I am a passionate science communicator with the skills of both a professional astrophysicist and an amateur astronomer.

Ready for another “Astronomy at The Calyx” science communication event (talk + stargazing) at Sydney’s Botanic Gardens on 28th Nov 2017.

In my opinion, outreach and education are very important in getting the public to understand what we scientists do and why we do it. I have an extensive and well-demonstrated experience in engagement, outreach and public talks, as I have done this since I was very young (I did my first outreach activity in 1991, when I was 13 years old). In addition, I consider that outreach is one of the most rewarding tasks scientists can do. So, yes, I do participate in a lot of outreach activities, as many as my research and other academic tasks allow me.

At the AAO Stand during the “Science in the Swamp” event in Centennial Park, 15th Aug 2015, during the National Science Week. © Centennial Parklands.

My outreach activities are diverse: astrophotography, timelapses, live and videoconference talks, blogging about astronomy and astrophysics research, social media, organising and participating in many science communication events and podcasting as well as the connection between professional astrophysicists and amateur astronomers. I have long been involved in educating our society in STEM and encouraging girls and boys to pursue STEM careers.

After my talk “The galaxies in all their colours” at the Playa del Carmen Planetarium (Mexico) on 15th April 2016 with part of the audience, who awarded me a special certificate for my talk.

I am the creator, organiser and one of the speakers of the science communication events “The Story of Light” for Vivid Sydney Ideas (since 2015), monthly “Astronomy at The Calyx” at Sydney’s Botanic Gardens (since 2017), and “Unveiling the Universe with light” for Sydney’s National Science Week (since 2016), that are typically sold out.

Panelists of the AAO-MQ science communication event “Unlocking the Cosmos with light” at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum for National Science Week 2019.

I prepare popular science writings for amateur astronomy magazines, press, and internet. My three blogs are exclusively dedicated to Astronomy and Science. In 2003 I was the first Spanish astrophysicist to create a blog about Astronomy, “El Lobo Rayado” (a bad translation from “Wolf-Rayet stars). Since 2009 I write a weekly 1-page Astronomy article in “Diario Córdoba” newspaper, Spain (365+ articles to date).

In the panel discussion of the “Science in the Pub” event during StarFest 2016 in Coonabarabran (NSW), 30th September 2016.

Since 2016 I collaborate with SBS radio Australia in Spanish in the monthly 10-minutes section Astronomía para Principiantes. I am the creator and co-host (with proud Wiradjuri PhD candidate Ms Kirsten Banks) of the podcast “The Skyentists.

The Skyentists” are astronomers Ángel López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Optics, Macquarie University) and Kirsten Banks (University of NSW) coming at you once a fortnight with astronomy topics and a general “nerd out” session!

I am active on social media and I am included in the list of “100 Twitter-Top Followed Astrophysicists”, @El_Lobo_Rayado.

I am involved in Citizen Science projects such as “RadioGalaxyZoo” and “Planet Hunters with TESS” that have led to 3 research papers and several non-refereed publications. I led the AAT observations, data processing and analysis to classify 2 transients reported by citizen scientists during the 2018 TV shows “Stargazing ABC (hosted by Prof Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro) as supernova type-Ia.

I’m the creator of the “Astronomy at The Calyx” events at Sydney’s Botanic Gardens, that combine a short talk and a stargazing activity and are usually sold out. This poster announces the event on 8th October 2019.

I also collaborate in initiatives for public consciousness-raising about light pollution. My astronomy timelapse videos have received 1/4+ million views in YouTube and have been used by ABC (Australia), BBC (UK), TVE (Spain) and in Science Museums worldwide.

Stargazing at Redeemer Baptist School (North Parramatta, Sydney) on 9th June 2009, while participating in CSIRO “Scientists in School” program.

If you are a teacher and would like to get a passionate astrophysicist to talk to your students, or you are organising a science event and you are looking for an astronomer to give a keynote presentation or organising an stargazing night, or you just need a dynamic science communicator, please do not hesitate on contacting me.

With year-1 students at Manly West Primary School after talking to them about the Solar System on 4th December 2018.

I’m also available for media interviews and other media enquiries, more information about this on my media webpage.