Keynote Speakers

Below, you will find more information about the keynote speakers (in order of appearance) that will join us at the symposium.

Dr Marina Pérez de Arcos

Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford | Research Fellow at the Department of International History, London Science School | Head of Politics and Institutional Affairs, Forward College – Europe

Short biography: Marina studied History and Economics at the University of York and completed an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations at Oxford in 2016. Her doctoral thesis focused on Spain’s three main foreign policy issues after Francoism: rebalancing relations with the United States, Spain’s 1986 NATO referendum, and negotiations to join the European Economic Community. She then taught Cold War History, European Integration, and Crisis and Decision-making in War and Peace to undergraduates and masters’ students at Oxford and the LSE. Her research interest spans the late 19th and 20th centuries.

More information: You can read her full biography here.

Dr Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Professor of History, Classics and the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) | William P. Reynolds Chair

Short biography: Felipe completed his undergraduate studies and a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford, where he taught History for almost two decades. From September 2005 to 2009, he held the Prince of Asturias Chair at Tufts University in Boston (Massachusetts, USA) and joined Queen Mary college in London. In 2009, he joined the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA). He has been a member of Academia Europaea since 2011.

More information: You can read his full biography here.

Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu

ICREA Research Professor, University of Barcelona

Short biography: Margarita completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her PhD thesis focused on the emergence of social complexity in the Later Prehistoric archaeology of central Spain. Since then, her research has focused on prehistoric archaeology, and the rock art and archaeoacoustics of Western Europe. She is also concerned with heritage, history of archaeology, and the politics of identity in archaeology.

More information: You can read her full biography here.

Dr Rebecca Bowler

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow at Cosmic Dawn, University of Manchester

Research Interests: Rebecca holds a Doctorate in Physics (Astronomy, evolution of galaxies) from the University of Edinburgh. Her research involves studying some of the early galaxies that formed within the first billion years in the life of the Universe. She is passionate and committed to making physics and science accessible and inclusive to all.

More information: You can read her full biography here.

Dr Francisco Juan (Francis) Martínez Mojica

Professor at the Department of Physiology, Genetics, and Microbiology, University of Alicante

Research Interests: Francis studied Biology at the University of Valencia and obtained a PhD from the University of Alicante in collaboration with the Université Paris-Sud (France). His doctoral thesis focused on the response of extreme halophile archaea to environmental stresses. After completing his PhD, Francis moved to the University of Utah (USA) to study bacterial physiology, and subsequently to the University of Oxford (UK) to study genetic regulations and DNA structure. In 1997, he moved back to Alicante as a Professor, a position that he still holds, where he founded the Molecular Microbiology research group to study the function of CRISPR as genetic markers of Escherichia coli.

More information: You can read his full biography here.