Last October, 24th and 25th, we had the privilege of hosting the visit of the Spanish researcher and architect
Borja Frutos Vázquez, who gave talks at teh Instituto Cervantes and at the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism in UNSW (Sydney, NSW).
Borja Frutos Vázquez currently works at the
Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja – CSIC (The Institute for Construction Science Eduardo Torroja – CSIC). Borja does research in Environmental in buildings, Acoustic and thermal behaviour, and radon protection.
The title of his talks was “
Environment and Sustainability in the cities“.
Abstract: La arquitectura, como disciplina técnica de pensamiento y de desarrollo de propuestas y modelos de habitar, está estrechamente unida al concepto de medio ambiente. En la charla se trataron temas como el impacto que tiene la arquitectura (el ruido, la vibración, la calidad del aire) y el consumo de energía que supone el proceso constructivo.
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.