SRAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023

On October 18, 2023, we held our AGM (Annual General Meeting) at SRAP, where we reviewed the activities, achievements, and challenges of the year, and renewed the SRAP Board.

Some of the participants at the SRAP AGM on October 18, 2023.

First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for the trust you’ve shown in supporting me to continue as the president of SRAP for another year.
I also want to thank those leaving the Board this year for their fantastic contribution:
  • Óscar Pérez-Concha
  • Eladio Hernando
  • Eva Millares
  • Ignacio Spinetta
Thank you very much!
Additionally, I want to congratulate all the members joining the Board:
  • Mariano Villaescusa and Alec Gisbert: Activity Coordinators
  • Inés Benavente: NSW Representative
  • Juan Carlos Sánchez: South Australia Representative
  • Iván Martínez: Victoria Representative
And, of course, to the rest of the Board (Carmen, Paco, Ana R., Marian, Luis, Sergio, Joaquín, Jorge, Sara, Mariel, Sofía, Paula, Inma, Ricardo, Marta, Christian, María) for the tremendous work you do. Thank you!

SRAP Board structure in 2024.

I also want to announce that Juan Carlos Sánchez has accepted the position of the new Secretary of Administration and Communication at SRAP. Thank you very much!
I want to acknowledge and thank the fantastic work that Paula Llull has done in this position over the past two years. Thank you, Paula!
The SRAP Action Plan for 2024 is as follows:
    1. Update the Board, strengthen branches, and promote working groups
    2. Identify key events for 2024
    3. Promote the work of our members and help them progress
    4. Continue excellence in scientific diplomacy
    5. Expand the program of joint PhDs and researchers between Spain and Australia (and New Zealand) to more universities
    6. Build closer ties with industries and initiate collaborative projects


I encourage all SRAP members to get involved in all the activities and initiatives SRAP is currently undertaking and to take advantage of advertising, mentoring, and support resources to enhance their professional careers in Australia!


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.