The 2021 SRAP-IEAP Australia-Spain Research Forum “A Collaborative World” will include all the lessons learnt acquired during the past 6 editions and promises a very exciting program including experts talking about very hot topics: the current pandemic, the challenge of climate change, transgenic products, defence of bushfires, identifying fake news, treatments for cancer, inclusive architecture, renewable energies, multiculturalism and symbols in the society, astronomy for a better world, and more. The 2021 SRAP Australia-Spain Research Forum also includes a special session about Science Diplomacy. 

The list of speakers and the title of their talks is:

  • Dr. Lucas de Toca (Department of Health, Australian Government): The Australian COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout.
  • Dr. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick  (UNSW): Climate change in Australia
  • Assoc. Prof. Alex Sen Gupta (UNSW): Drowning in Bullshit – some thoughts on staying afloat
  • Dr. José Barrero (CSIRO, SRAP): Food security and transgenic crops: The case of the new insect-resistant cowpea for Nigeria.
  • Ms María Caruda (Acciona Australia): Acciona’s renewable energy projects in Australia
  • Dr. Cristina Martínez-Lombilla (UNSW, SRAP): Astronomy for a better world
  • Prof. Pablo Fernandez Peñas (University of Sydney, SRAP-IEAP): Multi-omics for skin cancer.
  • Assoc. Prof. Marta Yebra (ANU, SRAP): ANU Bushfire Initiative: An integrated defence system to protect Australia from catastrophic bushfires.
  • Dr. Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrández (University of Sydney, SRAP): Political symbols in times of social instability: learning from the uses and functions of national flags.
  • Amaia Sanchez-Velasco, Jorge Valiente Oriol, Gonzalo Valiente (UTS Lecturer, Grandeza Studio) and Miguel Rodriguez-Casellas (UTS Lecturer, Bajeza) : Teatro Della Terra Alienata. Australian Pavilion. Winner of the 2019 Golden Bee Award, XXII Milano Triennale 
  • Michael Hromek (University of Technology | WSP): Aboriginal inclusion in urban design.
  • Jaime Granell (Ferrovial): LBJ Express: an example of public-private partnership on infrastructures.
  • Coral Martínez (Director of Instituto Cervantes in Australia): Science for everybody.
  • Prof. Luis Salvador-Carulla (UNSW, SRAP) & Nishant Shandilya (Regional Coordinator of EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand ) Science Diplomacy: Role of funding agencies and scientific organisations 
  • Dr. Sabine Bellstedt (ICRAR/UWA): Australia’s Science meets Parliament
  • Dr. Andreu Climent (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. Asociación Ciencia en el Parlamento): Spanish researchers meet Parliament in “Ciencia en el Parlamento”.
  • Dr. Eva Ortega (RAICEX General Secretary and Biobank Scientific Director at CNIO): Walking on RAICEX the Network of Spanish Researchers Abroad.

For the 7th Australia-Spain Research Forum we are also privileged to have the winners of the inaugural Golden Bee Award at the XXII Design and Architecture Triennale di Milano: Broken Nature (Design Takes on Human Survival). The work, entitled ‘Teatro della Terra Alienata’, represented Australia at the Milano Triennale in 2019. The project makes public the mass bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, unveiling the political actions and economic interests that have underlined the brokenness of this environment.

UPDATE: The Forum was a big success. Please read the post in the SRAP blog with info and photos about the event.