Nominations open for the 5th Malaspina Award

The Spanish Embassy in Canberra in collaboration with the Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP) are pleased to announce that the nominations for the 5th Malaspina Award are now open.

The Malaspina Award is an honour bestowed by the Spanish Embassy in Canberra and the Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP) awarded to individuals or organisations who have made an important contribution to the advancement of the relationships between the two countries in science, research, culture and/or technology.

This year, the prize will be awarded at a special Science Diplomacy event in Canberra, on November 18th.

This award is named after Alejandro Malaspina who led the Spanish World Scientific Expedition 1789-1794 that carried out studies in natural history, cartography, ethnography, astronomy, hydrography and medicine in Latin America, the Pacific and Australia.

The Malaspina Award is granted annually. It is bestowed to contributions in science and academia, and to culture and technology in alternative years. In 2022, the prize will be awarded to a significant contribution in fields of science, research, and/or academia.

The 5th Malaspina Award has been sponsored by Navantia Australia. The award’s statuette is designed and handed over by the Spanish artist Óscar Martín de Burgos, well known for his designed sculptures for international awards.

Nominations are open to any Australian or Spanish citizen and organisation registered in any of these two countries. The nomination of individuals can take place regardless of the Country of residence.

The Malaspina Award Committee will be comprised of high representatives of the two organising institutions. Every tentative candidate should provide:

  1. Full contact address, email, and webpage (if available) of the nominee
  2. A statement letter with reasons for the nomination (See annex)
    1. Impact of the contribution to the scientific or cultural links between Spain and Australia [300 words]:
    2. Excellence in your field – Personal, academic and/or cultural achievements [300 words]:
    3. Future projection and commitment to promote bridges that enhance the scientific or cultural exchange [200 words]
  3. CV (individuals) or the latest annual report (organisations) and any other relevant document supporting the nomination

Nominations should be forwarded to the Embassy of Spain mailbox from now until October 18th through the following e-mail: A confirmation email will be sent to acknowledge the receipt of the application.

All the information about the 5th Malaspina Award is also available in PDF format.



Luis Salvador-Carulla

About Luis Salvador-Carulla

His field of interest is support decision systems and policy in long-term care, disability and mental health, and Intellectual Developmental Disorders. He is honour member of the World Psychiatry Association and Secretary of the WPA section “Classification, Diagnostic assessment and Nomenclature”. Dr. Salvador-Carulla has intensively participated in the development of international networks in the fields mentioned above, person centred medicine, healthy ageing, and bridging and knowledge transfer between disability and ageing. He has been advisor to the Government of Catalonia (Spain), the Spanish Ministry of Health, the European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He coordinated the European Commission project eDESDE-LTC for the development of a European coding system for long term care, and he participates in the ‘REFINEMENT’ project aimed at analysing financing, quality and effectiveness of mental health systems in Europe.