The Canis Majoris Foundation holds its 5th Annual Conference

The Canis Majoris Foundation held its 5th Annual Conference last Friday 19th of January 2018, which kicked off at 3:30 pm in the main hall of the  Ateneo de Madrid and was officially opened with a speech given by the President of the Foundation, Don Gonzalo Casas Pessino. The topic of discussion and debate for this year has been Cyberbullying and Sexual Grooming which is a current issue of great transcendence.


“Don Gonzalo Casas Pessino, President of the Canis Majoris Foundation”

In order to further develop the topic for the 5th Technical Seminar we have brought together a panel of experts to debate the topic and another panel to discuss prevention:


The Hon. Doña Elvira Tejada Magistrate in Computer and Cybercrime.

Chief Inspector Roberto Fernández, Head of  Networks Section of  the National Police Unit for Technological Investigation..

Representatives of the Civil Guard’s Technological Brigade.


Don Jorge Flores, Director y founder of the “PantallasAmigas” platform.

Doña Estefanía Jiménez, Professor of the País Vasco University and member of the European Commission Research Group EU Kids Online.

Lastly, Doña Encarnación Iglesias, President of the  Association “Stop Violencia de Género Digital” (Stop Digital Gender Violence) , shared her personal experience in a case of sexual harassment.



The 5th conference by the Canis Majoris Foundation was  much-needed and useful. Needed, because it permitted us to delve deeply into an area – cyberbullying-, of which we still know very little, and where even the victims are unaware of the all the risks involved.  Useful, because we are facing something that was unimaginable until the arrival of  the current social network phenomenon.

Until recent years, bullying was comprised of a physical nature and almost always required a physical component, almost always including contact between the victim and the aggressor, however nowadays this can be done from a distance of thousands of kilometers and potentially to vast numbers victims: In Spain there are 5 million users of Twitter, another 10 million using Instagram and 15 million using the most popular social network, Facebook.

All the speakers made it clear that the damage done, at times irreparable is produced among peers or is harassment from an adult to a minor with implicit or explicit sexual intention. Particularly worrying (increasing despite warnings) is the increase of sexting: the spreading of sexual content type produced by the recipient but published by the sender. young people are not conscious that the multiplication of such photos or videos with erotic content that they voluntarily send to their sexual partner or friend can become unstoppable In addition, young people feel more threatened when the harassment is physical rather than when it is produced through social networks. Not surprising given the familiarity and precocity in using these networks from the age of 9.

Lawmakers have had to adapt. The magistrate for computer Crime, Hon.Doña Elvira Tejada pointed out that until 2015 only the spreading of images that were obtained surreptitiously was considered a crime, not those  freely received. today this has changed. The user can spread their own images but they are also protected from having these images propagated by third parties and this is where we place the limitation to be respected by others. The age of greatest risk is between 12 and 14 years of age.

“The Hon. Doña Elvira Tejada during her presentation”

Experts insist on the need to extend the prevention programs by counting on the support of the educational community and also  parents who are absolutely overwhelmed and often do not know how to respond. Jorge Flores, founder of “Pantallas amigas” (Friendly Screens) reminded us that until 2004 the focus on new technologies was positive and the solution was not to put the social networks under suspicion but instead to have a responsible society at a time when we more than use the web, we actually live in it.

“Don Jorge Flores, founder of PantallasAmigas (Friendly Screens)”

Today we pursue crimes that did not fit the  previous types of crime. Cyberbullying can be punished, but it can hardly be eradicated It is a process evolving at the speed of new technologies and as is the case with all crime, always precedes law enforcement, lawmaker skills and precautions taken by victims.

Alicia G. Montano

4th Annual Conference of the Canis Majoris Foundation and 5th Gala presentation of the Elena Pessino Scholarships

The Canis Majoris Foundation celebrated its 2nd Technical Seminar, 4th Annual Conference and 5th Gala Presentation of the Elena Pessino Scholarships last Friday 27th January 2017. Among the Entre las institutions present were; The Madrid Local Council, the Madrid Association against School Bullying and the Arcipreste de Hita Institute.

The Canis Majoris Foundation celebrated  their 2nd Technical Seminar, 4th Annual Conference and 5th Gala Presentation of the Elena Pessino Scholarships last Friday 27th January, 2017.

 Throughout the morning, The Canis Majoris Foundation celebrated its 2nd Technical Seminar with the aim of analyzing the validity and reliability of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical of Mental Disorders). Various experts from within the field of mental health participated in this year’s seminar which was coordinated by Doctor Ángeles Roig Moliner (Doctor in Psychiatry). This private act was held at the Club Financiero Génova.

(From left to right). Doctor Manuel Gómez Beneyto, Doctor RIcardo Ruiz, Doctor Ariel Ernesto Cariaga Martínez, Doctor Raúl Alelú Paz, Don Gonzalo Casas Pessino, Doctor Ana Sánchez Torres, Doctor Valentín Corcés Pando, Doctor Ángeles Roig Moliner y Doctor Rosa Molina Ruiz

During the afternoon the Canis Majoris Foundation held the debate on School Bullying at the 4th CMF Annual conference with two debate panels coordinated by Doctor Alicia Gómez Montano (Doctor in journalism):  Expert panel and  Protagonists panel.

