Event for International Women Day at Argentina Consulate

Yesterday I was invited to represent SRAP and Macquarie University in an event for International Women Day 2023 at the General Consulate of Argentina in Sydney.

It was in a joint event with Instituto Cervantes Sydney and the General Consulate of Spain in Sydney. They had a panel discussion with Sydney-based Argentinian writer Judith Mendoza-White (UNSW), the General Consul of Argentina in Sydney, H.E. Silvina Laura Aguirre, and the Director of Instituto Cervantes, Coral Martínez Iscar.

From left to right: Sydney-based Argentinian writer Judith Mendoza-White (UNSW), the General Consul of Argentina in Sydney, H.E. Silvina Laura Aguirre, the Director of Instituto Cervantes, Coral Martínez Iscar, and SRAP President, Dr Ángel R. López-Sánchez (MQ).

It was quite interesting to hear about their experiences, and also the comparison that it was made with the situation of women at the end of 19th century (using the latest book by Judith A veces la tarde miente, recently published by Editorial Planeta, one of the largest editorials in Spain and Latin-America) and now in the 21st century.

Again, all made me think that there is still much work to do.

Particularly, only 4 men including me attended the event (that was full with +30 people in total), with 2 of them being work partners of Judith in UNSW, and that was exactly the reflection I added at the very end of the event.

We need more men involved in these events / activities / initiatives, as well as of course fight together to obtain equal rights for women and men in all layers of our society.

In SRAP we are proud of our excellent women members, who are obtaining amazing results in their careers. Similarly, Dr Sofía Samper Carro (ANU) leads the “Comisión de Investigación y Género en Ciencia”  (“Commission of Research and Gender in Science”) in RAICEX, as the issue of gender equality in science and research has been always pivotal in SRAP and RAICEX.

Just for remarking some of the recent news about SRAP Women compiled in the SRAP blog, please have a look to:
And also the hashtag WomenInSTEM.

Congrats to all our amazing SRAP Women!


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.