Juan Manuel García-Ruiz
Juan Manuel García-Ruiz is Research Professor of the CSIC at the University of Granada, Spain. Founder of the Laboratory of Crystallographic Studies, and of the Crystallization Factory, he is an international expert in the crystallization of minerals, drugs and proteins, including mineral self-organization in natural and synthetic materials. He is currently leading the ERC project "Prometheus" on mineral self-organization and primitive life detection in the early Earth. Prof. Garcia-Ruiz is the author of the book "The mystery of the giant crystals" and of the script of the homonymous documentary film. He creates in 2006 the governmental Program Explora to support “out of the box” investigation, and he is very much involved in promoting a citizen culture of science and building bridges between science and art. He also enjoys flamenco music.