(From left to right). Speakers at the Expert panel of the 4th Annual Conference: Profesor Doctor Rosario Ortega Ruiz, Doctor Alicia Gómez Montano, Ilustrísima Hon.Concepción Rodríguez González del Real y Doctor Tiina Mäkelä

Lastly held was the 5th Gala presentation of the Elena Pessino Scholarships where the Canis Majoris Foundation awarded 14 scholarships to students from Alcalá University. Among the institutions presenting these grants were: Comunidad de Madrid,(Madrid Regional Government), Defensor del Pueblo, (Ombudsman) el Comité Paralímpico, (Spanish Paralympic committee) and the Universidad de Alcalá.

The 14 students with functional diversity at the University of Alcalá awarded with the Elena Pessino Scholarships for the academic course 2016/2017 joined by members at the table of honour.

Both events (4th Annual Conference, and 5th Elena Pessino Scholarship Awards),  were held in the main hall at the Ateneo de Madrid last Friday 27th January 2017.

Special Thanks to

The Canis Majoris Foundation appreciates the presence and participation of the following institutions and collectives at the 2nd Technical Seminar, 4th Annual Conference, and the Gala Presentation of the 5th Elena Pessino Scholarship Awards.

Speakers at the 2nd Canis Majoris Foundation Technical Seminar: Doctor Valentín Corcés Pando (Doctor in Medicine  and Surgery), Doctor Raúl Alelú Paz (Doctor in Medicine  and Surgery), Doctor Ariel Ernesto Cariaga Martínez (Doctor in Biomedicine), Doctor Manuel Gómez Beneyto (Doctor in Psychiatry), Doctor Rosa Molina Ruiz (Specialist Psychiatrist in Clinical Research), Doctor Ricardo Ruiz (Doctor and Psychiatrist), Doctor Ana Sánchez Torres (University of Valencia Department of Logic and Philosophy).

Speakers at the Expert Panel:  The Hon. Concepción Rodríguez González del Real (Juvenile Court Magistrate), Profesor Doctor Rosario Ortega Ruiz (Vice President of the  International Observatory of Violence in School) and Doctor Tiina Mäkelä (Coordinator of KiVa at the Escalae Institute).

Speakers on the Panel of Protagonists :Doña Carla Herrero Torrellas (Psychologist and Social Entrepreneur), Doña Mónica Ceberio Belaza (journalist for EL PAÍS), Doña Sonsoles Castellano Zapatero (Executive President of the San Patricio Foundation) y Doña Eva Cadaval Cruz (Coordinator at Centro Profesional y Sanitaria).

Coordinators of the Canis Majoris Foundation’s 2nd Technical Seminar and Debate Panels of the  4th Annual Conference : Doctor Ángeles Roig Moliner (Coordinator de la 2nd Technical Seminar) and Doctor Alicia Gómez Montano (Coordinator of the Debates at the 4th Annual Conference).

Membros of the  “Table of Honor” at the 5th Elena Pessino Scholarship Awards : Doña Elena Pessino Gómez del Campo (Honorary President of the Canis Majoris Foundation), Don Gonzalo Casas Pessino (President of the  Canis Majoris Foundation),  Doctor Raúl Alelú Paz (Director of the Canis Majoris Foundation),  The Hon. Don Jorge Jiménez de Cisneros Bailly-Baillière (Director General of Community of Madrid Region’s Agency for Attention to People with Disability), The Hon. Don Francisco Fernández Marugán (1st Vice Ombudsman), Profesor Doctor Doña Carmen Figueroa Navarro (Delegate for the Dean on Inclusión and other Guarantees policy in the university community at Alcalá university), and Doña Marta Gómez Battelli (Paralympic swimmer).

Student recipients of the 8th calling for the Elena Pessino Scholarships: Don Javier Abajo Sáenz, Doña Montserrat Amores García, Don Raúl Baena Sánchez, Doña Estefanía Caramés Montés, Don Jesús Castillejo Martínez, Doña Denisa María Csobot, Doña Clara Eva Fernández Delgado, Don Daniel Francisco López, Don Enrique García Cortés, Don Bruno Garrido Pascual, Don Jorge Martín Posadas, Doña Soraya Mínguez Gutiérrez, Doña Yara Pérez Cantador yand Doña Laura Vicente de Valenzuela.

Instituciones represented: Doña Modesta Medina Hernández (Assessor to the Mayor of Madrid,  Ayuntamiento de Madrid); Doña María José Fernández (President  Asociación Madrileña Contra el Acoso Escolar – AMACAE Madrid Association Against School Bullying), Doña Mª del Mar Valdeita Gómez (Vicepresident de AMACAE), Doña Laura Yugo Cano (member of AMACAE); Doña Nuria Delgado Villar (Director of  Instituto Arcipreste de Hita) and Doña Soledad Tovar Sánchez (Academic director of Instituto Arcipreste de Hita); Profesor Doctor Doña Isabel Cano Ruiz (Codirector of the Elena Pessino Research Chair) and Doctor Raquel Gragera Martínez (Head of Integration Unit and Disability policy at Alcalá  University).

Centers that form part of the Animales Assisted Therapy Program by the Canis Majoris Foundation : Don Carlos Salamero (Director of the “Martínez Campos”Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center), Don Manuel Santísimo Sacramento Gómez (Director of Miniresidencia de Getafe), Doña Teresa Vargas (Psychologist at   “Martínez Campos”Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center) and Doctor Mariola Vitutia (Psychologist at Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Center of Getafe).

Collaborators: Don Santiago Casas Pessino, Doña Pilar Pérez Pérez y Don José Villota Grocha (El Dragón Lector); Don Francisco José Rodríguez (BTB Comunicación); Doña Alexandra Coroba Bellavista (Presidenta del Club Deportivo Sordos de Alcalá); Don José Manuel Todolí y Don Daniel Aragoneses (83 Arquitectos).