The value of TRIL, as seen by its fellows, is not simply restricted to the work done under the Program, but includes the boost it provided to many researchers in developing their careers, most of them highly successful. Some Fellows have expressly stated that they learnt how to do research, from choosing the right problems to tackling them with free inquiry. Some have also noted how the Fellowship gave them opportunities to form and maintain several long-term scientific associations with Italian scientists - who, in many cases, later become personal friends. The skills developed through the TRIL period took the Fellows to higher levels of performance later, and the experience made it possible for the Fellows to explore their research potential far better. This is indeed the gratifying facet of TRIL.
Other positive features of TRIL, are the access that the Program provided to modern equipment, and, in several instances, the impetus that this exposure provided them to build or establish similar facilities in their own countries. Many Fellows assess the working conditions in Italian laboratories to be on par with those in other developed nations, sometimes rendered better by the social ease with which Italians take to collaborative work. For a number of Fellows, TRIL provided a turning point for the better. They rejoiced the access to outstanding scientists and equipment, freedom to pursue their work under the watch of a gentle guiding hand. What more does a motivated young scientist need?
Most Fellows are thrilled by their exposure to Italy as a country, with much to offer in terms of culture (including, of course, its famous cuisine). It is remarkable how uniformly enthusiastic the TRIL Fellows are about Italy, and how Fellows from countries as diverse as Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Morocco and Nigeria - to name a few - feel that Italy is quite close to their own. This kinship shows the vastness of the Italian culture and its extraordinary vicissitude, with different aspects of it striking sympathetic notes with different peoples! Even the language, a barrier for many, did not seem to dampen their enjoyment of Italy and its people.
The following comments were received from our fellows:
Julius Ibukun AGBOOLA, Nigeria
"My six-month research fellowship period at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) in Frascati, Rome, was very productive and a most rewarding experience. The TRIL Programme is an excellent chance for scientists from developing countries to join research groups in Italy for acquiring experience with the modern techniques in physics and chemistry and other experimental sciences. Moreover, the TRIL Fellowship is a very good opportunity to communicate with the scientific community, not only inside Italy, but worldwide as well. The TRIL Programme is really a prosperous activity."
Leslie AVEYTUA ALCAZAR, Mexico
"I completed my PhD in oceanography at Baja California University, Mexico, specializing in biogeochemistry modelling. My dissertation, was primarily focused on using a coupled model to study nutrient cycling, dissolved organic matter and microbial ecology in a coastal lagoon in Baja California, Mexico. As a postdoc, I applied for a fellowship at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), through the TRIL (Training and Research in Italian Laboratories) programme, to join the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS). This fellowship provided me with an opportunity to apply my background in biogeochemistry modelling, in other coastal environments. I worked and discussed with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, learning more about their research, and connecting them to others. Another important aspect of my training was "experiential learning", which added a personal connection and fuelled my passion to forward science. One of the most important lessons I learned in this programme was the value of a scientific working group.I enjoyed the opportunity to encourage new research, and I can say that education can take you places you have never even considered."
NajeemA.A. BABARINDE, Nigeria
"The TRIL Fellowship was very inspiring, productive and highly rewarding. The Programme provided me with an excellent opportunity of exposure to advanced research in new areas of Medical Physics. It also provided the forum for interaction and collaboration with international scholars from around the world. My host and her research team members became 'my Italian family' who spent their precious time on me."
Reda M. EL-SHISTAWY, Egypt
"Renewable energy continues to attract the interest of many researchers. The ICTP has an excellent programme, which provides the opportunity to active researchers from developing countries, to pursue their research in Italian laboratories. My current research project is on how to mimic nature in harvesting solar energy. Since 2011, the ICTP has given me the opportunity to regularly visit Synchrotron as a TRIL Fellow in order to promote my research project. I think that my visits have greatly improved my academic career. This is a place where you can have intellectual communications and build collaborations with many researchers on a national and international level. I will always be thankful for the great support received from the ICTP-TRIL and Synchrotron people for providing me the facilities and the suitable research environment."
