Roberto Martínez del Río is the creator of the International Museum of the Student and the owner of the student life collections that can be visited through this web portal.
Born in La Bañeza (León, SPAIN), he graduated in Podiatry from the University of Extremadura, Official Master's Degree in Sports Podiatry from the Catholic University of Valencia San Vicente Mártir, Official Master's Degree in Podiatry Research from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Master's Degree in Dermatological Podiatry from the University of Valencia, University Expert in Orthopedics from the International University of La Rioja and University Expert in Care and Treatment of the Patient with Diabetic Foot from the University of Barcelona. Their academic training is complemented and updated periodically with the completion of advanced specialization courses and attendance at scientific congresses related to podiatry, biomechanics and sports.
In this professional field, he is the head of the Podiatry Clinic that bears his name and, between 2014 and 2021, he has been Professor of the Degree in Podiatry at the University of Extremadura, where he taught two subjects belonging Department of Biomedical Sciences: "Dermatology and pathological anatomy" and "Anesthesia and resuscitation". At the same time, he is the Chairperson of Castilla y León of the Spanish Sports Podiatry Society (SEPOD / AEPODE) and a member of the Spanish Sports Medicine Society (SEMED / FEMEDE) and the International Federation of Podiatrists (IFP). In addition, he has been part of the Research Group "Diabetes, diabetic foot and chronic wounds" (DIPIHER) of the University of Extremadura and is a collaborating author of the second edition of the book «Chiropody: Atlas of Ungueal Surgery».
Roberto Martínez has been nominated twice for the «Doctoralia Awards», in the categories of "Best podiatrist in Spain" (2014) and "Most valued Podiatrist in Spain" (2015), having been awarded the «Certificate of Excellence» in the years 2016 and 2017. He was also nominated for the «Solidarity Award for Business Action 2016», in recognition of his charitable work.
Such as author, has participated in collective works such as «History of the University of Salamanca» and published a dozen books. Among them, the first «Historical dictionary of student and university terms», presented at the eighth centenary of the 'Studium Generale' of Palencia., «Students of Salamanca», which was released on the occasion of the European Capital of Culture in 2002 and «Memories of the Plaza Mayor. The student of Salamanca in the eighteenth century», prepared for the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the main square of Salamanca.
Roberto has been the curator of several international temporary exhibitions, musical composer and a jury of numerous awards and contests. In addition, he has given lectures in different universities in Belgium, Colombia, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
While waiting for a physical venue that can host the Museum, continues to conduct research on international student life and expanding the collection with pieces from five continents.
He currently heads the Virtual Museum (www.museumofthestudent.com) without any financial assistance or institutional support.
Diccionario histórico de términos estudiantiles y universitarios (Historical dictionary of student and university terms). Diputación Provincial de Palencia, Palencia, 2012, 120 pages. Work published to mark the eighth centenary of the 'Studium Generale' of Palencia.
El arte de Tunar (The art of tunar). Chapter entitled «Un siglo de estudiantinas carnavalescas». T. F. Media y diseño, S. A., Urueña (Valladolid), 2006, 157 pages. Book & catalog dedicated to the temporary exhibition held at the Fundación Joaquín Díaz from Urueña (Valladolid, SPAIN). Sponsored by the Fundación Joaquin Diaz, Junta de Castilla y León and the Ministry of Culture of Spain.
Memorias de la Plaza Mayor. El estudiante de Salamanca en el siglo XVIII (Memories of the Main Square. The student of Salamanca in the eighteenth century). Europa Artes Gráficas, Salamanca, 2005, 101 pages. Work published to mark the 250th anniversary of the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca. Sponsored by Fundación Salamanca Ciudad de Cultura, the City of Salamanca and the consortium Salamanca 2005 Main Square of Europe.
Tradiciones en la antigua Universidad. Estudiantes, matraquistas y tunos (Traditions in the ancient university. Students, matraquistas and tunos). Chapter entitled «La supervivencia del estudiante pobre en el antiguo Régimen: Correr la Tuna» (The survival of the poor student in the old regime: Running the Tuna). Ediciones Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, 2004.
Historia de la Universidad de Salamanca (History of the University of Salamanca), Volume II. Chapter entitled «Estudiantinas y Tunas» (Estudiantinas and Tunas). Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, 2004. Work published to mark the designation of Salamanca as the European Cultural City 2002.
Tunas y Estudiantinas de Carnaval. Relaciones culturales, sociales y políticas de los estudiantes de Salamanca (1852-1936) (Tunas and Estudiantinas in Carnival. Cultural, social and political relations of the students of Salamanca 1852-1936), own edition, Salamanca, 2002, 1500 pages.
Estudiantes de Salamanca (Students of Salamanca). Chapter entitled «Estudiantes, Estudiantinas y Tunas» (Students, Estudiantinas and Tunas). Salamanca, Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, 2001. Work published to mark the designation of Salamanca as the European Cultural Capital in 2002.
Miscelánea Alfonso IX 2000 (Miscellaneous Alfonso IX 2000). Chapter entitled «Historias y relatos de estudiantes universitarios» (Stories and narratives of university students). Gráficas Varona, Salamanca, 2001. Publication of the Alfonso IX, Center of Universitary History .
Author of the project Vida estudiantil y Tuna. Fondo documental y expositivo
(Student Life and tuna. Documentary and exhibition).
La vida estudiantil internacional en la historia de la fotografía (The international student life in the history of photography), lecture given on September, 2012 in the Royal Circle of Friendship (Cordoba, SPAIN).
