International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017

Today,  Saturday 11th February, we’re celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Introduced by the UN in December 2015, this is the second year it is done. This International Day recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities, and aims to promote events that support and promote the access of women and girls and their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, training and research activities at all levels.

Internationally, but particularly in Spain, plenty of activities, talks and events at all levels (schools, universities, science museums, research centers) have been organized during this week and the following aiming to support all women working in science and provide key models for girls to be identified with.

Poster of activities for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017 in Spain. The author of the original design is the pharmacist and fashion designer María del Álamo Ortega @marialamort.

From SRAP-IEAP, we strongly support the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and also join to these activities releasing two short videos of two of women researchers in our Association: Dra. Marina Trigueros y Dra. Ana Rubio.

Short video by Marina Trigeros, member of SRAP-IEAP, for the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”.

Short video by Ana Rubio, member of SRAP-IEAP, for the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”.

We aim to organize something more soon, and definitively be ready for all the #WomeninSTEM and #WomenInScience activities.


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.