Former Mentors

Here you can read about our former mentors who are not taking part in ISEC this coming summer. Biographies of our current mentors can be found here.


Andres-2Andrés was born in the Canary Islands to a Bolivian-Galician family and has been involved with Astrophysics from a young age. He moved to Italy to do IB at the Collegio del Mondo Unito dell’Adriatico, where he founded the astronomy club. He is now graduating with a Master’s in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Bath and is scheduled to start a PhD position at Kings’ College London researching neutrino oscillations as a member of the T2K – Super/Hyper Kamiokande collaboration. His main academic interests lie in pure mathematics, modeling, astrophysics, particle physics and mathematical physics. He is currently working on determining the causes for entropy profile bimodality in galaxy clusters.

Andrés is a passionate musician and has been playing classical guitar for 15 years. He is also a conductor and the founder of the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Bath. He is particularly moved by the works of Dowland, Bach, Beethoven and Schubert and has given several lectures on the life and works of these composers.

Andrés was involved in the early developmental stages of ISEC and is now returning to the team as a mentor.




Erinç was born in İstanbul, Turkey. He spent his first 8 years in the city of Tekirdağ, before moving to Çanakkale with his family. The city witnessed numerous turning points throughout history and was the location of many epic classics such as the ‘Iliad’ by Homer. Erinç developed an interest in science during his childhood and, by the end of high school, decided to delve into the magical world of biological sciences.

After graduating high school, he studied Biology at the Middle East Technical University. During his undergraduate years, he contributed to many non-profit scientific conferences and seminars, which were organized by the University’s Biology and Genetics Student Society. He also translated several scientific articles for Evrim Ağacı, a non-profit popular science society. After graduation, he completed his Master’s Degree in the field of Ancient DNA in the same department and presented his research at three different international scientific conferences.

One of his biggest passions is acting. Erinç has been involved with theater since elementary school. He also loves to sing songs from different genres and one day hopes to be able to play at least one instrument. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and watching movies and TV series.

Erinç is joining the ISEC team for the first time as a mentor for Online ISEC 2020 and will be co-mentoring projects with Elif.




Fernando has always defined himself as a city boy. He grew up in the centre of Valencia, Spain, and spent his childhood dreaming of becoming a private detective, a football player, or a scientist. It was bound to be the last one of the three once he decided to study a chemistry degree at the University of Valencia. During his studies, his love for languages and foreign lands developed, and he spent a year on an Erasmus scholarship at Imperial College London researching organometallic complexes and their use as catalysts in organic reactions.

After graduating he sought an opportunity away from academia and moved to the Netherlands to start as an R&D intern in a company developing new technology for water desalination. During the seven years he spent in the Netherlands, he became a project manager at the same company and learned a lot about water treatment and the business world, but not very much Dutch. In the end he decided to move back to Spain.

Fernando found a new home in Madrid, where he changed career paths and took up teaching at a secondary school. He is currently in his second year as a physics and chemistry teacher and finds the learning curve in this job a lot more challenging than that of business or academia.

During his time away from Spain, Fernando has picked up new hobbies such as baking, playing board games, and drinking a pint of cider at the pub with friends. He also discovered a renewed liking for gazpacho. Fernando enjoys playing video games, playing & watching sports, and traveling to visit old friends.

Fernando is joining the ISEC team for the first time as a mentor for Online ISEC 2020.



Paula-2Paula was born in Valencia and raised in a small city in the Spanish plains called Albacete. She studied physics at the University of Valencia and moved to Italy after receiving an Erasmus scholarship. She continues to reside in Italy while working as a research collaborator at MUSE, a science museum in Trento. She is mainly involved with programming and modelling environmental data, but is also studying topics such as the migration of birds through the Alps and the population flows of various species. She has also recently received a master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Energetic Sustainability from the University of Barcelona. Her main study topics are climate change, adaptation, data modelling and environmental studies.

Paula is very passionate about nature, mountains, and, in general terms, the world! She loves climbing and during summer she spends long periods of time hiking, climbing and exploring the Alps. In addition to spending time in the outdoors, Paula has a deep appreciation for music. She has been playing violin at the conservatory for almost 9 years and her musical talent also extends to her singing voice. She was a part of Valencia University’s chorus for two years and still enjoys singing with a group whenever there is a guitar around.

Paula was involved in the early developmental stages of ISEC and is now returning to the team as a mentor.