“Science Connecting” Spanish and British communities

  • The Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU) has launched ‘Science Connect’ an initiative to strengthen existing collaborations between researchers from Spain and the United Kingdom and to promote the creation of new ones.
  • The second edition of this seminar series has taken place today at the University of Glasgow.
  • Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán has presented the latest advances on the synthesis and optimization of metallic nanoparticles to an audience of experts.

Image (from left to right): Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán (Scientific Director of the CIC BiomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain) receiving a gift from Dr. Mario González (Director of SRUK Scottish Constituency). Copyrigth Eduardo Gómez Castañeda

Glasgow, 23rd October 2018. The University of Glasgow has hosted this Tuesday the second seminar of the series “Science Connect”, in which outstanding researchers developing their work in Spain are invited to the United Kingdom to present their latest advances in front of a specialist audience. This initiative seeks to strengthen the existing ties between research groups in Spain and the United Kingdom, and to stablish new ones. After the lecture, there was a networking event to promote discussion between the participants and the invited speaker.

On this occasion, the guest speaker was Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán, scientific director of the CIC BiomaGUNE in San Sebastian, Spain.

“This is a great initiative to give more visibility to the science we do in Spain” Prof. Liz-Marzán stated. Dr. Mario González, Director of the SRUK Scotland Constituency and promotor of the event, claimed “Events like this one promote the establishment of long-term relationships between the researchers working in the UK and Spain. These valuable connections enrich research in both countries by opening new avenues to share ideas, experiences, knowledge and resources”.

The lecture highlighted the latest developments on the synthesis, and optimization of metallic nanoparticles, particularly focusing on their biomedical applications. Nanoparticle research is nowadays a field of intense scientific interest. As Prof. Naomi J. Halas, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Rice University (Pennsylvania, USA), stated “I see Nanomedicine as a technological platform that will offer the possibility of personalised treatment of diseases”.

International and interdisciplinary collaborations between research groups from the United Kingdom and Spain are imperative in our increasingly globalized world. As Prof. Liz-Marzán said “It is essential to talk to experts from other fields in order to find possible applications or perform complex studies that would require more specialised knowledge or equipment”.

Prof. Liz-Marzán is one of the most outstanding researchers currently working in Spain. He has published more than 400 scientific papers, written several book chapters and registered eight patents. In 2016, he was listed within the 300 best researchers working on Material Science by the scientific data base Scopus.