Dr Joaquín Valderrama has been decorated by the Spanish Ambassador in Australia, HE Ms Alicia Moral Revilla, with the Knight’s Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic for his merits in presiding over the association Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP) from 2019 to 2021 and for sustaining a productive international research collaboration with the University of Granada (Spain) in his role as Senior Research Scientist at the National Acoustic Laboratories (Sydney) and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Linguistics in Macquarie University (Sydney).
The Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic is de facto the highest Civil Order in Spain. This Order was created on 14 March 1815 by King Ferdinand VII, and is currently an honour granted to persons and institutions in recognition of the promotion of international relationships with other nations. Knights and Dames of the Order are bestowed by the Spanish Monarch, King Felipe VI—Grand Master of the Order, enjoy personal nobility, have the privilege of adding a golden heraldic mantle to their coat of arms, and receive the official style of “His Lordship or Her Ladyship”.
The ceremony of the Award took place in the Australian Hearing Hub on the 25th of November 2022, during the 8th Australia-Spain Research Forum “A Digital World”.. Joaquin’s wife, friends and colleagues accompanied him in this special day.
Joaquin has now accepted a Maria Zambrano European Fellowship to continue his career on hearing neuroscience at the Department of Signal Theory, Telematics and Communications of the University of Granada in Spain. Joaquin has also been recently granted Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, which will ensure his international collaboration continues. Further, Joaquin will continue in SRAP as Honorary President and has also been nominated Ambassador of the Spanish Network of Scientists and Researchers Abroad (RAICEX).
We wish him all the best in his new position in Spain, and we hope he visits us soon to share his learnings and his experience.