Javier López Lara es Profesor Contratado Doctor de la Universidad de Cantabria, en el área de conocimiento de la Ingeniería Hidráulica, y es el responsable del Grupo de Hidrodinámica e Infraestructuras Costeras del IH Cantabria

Javier es Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos por la Universidad de Cantabria desde el año 1998 y Doctor por la misma universidad desde 2002. Tras ocupar diversas posiciones como investigador posdoctoral en la Universidad de Cantabria y en Cornell University (EE.UU), consiguió una plaza como Investigador Ramón y Cajal (2008-2012) en el Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas del Agua de la Universidad de Cantabria (UC). Adicionalmente, Javier desempeña las labores de Coordinador del Programa de Intercambio de Estudiantes de Grado en Ingeniería Civil con Cornell University (EE.UU), denominado Programa Cornell.

Javier ha desarrollado su investigación en el área de la hidrodinámica del oleaje, tanto en la zona de rompientes como en los procesos de interacción oleaje-estructura, utilizando tanto la vía experimental como la numérica, esta última, principalmente a partir de códigos CFD. En los últimos años ha ampliado sus líneas de investigación dentro del marco de los flujos medioambientales y de la hidrodinámica asociada a los ecosistemas acuáticos.

Javier ha sido Investigador Principal de varios de proyectos de Plan Nacional, y ha participado como investigador en otros proyectos en convocatorias competitivas tales como CICYT o Unión Europea, entre otras.

A título personal, ha obtenido por sus trabajos de investigación el "Premio Modesto Vigueras" en 2004 concedido por la Asociación Técnica de Puertos y Costas, Sección Española de la Asociación Internacional de Puertos (PIANC), y el Premio Internacional "De Paepe-Willems" de Investigación (PIANC), en 2005 otorgado por la Asociación Internacional de Puertos (PIACN).

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Cesar Alvarez is a researcher at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute, PhD of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria and Associated Professor of the aforementioned institution.

The main research topics of Dr. Alvarez are: Hydrology, Fluid Mechanics, Water quality modelling, Waste Water Management and Submarine outfall environmental design.

He has participated as a researcher in over 150 national and international projects funded by public and private institutions and companies.

He has authored over 80 papers on hydrology, drainage, mathematical modelling of water quality, etc., that have been published in various national and international journals. Dr. Alvarez has also co-authored a book on environmental design of sewer systems in coastal areas and several chapters on outfalls design, some of which have been published by prestigious international publishers.

He has been a member of the Advisory Group of the Spanish Port Authority in the development of the "Recommendations Maritime Works 5.1: Quality of Coastal Waters in Port Areas" (2005); the Advisory Group of the Spanish Research Centre "CEDEX" to develop the "Technical Guide for sewer systems and urban drainage" (2007) and the "Committee on Marine Outfall Systems (Fluid Mechanics Section)" of the International Water Association. (2009-2012). He was also member of the scientific committee of the "International Symposium on outfall Systems", that took place in Mar del Plata (Argentina) in 2011, among others.

In 2002 Dr. Alvarez received the National Environment Award "AQUA" (2002), the most prestigious given by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.

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Jose (Pepe) Barquín has a PhD on freshwater ecology by Massey University, New Zealand. Pepe has held different positions as a Postdoc at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand as well as at the University of Cantabria and was granted the position of Juan de la Cierva researcher during the 2009-2011 period and recently the Ramón y Cajal (2012-2017) at the Department of Water Science and Technology, University of Cantabria (UC). Pepe is currently involved in numerous research projects and competitive contracts with the administration and/or companies as PI and is a member of the Iberian Limnological Association, the Iberian Society of Ichthyology, the Society for Freshwater Sciences and the New Zealand Freshwater Science Society. Pepe has also directed numerous master and doctoral thesis and lectures within the master's program concerned with the management of aquatic ecosystems at the UC.

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Mauricio González es Ingeniero Civil con especial interés en la investigación de los procesos costeros, morfodinámica de playas y el estudio de tsunamis. Es el responsable del Grupo de Ingeniería y Gestión de la costa de IH Cantabria, siendo actualmente profesor Titular de Ingeniería Hidráulica de la Universidad de Cantabria. Mauricio es Máster en Recursos Hídricos por la Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), Master en Ingeniería de Costas y Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos por la Universidad de Cantabria.

Ha sido Investigador Principal de multitud de proyectos tanto de Plan Nacional, CICYT, Unión Europea, proyectos de cooperación internacional con la AECID entre otras. Ha sido profesor e investigador invitado en Cornell University (USA), University of Virginia (USA) y University of Kyoto (Japón). Ha sido director de un gran número de proyectos internacionales de consultoría en ingeniería de costas, proyectos orientados a resolver problemas para entidades públicas y privadas en distintos países. Es asesor científico de la Oficina de Riesgos de la Comisión Europea.

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Andrés García has a PhD in Civil Engineering (2005) and a Master Degree in Marine Science and Technology (1998). Since 1996, he has participated in 14 national and international research projects funded by public calls. His research work has contributed to the development of over 70 projects for private companies and government agencies. He has more than 30 publications in books and journals (10 of them in indexed journals) and 47 conference contributions (28 in international conferences). He has directed a PhD thesis and 10 Master dissertations. Currently, he is directing 4 more doctoral theses. He is a member of the Scientific Association of Marine Studies (ACEM). Since 2011 he became Associate Professor at the Department of Science and Technology of Water and Environment of the University of Cantabria, where he teaches Environmental Hydraulics and Hydraulic Engineering to graduate and undergraduate students.
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Raul Medina is the Vice-president of the Environmental Hydraulics Institute Foundation; Director of the Ocean & Coastal Research Group (1996-2007) and Full Professor of coastal engineering at the Universidad de Cantabria (1993); Doctor in Civil Engineering (Universidad de Cantabria). His research focuses on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Planning, coastal numerical modelling, beach morphodynamics, inlet dynamics, wave hydrodynamics and wave-structure interaction. He has published 14 book chapters, more than 120 papers in scientific journals and more than 200 conference proceedings on these subjects. He has been the main researcher in projects funded by Spanish CICYT, European Union as well as by several Spanish public administrations (State Ports Authority, Directorate General for Coasts, etc.). He is also Scientific Advisor of the Inter-American Development Bank, Reviewer of European Union INCO, MAST Projects and ANEP Projects, Reviewer of several national and international scientific journals, Member of the Scientific and Doctorate Commission of the University of Cantabria.

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