology. It is expected that this meeting will allow for closer collaboration between different institutions and science professionals, thus fostering a culture of teamwork and a broader vision of science in the world.

In conclusion, the poster of the VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023 is a graphic representation of how the different areas of science work together to advance scientific knowledge and solve complex problems with social projection. It is hoped that this meeting will allow for closer collaboration between different institutions and science professionals, thus fostering a culture of teamwork and a broader vision of science in the world.

Designer: Sara Juliana Bernal Ojeda

Presentation of the event logo

VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023


This event is of great importance to the scientific community and will be held at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia between October 3rd and 5th, 2023. As is common in events of this nature, it is essential to have a strong and attractive visual identity so that the event is easily recognized. The logo that we will present to you meets these objectives.

The logo of the VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023 is composed of a serotonin molecule which represents the chemical sciences, a fundamental discipline for understanding the nature of matter and its transformation. Inside one of the serotonin rings is a map of Colombia with a hummingbird and orchid, which are examples of national flora and fauna that represent the biological sciences, another essential branch for the study of life and its complexity. The second ring illustrates several physics symbols that represent some type of physical phenomenon discovered throughout history and that are fundamental to the study of the universe and its behavior. These symbols represent the physical sciences. Finally, under the arm containing a radical is a graph of coordinate axes. Complementing each of the visual atoms of serotonin are some symbols that represent the mathematical sciences, disciplines that have been crucial in the evolution of scientific and technological knowledge and that are indispensable in most areas of science.

The combination of these elements represents the interconnection and collaboration between the different scientific disciplines that converge in this important event. The logo will be the visual identity of the VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023, and its use will be fundamental for the event’s recognition.

We hope that this logo will be a distinctive and memorable element that will allow the VI International Meeting of the Faculty of Sciences - 2023 to be recognized and remembered by the scientific community worldwide.

Designer: Sara Juliana Bernal Ojeda

Design Advisors: Judith H. Ojeda S.,

Yereth Burbano V.

and Irina Tatiana Morales Castaño

Judith Helena Ojeda Silva

Judith Helena Ojeda Silva
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)

Background: Bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics, Specialist in Physics Teaching, Master of Physics Science, Doctor of Physics Science, Postdoctoral Experience at the University of Tarapacá, Chile.

Currently, she is a titular professor at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia and director of the Research and Extension Management Center of the Faculty of Sciences (CIEC).  

Previous experience:

  • April 2018 and April 2021 coordinator of the Ph.D. and M.Sc. postgraduate programs in Physical Sciences, UPTC.
  • February 2016 - August 2018 coordinator of the M.Sc. in Physical Sciences, UPTC
  • February 2015- February 2016 director Physics Department, UPTC.
  • January 2014 Postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile.
  • August 2010 - December 2013 director of the Postgraduate School of the Faculty of Sciences, UPTC.
  • January 2004 - June 2012 Assistant Professor, UPTC.
  • January 2003 - December 2003 Assistant professor at Universidad de Cundinamarca, Colombia. January 2002 - December 2002 Auxiliary professor at Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia.

Her research areas are quantum transport, spintronics, molecular systems, and electrical and magnetic properties in low dimensional systems. She is affiliated with the following research groups: Materials Physics Group, the Chemistry-Molecular Physics Group, and Computational Modeling Group Quimol of the UPTC, as well as the Condensed Matter Group of the University of Antioquia.


Irina Morales Castaño

Irina Morales Castaño
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)

Background: Bachelor’s in Biology & Environmental Education, Master of Science in Biology – Systematics, and Doctor of Science in Entomology.

Currently, she is a titular professor in the biology program in the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia and is director of the Postgraduate School of the Faculty of Sciences.

Previous experience:

  • February and December 2022 Director of the Research and Extension Management Center of the Faculty of Sciences (CIEC), UPTC.
  • February 2017 - May 2023 Associate Professor, UPTC.
  • February 2016 – June 2016 Auxiliary Professor at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.
  • February 2005 - December 2005 Assistant Professor at Universidad del Quindío, Colombia.

