Activities


Dear SRAP Members, Christmas is almost around the corner! Let's have a Christmas party! It will be an excellent opportunity for networking. Hope to see you all.
Sydney:
Cuándo: Viernes 8 de diciembre
Dónde: The Nag's Head Hotel. 162 St Johns Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
Hora: A partir de las 7pm
Melbourne:
Cuándo: Sábado 9 de diciembre
Dónde: Luna Park, en la puerta principal, justo al lado del "boca" de entrada.
The Esplanade. St Kilda.
Hora: 12.30 pm

SRAP Christmas Parties: Sydney (8-Dec) & Melbourne (9-Dec)



Dear SRAP members, Remember that tomorrow, Friday 3-November-2017, SRAP will host the 3rd Australia-Spain Research Forum: Air [https://airforum2017.srap-ieap.org] in Sydney. Sydney: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/air-forum-2017-sydney-tickets-38719265365?aff=es2 If you miss it, no worries. Monday 6-November-2017, the Air Forum continues in Canberra. Canberra: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/air-forum-2017-canberra-tickets-38719325545?aff=es2 Find more details below. Kind regards, Oscar on behalf of the SRAP Board. Dear SRAP members, It is my pleasure to invite you to the 3rd Australia-Spain Research Forum: Air [https://airforum2017.srap-ieap.org], organised by the Association of Spanish Researchers in the Australia-Pacific (SRAP). The yearly Forums organised by the SRAP are intended as an opportunity for Spanish and Australian researchers to meet, with the aims of involving as many different agents as possible, improving professional and academic connections between them, and promoting the scientific culture and knowledge to the general public. This year the Forum will be divided between Sydney and Canberra on the 3rd and 6th of November respectively. This year the selected topic for the Forum is Air. In the Sydney event we have put together a diverse range of distinguished speakers to talk about the relevance of hearing and communication, climate change and air quality, society, air industry and culture. The Sydney event will also have a very interesting round table about human overpopulation and human’simpact on Earth. In the Canberra event, the topic of the Forum will be focused on Science Diplomacy and the European Research as a single market and its implications for Australia. Please find attached the program of the Forum with more detailed information. Anyone with interest in the topic is more than welcome to attend. For those attending, we’d be most grateful if you could take a few moments to complete our registration form via the links below, for catering purposes. In Sydney, the Forum will take place in the Level 1 Lecture Theatre of the Australian Hearing HubMacquarie Universityon Friday 3rd of November 2017. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/air-forum-2017-sydney-tickets-38719265365?aff=es2 In Canberra, the Forum will take place in the ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street, ANU on Monday 6thof November 2017. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/air-forum-2017-canberra-tickets-38719325545?aff=es2 I look forward to seeing you at the Forum. Yours faithfully, Sergio on behalf of the SRAP Board.  

3rd AUSTRALIA-SPAIN RESEARCH FORUM: AIR 3rd of November in Sydney ...



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Dear Members, We are pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP) to be held on Friday 3th November 2017 at 17:30 at the Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University. We will email you our Annual Report very soon. This Annual Report summarises all activities undertaken by the association during this year (including the President’s report for 2017). We will also send a reminder to pay next year’s membership fee ($40/year). Hard copies of these reports will be available at the AGM meeting. The AGM will take place at the end of the 3rd Australia-Spain Research Forum: Air. Please check the program and register to attend the forum https://airforum2017.srap-ieap.org/ This year the forum will take place in two cities: Sydney on the 3rd Nov and Canberra on the 6th Nov. With regard to the AGM and the association in general, we would love to hear from you: any ideas that you have, any activity that you would like the association to get involved or any event that you would like to organise. Feel free to email us your ideas and any items that you want to include in the agenda of the meeting to srap.ieap@gmail.com. In addition, we would love to have you as part of the board. Feel free to nominate yourself to any of the roles of the association or just pop by and say that you want to help.  For example, these are some of the positions of the board: -Secretary -Assistance secretary -Head of communications (website, social media) -Event organiser (research and social activities) I encourage you all to attend both the forum and the AGM meeting in person. If this is not possible, please consider joining us by teleconference via Zoom- here are the details: Topic: 2017 SRAP AGM meeting Time: Nov 3, 2017 5:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/326171168 Or iPhone one-tap :     Australia: +61280152088,,326171168# Or Telephone:     Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):         Australia: +61 (0) 2 8015 2088     Meeting ID: 326 171 168     International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=0SeMGfDmxfRGAqCcE5-op976NtUtxewq We look forward to seeing you at the AGM meeting. Regards, Sergio Leon-Saval President of SRAP

