History

    The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) started in June 2011, but was officially established in July 2012. This is a summary of the History of the Society, depicting each of its activities, meetings, and events.

    Jun'15 27

    Science Outdoors: Under the magnifying glass: a detailed look at Ladybower Reservoir

    The Midlands constituency together with the Northwest constituency organized their 2nd Science Outdoors event in the Ladybower Reservoir area, located at the Peak District National Park. The day started with a traditional English breakfast at the Three Merry Lads pub and with two presentations from Antonio Lafuente and Roland Schwarzenbacher, specialists in the vegetation and animal life of the area. After the talks, the attendees enjoyed a 2 hours tour in the Ladybower reservoir followed by a picnic and a “semi-scientific” networking event.
    Jun'15 26

    First Meeting of the Societies of Spanish Researchers Abroad, in Madrid

    The presidents of the societies of Spanish researchers in different countries around the world met in Madrid on the 26th of June to establish links and to set the origin of a federation that will integrate all of these societies. They also took this opportunity to meet with COSCE (Confederation of Scientific Societies in Spain) and CRE (Scientists Returned to Spain) to explore future collaborations. The meeting, sponsored by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Ramón Areces Fooundation and the Spanish Agency for the International Cooperation, brought together representatives from the 9 sisters societies of SRUK/CERU: ECUSA: Spanish Scientists in the US; RECEMX: Spanish Scientists in Mexico; ACES-SFFS: Spanish Scientists in Sweden; CED-SFD: Spanish Scientists in Denmark; ACE-Japón: Spanish Scientists in Japan; CERFA-SWBRD: Spanish Scientists in Germany; IEAP-SRAP: Spanish Scientists in Australia-Pacific and ASIERI: Spanish Scientists in Italy.
    Jun'15 20

    Oxbridge in Oxford

    The Oxford and Cambridge constituencies organized Oxbridge, a joint event that brought together members from both constituencies. The day started with a tour in Oxford, visiting Balliol College, Trinity College gardens, a photo in Exeter College (where the Queen Sofia is a fellow) and the Sheldonian Theater. After a break in the Turf Tarvern, when other members from London joined, they visited the libraries and the Divinity School (where Harry Potter was filmed), the Christ Church, and ended with a meal at the pub "The Head of the River ". In the afternoon, the competition between Oxford and Cambridge was reflected in an exciting pub quiz.
    Jun'15 05

    "The Third Way: becoming an academic entrepreneur" with Prof Javier Garcia Martinez in Oxford

    The Oxford constituency, with the sponsorship of the Ramón Areces Foundation, organized a conference in the Oxford Martin School about academic entrepreneurship with Javier García Martínez, professor of chemistry at the University of Alicante, expert in the use of nanotechnology in the energy sector and founder of the company Rive Technologies. Javier explained how to become an entrepreneur from the laboratory and gave some examples and routes to follow in order to balance the life in academia with the entrepreneur one. After the talk, the more than 50 attendees enjoyed a lively discussion.
    Jun'15 04

    Science in the pub in Manchester

    In the first Science in the Pub organized by the Northwest constituency of SRUK/CERU, Mario Toubes, PhD Student at Manchester Metropolitan University gave an insight on glacier microbiology in a talk titled "Cool microbes, cold places, frozen colossus". Mario talked about how glaciers occupy 11% of Earth’s total surface, and despite of being cold, harsh and hostile they harbor a high diversity of microorganism. In this talk, the diversity of microbes, and how the interact with glaciers and with the climate was approached.
    Jun'15 01

    "Science Diplomacy: Best Practices and Mobility"
seminar in London

    The Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in London, in collaboration with SRUK/CERU, organized in the Cervantes Institute in London a seminar where the role of diplomacy in science was explored. In this event, the executive director of the Royal Society, Julie Maxton, as well as science representatives from the British research council and from the embassies of Brasil, United States, Germany, Japan or China and from the European Commission and Fecyt, explained the different models of science diplomacy in different countries and what they do to promote science internationalization. This event helped researchers, academics, diplomats and companies to learn what are the best practices in science diplomacy and promote the best opportunities for the mobility of scientists. The seminar was followed by a reception at the Spanish embassy.
    May'15 29

    2nd Science in the Pub in the Midlands

    The Midlands constituency organised its 2nd Science in the pub. Alejandro Lorente-Pons guided the attendees through the intricacies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease that causes great physical disability and early death of patients. The presentation, "A Beginner's Guide to ALS: How Mutations Can Kill Your Brain", covered the role of some disease-causing mutations in ALS and Alejandro gave an introduction to the work he does in the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN).