1st “Research Bites” in Canberra

The first Research Bites (RB) organized by the ACT delegation of the Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific association (SRAP-IEAP) was held on March 17th 2016 in Canberra, at the Centre for European studies (ANU, Australian National University). The event was organised by our members Marina Trigueros (Cariboo Design) and Mar Racionero (Research School of Economics-ANU).


More than 20 Spanish scientists joined together to talk about their research! There were six fantastic speakers. It was a great and interactive afternoon, with talks going from plants to frogs through super big computers, including:

  1. César Espada: Deputy Head of Mission (Embassy of Spain in Canberra). Congratulating the SRAP-IEAP and explaining the evening event at the Spanish Embassy to decorate Pablo Fernández Peñas with the Medalla al Orden Civil.
  2. Sergio León-Naval: Senior Lecturer (School of Physics-University of Sydney). Introduction to the SRAP-IEAP.
  3. Hugo Alonso Cantabrana: Postdoctoral Fellow (ANU-Research School of Biology- ARC Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis). On the way to a C4 supercharged rice. The C4 rice Project.
  4. Elena Martín Ávila: Postdoctoral Fellow (ANU-Research School of Biology- ARC Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis). Rubisco and its main role in CO2 photosynthetic assimilation.
  5. Pablo Rozas Larraondo: High Performance data analyst at National Computational Infrastructure. Providing Australian researchers with high-end computing services.
  6. Marta Vidal García: PhD candidate (ANU-Research School of Biology- Evolutionary biology & Ecology of reptiles and amphibians). Morphological evolution in Australian frogs.
1st Research Bites Canberra

First Research Bites of the SRAP-IEAP in Canberra, Australia. Credit: Ángel R. López-Sánchez

Unfortunately there was not enough time for everyone to present their research, but no worries, more Research Bites in Canberra are coming.

Congratulations to all participants to the first Research Bites of the SRAP-IEAP association in Canberra!

The event ended up running to congratulate Pablo Fernández Peñas in the ceremony award at the Spanish Ambassador residence.


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.