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

A/Prof Ángel R. López-Sánchez is an astrophysicist and science communicator working at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Macquarie University (MQ). He is a recognised expert in the study of how the gas is converted into stars in galaxies and how this affects galaxy evolution. He graduated in Theoretical Physics at the University of Granada (2000) and completed his PhD Thesis in Astrophysics at the prestigious “Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias” (IAC, Spain) and the University of La Laguna (Spain) in 2006. He moved to Australia in 2007, joining CSIRO “Astronomy and Space Science” to perform radio-interferometric observations of gas-rich galaxies at the Australian Telescope Compact Array. In 2011 he joined the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University combining instrumentation support, research, lecturing, and outreach. He was appointed as a full-time research academic at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Macquarie University in May 2023. He is the president of the association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP), the vice-president of the Astronomical Association of Córdoba (AAC, Spain), representative in the Andalusian Astronomy Network (RAdA), and member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Spanish Astronomy Society (SEA), and the Australian Astronomy Society (ASA). He is a globally-recognised science communicator, with visibility in Spanish and Australian printed, broadcast, and social media. He is also a passionate amateur astronomer that uses his own equipment for capturing the beauty of the Cosmos. His stunning astronomy time-lapse videos and photos have received +1/2 million views in YouTube and have been seen in TV channels in USA, Australia and Spain, science museums worldwide, and textbooks.