Announcing “Research Bites 2019”

Research Bites are periodical meetings organised by the Spanish Researchers Asia-Pacific Association (SRAP-IEAP). Aiming to facilitate the exchange of local experiences and to transfer knowledge among other researchers based in Australia.

These informal gatherings have been previously organised in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart to promote networking in the Spanish and Ibero-American scientific community.

The next Research Bites will be held at the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney next Thursday 20th June, at 6pm. The event will be in English

In this occasion this session will include short presentations by researchers from Ibero American countries which are doing their researches in Australia.

Below you will find the list of presentations, topics and its lecturers:

  • “‘Jaws’ also have brains: learning and cognition in Port Jackson sharks” presented by Catarina Vila Pouca (Portugal) from Macquarie University.
  • “Impacts of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles on Sydney’s Infrastructure” presented by Kevin Anderson (Panamá) from UniNSW.
  • “Low resource natural language processing” presented by Iñigo Jauregi Unanue (Spain) from UTS University.
  • ‘Digging deep into the future: effect of global warming in a fossorial lizard’ presented by Iván Beltrán (Colombia) from Macquarie University.
  • “Is the use of a Pain App reliable to measure symptoms in children and adults; a Spanish and Australian cross-sectional study” presented by Andrea Coda (Italy) from Newcastle University

The link to register is available in the webpage of the Instituto Cervantes:


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.