II Malaspina Award


The Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP) and the Embassy of Spain in Canberra announce that The Malaspina Award 2019 has been bestowed upon Loyola University Andalusia, Spain for enhancing Australia-Spain relations and providing new international research opportunities for Spanish and Australian researchers.

Loyola University’s partnerships with five research centres from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Carlos Garcia-Alonso Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Loyola has led an international research team to develop tools which are helping government and public agencies in Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, Chile and Finland make better decisions about health care.

The research strategy has promoted exchange for 10 researchers in Australia and Spain, international collaboration on 24 European and Australian projects, and produced more than 40 scientific publications.

Professor Garcia-Alonso accepted the award on behalf of Loyola University from His Excellency Mr Manuel Cacho, Ambassador of Spain at the 21st Canberra Science Diplomats Club on Thursday 7 November 2019, 5.30–7.30pm at the Embassy of Spain in Canberra.

Congratulations!!

Some photos of the event:

 

SRAP-IEAP members with, Carlos García-Alonso, who received the II Malaspina Award in name of the Universidad de Loyola. Credit: Luis Sánchez-Vellisco.


Angel.Lopez-Sanchez

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.