SRAP was invited to participate in the Future Europe 2023 series, a collaborative effort between RMIT, Global Victoria, and Instituto Cervantes, involving many industry and some academic partners. The event was held at the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid on September 26, 2023, and marked the beginning of a thought leadership series focusing on the skills, innovation, and digitalization needs essential for transitioning businesses and society to a post-fossil-fuel economy. The event also aimed to set against the backdrop of active bilateral relations between Australia and Spain, as well as Australia and France.
Dr. Ángel R. López-Sánchez, President of SRAP, actively participated in this event, providing the view and the context from the academics / researchers (who were under-represented in this event).
The inaugural event, themed ‘Building for the Future,’ took place at Instituto Cervantes in Madrid and gathered senior leaders from companies with Spain-Australia interests in infrastructure, energy, and utilities. The industry roundtable saw the presence of RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Engagement Saskia Loer Hansen, and Executive Director Policy and Impact Tom Bentley. The event was chaired by Prof Marta Fernández (RMIT-Europe).
In this event also participated the Australian Ambassador in Spain, H.E. Sophia McIntyre, who stressed the importance of the collaboration between Spain (and Europe) with Australia. Our SRAP president had a very productive meeting with her before the event. He invited her to participate remotely in our 9th Research Forum, she gladly accepted and we are extremely happy about it.
Professor Alec Cameron (RMIT) highlighted the necessity for collective attention from experts to facilitate a seamless transition. He remarked, “Our impact will only be as great as the community that we are able to engage in this process.”
After the event, our president had a long chat with both Prof Marta Fernández (RMIT-Europe) and Ms Vega Yubero, General Director of the “Fundación Consejo España-Australia”, and a formidable supporter of SRAP through the years.
More information: article about the event at the RMIT Webpages.