2018 Malaspina Award

The Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP), with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Australia, is proud to announce writer, cultural historian and Hispanist Luke Stegemann as the winner of the 1st edition of the Malaspina Award (2018), which is bestowed upon individuals who have made an important contribution to the advancement of the scientific and/or cultural relationships between Spain and Australia.

Luke Stegemann has worked in media, publishing and higher education, and as a Spanish-English translator, in both Australia and Spain. He was formerly the managing editor of The Adelaide Review, and the founding editor of The Melbourne Review. He has written widely on Spanish art, history, culture and politics. In 2017, Stegemann contributed to the deepening of this relationship with the publication of The Beautiful Obscure, the first book that examines in close detail the interweaving cultural and political histories of Australia and Spain. He has made significant contribution to the cultural links between Australia and Spain and demonstrated a commitment in highlighting these ties which unite both countries and their heritage.

Malaspina Award The Award is named after Alejandro Malaspina, who led the Spanish World Scientific Expedition from 1789-1794 that carried out studies in natural history, cartography, ethnography, astronomy, hydrography and medicine in Latin America and the Pacific. The Malaspina expedition was the first foreign mission to arrive to Sydney in 1793, just five years after the arrival of the First Fleet. The Australian stage of this world scientific voyage generated hundreds of manuscripts, drawings and maps that record the settlement and describe their explorations around the Sydney region.

The 2018 Malaspina Award ceremony was held at the National Library of Australia on November 15 at 18h00.

Contact: Prof. Luis Salvador-Carulla, SRAP Board Member (Secretary)





About Angel.Lopez-Sanchez

Dr Ángel R. López-Sánchez is an astrophysicist and science communicator working at the Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University (MQ) in Sydney (NSW, Australia). His research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies, using multi-wavelength (UV, optical, IR, radio) data. He presented his PhD Thesis at University of La Laguna and the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain) in 2006. In 2007 he joined CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (Sydney) with a postdoctoral position. He then joined the AAO (formerly the Australian Astronomical Observatory) and MQ in 2011. In July 2018 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at AAO-MQ. He has been providing instrument and observing support at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT, Siding Spring Observatory, NSW) since 2011, being the instrument scientist of several instruments: the multi-fiber spectrograph 2dF+AAOmega and the near-infrared imager and spectrograph IRIS2. He also has large experience with integral-field spectroscopy (IFS), being a very active member of the SAMI collaboration at the AAT and part of the HECTOR Science Team. He currently is the Instrument Scientist of KOALA+AAOmega at the AAT, and leads the international astronomy survey "HI KOALA IFS Dwarf and irregular galaxy Survey" (Hi-KIDS), that is getting unique, high-quality IFS data of a sample of 100 nearby dwarf and irregular galaxies for which 21cm H I interferometric data is available He has large experience teaching undergraduate and PhD students and giving lectures and classes about Astronomy. Dr. López-Sánchez is passionate science communicator who continuously gives talks and public lectures, writes popular science articles and organizes science communication events and stargazing activities. He is very active in social media, his Twitter feed is @El_Lobo_Rayado.