Her research areas are taxonomy, systematics, and biology of plant bugs (Miridae) and aquatic and semiaquatic bugs (Gerromorpha and Nepomorpha). In addition, she is interested in species distribution, their biogeographic aspects, and how a better understanding of their diversity can lead to improvement in the quality of ecosystems. She is affiliated with the Biological Systematics and Biodiversity and Conservation research groups of the UPTC.


Gloria Astrid Prieto Suárez

Gloria Astrid Prieto Suárez
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)

Background: Bachelor in Chemistry, Specialist in Food Chemistry, Master of Chemistry, and Doctor of Chemistry at the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia and is Director of the School of Chemical Sciences.

Previous experience:

  • August 2016 and April 2018, Coordinator of the Ph.D., M.Sc., and Postgraduate Specialization programs in Chemical Sciences.

Her research areas are Biotechnology, Food Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Natural Products. She is affiliated to the Research Group in Chemistry and Food Technology – GIQTA – of the UPTC.


Margoth Adriana Valdivieso Miranda

Margoth Adriana Valdivieso Miranda
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Background: B.Sc. in Mathematics, M.Sc. in Statistical Sciences, and Ph.D. in Education.

She is currently an Associate Professor at UPTC, Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, peer evaluator of Minciencias, Associate Researcher, member of the Interdisciplinary Group in Sciences-GICI categorized in B. She conducts research in areas related to Statistics and Probability Applied to Sciences, Statistical Education and Didactics of Mathematics, Optimization Methods and New Technologies Applied to Sciences, Methods and Mathematical Thinking Applied to Sciences, Probability and Statistics, Epistemology of Mathematics and Sciences, among others.

She has been distinguished by the International Organization for Inclusion and Quality Education (OIICE) with the Golden Magistral Order and the Award for Educational Excellence, in the Mexico division.


Oscar Julio Medina Vargas

Oscar Julio Medina Vargas
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) Colombia

Professor attached to the School of Chemical Sciences at UPTC, has undergraduate and graduate training in Chemistry and Food Science and Technology, both in Colombia and abroad.

He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at UPTC and has led a research group for more than 20 years and has obtained financial support from several national entities.

As a result of his research work, he has also published several papers in specialized journals and has directed research work and doctoral theses, mainly in Food Science and Polymers


Lyda Jeaneth Sanabria Velásquez

Lyda Jeaneth Sanabria Velásquez
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)

Background: Professional in Food Chemistry and Master of Chemistry at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia.

She is currently an Advisor to the Center for Research Management and Extension of the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia.

Previous experience:

  • July 2016 - December 2019 Assistant Professor at Universidad de Cundinamarca
  • March 2014 - July 2016 Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at UPTC.

Her research areas are electrochemical synthesis and Pt and Pd on activated carbon for oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid. She is affiliated to the Catalysis Group - UPTC.


José Mauricio Diaz Fonseca

José Mauricio Díaz Fonseca
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)

Physicist, graduated in 2020 from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, and currently completing a master's degree in Physical Sciences at the same university. My research focuses on studying the spiral structure of disk galaxies, exploring their characteristics and dynamics. I have experience as a professor at the School of Physics at UPTC (2021-2022), where I have taught various courses in theoretical and experimental physics. In addition, I have actively participated in scientific events and conferences, including the Reunión Anual de la Asociación Argentina de Astronomía in Argentina (2022), the Third Workshop of Astronomy in los Andes in Peru (2018), and the Latin American Regional – IAU Meeting in Chile (2019), where I have had the opportunity to present my research.


Clara Torres García

Clara Inés Torres García
Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)

Clara earned an Associate Degree in Legal Studies from the Universidad Industrial de Santander. She has been working at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) for over 30 years as an administrative assistant of different Schools within the College of Engineering and the Law School and managing the different programs within these schools.

