According to the agreement of University of Girona (Spain) and Dnipropetrovsk State Agrarian and Economic University two PhD students – Svitlana Mykolenko and Olena Onischenko – and master student have been going through research activities in University of Girona for four months (September–December) with a grant of Erasmus+KA-107 Program. They got advantage to be easily integrated in an EU research group and the possibility to interact and maintain relationships with people of the UdG research community during a relatively long period of time.
Young scientists were involved in two research groups as following: Soil Science of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Agriculture and Food Technology and the group of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry of the Department of Chemistry. These groups scientific supervisors assisted them strengthen the analytical skills through field and laboratory work devoted to study pollution issues of food chain in a highly contaminated area with heavy metals. Their research activities included the use of modern sophisticated analytical methods and instrumentation such as inductively coupled-plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES), X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), scanned electronic microscope (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDXRA) and X-ray crystallography.
The chance to study abroad granted by EU program brought Svitlana Mykolenko and Olena Onischenko developing of problem-solving skills and enhancing interdisciplinary and international relationships. This kind of opportunity should be further promoted by giving to young scientists the possibility to enrich their expertise by approaching different view of research performance and be advantaged for future professions.