A paleontological expedition from several Spanish universities to the La Rinconada de la Sierra area near the western Spanish city of Salamanca has found what could be the oldest trilobite fossil so far unearthed. The fossil is thought to be at least 520 million years old.
On Monday, June 1st, the Ambassador of Spain in the United Kingdom, Mr Federico Trillo-Figueroa, opened the seminar on "Science Diplomacy, Best practices and Mobility" organized by the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Spain, in coordination with the society Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK).
The seminar was chaired by Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser to the FCO and guests speakers were Dr Julie Maxton, Executive Director of the Royal Society; Dr Claire McNulty, Director of Science of the British Council; Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation in DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission Representation in the UK; Mr José Ignacio Fernández, Director General of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness; and scientific advisors of the embassies of Germany, Brazil, USA and Japan in London.
Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco and Dr Patricia Oliart have been awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie funding for the project, 'Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal', which they will co-coordinate. Funded under the RISE scheme, this project involves 8 institutions in the EU and Latin America, and will run over 48 months with an overall budget of around 1 Million Euros.
The Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the UK and ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Group established in 2013 the annual Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal to award the author of the best art historical essay on a Hispanic theme. The prize presentation of the second edition of this award took place at the Embassy of Spain yesterday evening.
08/03/2015 The Council of Ministers has approved an institutional statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day, where the Spanish Government states its commitment to equal treatment and opportunities for women and men. The statement expounds that the right to equal treatment and non-discrimination and the principle of equality of opportunity between women and men are central to achieve a just society, socially and economically developed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency fund these education and training programs, for both Spanish and foreign nationals, which provides opportunities to gain valuable experience at artistic and cultural areas. This week is the deadline for some of these scholarships.
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of Manchester signed on 18th February a Memorandum of Understanding officially launching a second scholarship offered for citizens of the Americas. The agreement includes two full scholarships for PhD studies to be offered each year over the next three years, valued at over US$850,000.
The deadline to receive applications is June 15, 2015.
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation announces the call for applications to the admission test to study a Master in Diplomacy and International Relations at the School of Diplomacy in Madrid, for the 2015-2016 academic year. Deadline for application is 31st January 2015.
The Embassy of Spain in London held on 10th December 2014 the book launch of 'Britain, Spain and the Treaty of Utrecht 1713- 2013'; a collection of historical and internationalist lectures given at the Symposium celebrated at the Embassy last October 2013. The book edited by Trevor J. Dadson and J. H. Elliot is a must read for all historians and experts on international law interested in the balance of power between European countries during the 17th and 18th century. The authors wish to reach also the general public to guide them in the understanding of today’s politics.
Valencia presents today the exhibition ‘ Spain and England. Luis Vives and Thomas More’, which revolves around the figure of these two thinkers and explores the relations between Spain and England during the 16th century. Both humanists had a close relation with the Queen of England at that time, Catherine of Aragon, wife of Henry VIII.
The Prince of Asturias Awards are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world which make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. The last award ceremony took place on October 24th.
The twentieth third edition of the Dictionary of Spanish Language is available from 16th October 2014 in bookstores in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
Thirteen years have passed since the publication of the previous edition, and the new one has required a great job of revision to harmonize the content of the Dictionary and the new academic volumes published in recent years such as the New Grammar of the Spanish Language, the Spelling (Book) of the Spanish Language and the Pan-Hispanic Dictionary of Doubts.
Thanks to the support of Spanish art dealers Coll & Cortés, ARTES Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group awards a number of scholarships each year to students working on any aspect of Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American visual culture before 1800. This year the award ceremony is celebrated on September 30th at the Embassy of Spain in London.
To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the end of the War of Independence (1808-1814), the Embassy of Spain in London organized a round-table about this historical chapter. This was the last event of a series of activities programmed to commemorate this significant anniversary.
The Creative Europe Desk is a UK-wide network of specialist information offices for the European Union's Creative Europe funding programme. This platform has organized some seminars for cultural and creative sector organisations who are interested in funding under the Creative Europe Culture sub-programme, particularly those developing a ‘Cooperation Project’.
A team of archaeologists is working now on the 'Project San Marcos', a new archaeological campaign on the Irish coast, closed to the Moher cliffs. The objective of this initiative is to recover the galleon San Marcos, a ship sunk 426 years ago.
