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A journey from a primary school in Aguachica, Colombia, to a professorship in the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland


Juan Carlos Colmenares Q. started his education in a small, foresty place around Aguachica city at Las Americas” primary school. A place surrounded by nature and its inspirational values, with ambitious and hard working teachers. A school without a library and without bathrooms for students — only one for the staff members. 

After three years he moved to Gabriela Mistral” primary school which they used to call La Sabanita”. At that time Juan received his first diploma of school graduation from profesor Amparo with a distinction of Excellent scores”. Among his genuine pursue of knowledge this little achievement spurred him to deepen science even further and finally led him to move to Poland thanks to a scholarship programme.

In Poland he got captivated by the professors and scientists at Warsaw University of Technology, their values and titles that comes with discipline and dedication to science. Passion to go after this way of life led him to work for professor George A. Olah (The Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 1994) at the University of Southern California, USA. After 3 years of post-doc scientific internship Juan returned to Poland thanks to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme.

Now Juan Carlos have done one more step in his education — The Professorship” — a scientific degree recognised all over the world and signed by a president of Poland — Andrzej Duda.

In his own words: Receiving this prestigious title is deeply connected with the principles in science field one should follow — like passion, consistency, collaboration, sincerity and resilience. Thanks from the depth of my heart to all of the people that supported me during this wonderful journey in the name of education. Let the energy of the universe bless you! Sincerely and always yours, Juan Carlos”.

We congratulate Juan Carlos Colmenares Q. for his achievement and we will continue to get inspired by his endeavours in science and technology — Sincerely, Photo-catalysis research group, IPC PAS. 

A journey from a primary school in Aguachica, Colombia, to a professorship in the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland
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