After 14 years of academic work, and doing countless flights to all over the world for a myriad of reasons related to my scientific career, I think now it is time to stop and reflect on the question of when flying is truly needed.
Sadly, since 2019 I work on an island (Tenerife) thousands of miles away from Europe. I am therefore obligated to fly, and therefore I believe it is really necessary to reduce these flights to an absolute minimum.
Whenever it’s needed, flying to Madrid then going by train to wherever my final destination might be on the continent should probably be the way to go.
Dr. Ródenas is the discoverer of the technology for laser nanostructuring crystals in 3D, which allows to envisage a future generation of nano-engineered crystals with properties beyond those of natural crystals. In 2019, as a Ramón y Cajal tenure-track professor he now leads his own research line on novel 3D Crystalline Nanophotonics and Extreme-Environment Nanophotonics at the Physics Department of the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL).
The multidisciplinary work of Airán Ródenas in the field of 3D engineered photonics and 3D laser nanoprocessing has led to the publication of over 70 papers in high impact journals as Nature Photonics, with an h-index of 20 (Google Scholar).