Meet the judging panel of ‘Investigación En Foco’

We are very proud of the judging panel that they make the contest possible. We are very grateful for their professionalism, commitment and support. They are all enthusiasts of Science communication and photography. We can only say THANK YOU!

Caitlin Griffiths is a visual artist and Lecturer in Photography at the University of Salford. Formerly Artistic Director of Hereford Photography Festival her interests in photography span curating and practice – with her current arts practice being interested in Quantum Physics and Observation Theory. In 2018 she undertook a research trip to the Bohr Archive in Copenhagen and her work continues at the Rutherford Room in Manchester.

Juan Aballe started working in the darkroom while studying chemistry at the universities of Madrid and Berlin. After graduating as a chemist, he decided to fully devote himself to photography and visual media.

He studied at the school of the International Center of Photography (NYC), and obtained his Master in Photography at EFTI School (Madrid).

His personal work has been published and exhibited internationally and he has been awarded grants from institutions such as the Spanish Ministry of Culture, EFTI or Fundación Botín.

He has lived several years in the U.S.A and Germany and is currently based in Spain.

Laura Llera is graduated in Journalism and in Sociocultural Anthropology, both at Complutense University of Madrid, with one full academic year in Nova University of Lisbon. Since 2008 she works at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in scientific culture, where she coordinates and manages the social networks of @CSICdivulga (TW, FB & IG) and develops outreach and divulgation projects, including traveling exhibitions, the annual scientific photography contest FOTCIENCIA or the CSIC blog ‘Ciencia para Llevar’. Also performs editing and reviewing texts, and translating (Portuguese-Spanish). Arts, poetry and photography lover. She participates as a jury in multiple initiatives.

Institutional social networks: @CSICdivulga / Personal IG: @decadencias

Clara Novo has a PhD in Molecular Genetics. She is a researcher at the Francis Crick Institute, where she studies the principles of genome regulation during embryonic development. Outside the lab, she has been exploring the synergy between art and science and has been involved in several Art meets Science events, including the organization of the first “Creative Reactions” festival in Cambridge, in 2015.

Daniela Riva Rossi boasts more than ten years of experience in the arts sector, having worked in Argentina and England. Currently, she coordinates exhibitions and manages participation in international art fairs at a contemporary art gallery with headquarters in Buenos Aires and Pueblo Garzón. She has held administrative positions in private and public institutions, assisting directors and curatorial teams. Additionally, she has worked in the Education sector leading tours of museum collections. Daniela’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Management from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Helena González Burón, who graduated in Biology and Biochemistry and is a Doctor in Biomedicine, has always combined her science studies with an intense activity in performing arts. In 2013, She founded Big Van Science, a non-profit organization that aims to communicate science using drama-based activities, humor, and storytelling. In this sense, her job includes being a scientific comedian, a science educator, a public communication skills trainer, and a science writer. 

Gem Toes-Crichton