RMIT Europe wins prestigious award for strengthening Spain-Australia ties

RMIT Europe wins prestigious award for strengthening Spain-Australia ties

RMIT's innovation hub in Barcelona, Spain, has been named the annual Malaspina Award winner in recognition of the team’s significant contribution to scientific and cultural relationships between Spain and Australia.

Awarded by the Spanish Embassy in Australia in collaboration with the Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific, the accolade reflects RMIT Europe’s continued work in championing research between the two countries.

Since 2013, RMIT’s presence in Spain has served as a gateway for European research, industry, government and enterprise to innovation and talent in Australia and Asia.

Alec Cameron holding a trophy posing for gorup photograph. RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron (centre) accepted the Malaspina award on behalf of RMIT Europe.

The University has participated in more than 30 European research projects, many of which involve Spanish organisations such as Autonomous University of Barcelona, IS Global, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IIIA-CSIC) and the University of Barcelona.

This year alone, RMIT was awarded five European-funded projects – four of which will further connect researchers and innovators in Australia and Spain.

RMIT Europe’s Executive Director Professor Marta Fernandez said she was thrilled to see the team’s important work recognised.

“It is a tremendous honour for RMIT Europe to receive this prize that celebrates our positive impact facilitating research collaborations, driving international experiences for academics and students and promoting cultural exchange between Spain and Australia,” she said

Malaspina Award Secretary Professor Luis Salvador-Carulla said RMIT Europe deserved to be commended for its outstanding international collaboration effort.

“The team has facilitated connection between Spain and Australia to solve critical problems impacting the community and the environment,” he said.

“We are very pleased to be conferring the 2022 Malaspina Award to RMIT Europe.”

This year’s Malaspina Award is supported by Navantia Australia.

The award is named after Alejandro Malaspina, who led the Spanish World Scientific Expedition between 1789 and 1794.

The expedition carried out studies in natural history, cartography, ethnography, astronomy, hydrography and medicine in Latin America, the Pacific and Australia.

The 2022 award ceremony took take place at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome in Canberra on 18 November.

Next year, RMIT Europe will celebrate 10 years of operation in Europe.


Story: Patricia Lora

22 November 2022


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