The new edition of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, one of the most prestigious prizes in the heritage field in Europe, has been convened by the institution Europa Nostra.
The Iberoamerican Foundation for the Cultural and Creative Industries (FIBICC) organized a program to support cultural entrepreneurship, CULTUP. The aim of this initiative was to promote quality training for young people and potential professionals to help them to build up their professional profile within the culture and creative sector. In order to achieve this, two complementary phases were developed: on the one hand, an online platform which involved a cultural entrepreneurship course and a personal project advice; and, on the other hand, various face-to-face sessions organized in different cities which included training sessions and networking. The last face-to-face session was celebrated last week at the Embassy of Spain in London.
The round-table 'Women and Science' was held last Tuesday 17th June in London with the intent to discuss why women have so many difficulties to reach high-ranking positions in academia organizations. It was organized by the Embassy of Spain in London together with the society of the Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom.
The new edition of ARCOmadrid 2015 has been presented today at the Spanish in London. ARCO, organized by IFEMA, will take place from February 25 to March 1, 2015 in the Spanish capital.
The ceremony was presided over by the Spanish Ambassador in UK, Federico Trillo-Figueroa, the Executive Director IFEMA, Luis Eduardo, the General Director of Tourism in Madrid, Joaquin Castillo and Gerard Faggionato from Faggionato Gallery in London.
Attendees were able to enjoy the delights of Chef Oscar Velasco from Santceloni NH restaurant.
Former British government minister Lord Tristan Garel-Jones received yesterday the III Fundación Banco Santander Award for Hispano-British Relations in consideration to his work in building bridges between both world - the United Kingdom and the Spanish and Latin American world - in fields of culture, politics and business.
05/06/2014 The Irish writer John Banville has been awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. The candidacy had been proposed by José Antonio Pascual Rodríguez, Deputy Director of the Royal Spanish Academy and 2000 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, and Javier Garrigues, Spain’s Ambassador to Ireland.
31/03/2014 On 27th March, the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) gathered at Imperial College London a panel of lead-experts to discuss on the past, present and future of science publication.
21/03/2014 The Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the UK and ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Group established in 2013 the annual Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal to award the author of the best art‐historical essay on a Hispanic theme. The prize presentation of the second edition of this award took place at the Embassy of Spain yesterday evening.
10/03/2014 The Iberoamerican Foundation for the Cultural and Creative Industries is developing a program to support cultural entrepreneurship: CULTUP. It wants to promote quality training for young people and potential professionals and to support entrepreneurial initiatives that allow them to build up a professional profile within the cultural and creative sector.
26/02/2014 A group of scientists from the Dinópolis Foundation (Teruel) and the American University of Colorado Denver have identified a unique dinosaur footprint at the site El Castellar (Teruel). It is 145 million years old and it measures more than half a metre in length.
26/02/2014 Francisco Sanchez Gomez (Paco de Lucia) was born on 21st December 1947. His father was also a flamenco guitarist, Antonio Sanchez, who was of Gypsy origin. Paco de Lucia took his stage name in honour of his mother, Lucia Gomes.
The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced yesterday by the mayor's office in Algeciras, southern Spain, where he was born. Its mayor, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, called the musician's death an "irreparable loss for the world of culture and for Andalusia".
11/02/2014 Spanish cinema people has just celebrated its 2014 Goya Awards ceremony, in which the film Living is Easy With Eyes Closed has been the clearest winner, achieving seven of the trophies including best film, best director (David Trueba), and best lead actor (Javier Cámara). The Goya Awards are considered the most important cinema prizes in the country, and are given by the Spanish Film Academy.
04/02/2014 Peterborough's Cathedral held, last January 31, its annual commemorattion service in honour of Katherine of Aragon, who was buried in 1536 in what is was then Peterborough Abbey, now the Cathedral. Mr Fidel Lopez Alvarez, Minister-Counsellor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in UK, attended the special service to honour the memory of Katherine of Aragon and to pay tribute to who became Queen consort of England through her marriage to Henry VIII.
