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On Thursday 17th March we had an on-line Research Bites organised by SRAP in New Zealand. The event started at 7pm NZST (5pm AEDT) and was organised by Dr. Marta Ribó (Auckland University of Technology and Chair of the SRAP Delegation in New Zealand). The Ambassador of Spain in New Zealand, Fernando Curcio, also participated in the event welcoming all the participants and speakers.
The video of the event is available in our YouTube channel:
The speakers were:
Dr Beatriz Robredo, a postdoctoral Scientist in radar meteorology (Weather Radar New Zealand). After a PhD looking at some of the mechanisms in the tropical atmosphere that are linked to intra-seasonal variability phenomena like the Madden-Julian Oscillation, Dr Robredo is working now for Weather Radar New Zealand, a company that leverages weather radar technology for rainfall monitoring and short-term forecasts, as well as for consulting activities with local authorities like the Auckland Council. Dr Robredo presented her work on “Weather radar applications”.
Dr Alaitz Etxabide Etxeberria, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Spain) who is carrying out a visiting scientific stay at the University of Auckland (UoA, Aotearoa- New Zealand). She received her Doctorate in Renewable Materials Engineering in the research area of biopolymeric materials in 2017. Since then, she has been developing her research career as a postdoc in different universities and countries. Her research interests are mainly related to i) the use and optimization of different manufacturing methods and processing conditions, and ii) the improvement of the functional properties of biopolymer-based products by additive incorporation to develop food packaging and biomaterials.
Dr Etxabide Etxeberria presented her work entitled “Renewable and biodegradable biopolymers for food packaging and biomedical applications”, where she summarised various projects, she has undertaken in this area to date.
Dr Adrian Fernandez, a Senior Research Fellow at Auckland Centre for Financial Research (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand). His research focuses on the pricing of commodities and behavioral finance, and his work has been featured in media and practitioner’s journals (e.g. Wall Street Journal or Harvard Business Review). Dr Fernandez presented his work on “Quantitative Finance”.
Jordi Tablada is a Marine Science Advisor at the Department of Conservation (DoC) of New Zealand. He is a software engineer with a degree from the Barcelona Schools of Informatics, and has recently finished a MSc (Environmental Science) at the University of Auckland. Jordi also holds a postgraduate diploma in International Cooperation and Development from the Technical University of Catalonia. For more than twelve years he has worked for several companies and non-profits in different countries such as France, Germany, Vietnam, Indonesia, Spain and New Zealand. Jordi presented his recent work entitled “Evaluation of biodiversity benefits of proposed marine reserves from the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan”.