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Short biographical note

Francisco Esquembre (born in 1963) received his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in June 1991 at the University of Murcia, where he has been working since 1986. Since May 2016, he is Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis at this university.

Francisco began his academic career studying dynamical systems, both discrete and continuous, from a theoretical point of view. Early in his career, he devoted himself to the study of modeling and simulation of physical phenomena and engineering, a field in which he has developed a modeling and authoring tool called Easy Java / Javascript Simulations (EJS). This tool and its developments for teaching and research have reached a worldwide relevance, being used by students, Ph D students, and professors and researchers from all over the world.

In November 2011 he obtained, together with other members of the Open Source Physics project (to which he belongs) and the digital library ComPADRE (financed by the NSF, the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physics Teachers of the USA), the SPORE prize, awarded by the journal Science. In 2015 he received the Excellence Award from the Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning group for his work on EJS.

Until 2019, Francisco has published more than 35 articles in indexed journals, and more than 25 in proceedings and non-indexed journals. He is the author or co-author of 2 books and 3 book chapters. He has registered 3 computer programs as Intellectual Property. He has given presentations at numerous international conferences, with more than 15 plenary lectures and many other invited. He has participated in 8 regional, 10 national, 11 EU-funded, and 3 others international projects.

Francisco has a special interest in the practical application of mathematics to the business world. Until 2018, he has signed 10 contracts with companies, three of which for the exploitation of his computer programs.

Francisco participated in the Conceptual Learning of Science consortium from 1998 until its dissolution, being president of it for 6 years. Currently, he has been a member since 2006 of the international group Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning, sponsored by the European Physical Society - of which he was co-president since 2010 to 2018 - and member of the GIREP. He is also a member of the US Open Source Physics project.

He has advised three doctoral theses.

Francisco was for two years Advisor for the Ministry of Education and for two years, General Director of Universities and Research of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and Head of the Seneca Foundation (Regional Research Agency). Within the University of Murcia, he has been Director of the Transfer Research Office (OTRI) for 4 years and Dean of the School of Mathematics from 2009 to 2017. He is, since April 2018, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Transfer of the University of Murcia.

Except for the time he worked for the Government of the Region of Murcia, Francisco has maintained his research in a sustained manner. Currently, Francisco teaches at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Murcia. His research includes Computer Assisted Teaching and the Simulation of Scientific Processes for teaching purposes.

Francisco (Paco) can be contacted by e-mail at

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