04/02/2014 Up till 26 eminent scientists, representing natural, social, human sciences and engineering, have been appointed to a Scientific Advisory Board that will provide advice on science, technology and innovation (STI) for sustainable development to the UN Secretary-General and to Executive Heads of UN organizations. UNESCO will host the Secretariat for the Board. “It brings together scientists of international stature, and will serve as a global reference point to improve links between science and public policies”, said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.
15/01/2014. Argentine poet Juan Gelman, who was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 2007, has died aged 83 in Mexico City, where he lived since he had to go into exile. The writer was also known as a journalist and an activist against the Argentinean dictatorship, which marked him for life: he had to leave the country in 1976 and his son and daughter-in-law disappeared during the military government. This event would influence the tone of his poetry forever.
10/01/2014. Valencia-born writer Carmen Amoraga has won the 70th edition of the prestigious Nadal Prize, a Spanish literary award worth 18,000 euros. She received the award from another Nadal Prize winner, the famous Spanish writer Ana María Matute, who won it in 1959.
10/01/2014. Spanish publisher, literary critic and writer Josep María Castellet, who was National Prize for Literature in 2010, has died in his hometown, Barcelona, aged 87. Castellet was a recognized intellectual who played a main role in the Spanish literature, and especially in Catalan language: he is considered the driving force of Historical Realism. Castellet published two landmark anthologies of Spanish literature: 20 years of Spanish Poetry (1960) and Nine newest Spanish poets (1970).
30/12/2013. Another year, Spanish scientists continue at the forefront of many research despite the difficulties caused by the prolonged economic crisis and funding problems.
The sequencing of the nearly complete mitochondrial genome of a human remains dating from 400,000 years, the discovery of water on Mars, the choice of work on stem cells made in the CNIO as the most important in its category or brain mapping project are some of the contributions that Spanish science has made in 2013.
16/12/2013. The Spanish company Flightech Systems recently introduced the first aircraft flown by remote control, also known as 'drone', which is registered in Europe, after the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency has given its approval.
12/13/2013. A study performed by the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has been selected by the journal Nature Medicine as the scientific breakthrough of the year in the field of stem cells. The Spanish research joins seven other discoveries in different categories, a selection that includes the prestigious magazine each year in its special December issue.
05/12/2013. An international team of paleontologists from Atapuerca and researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany has just achieved a scientific milestone: to extract and sequence the oldest human DNA, which came from a fossilised leg bone of an early human who died about 400,000 years ago in The Pit of Bones, in northern Spain.
04/12/2013 The Sub-Faculty of Spanish of the University of Oxford, one of the most important departments of Hispanic Studies worldwide, marked the 300 anniversary of the Royal Spanish Academy last 11th November. The University held an exhibition an a seminar in which the Director of the Royal Spanish Academy, Prof. Juan Manuel Blecua, gave a speech about this influential and historical institution.
29/11/2013 The Science Museum in London is currently hosting the RobotSafariUE Festival, an exhibition showcasing the new-brand robots inspired by nature. In total, 13 animal-shaped robots from across Europe are being exhibited. The festival opened on Tuesday for professionals, but there will be free access this weekend: visitors can now interact with the robots in this "jungle" in which two robots made in Spain are present: the Bat Bot and the iTuna.
22/11/2013 The Galicia born Ana Inés Jabares Pita has been revealed as the overall title-holder of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2013. Selected among eleven other finalists, the Spanish artist will receive £ 3.000 and a professional commission: she will work with the National Theatre of Scotland on a stage adaptation of Muriel Spark’s novella The Driver’s Seat. Other three winners will receive £ 2.000 each and will be involved in other design production projects.
20/11/2013 The mexican writer and journalist Elena Poniatowska has won the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious and remunerative award given for Spanish-language literature. It is granted by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and worth 125,000 euros. Since it was stablished in 1975, just other three women had won it: the Spaniards María Zambrano (1988) and Ana María Matute (2010), and the Cuban Dulce María Loynaz (1992).
20/11/2013 Ten Spanish scientists specializing in biomedical image have recently joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue their advanced researchs, thanks to M+Vision Cofund’s grants created by the regional government of Madrid.
18/11/2013 Three of the paintings in which the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla portrayed the seaside and beaches of his hometown Valencia will be auctioned on November 20th in London. These paintings are part of the lot of XIX century European paintings that Sotheby's will be auctioning, and that also includes five other paintings by renowned Spanish artists.