Ocho siglos de tradiciones estudiantiles en Iberoamérica (Eight centuries of student traditions in Latin America), lecture given on September 29, 2011 at the Cartagena University (Colombia) during the course of the «I congreso Internacional: la Tuna en América Hispana».
The History of the Students of Salamanca, lecture given on October 1, 2010 at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland) during the course of the symposium «Czapka conferences».
Le tradizioni studentesche internazionali (International student traditions), lecture given on July 1, 2010 at the University of Torino (Italy) during the course of the «International University Students Meeeting (EUSM) - Toward a European Union of Knowledge» an event included in the celebrations of «Torino 2010 - European Youth Capital».
The Spanish Students in ancien times, lecture given on April 28, 2010 at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland) during the course of the symposium «Iuvenes dum sumus».
Panorama des Traditions Estudiantines du Monde, lecture given on March 27, 2010 at the University of Liege (Belgium) during the course of the symposium «150 ans de la penne á Liege».
Leyendas y tradiciones de los estudiantes de la Tuna (Legends and traditions of students of the Tuna), lecture given on November 7, 2009 at the Auditorium of Fonseca of the University of Salamanca (SPAIN).
Museo del estudiante: la musealización de la vida estudiantil internacional (Museum of the Student: the musealization of the international student life), lecture given on October 29, 2008 at the Autonomous University of Queretaro (Mexico) during the course of the «III Festival Universitario. El otoño en la cultura».
Introducción a la historia de la Tuna (Introduction to the History of the Tuna), lecture given on October 24, 2008 at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (Mexico).
Origen, evolución y expansión internacional de las tradiciones estudiantinas (Origin, development and international expansion of the student traditions), lecture given on October 22, 2008 in Meso-American University of Puebla (Mexico).
Origen, evolución y expansión internacional de las tradiciones estudiantinas (Origin, development and international expansion of the student traditions), lecture given on October 20, 2008 in the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, D. F. (Mexico).
Costumbres universitarias: los estudiantes mendicantes y la vida tunantesca (University customs: mendicant students and tunantesca life), lecture given on September 6, 2008 at the Interactive Music Museum (MIMMA) of Málaga (SPAIN).
Introducción a la historia de la Tuna (Introduction to the History of the Tuna), Los estudiantes en el antiguo régimen (The students in the Old Regime) and Las Estudiantinas de carnaval (Estudiantinas in Carnival), lectures given at the University of Leon (SPAIN) on October 18, 2007 during the course of the series dedicated to the «Historia de la Tuna».
Génesis de las estudiantinas portuguesas (Genesis of the Portuguese Estudiantinas), lecture given at the University of Viseu (Portugal) on October 14, 2006 during the course of the «IV encuentro Nacional de Tunos». Participation in the round table Tunas Ibericas - Linhas tangentes ou secantes.
La Tuna: Origen e influencias (La Tuna: Origin and influences), lecture given at the University of La Serena (Chile) on January 29, 2005 during the course of the «Seminario del buen Tunar».
La supervivencia del estudiante pobre durante el período vacacional: correr la Tuna (The survival of poor student during the holiday period: correr la Tuna), lecture given at Orihuela on February 12, 2003 in the sixth cycle «Orihuela, una ciudad universitaria en la edad moderna», organized by the chair Archbishop Loazes of the University of Alicante (SPAIN).
Pioneering women at the University. Exhibition on the occasion of the «Pint of Science Spain Festival» held from May 14 to 16, 2018 in Plasencia (Cáceres).
Ars Tunandi. Exhibition held from April 1 to 16, 2016 in the "Cielo de Salamanca" room located in the Patio de Escuelas Menores of the University of Salamanca (Spain). In collaboration with Rafael García Santalla.
Memory and validity of a compromise. University against the dictatorship. Contribution of pieces for the exhibition held between 13 March and 1 September 2013, in Valencia La Nau building. Organized by the Department for Culture and Equality at the University of Valencia.
centuries of student life. Exhibition held between October 23 and
December 2, 2012 at the Cultural Center of Palencia (Spain). Organized
by the Provincial Council of Palencia for the eighth centenary of the
Students throughout history. Exhibition installed in the Cartagena University (Cartagena de Indias, COLOMBIA) from 28 September to October 2, 2011.
Students and tunos over the engravings. Exhibition installed in the Palace of D. Gutierre of Leon from 28 September to October 19, 2007. Sponsored by the Townhall of Leon.
The art of Tunar. Exhibition innstaled in the
Mercedes Rueda's exhibition room of the Fundación Joaquín Díaz
between August 1, 2006 and August 1, 2007
(Valladolid). Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.
Troupes and students from Valencia (1887-1928), Journal of the Comparsa de Estudiantes de Elda, Elda (Alicante), 2011.
A romance about poor students in the eighteenth century in Valencia, Journal of the Comparsa de Estudiantes de Elda, Elda (Alicante), 2011.
Student troupes and Estudiantinas in Carnival in the nineteenth century, Journal of the Comparsa de Estudiantes de Elda, Elda (Alicante), 2010.
Salamanca, Bokpyr CBET magazine, No. 2, February 2006, Moscow, pp. 114-129. Collaboration in the development of reporting.
Students and Novelty Cafe, Papeles del Novelty No 9, Globalia Graphic Arts, Salamanca, December 2003, pp. 35-43.
Area of Tuna, Asus magazine, nº 71, June 2000, Salamanca, pp. 11.
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