Lola Balaguer-Núñez


Lola, Balaguer
lbalaguer (at)

Office number: 709 (7th floor new Physics building)

Telephone number: +34 93 402 11 26

Task: Senior researcher, group manager



Lola Balaguer-Núñez joined Gaia on the summer of 2007 as the manager of the Barcelona team (Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) in charge of the 30-people team contracts & activities, applications & reports for Spanish Ministry & European organizations, accountancy, organization of meetings & workshops, planning (funds, venues, people), documentation (reports, webpages). She is also involved in smaller projects related to Gaia like the Spanish network of science exploitation of Gaia (REG), light pollution (Gaia for Sustainability) and public outreach activities of Gaia (Gaia UB Twitter) and of astronomy in general at the Institut de Ciències del Cosmos – UB (ServiAstro).

She studied Theoretical Physics and Chinese at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and completed her PhD on astrophysics at the Universitat de Barcelona after a world wide tour of many years: one at the Beijing Language and Culture University, three at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory as the first foreign student of Astronomy in China, and some Marie Curie stays at the IoA in Cambridge. After returning to Spain she has worked as a translator, interpreter & teacher of Chinese in different universities, as a Physics lecturer at the Universitat de Barcelona and coordinating seminars and conferences at Casa Asia in Barcelona.

Her research interests are related to astrometry (Clusterix), spectroscopy (OCCASO) and photometry of open clusters and she is also part of the CU9 of Gaia DPAC. She is also very interested in Sustainability, is co-chair of the Spanish Astronimical Society SEA Cero CO2 Working Group and has been the co-chair of the Sustainability Advisory Group of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) until Jun 2022, and is a member of Astronomers for Planet Earth (A4E). Other interests include sailing, travelling, languages, literature and the Chinese history of science.


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