Following the success of last years Australia – Spain Water (2015, Sydney Institute of Marine Science), Light (2016, Macquarie University) and Air Forum (2017, Macquarie University and the Australian National University), the association of Spanish Researchers in Australia is looking to collaborate again with the Australian National University to organise the 2018 Earth Forum. This year, and for the first time, the Forum will take place in its entirety out of NSW, in Canberra.

The Forum is designed as an encounter for Spanish and Australian researchers, and has the will of involving as many different agents as possible, improving the professionals and academic connections between them, as well as promoting the scientific culture and knowledge to the general public.


The Spanish Researchers in Australia – Pacific is a non for profit organisation. The main objectives of the Association are to assist Spanish Researchers working in the Asia-Pacific region and promote networking and collaboration, assist Australian research institutes and universities understand the Spanish university system and to assist Asia-Pacific researchers to participate in the Spanish Research system.

The Association was created 2 years ago with the assistance and support of the Spanish Embassy in Australia, the Cervantes Institute in Australia and the Fundación Consejo España-Australia. The Association currently has 45 researchers working in 15 major universities and research centres across Asia-Pacific.

The Association has direct links with:

  • The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) is a non-profit entity belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
  • Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a public institution whose purpose is to further and promote Spain’s culture and heritage within and beyond its borders.
  • NSW Chief Scientist
  • Spanish Embassy in Australia, Canberra
  • Fundacion Consejo España-Australia
  • Australian Embassy in Madrid
  • Fundación Ramón Areces

The Association collaborates closely with:

  • Governmental agencies in Spain
  • Other Spanish Researchers abroad associations (Federation)
  • Other associations of European Researchers in Australia-Pacific
  • European Commission, Council and Parliament
  • Spanish companies in Australia and Australian companies in Spain




08.30 – 9.00 REGISTRATION
09.00 – 09.15 OPENING

Prof. Jane Dahlstrom, Dean ANU College of Health and Medicine
Dr. Sergio Leon-Saval, President SRAP
Mr. Manuel Cacho, Ambassador of Spain in Australia

09.15 – 10.00 OPENING LECTURE

Chair: Prof. Luis Salvador-Carulla
Head, Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU Research Schoolof Population Health

“Finnis Terrae”: Australia and Spain as case studies of human migrations in the Pleistocene

Prof. Claudio Tuniz
Coordinator ICTP Multidisciplinary Laboratory, Trieste Italy, Visiting Professorial Fellow, Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong

10.00 – 11.20 PLANETARY HEALTH

Chair: Prof. Carola Vinuesa
Head of the Department of Pathogens and Immunity, ANU College of Health & Medicine

Planetary Health: A driver of the UN strategy for enhancing environmental safety, sustainability and development

Prof. Robyn Lucas
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU Research School of Population Health

11.20 – 11.40 COFFEE BREAK
11.40 – 12.55 EARTH SCIENCES

Chair: Dr. Marina Trigueros
Science Communicator and Illustrator, Cariboo Design, SRAP Board member and Delegate in ACT

  Genome editing and the new food revolution
Prof. Jimmy Botella
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland
Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Bees as sentinels of global agricultural pollution
Dr. Francisco Sánchez-Bayo
School of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

Flammability warning from Space
Dr. Marta Yebra
Senior Scientist at the Water and Landscape Dynamics Group, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society

Watching the grass grow from Space
Dr. Juan Pablo Guerschman
Senior Research Scientist, Land and Water, CSIRO (Canberra)

12.55 – 13.40 LUNCH
13.40 – 14.45 CULTURE AND EARTH

Chair: Dr. Paula Llull
Gallery Manager at Craft ACT, Craft and Design Centre, Canberra

A new language to Escape the Anthropocene crisis: From Solastalgia to the Symbiocene
Prof. Glenn A. Albrecht
Honorary Associate, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney

A Garden for the Symbiocene
Ms. Janet Laurence
Visual artist, Sydney

Australia vs. Spain: Different approaches to Landscape Architecture
Mr. Eladio Hernando
Landscape architect, Spackman Mossop Michaels, Sydney

14.45 – 15.05 COFFEE BREAK
15.05 – 16.20 THE SOCIAL EARTH

Chair: A/Prof. Mar Racionero
Associate Professor, ANU Research School of Economics, and Associate Dean (HDR), ANU College of Business and Economics

The New Demography of Life Span and Death
A/Prof. Vladimir Canudas
School of Demography, ANU

Occupation, life expectancy and social security
A/Prof. Mar Racionero
Associate Professor, ANU Research School of Economics, and Associate Dean (HDR), ANU College of Business and Economics

Mapping complex social demographic factors: Joint Experiences in Australia and Spain
Dr. Nasser Bagheri
Senior Research Fellow, ANU Centre for Mental Health Research; and
Dr. José Alberto Salinas
Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Spain

16.20 – 16.35 CLOSURE CEREMONY


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For enquiries about the forum, please contact Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific through the contact form in our main site selecting Earth Forum 2018 as subject.