Portia FELIX, Trinidad
"Receiving the TRIL fellowship has been life-changing. Currently, there is no comparable programme offering in the field of oceanography in the Caribbean, as this area of research is just entering our region. I felt fortunate to be given this opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge in this niche. And what better way to be taught than to be fully immersed in an institution so deeply dedicated to the field of oceanography. My time at the OGS-National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics has benefitted me academically and professionally. Not only was it a chance for networking and making global collaborations, but by choosing to adapt to this new society and culture, I also experienced life and academia from a different perspective, yet showing my Caribbean background at the same time. I encourage anyone to be open to new experiences, let go off the familiar and challenge yourself!! Take advantage of the fellowship programme. I would definitely do it again!!!"
Shehab Mansour HASSAN, Egypt
"The period of my stay at ENEA UTTP-NANO in Portici Research Centre, Naples, through the TRIL Programme, gave me a positive impact, which added to my experience in the field of polymer/nanomaterial nanocomposites. I also had the opportunity to get practical knowledge of modern equipment, tools and techniques used in our studies, in particular in the methods of synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites used in hybrid bulk heterojunction solar cells. This possibility opened the door to transfer and sharing of scientific, technical and research experiences with host scientists in the strategic field of nano-technology for highly technological devices."
INDRIYATI, Republic of Korea
"The research experience I gained by working in an Italian laboratory is invaluable, and I believe it will be a benefit in the future. This programme should be maintained to help researchers from developing countries like me, in expanding their knowledge by working with internationally known expertise."
Yeliz ISCAN ALP, Turkey
I was really satisfied with the programme as most targets were achieved succesfully and I am really grateful to have had this opportunity... the things I learnt during the fellowship, will be very useful for my future PhD work.
Shiva JAFARKHANI, India
I obtained a TRIL fellowship from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, to join the Structural Biology Laboratory at Elettra (Sincrotrone, Trieste, Italy). The fellowship gave me a great opportunity to work in a very good scientific environment under the supervision of an excellent scientist. Moreover, it gave me an opportunity to live in a very beautiful city like Trieste, which was absolutely pleasant.
Kifayat Ullah KHAN, Pakistan
"The ICTP/ TRIL Fellowship Programme is a broad structure which provides a basic frame to industrial and basic research, a back bone for any country. Developing countries in particular, can discover new directions in agriculture, environment, industry and energy sectors. My main goals were to get an overview of life science with regard to renewable energy and its future from key leading international scientists, researchers and policy makers, to contribute towards innovative solutions, and to exchange and network with other research fellows and colleagues coming from around the world and sharing the same interest for life science (Renewable Energy). Being a TRIL Fellow, I experienced the high standard of the ICTP/TRIL Fellowship Programme: the trust demonstrated made me strong and keen to present my best efforts in each regard. I know that the ICTP/ TRIL Fellowship Programme joins people from various countries of the world and they perceive diverse perspectives on different issues, while sharing views and experiences with each other. The TRIL Fellow conveys the message of knowledge from the centre of the city to the periphery. Being a TRIL Fellow was essential for my social and academic growth. I will utilize the diverse achievements gained, not only for my country, but also for the entire humanity."
Utkan KOLAT, Turkey
"The opportunity that the ICTP provided to me through the TRIL Programme, has not only helped me to improve my programming skills, but also to dig into the field of Oceanography, a field which I did not have any prior experience. Besides the gains in the scientific side, I met a lot of wonderful people from different parts of the world, which always makes me feel good."
Sumeet KUMAR, India
"The whole concept of the ICTP/TRIL Fellowship is to make advanced lab facilities available to researchers from under developed/developing countries: facilities which cannot be found easy in their home countries. The TRIL Fellowship has provided me with the possibility to prove my mettle and has made me stronger: intellectually and psychologically. This together with the kind and gentle staff at the ICTP offices in Trieste, it doesn't matter where one goes; one will never forget the experience and should thereby thrive to give his/her best, in order to give something in return for this auspicious fellowship."
