Mr. Íñigo J. Losada Rodríguez

Medalla nº XIV


Iñigo Losada, Bilbao (1962), graduated with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Cantabria (UC) and a second PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware (USA). He is a Hydraulic Engineering Professor and Director of Research of the Environmental Hydraulics Institute “IHCantabria” of the UC where he served as the founding Director (2007-2011), after promoting its creation. From 1989-1992, he joined the Center for Applied Coastal Research (U. of Delaware) working on coastal oceanography, mostly on the understanding and modeling of coastal dynamics and its interaction with natural and artificial structures. In UC, as an Associate Professor first and as Full Professor (1999-), his research has embraced: coastal dynamics and its relation with coastal protection; climate change and coastal risk and the development of ocean energy. From 2000-2004 he served as Director of the Water Science Technology and Environment Department and as a Member of the Scientific Panel for the Strategic Coordination of Marine Spills of the Ministry of Science and Technology, created in response of the Prestige Oil Spill. From 2008-2011 he was the Coordinator of the Spanish National Agency for Research Evaluation and Prospective in the field of Civil Engineering. Since 2011 he is the Scientific Director of the Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin, a Large-Scale Singular Research Facility (ICTS) of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, devoted to experimental studies in both coastal and deep waters. From 2010 on he has been co-authoring several reports for The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


He has been Principal Investigator in more than 25 projects funded by the Spanish Research Agency and European Union programs covering different topics such as: coastal processes; tsunamis; climate variability and climate change; coastal risks; oil spills and impacts of brine discharges in the coastal environment; ecosystem services for coastal protection or marine energy.


With over 200 publications he is one of the most productive and most cited in the field of Ocean Engineering. He is listed in Essential Science Indicators (Wos) in the discipline Engineering.


Besides his research, he has developed and extensive activity to close the gap between research, technology transfer and policy making, working in collaboration with public administrations and private institutions and companies worldwide, having a great impact on coastal protection policies. He has coordinated projects for:  CEPAL-UN, FAO, UNDP, Environment Canada, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank (WB), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Spanish and international Ministries of the Environment and Climate Change Units, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and international governments.


As part of his academic activities he has founded and coordinated several PhD and Masters programs. He was also founder and first Director of the first Spanish PhD program in Marine Science and Technology for Coastal Management, founded in 1996 and awarded in 2005 with the “Ibero-American Universities Association for Postgraduate Studies” as the Best Postgraduate Program in Applied Sciences. He has supervised more than 20  PhD Thesis.


Losada has received several awards including: Modesto Vigueras Award of the Spanish Ports and Coasts Association (1997); Premio Nacional de Medio Ambiente (1999): Premio de Investigación del Consejo Social de la Universidad de Cantabria (2003 y 2009); Premio de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Cantabria (2007), Premio Internacional Augusto González Linares (2011);  Medalla al Mérito Profesional del Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (2014);  “Enrico Marchi” Distinguished Lecture de la Sociedad Italiana de Hidráulica (2016); John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award de la American Society of Civil Engineers (2017); Medalla la Mérito Naval con Distintivo Blanco, Ministerio de Defensa (2017) y el  Premio Rei Jaume I en Protección del Medio Ambiente (2018).


Losada serves as a member of the Coastal Engineering Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Engineering, ranked #1 in the field, and FRONTIERS in Ocean Engineering, Technology and Solutions for the Blue Economy, and member of the Editorial Board of several other journals.