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.

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    Sep'15 15

    3rd Science in the pub in Sheffield: Everything you always wanted to know about microalgae, but were afraid to ask.

    In another Science in the pub, Dr Maria Huete-Ortega from The Midlands constituency guided the audience through the amazing world of microalgae, the photosynthetic microorganisms that live in aquatic ecosystems. María explained the role of microalgae in marine ecosystems, how climate change is affecting them and how these microorganisms are used in biotechnology to produce biofuels and value-added products. As usually, the talk was held in the pub and the attendees could enjoy the scientific discussion and had the opportunity of meeting other members of SRUK.
    Sep'15 12

    Annual SRUK Summer Barbeque in Cambridge

    As every year, the Cambridge constituency organized the Annual SRUK Barbeque, where its members and friends enjoyed a sunny and lively day at The Alexandra Arms. This year the attendees also had the opportunity to get to know Cambridge thanks to a new activity organized by the Cambridge working group, the Cambridge Discovery Gymkhana, with loads of surprises all around the city.
    Sep'15 10

    Seminar in Edinburgh “The Generation of ’14 and Science Policy in Spain: from scientific convergence with Europe to Civil War, Purge, Exile ... and Democracy” with Dr. Francisco Gonzalez Redondo

    In another stimulating talk, Francisco González-Redondo, from University Complutense, gave an overview of the evolution of Science Policy in Spain, walking through five centuries. From Nicolaus Copernicus to Santiago Ramón y Cajal, he guided the audience from centuries of intellectual decline to the scientific convergence with Europe, promoted since the disaster of ’98, until the Second Republic with the inspiring reforms and modernizing spirit of the “Generation of ’14. He talked about the tragic effect of the Civil War and Francoist Purge in Spanish modernization and how the Generation of ’14 spirit was recovered through the Transition and the restoration of Democracy. The discussion continued in the pub The Gold Tavern.
    Sep'15 03

    SRUK presents in Madrid the “Report of recommendations for Spanish R&D for the general elections 2015”

    On the 3rd of September, Eduardo Oliver (President of SRUK), Lorenzo Melchor (Director of Science Policy) and Asier Jayo (Member of the committee of Science Policy) presented the Report of recommendations on the Spanish R&D for the general elections 2015 to the political parties and Secretary of State for R&D, Carmen Vela, in Madrid. PP, PSOE, IU, UPyD, C’s and Podemos expressed their gratitude and synergy with the bulk of the recommendations, and their intention to debate and implement them in their programs. SRUK distributed the Report to other political parties and expressed its interest in acting as an independent advisory organ in science policy matters. SRUK believes that the response from the parties and the Secretary of State has been very positive and we hope that, by implementing our recommendations, the parties can reach an understanding to make of the national R&D system a stable program, independent of political cycles.
    Jul'15 25

    Pint of Knowledge: "Scientists for EU versus the Eurosceptics" by Dr Mike Galsworthy

    On the 25th of July, Saturday, Mike Galsworthy, Programme Director of Scientists for EU and consultant in research and innovation policy, gave his view on the consequences of a “Brexit” for British science. In this seminar, which took place at the Department of Biochemistry in Cambridge, Mike Galsworthy explained how UK does particularly well out of the EU's growing programme, especially when UK investment in science is decaying, and how EU science is currently key to UK science and to the British economy. After a lively debate, attendants continued the discussion in The Grain Store Pub.
    Jul'15 21

    Seminar in Oxford "Scientific Diaspora in Spain during the Crisis" by Albert Moncusi

    About 20 people gathered at the Wadham room at King Arms in Oxford to listen to Dr Albert Moncusi, lecturer of sociology at the University of Valencia. In his seminar, Albert Moncusi explained his research on how the press dealt with the phenomena known as “brain drainage” during the crisis and until today. He analyzed different ways of quantifying this drainage and how the press echoed this news. The presence in the seminar of both, Spanish scientists in UK and also non-Spanish scientists working in Spain, led to a lively and interesting debate about the need for science mobility. The talk finalized with a call from Albert to participate in his current study, collecting information about Spanish scientists working in the United Kingdom.
    Jul'15 04

    3rd International Symposium SRUK

    More than 100 members attended the 3rd annual symposium of SRUK, exceeding the expectations based on previous years. On this interactive day, 28 members presented their work as a poster or in oral presentation, revealing the research done by members of SRUK. At the end of the day and after the votes of the audience, the award for best oral presentation was given to Natalia Fernandez de Vera and the prize for best poster to Sandra Pérez Garrido. A panel discussion on how the different funding strategies and science policy affect the scientific career, was attended by Isabel de la Mata, Principal Advisor in the General Directorate for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission, Jim Smith, deputy and Head of Strategy of the Medical Research Council, and Marina Villegas, General Director of Technical and Scientific Research of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The main topic for discussion was the funding for the creation of jobs for young and senior researchers in Spain. And the plenary lecture and round off this intense day, was given by Professor Pedro Miguel Echenique, Max Planck Physics Prize and Prince of Asturias Award 1998, who defended the importance of basic science, which is severely suffering from a funding shortage due to the widespread commitment to finance almost exclusively applied science.