1st SRAP-IEAP Meeting in New Zealand

On Thursday 9th December 2020 we had our very first meeting in New Zealand!

The meeting was in Auckland. Thanks Dr Marta Ribó for organising this.


Below you can find a brief description of  each of the 5 SRAP-IEAP participants (in the photo, they are clockwise from left to right).

– Dr Pablo Higuera is a Spanish researcher who has joined the University of Auckland as a Lecturer in Coastal Engineering, Faculty of Engneering, University of Auckland. His research field is Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to coastal hydrodynamics, wave-structure interaction, hydraulics and environmental flows.

– Dr Sonia Garcia is an early career researcher in the social aspects of fisheries and a mid-career professional in public policy and international governance. She is the Research Program Coordinator at the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland.

– Dr Evert Leonardo Duran Quintero is an early career researcher at the School of Environment, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. Expert in geophysicist with interests in borehole logging, seismic and potential methods in applied geophysics.

– Dr Marta Ribó is an early career researcher at the School of Environment, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. She is a marine geologist with experience on evaluating sedimentary processes and hydrodynamics controlling the changes on seabed morphology, and evaluating human impact in marine environments.

– Dr Miguel Martin is an early career researcher at The Photon Factory, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. He is an expert of laser material processing, and his research is centered in lasers and photonics for the development of different applications, ranging from industry focused projects to research topics.

They all introduced themselves and told their stories about how they travelled from Spain to New Zealand.

For 2021 the SRAP-IEAP members in New Zealand are expecting to organise their first events, including a Research Bites.


About Angel.Lopez-Sanchez

Dr 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.