Annual General Meeting (Friday, 3-November-2017 at 5:30pm)


Dear friends, The Consulate General of Spain in Melbourne and the Spanish Resource Centre at RMIT University invite you to our next screening in the 2017 Spanish Film Series at RMIT University: Julieta directed by Pedro Almodovar Presented by Prof. Alfredo Martinez Exposito, Head of The School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne Tuesday 31st of October, 6.45pm. RMIT University, 445 Swanston St, Cinema Theatre, Building 80, Level 1, Room 02. Summary: Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antia’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antia turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter.

Film in Melbourne: Julieta (directed by Pedro Almodovar), 31-Oct-2017, 6.45pm





Dear SRAP members, The event NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK will take place on the 4th of October at 6.00 PM at the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney. A group of Spanish researchers will present their research, with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. This event was scheduled initially for the 18 August 2017. Due to the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, the Government of Spain declared three days of National Mourning. Therefore, all the events scheduled for those days were cancelled as a sign of respect and solidarity with all the victims. RSVP: https://sciencecervantes.eventbrite.com.au We hope to see you all at the Cervantes Institute (4 October at 6.00 PM). Kind regards, Oscar on behalf of the SRAP.

SRAP-Cervantes Institute (4-10-2017, 6pm): National Science Week


Dear SRAP Members, We hosted one of our SRAP debates, 24 August 2017, at the Eveleigh Hotel with a special guest, Professor Hernán Míguez (http://mom.icmse.csic.es/group-members/hernan-miguez/). Professor Hernán Míguez is a Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and leads the group of Multifunctional Optical Materials (http://mom.icmse.csic.es). The topic was “Brain Drain in Spain, Myth or Tough Reality?”. We talked about our personal stories and the reasons why we came to Australia. The conclusion was that not all of us came here for the so called “Brain Drain”. On another hand, there were a couple of researchers that were currently working in Spain and they shared their stories and opinions about the current system. We talked about the situation of the scientific career in Spain, the differences between Spain and Australia, and everyone had an opportunity to give his/her opinion. As it was expected, we didn’t have a common opinion, but the point in which all the participants agreed is that the system is Spain should be more transparent in terms of recruitment and we should put an end to the “endogamy“ that exists in the sector. Hope to see you all in the next debate. Cheers, Oscar Information about the dates and place where the event took place: Brain Drain: Urban Myth or Tough Reality? Join us in this open debate to discuss this fascinating topic with our special guest, Professor Hernán Míguez (http://mom.icmse.csic.es/group-members/hernan-miguez/). Professor Hernán Míguez is a Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and leads the group of Multifunctional Optical Materials (http://mom.icmse.csic.es). This is a free event for SRAP members. If you bring a new member (membership fee $40 a year to pay in advance), you and colleague will have a drink for free. See you all! Organiser: Xavier Vidal

Brain Drain: Urban Myth or Tough Reality?



Prof Montserrat Vilà, research professor at Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC) in Seville (Spain) will give a presentation on the impacts of biological invasions with special emphasis on a global analysis of the ecological effects of alien plants on native species and ecosystems in the introduced range. The talk will also describe how impacts are quantified, as well some ways to conduct risk analysis of invasion in Europe. Biological invasions occur when species are introduced by humans beyond their natural dispersal ranges, establishing and spreading in the region. Some impacts can affect socioeconomic sectors such as forestry, agriculture or public health. From the management and policy perspective it is important to identify which invasive species are causing, or have the potential to cause, major impacts. A panel of experts, will lead an insightful discussion with Prof Vila on the impacts of biological invasions in the Australian context. For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2uh6EJ7

Impacts of Biological Invasions