15/11/2013 The L'Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science programme, aimed at supporting female researchers in Spain and to promote vocation for Science, has awarded its grants to five scientists, who will receive 15,000 euros each to develop their projects.
15/11/2013. The Spanish Tourist Office in UK has just launched "SPN", a new quarterly iPad magazine which showcases the very best of contemporary Spanish design, arts, culture, gastronomy, travel and music. It is already available as a free download on the Apple Newsstand.
14/11/2013. The writer Luis Goytisolo (Barcelona, 1935) has won the National Prize for Spanish Literature 2013 awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport of Spain in recognition of the complete literary work of a Spanish author. This is the most prestigious award in Spain after the Cervantes Prize and comes with a cash prize of 40,000 euros. Goytisolo is the author of Antagonia, considered one of the Spanish twentieth century’s best novels.
18/11/2013 The Spanish scientists Dr Carles Lalueza-Fox, from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) and Dr Concepción de la Rúa, from University of País Vasco, have been invited to lecture during the seminar on Ancient DNA organized by The Royal Society. This four days seminar (18-21 Nov) will consist of two different events: a scientific discussion meeting about the first three decades of Ancient DNA and a satellite meeting on applications in human evolutionary history.
11/11/2013 Photographer Alberto Schommer has won the 2013 Spanish National Photography Prize awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain and endowed with 30,000 euros. The jury recognized “his photographic continuous career for more than 50 years, in which he has not only addressed all the issues, but has also innovated in his field, from a technical and experimental standpoint; witnessing cultural and social transformation of our country".
08/11/2013 The jury justified its decision as follows: "for her career, for her creation’s hybrid nature, her incessant search for different means of expression and the varied use of materials and techniques".
31/10/2013 Two Spanish scientists have been voted onto the Steering Committee of the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) NetWorks and ISI. They are Arturo Azcorra and Carles Antón-Haro, two of the six international scientists elected during the joint general assembly held in October 29th in Brussels.
29/10/2013 Spanish scientists from the Tissue Engineering research group of Histology department at University of Granada, have achieved to generate artificial skin using stem cells from the umbilical cord. This work, whose previous study was first presented at the Tissue Engineering World Congress held in Seoul a few months ago, has now been published in the prestigious journal Stem cells translational medicine.
25/10/2013 The Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina has received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature 2013.
The Jury for the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, decided to confer the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature to Antonio Muñoz Molina for the depth and brilliance with which he has narrated relevant fragments of his country’s history, crucial episodes of the contemporary world and meaningful aspects of his personal experience. A body of work which admirably reveals his condition as an intellectual with a commitment to his time.
25/10/2013 On the occasion of the Third Centenary of the Treaty of Utrecht (1713-2013) the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, through the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, has organised an academic seminar on 24 and 25 October, to which prestigious historians and Spanish and British internationalist experts were invited.
The call for submissions for The Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal ends next 1st of November, therefore those who are interested in taking part in the competition should submit their essays before the deadline.
A European team of researchers will develop sampling and astrobiologycal analysis in Rio Tinto's mines area in Huelva (Spain). "Simulations in Rio Tinto can help to prepare future manned missions to Mars," said Victor Parro, researcher at the Centre for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), one of the project participants. Also the coast of Marseille (France), will stage 'extravehicular activities' to simulate future missions to the lunar surface.
The Ambassador of Spain in the United Kingdom, Mr Federico Trillo-Figueroa, offered a reception, on 7th October, to celebrate the 9th edition of the London Spanish Film Festival, which was held in this city from 27th September to 9th October.
Researchers at the National Centre of Biotechnology, CSIC (CNB) have obtained a patent USA in the USA on modified bacteria that work as syringes and could be used as a treatment against inflammatory or carcinogenic diseases.
A study from Barcelona Centre for International Health Research in Spain, which is part of Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGLOBAL), has revealed that climate and temperature modify the insecticide effectiveness, which directly has an effect on fight against malaria mosquitoes. The study is led by the researcher Krijn Paaijmas and has been published in PLoS Pathogens.
A group of Spanish enterpreneurs has created a pioneer payment system, grounded on a fingerprint detector. It is called Pay Touch, and allows the user to do shopping and payments without using the mobile phone, cash or any other.
