Covid-19 pandemic is not an obstacle to resume research stays
Covid-19 is there and may be with us for a
while, but research, like life itself, has to go on. We have talked with some
members of the Group who, despite the circumstances, maintained their plans to
carry out a research stay in other universities.
is a pre-doctoral researcher at
the Department of Financial Economics and Accounting of the University of Vigo,
and a member of the RGEAF research group. Roberto has just begun his stay at
the Autonomous University of Madrid.
For this researcher the most
difficult thing has been the search for accommodation. The University of
destination did not have any problem to accept his arrival and it put
everything in his favor. "The situation generated by the Covid-19 has
caused many accommodation companies to reduce their offer", says the
researcher. No PCR test was performed on her arrival, but he plans to do one
before returning to our community.
He says that it never
crossed his mind to miss this opportunity. "I think that the situation
affects the development of the stay as it affects the life of everyone in
general. Nevertheless, the research activity continues, and we must continue to
do all possible activities with the required caution".
Beyond his optimism and
illusion, the researcher recognizes that the circumstances can affect the normal
continuity of the project. "The situation limits the activities you can do
but you have to adapt because the project is still going on and you have to do
it. The most negative point is that social interactions and the ability to
obtain networks are reduced, what is one of the main objectives of any stay.
Virtual interactions increase because of the complexity of the situation, which
requires greater precautions", the student clarifies.
Another ECOBAS researcher
who is doing a research stay is Jesús López
, Professor of Fundamentals of
Economic Analysis at the University of Coruña, where he has been teaching since
1999, and senior researcher in the C+D Group. Professor López will finish his
experience at the University of Extremadura on October 30.
The professor did not think at any time to postpone
the stay but he did modify his initial plans. "In my case I have been
making regular stays in the first semester of the course, usually outside
Spain. On this occasion, on the one hand due to potential eventualities
associated with the pandemic (quarantines, risks of illness outside the
country, etc.), and on the other hand due to the interest in the project I
proposed by the receiving center, I decided to do it in Spain since the above
mentioned eventualities are minimized and in addition research interests are
aligned with those of the receiving center".
"The planning of the stay in these circumstances
required more precise coordination of the dates of the stay and a reduction in
the time I had initially thinking due to a potential new confinement or second
wave of the Covid 19", says the investigator. However, he has made the
trip in his own car and is staying at a friend home, so he has not encountered
the problems of the researcher Roberto Graña in terms of accommodation.
Professor López is also optimistic and believes that
the situation will not affect the experience and the project. "Thanks to
tools such as Zoom or Teams many meetings to discuss issues related to my
projects can be carried out in a telematic way. In my case the stay is
developing normally within what is the new situation. In the face-to-face
meetings we follow the sanitary protocols but we do make more use of telematic
tools to comment on the progress of the project", explains the professor.
is also a
pre-doctoral researcher in the Department of Financial Economics and Accounting
at the University of Vigo and a member of the RGEAF research group. Belén began
its stay at the OECD in Paris on 14 September and she will continue until 15
January next year.
The researcher states
that her stay has hardly been affected by the situation and everything is going
to happen as planned. She has not had problems to make the trip, the prices of
the planes have dropped and have maintained several daily departures from
Galicia. In the case of housing has not been difficult to find but prices in
the French city have remained high. The Reception Centre has supported the
student from the outset and has not shown any reluctance to maintain the
project. Vallina believes that the situation will not change her plans and is
carrying out her research alternating face-to-face work and telework with rigid
protocols that are reviewed weekly.
It is clear that
research does not stop at a time when society depends on it. We hope that our
researchers will have good experience, that they will not be diminished by the
situation, and that the knowledge acquired during their stay will help them to
continue their research back in Galicia.