For the past 17 years, she has been working as an assistant of the Research and Extension Management Center of the College of Sciences (known as CIEC) at the UPTC. During this time, she has been helping faculty and students in the different sciences navigate and be informed about the different programs, conferences in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math, research groups available, specialty courses offered (known as diplomados), and other professional development courses offered within the College of Sciences. Clarita, as everyone knows her, really enjoys helping students and professors be informed about the different opportunities to grow, offer support and guidance along the way, and clarify any questions. She is very proactive and if she does not know the answer, she will help you find it!   

Giuseppe Antonio Armando Eramo Liberati

Giuseppe Antonio Armando Eramo Liberati


  • University of Rome II - Doctor of Economy and Commerce
  • University of Rome II - Master of Business Administration
  • University of Rome II - Master in International Business Tax Law
  • Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance: Official Auditor (Revisore Legale)
  • Italian professional accountant “Dottore Commercialista” ODEC Velletri - Rome
  • University of Rome II - Master in Photovoltaic Engineering

Actually, he is the President of the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics, Honorary Professor at the Vladimir State University in Russia, Honorary Doctor at the Georgian Technical University, Coordinator of Internationalization Committee of “Athena” European University for University of Rome Niccolo’ Cusano. 

His research areas are two-dimensional crystals, perovskites, and photovoltaic applications.


Fredy Alvarado Roberto

Fredy Alvarado Roberto
Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales
Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT),
San Luis Potosí́, México.

Bachelor’s in biology (UPTC), Master of Biological Sciences (Biodiversity, INECOL, Mexico), Doctor of Biological Science (Ecology, INECOL, Mexico), Postdoctoral Experience at the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB, Brazil).

He is a titular professor and research at The Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosi, IPICYT (Federal Research Center) since 2022. From 2020 to 2022 was a visiting associate professor at the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), Brazil working at the Department of Agriculture, Postgraduate Program in Agroecology. From 2018 to 2020 was Postdoctoral research at the Postgraduate Program in Biodiversity Department of Agricultural Sciences, Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), Brazil. From 2009 to 2017 he did his postgraduate studies at INECOL, Mexico. While a graduate student he worked with several NGOs in Mexico and Colombia focused on biological conservation and natural resource management. He also worked with public and private companies in training on topics related to data management and analysis of biological information.

His research lines are Global Environmental Change, Landscape and urban Ecology, Biostatistics and Zoology. He is currently part of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI level 1). He has conducted research in tropical ecosystems immersed in landscapes of human use in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. He has more than 10 years of experience in spatial analysis, remote sensing and mathematical modelling in ecology and biodiversity. Knowledge in the use of the software: Google Earth Engine, ARCMAP, QGIS, PHYTON and R.


José Alejandro Baeza Reyes

José Alejandro Baeza Reyes
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM.

Undergraduate in Chemist, Biology and Pharmacy, Master in Analytical Chemistry, Master of Physics Science, Doctorate in Analytical Chemistry by National  University of Mexico, UNAM.

He is a titular professor at the of Analytical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry, UNAM, since 1979.  Chief of micro electroanalytical chemistry group.

His research lines are Analytical micro-Electrochemistry: sensors and biosensors, trace metal speciation, pharmaceutical, food, environmental and biochemical electroanalysis. Experimental Teaching Innovation in Analytical Education.

National and International professor of Microscale Analytical Chemistry (Low-Cost Minimal Instrumentation with Locally Produced Materials). Research collaborator in Spain, France, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chili, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico.

Ungraduate and graduate  with honors.

Young professors National University Prize, 1997.

National Prize of Chemistry by Mexican Chemical Society, 2015.

Best Poster Prize 66th ISE Taipei. Taiwan International Society of Electrochemistry Meeting. 2015.