Two Spanish companies, Gometegui and Hilfa,will be responsible for the building of the dome, the structure that will protect the world´s largest solar telescope, the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) that will be placed in the Hawaiian island of Maui.
The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 13 Spanish scientists to grant, with up to 3.5 million Euros, their respective research projects over five years. In total, 284 projects have been selected out of 2.408 proposals received from different researchers of Europe.
The General State Budget´s proposal for 2014 assigns to the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, a total of 4,260 million euros, which means an increase of 2.8% over the last year. The Department led by Carmen Vela will also count on the 1,537 million euros for non-financial transactions (in which grants, transfers or running costs are included), which is 10.1% more than in 2013.
The European Research Council (ERC), the European body that supports excellence in research, funds with 2.8 million for five years the neutrino physics project NEXT, led from the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC, CSIC-UV) by Juan José Gómez Cadenas. The project consists of enriched xenon detector to be installed in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory, and seeks to answer one of the most intriguing questions in physics: Is the neutrino its own antiparticle?
The University of Seville has developed a new system for bicycles cleats, protected at the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, which is based on mathematical and biomechanical studies. Made of plastic through 3D printers easily adapt its components to the needs of users cheaply.
Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Doctor Peset University Hospital, the University of Valencia and the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the National Research Council have designed a new apple snack impregnated with tangerine juice to reduce cardiovascular risk in obese children and improve their physiological well-being. The snack, developed at the Institute of Food Engineering for Development of the Polytechnic, noted for its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential.
The Spanish company Indra will provide a comprehensive service to the Brazilian bank BNB, ranging from consultancy work, planning, design and construction of the solution, to user training and different jobs of technical support and maintenance.
A team of researchers from the Medical Research Institute of Bellvitge (Idibell) has shown for the first time that this moment occurs during sleep. According to the study, the consolidation of memory, the fact that we can remember events or information, is produced during sleep due to the reactivation of information. The research, which also involved professionals of Bellvitge Hospital and the University of Barcelona (UB), has been performed in a group of patients suffering a type of epilepsy that is characterized by atrophy and impaired hippocampal neurons.
The Poliglotti4.eu project originated from the work of the Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism, which has been working on behalf of the European Commission on the situation of multilingualism in the fields of Education, Linguistic Diversity and Social Cohesion, Translation and Terminology, and Language Policy.
The Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE) has been launched by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport) to promote the presence of Spanish creators and artists in international cultural scenes.
Plot for Peace, directed by Carlos Agulló,and Google and the World Brain, produced by Carles Brugueres,have been among the films nominated to the Sheffield Doc/Fest Special Jury Award 2013.
Sheffield Doc/Fest Film Festival, Industry Session programme and Marketplace, offering pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker master classes, as well as a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe.
The Special Jury Award honours a film selected from highlights of the Doc/Fest programme that displays excellence in style, substance and approach. A jury of documentary specialists from the UK and around the world selects highlights of the programme, awarding the prize to the best of the bunch.
Rod Younger, who died suddenly at his home on the Costa del Sol on June 29th, aged 51, was a passionate Anglo-Spanish follower of Spanish culture, and dedicated to the cause of promoting a better understanding of it among British visitors and residents in Spain.
Campus Party will bring together 10,000 participants from all over Europe from 2nd until 7th September 2013. Hosted at the O2 Arena in London, there will be a great infrastructure to welcome the Campuseros who will participate in more than 500 hours of content including conferences, workshops, competitions and activities in the most diverse areas of technology. Its mission is to promote digital skills, help transform ideas into reality and support employment across Europe.
Researchers at the universities of Granada and Jaén and the Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine López Neyra (CSIC) have patented a new biomaterial that can generate artificial bones from umbilical cord stem cells supported on an activated carbon cloth.
Dragados, a subsidiary of ACS, has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of the works to expand the commuter rail network in Sydney valued 807 million Euros. The works consist of the construction of two 15 kilometers long parallel tunnels that will prolong the urban network of northwest Sydney.
The Secretary General of Science, Technology and Innovation, Maria Luisa Poncela, presented on Tuesday 18 June in London the Spanish Strategy and the National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation, approved by the Spanish Government on 1 February, to important representatives of the British science and technology policy during a session attended by scientists, entrepreneurs and investors from both countries.
