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

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.