Alina recently spent three weeks in Valparaíso, Chile taking part in an exchange program organized within the framework of the ECOS-ANID international cooperation program. The ECOS-ANID project (#C21B01) funded by the French ministries MAEDI (Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International) and MENESR (Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche), as well as the Chilean national agency for research and development (ANID) with support from the Plan de Fortalecimiento de Universidades del Estado (CUECH) – RED21992.

During a seminar held at the UPLA, she presented the overall aims of the GMOS Train project and her specific Ph.D. project entitled: “Methylated Mercury Compounds in Coastal Ecosystems: Experimental Speciation Approaches and Biogeochemical Transformations”. This international seminar provided a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas about the complex biogeochemical cycle of Hg in coastal environments and to foster interdisciplinary exchange among scientists, including early-career scientists from the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Science of the UPLA.