Science dissemination


Our member Dr. Miguel A. Hernández-Prieto (University of Sydney) participated in the theater play “The Poet’s Guide to Science” during the Conference of the Australian Science Communicators that was held at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, last 14th November. Miguel used his expertise about genetically modified food to provide a scientific […]

Theater play: Poetry and Science



(This post is only in Spanish, sorry) El programa “Punto de Enlace” de Radio Exterior de Radio Nacional de España se puso en contacto para contar con la colaboración de RAICEX, la Red de Asociaciones de Investigadores y Científicos Españoles en el Exterior para buscar voluntarios para una sección de […]

Interview to Joaquín Valderrama in RNE



As a part of an Asia-Pacific tour coordinated between our sister associations in Japan and China, Dr Francis Mojica, the pioneer of CRISPR, visited us in Australia. As a former Dr Mojica’s student it has been an absolute pleasure organising and coordinating this events on behalf of @srap_ieap and supported […]

Dr Francis Mojica CRISPR DownUnder Journey





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 ...



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?


The second Research Bites (RB) organized by the ACT delegation of the Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific association (SRAP-IEAP) was held on November 30th 2016 in Canberra, at the Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU, Australian National University). The event was organised by our members Marina Trigueros (Cariboo Design) and Mar Racionero (Research School of Economics-ANU). […]

2nd “Research Bites” in Canberra


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by Paula Llull This week I have collaborated in a workshop organised by artists Turpin + Crawford with a group of Year 4 students at Coogee Public School. It hasn’t been a traditional art workshop where artists teach kids painting or sculpture techniques, not even an introduction to conceptual art […]

Operation Crayweed: Ecology and Art