Hassan Taiwo LATEEF, Nigeria
"During the visit, my work concentrated on the experimental form of radiotherapy known as boron neutron capture therapy. The training I received provided me with opportunities to conduct high-quality research and to study the latest advances in physics. The scientific activities I attended at the ICTP and at the University of Trieste, advanced my knowledge of technology in the field of Medical Physics and encouraged me to develop interest in simulation. The high-level gathering of top scientists at ICTP gave me an opportunity to relate with many scientists from different countries. I wish to continue my research work on both the experimental and theoretical form of radiotherapy, because medical digital imaging devices and techniques are scarce in Nigeria, and knowledge of these advanced medical tools and training on these tools is very important for the future."
Frances Caroline LOPEZ, Philippines
The ICTP - TRIL programme provided me with an opportunity to work on cutting edge science in Italy. During my fellowship, I got to work with the SYRMEP group of the University of Trieste - Physics Department and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Trieste Section. With this programme, I was able to continue some of the research activities that I carried out with the same group during my PhD at the University of Trieste. The availability of well-equipped laboratories and advanced instrumentation, under the supervision of top-level experts in Trieste, helped me to gain good experience on detector development required in medical physics research. The TRIL programme gave me opportunities to enlarge my knowledge in this field and has inspired me to go further in this realm of research. The cultural impact of my stay in Trieste was positive. I came across friendly people. Trieste, as a multi-cultural city exposed me to diversity. Life in this part of Italy was never dull, with various stories to tell.
Gauri Ajit MAHADIK, India
"At the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, the work atmosphere is scientifically stimulating and cheerful. My supervisor was extremely supportive and helped me to organize my work. She personally guided and trained me in managing and setting up the grazing experiment, which was an important part of my project. She was very much involved and encouraging in all the training I undertook. My experience in Naples was impressive. The people were extremely friendly and warm."
Amna Abdalla MOHAMMED KHALED, Sudan
During my TRIL fellowship, the work I performed was one of the perspectives of my previous research undertaken with the Postgraduate Diploma in Condensed Matter Physics at ICTP. I carried out different experiments to study the dsDNA molecules and the dsDNA-MCM (mini-chromosome maintenance) interaction using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). I also learnt a lot from my colleagues at the Nanostructure Lab in Elettra. This TRIL fellowship was the perfect opportunity for my career.
Subhrangsu MUKHERJEE, India
"The past couple of years were one of the most important growth periods of my scientific career, thanks to the opportunity offered by the ICTP through the TRIL Fellowship Programme. Despite being an Institute for predominantly theoretical research, I was overwhelmed by the wonderful support provided by the ICTP for our experimental project carried out at Synchrotron Trieste. The presentation of our research work at various international meetings was also of immense benefit. The training helped me to acquire and develop new technical skills and expertise while working in frontier areas of physics using synchrotron radiation. The various programmes and the support offices of the ICTP, made life in the picturesque city of Trieste all the more easier. I also take this opportunity to thank my supervisor and colleagues for all their guidance, advice and help that provided me with a great overall experience."
Shyam Sunder NANDWANI, Costa Rica
"Through the TRIL Programme, I made some short visits (1-2 days) to some Italian Laboratories to acquire/share some useful information, invite some Italian speakers to our seminars/workshops, and make contacts for my research/dissemination work. As a result of my last visit to the Sapienza University of Rome, three Italian students visited our laboratory for 2-3 weeks for a joint project on solar ponds and windmills. I thank the ICTP for the opportunities given to me."
Muzi NDWANDWE OSMAN, South Africa
"I would like to thank the ICTP, for the several visits I made to undertake research at the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (TASC). I came to Italy to learn more about Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) as we were using these for the development of Fuel Cells (membranes). The work done with TASC has opened my eyes (and those of my research partners back in South Africa). I think I now have a very good understanding of how CNTs form and the parameters of importance when one makes them. The assistance received from the TRIL Programme, has helped my country towards its goal of having more qualified individuals. The TRIL Programme has enabled us to have access to equipment that we do not have in South Africa. These good facilities help us to publish in high impact journals. All my visits to Italy have been very pleasant. I thank the staff of the ICTP, especially those attached to the TRIL Programme for their assistance and friendly service during my visits."