Virtualware is the leader in creating videogames for rehab based on Microsoft’s Kinect system, aimed at rehabilitating patients with degenerative neurological diseases or suffering from cerebrovascular accidents (strokes). 1,000 patients with degenerative neurological diseases have tried them in Spanish hospitals and in Moscow’s largest rehabilitation center.
Spanish aerospace companies and research institutes led by researcher Maria Dolores Rodriguez Frias, University of Alcala de Henares, will build Ircam the world's first infrared camera with space technology, which will be placed in 2017 on the International Space Station to "hunt "cosmic rays that give information about the origin of the Universe.
De Riotinto a la Roja by Jimmy Burns Marañon tells the story of a group of engineers that started playing football in Sea villages of South Spain and in the surroundings of the shipyards of Bilbao at the time when South American and European football stars arrived to Spain. This fusion with the national talent gave place to a football of a sublime technique.
Gerard Pascual, Yago Diaz and Joan Arnau Siscart Cusco, four teenagers aged between 15 and 16 years, have broken into the top 90 regional finalists of the international fair Google Science Fair with his project We talk about particles?. Endowed with 50,000 Euros for the winning project, Google Science Fair has the support of key institutions in innovation, education and outreach as Lego, National Geographic, Scientific American or CERN.
On 7 June at 18:30, FameLab final will take place at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the top international competition for scientific talks.
This year, the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and the British Council organized the first Spanish edition of the contest and the winner was Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón, mathematician and professor in La Rioja University, with a short talk about love and theorems.
On 6 June Eduardo participated with other 20 national finalists in the international semi-final and was one of the 10 chosen to go to the final.
More than 250 international startups participated in the Startup Competition at the Startup Conference held in Silicon Valley. From these, only three were selected to make their pitch to the public and investors. One of the outstanding participants was The Mad Video, a Spanish platform that lets users incorporate additional information into videos.
The Spanish technology centre Tecnalia has patented a material of great potential in the field of health. It is called Varstiff and is a combination of fabrics that, when subjected to vacuum, become rigid, and when removed, return to their initial state.
InnoEnergy KIC, a firm owned by the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC), has created a system to measure wind in the areas where offshore wind farms are going to be installed to see if they will be profitable. The Neptune project, which is being tested in the Pont del Petroli of Badalona, is aimed specifically to the Mediterranean Sea and gives precise information on the energy that can be obtained in a given area.
The publication of Englert and Higgs works constituted a milestone and provided the key to complete the Standard Model of particle physics. Nearly 50 years later the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) confirmed the existence of this particle via experimentation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The Spanish company Abengoa was awarded three out of six electric transmission concessions auctioned in Brazil, while Isolux gets one and Neoenergia company, in which Iberdrola has a 39% stake, is left with another.
Spain is among the top ten countries in Europe in terms of recycling, with more than 700 companies dedicated to waste management. With annual sales of €5.270 billion, the sector represents 13% of the environmental market. It also provides direct employment to more than 140,000 people according to the Forum Ambiental Foundation. Spanish companies have acquired extensive experience in this process, which they have subsequently exported with great success
Technology provider Indra will be responsible for the technological components of the European Union’s new Emergency Response Center (ERC), which will coordinate the response of member countries to natural disasters and acts of terrorism.
Fiske-Harrison is an Oxford graduate in biology, actor, writer and journalist, who spent a year travelling with bullfighters to watch them work in bullrings and ranches of Spain, France and Portugal with the aim of finding out everything he could on the subject of bullfighting. In 2011 he published the book Into The Arena – The World of the Spanish Bullfight.
The Hospital del Mar in Barcelona have performed five surgeries with a robotic arm which increases the accuracy and effectiveness of interventions to remove the areas of the brain where electrical discharges originate causing seizures.
On May the 14 at 17:00 (18:00 Spanish time), Franciso A. González Redondo, Professor of History of Science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, will take part in the video-conference Leonardo Torres Quevedo: Pioneer of Telecommunications and Computing. The event, that will be held at the headquarters of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid, has been organized by the Capítulo Español de la Internet Society (ISOC) and will be moderated from the i2BASQUE room in Donostia.
