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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.

Spain strengthens international presence in 2017

Elcano Royal Institute has published a report titled Spain in the World 2017: Prospects and Challenges, where it states its viewpoint regarding the position and role of Spain in relation to international affairs such as Brexit or relations with USA.

Sustainable development, central to the new Spanish Cooperation Plan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is working on the 5th Master Plan that will guide the development cooperation policy during the 2017-2020 period.

The first bio-printer to create human skin is developed in Spain

Scientists from Carlos III University Madrid (UC3M), the Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT) and Gregorio Marañón University General Hospital, in collaboration with BioDan Group, have developed a technique to create human skin that is apt for transplantation or for use in research or in the testing of cosmetic, chemical or pharmaceutical products.

 ‘1785 motivos por los que hasta un noruego querría ser español’, a collaborative book compiling positive facts about Spain and Spanish contributions to the history of mankind. Photo: www.1785.es.

‘1785 motivos por los que hasta un noruego querría ser español’ is a collaborative work aimed at improving Spaniards’ perceptions of our country.

IrsiCaixa AIDS Institute is an international landmark and a leading centre in the research into the eradication of HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Photo: IrsiCaixa.

Researchers José Moltó and Beatriz Mothe have developed a therapy consisting in an HIV vaccine followed by a cancer drug, which has managed to control the virus without antiretroviral drugs in five patients in Barcelona.

Fundraising bracelets: girl collects 1 million euro for cancer research

Eleven-year old Candela is the driving force behind one of the most successful charity campaigns in Spain, which consists in selling handcrafted bracelets made by kids and their parents to raise funds for children’s cancer research. To date, 1 million euro has been collected.

Madrid stands with Syria

‘Madrid With Syria’, a campaign carried out on 27 and 28 January by the Association for the Support of the Syrian People and United Firefighters Without Borders, delivered humanitarian aid to Syria with the support of the City of Madrid and the Community of Madrid.

Spanish scientists against fish worms

A Galician research team led by Mónica Carrera has come up with a new control method to detect Anisakis in fish in less than two hours.

2016: A successful year

2016 will go down in history as the year when Spain broke all the records in tourism and became the country with the highest number of Biosphere Reserves in the world.

Spain leads international battle against human trafficking

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2331, presented by Spain. The Resolution proposes the means to strengthen the capacity of the international community to disrupt human trafficking in conflict situations.

The most charitable Christmas

Every year, as the holidays approach, several institutions, NGOs, groups and corporations offer generous Christmas help to low-income families, the homeless, the elderly and the underprivileged.

Science by Women, a Spanish project for the future of Africa

The 2nd Conference on Women, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa was held on 13 December in Madrid. The meeting offered the chance to discuss the situation of women researchers in Africa and Europe.

Spain to become a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of 15 UN specialised agencies at the international level.