SRAP celebrates five years building bridges between research from both countries
The Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP-IEAP) celebrated the fifth Australia-Spain Research Forum, sponsored by the Spain Australia Council Foundation, together with the Ramón Areces Foundation, AECID, Cervantes Institute, the Australian Embassy in Spain and the Australian National University (ANU).
The event was attended by the Spanish Ambassador to Australia, Manuel Cacho, and the President of SRAP, Sergio Leon-Saval, who stressed the support of Spanish institutions such as the SACF and emphasized the importance of the scientific diplomacy, particularly in Australia.
The Forum analysed the challenges and the progress that has to be done in building relationships to encourage international research collaboration between Spain, Australia and Latin America and showed. As professor Sergio Leon-Saval said, “the contribution of Spanish researchers working in Australia should be a key piece to strengthen scientific diplomacy and innovation relations between Australia and Spain”.
In addition, Carlos García-Alonso, Vice-Chancellor of the Loyola University, explained the international research strategy of this University, thanks to which he received this year's Malaspina Prize. This year the Loyola University has collaborated with five ANU and Sydney University Research centres, fostering the exchange of researchers from Spain and the rest of Europe with Australia, which has resulted in more than 40 scientific publications.
There was also stressed the importance of the previous four research forums focused in Water (2015); Light (2016), Air (2017) and Earth (2018). As this year edition, all of them, had the support of the Spain Australia Council Foundation.