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

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.