Luisa M. Lara

LUISA M. LARA is senior staff scientist at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) based in the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucía in Granada (Spain). She earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Granada in October 1993. Her work is focused on the solar system exploration, with special emphasis on the development of theoretical models for planetary and cometary atmospheres as well as getting data by using ground and space-based observatories. Her scientific and technological publications amount to more than 150 papers in journals included in the Science Citation Index. Since 2001, she has been actively involved in the definition and development of instrumentation for interplanetary missions being Co-Investigator and Spanish Project Leader of the OSIRIS cameras on board the Rosetta mission (ESA), the laser altimeter for Bepi Colombo mission (ESA-JAXA), and the JANUS camera and GALA laser altimeter for the JUICE mision (ESA). She has also participated in the definition and selection future space missions to be undertaken by the European Space Agency and its international partners while being member of the Solar System and Exploration Working Group of ESA.

In recent years she has been part of the Science Committee of the Spanish Society of Astronomy, Secretary of Commission 16 of the International Astronomical Union, Adjoin Coordinator of the National Agency of Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP) for Space matters. In summer 2015, she became member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the 1st Spanish woman (among 12 Spanish members in total) in this Academy.