As part of the project, I had the chance to give a four-day course to the doctoral students of UNALM in the beginning of April. My topic was Plant secondary metabolites and health. In addition to the doctoral candidates, the course was open to other students and staff who were interested. I also served as a visiting lecturer of a course related to analytical methods used in food sciences.
My course was given in English, partly because of my limited skills in Spanish and partly because the doctoral students are required to have training in English during their studies. After all, Doctoral Programme in Food Sciences requires that the students write a scientific paper in English.
This was my fourth trip to Peru and UNALM. At that point of the Spring, the weather in Finland was rather lousy so it was refreshing to travel to the sunshiny Lima. This time I also had the change to travel to Ballestas Islands (“poor man’s Galapagos”) in Ica area to see some penguins, as well as to see and experience the sand dunes of Huacachina.
Dr. Jukka-Pekka Suomela, Dept. of Biohemistry, Turku University