The Spain Australia Council Foundation sponsored the event, which focused on light and gathered scientists and experts from the two countries in Sydney
Following the success of the Australia-Spain Water Forum in Sydney at the end of 2015, the association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP-IEAP) organised the Australia-Spain Research Forum on Light this month.
Organised together with Macquarie University and in partnership with the Embassy of Spain in Australia and the Instituto Cervantes Fellowship, the event was once again sponsored by the Spain Australia Council Foundation, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), among others.
Like the 2015 event on water, this edition was aimed to present scientific advances of particular interest to Australia and Spain. The Forum was structured around four blocks. The first, Light and Energy, discussed topics such as solar energy in industry and research, molecular semiconductors and photosynthesis.
The second block, Light and Science, analysed optics in astronomy and at the nanoscale as well as the development of lasers, among other topics. Light and Health analysed the role of light in medical science, both for the development of light-based technologies and from a biological perspective (effects on sleep, etc.).
Finally, the Light and Culture block analysed the importance of this element for design and photography, pictorial arts and architecture.
The Forum also featured the round table Bridging Science, Energy and Industry. The panel members were the Senior Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Spain, Alberto Cerdán; Francisco García Valverde, General Manager of Elecnor Australia; Professor Andrew Hopkins, from the Australian Astronomical Observatory, and Professor Maryanne Large, from the Innovation and Commercialisation Department at The University of Sydney.
Additionally, there was an open discussion on Light, Philosophy and Cultures, run by César Espada Sánchez, from the Embassy of Spain in Australia, and Robert Sinnerbrink, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University.
The SRAP-IEAP intends to make this Forum an annual event to bring Spanish and Australian researchers and institutions together. The association is currently formed of 45 researchers working at 15 universities and research centres in Asia-Pacific.
More info on the II Australia-Spain Research Forum’s official site