In the framework of the ERASMUS + project obtained in 2018 between ENSAIA and Kazakh National University (KazNU), Stefan Jurjanz and Cyril Feidt visited Almaty, the main city and former capital of Kazakhstan, at the beginning of April.
In order to strengthen scientific cooperation, they have met with many heads of the KazNU and its faculty of biology and biotechnology, as well as with the Research Institute of Genetics and Cytology and the Scientific and Production Enterprise «Antigen». This company has various fields of activity, including the production of vaccines for animals, diagnostics for the prevention of animal diseases, the production of nutritive solutions and the production of starters for the fermented camel and mare milk production. Kazakhstan is large country with a developed animal husbandry, where for various historical reasons there are various sources of pollution (radionuclides from the Soviet nuclear polygon, heavy metals of metallurgical plants, organochlorine pesticides in connection with cotton production or veterinary practice and hydrocarbons of oil production). Stefan Jurjanz and Cyril Feidt found there the favorite themes of URAFPA and its team Micropollutants and residues in the food chain «MRCA». Currently 3 Kazakh PhD students are supervised by its members, including Farida Amutova enrolled at the SIRENA doctoral school. In addition to their numerous meetings, Stefan Jurjanz and Cyril Feidt also spoke to KazNU students and lecturer-researchers in the form of conferences and presented the offer of 4 masters courses taught in Nancy to enhance the attractiveness of the school.
Initiated in 2007 by Stefan Jurjanz, the collaboration with Kazaksthan is reflected in many fruitful exchanges, research projects and the admission of students and PhD students. The students’ exchange will furtherly strengthen this cooperation.