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

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.