He decided that he would become an astrophysicist after watching the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Born in Baena, Cordoba, Rafael Garrido was the only Spanish researcher who participated in the COROT space mission, developed by the European Space Agency. He is currently part of PLATO, with which he continues his search for planets that are similar to Earth. He has Parkinson’s disease but this hasn’t stopped him from continuing his research work at the Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia, in which he works since its beginnings.
A researcher from the Microelectronics Institute of Seville, Ricardo Carmona Galán, has received a 2.2 million euros grant from Europe for his research project ‘Achieve’. It is a doctoral training network that aims to create a new generation of scientists through a four year research programme. Those who participate in the programme work in several disciplines within the project, so they can receive training in different specialties.
Carmen Moreno directs the Allergology Unit of the Reina Sofía Hospital of Cordoba. She has focused her work on the search for allergy treatments for almost three decades and currently leads a team that is a Spanish benchmark for the battle against allergies caused by severe insect stings that can kill a person.
Marina Murillo is from San Fernando in Cadiz. She graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 2010 and in the same year she received the Spanish National Award for the Top Academic Record. She holds a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and, although she started a post-doctoral position at the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics, she ended up returning to Castellón to take up a post as a maths professor at the University Jaume I. Marina currently combines teaching with research. The Royal Mathematical Society of Spain together with the BBVA Foundation has selected her as one of the seven most promising young mathematicians in the country, awarding them the Vicent Caselles Prize for Mathematical Research.