Thusitha Bandara NIMALSIRI, Sri Lanka
"I am sincerely greatful to the TRIL programme and the ICTP for providing me with this immense opportunity in a time that my Institute and I faced problems in continuing our work. With the help of the training we can now carry on with our research efficiently and continue to publish our work in the future."
Joice Sophia PONRAJ, India
"Starting from laboratory environment, safety training to handling a MOVPE reactor, seminars and various conferences, the AFM training course motivated my research career very much. It was a fabulous experience to handle a MOVPE reactor to grow semiconducting epilayers for thermo photovoltaic applications. My supervisor and all persons in the research group at the host laboratory IMEM-Parma were very friendly and co-operative throughout my period of stay. Apart from the scientific aspect, it's a great opportunity to interact with devoted people, their culture and society. I had a really wonderful time in Italy. Thanks to the ICTP-TRIL Programme and all related people for their kind support, which has given me a great international research experience.
"Riva Eliniaina RAJAOMAHEFASOA, Madagascar
"My visit to the Istituto di Geologia Ambientale e Geoingegneria (CNR-IGAG) in Rome was fruitful. Thanks to the financial support of the TRIL Programme, this experience allowed me to finish writing part of my thesis, especially, the hydro chemical section. During my visit we went many times in the field for geochemical surveys and gamma ray measurements. I gained experience and found further ways to improve the scientific aspects of my thesis works. I would like to clarify that one of the most important things I did was to gain experience on new survey and analytical techniques along with the possibility to exchange experiences that can be useful for the development of my country. I really hope in a follow up with the support from the TRIL Programme for the continuation of my research and wish to return to IGAG to finalize my work, and complete my technical and scientific experience. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. M. Spadoni for having agreed to collaborate with my laboratory at the IOGA Madagascar and for his will to continue this collaboration."
Waraport RATTANONGPHISAT, Thailand
"I wish to express my gratitude to the ICTP TRIL, Training Research in Italian Laboratory Programme, for the one year research fellowship experience in Italy. This experience allowed me not only to extend and exchange my research knowledge, but also encouraged cultural learning. The administrative staff of the ICTP TRIL Programme are kind, efficient and helpful for everything that relates to the research fellow. I am impressed and happy to have known them. I would also like to extend my thanks to my supervisor and his research group at the Politecnico di Milano for their warm and kind working environment. I enjoyed my time in the Italian laboratory and am grateful for the opportunity I have received from TRIL. I look forward to continuing the collaboration with the ICTP TRIL, colleagues and friends, who I met in Italy."
Zulima Caridad RIVERA ALVAREZ, Cuba
"My experience as a TRIL Fellow has been very positive because thanks to the TRIL Programme and the collaboration with the RISK Group of the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), I have accomplished some activities for my PhD research. The scientific results achieved at the OGS are part of the National Centre for Seismic Research (CENAIS) in Cuba, with a research project about Hazard Seismic of Eastern Cuba using soil typologies. The programme also offers the possibility of exchanging experiences and results among specialists of diverse countries, as well as providing information on new programmes and methodologies that will be used in my research. Some training was also undertaken on the use of Besoil a programme for 2-D modelling. The results of this training were presented in some publications, conferences and International congresses. During my visit to the OGS and the ICTP Library, I reviewed and collected a notable amount of papers, books and scientific material, very important not only to improve my present and future work in my country, but also useful for the colleagues at my home Institution."
Julio Cesar RIMEDA HERRERA, Cuba
"The TRIL experience has been a pillar stone in my formation as a scientific researcher. I spent the first year at the IMEM-CNR in Parma, where I learnt about electrical characterization of materials and devices. Currently I am increasing my understanding of nanostructured solar cells, in the SENSOR Laboratory. Working and developing my postgraduate formation in Italian laboratories, marked my scientific and personal life, and I extend my deep gratitude for being able to have these opportunities."
Hanan SA'ADEH, Jordan
I greatly acknowledge ICTP for funding this fellowship through the TRIL Programme. I am also grateful for all their support to participate in an international conference during my fellowship, and to purchase a license for the requested software for data analysis. I would like to thank the staff and users of the Gas Phase beamline for the fruitful discussions and good companionship during the beamtime.
