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Ana María Menéndez: a Spaniard at the top echelon of the United Nations

Ms Menéndez has been appointed as the next Senior Adviser on Policy, with the same rank as an assistant secretary-general. She will succeed Kang Kyung-wha, who has become Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea.

José Ángel Ávila, winner of European Inventor Award 2017

The Spanish engineer got the European Patent Office award for his development of signalling technology for Galileo, Europe’s global navigation satellite system.

Pioneers in space farming

A research team from the Spanish National Research Council, in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency, is running experiments in a fundamental area to colonise other worlds: farming without gravity.

Spain’s national health service, among the world’s top ten

A survey by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington reported in ‘The Lancet’ places Spain among the top ten countries in medical assistance and access to healthcare.

Spain, a world reference in smart cities

The Spanish Association for Standardisation has approved two new UNE standards for infrastructure, accessibility and functionality, aimed at the development of smart cities.

Spain strengthens global presence

Spain stands 12th among the countries with the strongest global presence, according to Elcano Royal Institute.

Spain supports the establishment of an international criminal court to prosecute terrorism

The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, has resumed the initiative launched by his predecessor, José Manuel García-Margallo, for the establishment of an international criminal court with jurisdiction to prosecute terrorists and extremists.

Spain, a book giant

España es el país con más puntos de venta de Europa y el noveno mercado editorial más grande del mundo, con un volumen de ventas de 2.809 millones de euros.

Sustainable jeans: a revolution made in Spain

Valencia-based Jeanologia has become a global leader in sustainable and eco-friendly jean finishes. Its innovative methods have revolutionised a traditional sector in the textile industry, doing away with toxic chemicals in some of the procedures.

Spain comes to the future by Hyperloop

Over 30 students and entrepreneurs at Universitat Politècnica de València are taking part in the Hyperloop Pod Competition to develop the first prototype of the supersonic train of the future.

Spaniards, the most loyal to EU

According to the latest Eurobarometer of the European Parliament, more than 80% Spanish nationals would like to see stronger EU intervention in the face of challenges like terrorism, unemployment or tax evasion.

More efficient, safer batteries made in Spain

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid and the Spanish National Research Council have come up with a new way of making ceramic electrodes for lithium-ion batteries with ten times the energy storage of present-day batteries.

Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo shooting at the Olympic cauldron to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics. Photo: EFE. (EFE)

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Seville Expo ’92 and the Barcelona Summer Olympics, two events that placed Spain on the map as an innovative, modern country.

Siemens high-speed train connecting Madrid to Tarragona in the AVE rail network. Photo: EFE/Jaume Sellart. (EFE)

The AVE Madrid-Seville line is a quarter-century old already. The Spanish high-speed rail was inaugurated 25 years ago. Today, it is the longest railway network in Europe and the second in the world, after China.

Inclusive fashion industry: an opportunity for integration

The Spanish fashion industry is taking a qualitative leap, making clothes for people with functional diversity who can now exercise their right to choose the way they dress and be as elegant as they want. It is inclusive fashion, made in Spain.

Organ donation and transplantation rates continue to grow

Organ donation and transplantation rates grew by 10% this year. If this upward trend remains in place, Spain could reach a new record, with more than 5000 patients benefitting from operations and 45 donors per million people.