The Spanish paper company inaugurates Europe’s most advanced paper mill in Manchester, at a cost of 360 million Euros. The paper mill will produce 450,000 tons of paper annually while being one of the most ecologically friendly and efficient mills in the world. It uses 40% less water than the industry average and 50% less electricity.
The Universidad Politécnica de Valencia leads Transcriptorium, project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. This initiative develops a system for automatic recognition of old handwritten document images, in order to transcribe them the fastest as possible.
The Spanish health system is one of the least expensive per person in the industrialized countries in terms of percentage of GDP allocated to health care. At the same time, the World Health Organization considers it one of the best in the world, according to various parameters such as effectiveness and financial equity.
A new mathematical model inspired by the functioning of the nervous system, is used in research by the Red Española de Aerobiología. This year foresees a tough spring for those allergic to olives and a productive year for olive growers.
Valoriza Environmental Services has become, in just seven years, a leading company in the field of waste management and treatment. Its technological expertise has helped to accomplish goals of international relevance and has positioned itself as a reference company among energy recovery plants integrators, one of the sectors in which its activity is mainly focused.
The Spanish lyric singer Placido Domingo has been awarded with the maximum Award of the city, in honour to the dedication of his career to the opera. The freedom of the City is the maximum distinction which the authorities of London award with. After his interpretation of Nabucco at the Royal Opera House, the lyric singer joined to the circle of the laureates awarded with this distinction.
The Spanish group Acciona has participated in the design and construction of the desalination plant in Adelaide (Australia). The plant is one of the largest in the world, with a production capacity of 100,000 million litres of water per year and can be powered from energy generated by renewable resources.
Biopool, an EU project, turns the dream of many researchers into reality, building a huge collection of tissues histological images with associated clinical information and the development of a number of advanced features to manage and exploit such material.
This is good news for Spain, as it is the Basque Country where the brain of the entire network will be placed The project was an initiative of the Basque Biobank. The business area Computer Vision (ICT-ESI) of Tecnalia will be responsible for the technological shaping of the brain in Spain
Scientists at the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences have published a study in Nature Climate Change in which they confirm that the pause in global warming detected in the last decade is due to increased heat absorption by the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific tropical band. In this way the effect of natural variability of the climate system temporarily masks the impact of emissions of greenhouse gases.
The most usual cause of intellectual disability is caused by a disease called Fragile X syndrome . The drug developed could improve intellectual performance and, to date, has shown efficacy in animals. The research was led by the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, but also involved scientists from the Municipal Institute of Medical Research and the University of the Basque Country.
Next Monday April 1 will be open The Spanish science in the UK: I SRUK/CERU International Symposium-Ramón Areces Foundation, organized by The society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with The Ramón Areces Foundation and the Spanish Foundation for the Science and Technology (FECYT).
Researchers at the University of Castilla-La Mancha have developed a measurement system that predicts air pollution by nitrogen oxides in a particular place and a particular time. The study is based on a huge database of city centers of the Community of Madrid.
A team led by researchers at the Spanish National Research Council has produced three-dimensional magnetic nanowires and studied, for the first time, their properties. The study, published in Nature Scientific Reports, could reshape the way the information is stored and processed.
Researchers at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia have discovered how human cells use two molecules, talin and alpha-actinin, to connect and transmit forces to their surroundings, that is, to communicate with their environment. This discovery represents an important step in understanding cellular function.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) destroys the protection of chromosomes to spread throughout the body, according to a study that involved 127 patients.
The study, carried out by the Spanish Consortium of the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Genome, shows that the gene in question is modified "often" in sick CLL, a blood cancer that causes each year about 1,000 new cases in Spain. Study data suggest that changes or mutations are more frequent among patients with more aggressive variants of CLL.
A team of Spanish researchers has developed a microprobe capable of record the neural activity and, at the same time, deliver drug in the brain. The new device, flexible and biocompatible, is made from a polymer which can interact at microscopic scales never before achieved. It has been tested experimentally in vivo in rats.
The Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering(LEQUIA) research group at the University of Girona has developed an innovative system capable of solving the nitrate pollution in groundwaters. This technology reduces the water consumption required to clean groundwaters and prevents from generating additional waste.