Wasan Rashid SALEH, Iraq
"My experience in the ICTP Programme for Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) was new and great. It provided me with the chance to work in advance laboratories under the supervision of Italian scientists, which was a good experience and bestowed knowledge in new subjects. During this fellowship, I had a wonderful group of friends from my team of work and hope we will continue contacts with each other."
Rimpy SHUKLA, India
"I had a great experience working at the CNR-IMM in Bologna, as a researcher. I learnt many things during my stay in Italy. Firstly to overcome the language problem, I learnt a little Italian from my colleagues. Furthermore, they also explained everything to me relating to my research and experimental part. I am very thankful to them."
Rachik SOUALAH, Algeria
"My current research field is in Experimental High Energy Physics. The ICTP TRIL Programme was very useful in many aspects for my research as an experimentalist, and was very important to achieve my projects. My research work would not have been possible without the support of the TRIL Programme and I am highly indebted to my supervisors for their guidance and constant direction as well as for providing the necessary information for my projects and also for their support in completing these projects at Udine University and the ICTP. I will never forget their advice and useful discussions that boosted me morally and scientifically, and which assisted me in selecting the right research methodologies. Furthermore, I would like to thank all my colleagues at the Udine ATLAS group, for simplifying my introduction to the ATLAS analysis tools framework and all its related devices. I found a very good working environment inside the Udine ATLAS group, which allowed me to gain very good expertise on many physics aspects. The TRIL Programme gave me the chance as a member of the Udine ATLAS group to collaborate on experimental physics topics with an international research team at CERN, all coming from different countries, during a very exciting period for the LHC."
Bidini Alade TALEATU, Nigeria
"During my five month ICTP-TRIL Fellowship, I worked in the Micro & Nano Carbon LSM unit within the Surface Science Division at the Elettra Synchrotron Light Source Laboratory. In this period I participated in a number of joint research activities involving the use of synchrotron radiation for samples growth and characterisation. TRIL was very helpful to my research work: One paper has already been published and another one is currently being prepared. I look forward to acquiring another TRIL Fellowship if possible."
Manju UNNIKRISHNAN, India
"I am a proud recipient of a fellowship within the Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) Programme instituted by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. This fellowship provided me with an opportunity to work in the Advanced Photoelectric Effect (APE) beamline of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)-Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) housed in Elettra Synchrotron Light Source in Trieste. The period that I spent in Trieste contributed immensely to my scientific, as well as, personal growth. It gave me access to one of the best experimental research facilities at the APE beamline, providing me an opportunity to participate in the latest scientific research programmes, interacting with a lively and competent research group, which would not have been possible otherwise. I also got assistance under the TRIL Programme to attend various conferences across Europe, where I could present my research work and interact with eminent scientists in my field of work. On the personal front, coming from a small village in India, I was really sceptical initially as to how the life in Trieste will treat me. However, the life, culture and people in Trieste influenced me to such an extent that I ended up staying there for four years. I recollect with immense gratitude the role played by each staff member of the ICTP in making the life of foreign nationals like us, feel at home in the new place. I look forward to continuing my collaborations with the ICTP to keep up with the advancing world of scientific research."
Berhanu Wondimu ZEWDE, Ethiopia
"I am working in the area of solid electrolyte for lithium ion battery. I got a chance to work in one of the best laboratories in Europe. My appreciation is profound to the ICTP/TRIL Programme that gave me the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable supervisor and his enthusiastic hard working research group. Thanks to this programme, I had an excellent experience in my life. Now I am able to work and use different techniques and instruments in the area of battery."
Akbota Zheniskizi ZHENISSOVA, Kazakhstan
"Thanks to my supervisor and his research team, I learnt many new things, which was a good experience for me. Participation in the ICTP-TRIL Programme has given me the opportunity to meet new likeminded scientists and foster innovative ideas. It was of great encouragement for my scientific growth. The opportunity to listen to experts in the field from both academia and industry, and compare with other Ph.D. colleagues, contributes greatly to personal and professional growth. I am grateful to the ICTP for giving me this chance to meet and speak to so many people and gain information from scientists who are leaders in their field. Thank you for all you have done for me, for the community and for everything!"