Wanderson José Lambert

Wanderson José Lambert
Science and Technology Institute - Federal University of Alfenas – UNIFAL–MG – Brazil

Holder of a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mathematics from UNICAMP, Brazil, and a Doctorate from IMPA under the guidance of Professor Dan Marchesin. Completed postdoctoral studies at IMPA twice and he has conducted several short research visits there over the course of several years in this institute. Additionally, pursued postdoctoral studies at Brown University under the guidance of Professor Constantine Dafermos.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology associated with the Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL-MG). Previously,  he was a professor at UFRRJ in Rio de Janeiro. Pioneered as the first coordinator of postgraduate studies in Mathematical Modeling at UFRRJ. Currently co-advising doctoral theses at UNICAMP.

A speaker at various congresses across Brazil, the USA, and Europe, spanning applied and pure mathematical domains, as well as engineering and applications. Undertook visiting research in the Netherlands and the USA and held a visiting professorship at UNICAMP in 2020-2021. Successful coordination of projects and events supported by state research agencies (CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ, FAPEMIG).

Research expertise lies in Differential Equations, analysis, and numerical analysis, primarily focusing on Hyperbolic systems of equations, particularly in conservation laws and balance laws. Conducted comprehensive studies encompassing theoretical, numerical, and practical aspects, notably in fluid dynamics, with application in transporf in porous media. 

Engaged in collaborations with researchers from esteemed institutions across the globe, including Brazil (IMPA, UNICAMP, UNIFAL, UFRGS, UFJF, UFRJ, and more), Colombia (UPTC, ITM), the USA (Brown University, Wyoming University, Los Alamos Laboratory), the Netherlands (Delft University), and Spain (Valladolid University).


Ruth Fabiola Peña Correa

Ruth Fabiola Peña Correa
PhD | Expert in cocoa processing | R&D

Academic background:

Food Chemist (UPTC-Tunja), Master in Food Science and Technology (UNAL-Medellín), Spc Technology management and innovation (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana - Medellín), and PhD in Food Science (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands)

Expertise in cocoa processing:

Six years of experience as an R&D Product Developer Specialist at Compañía Nacional de Chocolates.

PhD thesis addressed understanding the Maillard Reaction in cocoa under the roasting process and how a less carbon footprint technique can improve the formation of desirable aroma compounds and the digestibility of melanoidins.

Research areas:

Maillard Reaction, Analysis of volatile compounds via GC-MS, Formation of thermal contaminants (e.g. HMF, Acrylamide), Thermal processes modeling, and Physicochemical and physiological properties of food Melanoidins.

Actually, she is a member of the Maillard Reaction Society.


 Isabel Iriepa Canalda

Isabel Iriepa Canalda

  • PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain).
  • Postdoctoral stay at Duke University in North Carolina (EEUU) (1989), with Prof. Bert Fraser Reid, working on the synthesis of natural products from carbohydrates.
  • Postdoctoral stay (1989/1990) in Sheffield (England), in the group of Prof. Fraser Stoddart (Nobel Prize 2016), working in Supramolecular Chemistry.
  • From 2004 to 2019, my research topics had mainly focused on the use of Computational Chemistry for the design and performance, at the molecular level, of new pharmacologically active compounds.
  • Secretary of the Department of Organic Chemistry (1999-2003).
  • Secretary of the Faculty of Chemistry (2006-2012).
  • First Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry, Associate Dean of Chemistry (2012-2017).
  • Principal Investigator (PI) of the group DISCOBAC in the Health Research Institute of Castilla la Mancha (IDISCAM).
  • Actually, I am Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry and PI of a research group collaborating with many international groups and with funded research projects. My research topics focuses on the synthesis and computational study of biologically active molecules.



