The space is a source of knowledge about the origin of the universe and life on our planet, but it can also provide us with extraordinarily valuable information, thanks to Earth observation satellites, about phenomena exacerbated by human activity, such as climate change.
Sandra Benítez, astrophysicist, science communicator, and head of communications at the European Space Agency (ESA), will unveil the latest advances in space exploration, introduce us to the main research areas of ESA, and explain how space can be used to monitor, prevent, and combat climate change.
Sandra Benítez holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the Max Planck Institute in Munich, and she currently works as a science communicator at the European Space Agency (ESA). Among her various projects, she coordinates the CESAR program for science outreach to educational institutions and universities.
CESAR (Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research) is an educational program developed by ESA, the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), and Systems Engineering for the Defense of Spain (ISDEFE). The program aims to provide European high school and university students with practical experience in astronomical research, especially in the fields of space sciences, radio astronomy, and optical astronomy.
Previously, she has worked as a science communicator at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, as well as at the Museum of Astronomy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has coordinated numerous science outreach projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including the mobile astronomy outreach project, Galileo Mobile.
She delivers lectures and talks to promote science in educational and professional settings and has contributed to the development of a wealth of educational and outreach materials.
He holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Salamanca, awarded in 2001. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the director and presenter of “Los Desayunos de TVE.” He also held the position of Deputy Director of News at TVE, Director of Canal 24 Horas, Director of the news website www.rtve.es, and Director of the social media team for TVE’s news department. Currently, he is responsible for “Zoom Net,” a TVE program focused on technology and digital culture.