Dra. Yudy Liliana Tibaduiza Roa

Cargo Actual: Coordinadora Académica Cátedra UNESCO Diplomacia y Patrimonio de la Ciencia en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Científica colombiana interesada en el diálogo intercultural de saberes como mecanismo de entendimiento regional e internacional. Realizó sus estudios de biología en la Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, posteriormente continuó con la Maestría en Ciencias en Recursos Naturales y Desarrollo Rural en el Colegio de la Frontera Sur y con el Doctorado en Ciencias en Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico para la Sociedad en el Cinvestav; cuenta con una amplia experiencia en desarrollo de proyectos con impacto social en México y Colombia desde una visión de la paradiplomacia y el desarrollo endógeno para el manejo y uso de los recursos naturales. Actualmente las líneas de investigación en las que trabaja son Diplomacia de la Ciencia, Patrimonio Científico y Patrimonio Biocultural. Es Miembro honorifico del Consejo Social Consultivo del Patrimonio Cultural, Natural y Biocultural de la Ciudad De México, Líder académica de la Red SDSN-México y Líder de Internacionalización de la OWSD Colombia.

Deywis Moreno López

Deywis Moreno López
Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN) Colombia.

Bachelor in Physics (UNAL), Master of Physics and Doctor of Natural Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University at Mainz, Germany.

Actually, he is an associate professor at the Universidad Antonio Nariño de Colombia and director of the Doctoral program in Natural and Exacts Sciences ate the UAN.

During his doctoral studies he worked at the ATLAS experiment of the LHC helping with  efficiency studies of the forward electrons identification. As a result of this work a more precise measurement of the ZZ production cross-section was achieved. After that, he moved to Colombia and started to collaborate with ATLAS  group of the UAN performing standard model precision measurements and searching for beyond standard model physics, specifically looking for heavy neutral leptons at the LHC data. Currently he is involved in the design and construction of one of the next generation of neutrino detectors, named as DUNE. In DUNE he is having a leading role in the design of the electronics for the Photon Detection System, serving as convenor of the working group since 2017.


José Rafael Tovar Cuevas

José Rafael Tovar Cuevas
Universidad del Valle (UNIVALLE) Colombia.

Bachelor in Statistics, Mater in Statistics, Doctor of Statistics Science, Postdoctoral Experience at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Actually, I am titular professor at the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Statistician with a postgraduate degree in statistics. I have a 25-year career as a statistics professor for students from different knowledge areas and for seven years I was professor in statistics courses for psychology students at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali. I have participated in research projects that aim to design instruments to measure psychological traits and one of my greatest research interests is the use of the theory of latent variables and reflective models for psychological traits measurement. Also, I have experience in health research studies, both in clinical and basic sciences. From statistics, my topic of interest is the use and development of Bayesian inference methods applied to studies related to the physical and mental health of individuals. And I have also developed studies that produce statistical methodology with the inclusion of theory construction that supports the proposed methodology. I have participated as author or co-author in 89 articles published in internationally indexed journals, in the training of 65 undergraduate students in statistics, 25 master's students in different areas of knowledge (Statistics, Epidemiology, Economics, and Engineering) and five doctoral students (Health, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Positions and Employment
1997-2002; 2005-2007 and 2015-2017 Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, Colombia. 2011-2013 Professor at Escuela de Medicina Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá Colombia. 2014-present Professor, Escuela de Estadística Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

Other Experience and Professional Memberships
2015- One-year postdoctoral internship at the Department of Community Health of the Faculty of Health of the University of Sao Paulo Brazil. 


Carlos Jesús Muvdi Nova

Carlos Jesús Muvdi Nova
Universidad Industrial de Santander

Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, Master in Process Engineering, Doctor in Process Engineering.

At present, he is a titular professor at the Universidad Industrial de Santander and researcher in the Food Science and Technology Research Group – CICTA. He has served as director of the Chemical Engineering School and Deputy director of the Institute of Regional Projection and Distance Education IPRED, at the same university.

His research interests are focused on process design, food product formulation, process modeling and simulation, membrane separation processes, and by-product recovery.

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Información actualizada: 22 de septiembre de 2023