The average life expectancy in Spain is 82.2 years. Dr. Claudia Stein, one of the authors of the WHO report on health in Europe 2012 held on 12 March in London, explained that the factors that determine life expectancy are varied, but it is important to have a low infant and maternal mortality rate.
Introducing a fleet of social robots in a hospital, so that they can interact with children affected by cancer, will be the final outcome of a new international research project that Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) is participating in. The objective is to design and build these devices and to advance the study of societies in which humans and robots mix.
The enterprises associated the Spanish Association of water suppliers companies (AGA) are among the best companies worldwide within the industry of water supplier. A number of 20 Spanish companies work on the collection, desalt, provision, distribution, sanitization and depuration of water worldwide, and their benefits outside Spain have ascended in 2012 to a total of 2.000 millions of Euros. More than half of this international activity is developed in America, almost the 20% in Europe and more than a 10% both in Africa and in Australia.
A research in which the Spanish National Research Council has taken part, published in Circulation magazine, shows that the inhibition of the sugar receptor lectin MLB can protect a brain affected by this disease. This protein can participate in the first steps of the process involved in brain damage.
A study, led by Carlos III Health Institute, noted the health protective effects of the Mediterranean diet. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, is the culmination of PREDIMED, the largest clinical trial of Spanish research and one of the most important in nutrition carried out worldwide.
Scientists from Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Navarra, Basque Country and Valencia have worked for ten years to collect more than 20 million data from nearly 7,500 participants.
PlazaScience is the first digital world map of scientific institutions where students, teachers, researchers and citizens can geolocate photographs and form a shared mapping of science knowledge. It is a collaborative project that allows the participation of citizens in any part of the world through photography. The main goal of the project is to create a network community around universities, research centers, science museums, observatories, etc., bringing scientific activity to all audiences, presenting it as a standard activity, close and accessible to all.
The company Ficosa, the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia have developed a mobile application that detects drowsiness at the wheel using inertial sensors and GPS data. The application will be presented this week at the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona these days.
The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) celebrated its first event of the year last 9th February. The event, organised by the London Constituency, had around 60 attendees and was hosted at the prestigious King’s College of London. The scientific day comprised not only an informative session about SRUK/CERU with the official launch of its website, but also a scientific seminar.
Last February 1st, the Council of Ministers approved the Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation and the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation. Both documents are the pillars on which rests the design of government policy on R & D in the coming years.
The expert committee of FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), European reference facility in nuclear physics research, has approved the design of CALIFA, one of the detectors of an experiment that will analyze the structure of 'exotic' atomic nuclei and the nuclear reactions in stars. CALIFA’s design is led by the University of Santiago de Compostela, with the participation of the Institute of Structure of Matter (IEM-CSIC), the University of Vigo and other European centres.
The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness has been reported that Spanish companies obtained 14 contracts worth over 200 million euros in 2012 to participate in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). This experimental reactor is the largest international scientific project in the field of energy.
Elsevier, the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP) of the National Research Council - CSIC and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) organize the National Forum for Policy Research "Science Policy and Management of Excellence in Research to be held on March 12 in the city of Madrid.
Researchers in Spain have developed a system they say can greatly improve the accuracy of car sat-navs. The system was jointly designed and developed by the Applied Artificial Intelligence Group and the Systems Intelligence Laboratory - both based at Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M). It can be cheaply installed in any car and may eventually work on smartphones, the researchers say.
The list of European countries selected by the European Union to participate in the EU Literature Prize has been published on the 16th of January, in which Spain is included as a candidate country to be awarded with the Prize. The new and emergent authors awarded with this mention will gain a total fee of 5.000 Euros. This budget for the Prize has been included within the 2007 – 2013 budget of the cultural program of the European Union.
The project Metropol Parasol in Seville designed by the Studio of architecture J. Mayer H. is within the five finalists which are opting to the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The Awards ceremony will take place in June 2013.
Queen Katherine of Aragón was buried in Peterborough Cathedral on the 29th January of 1536. On the occasion of the Queen Katherine of Aragón Commemoration Service at the Peterborough Cathedral on the 29th of January of 2013, the Ambassador of Spain Mr Federico Trillo-Figueroa assisted to the ceremony to decorate, in presence of the Mayor of the City Council, to the main supporters and initiators of the event, Mrs. Heise and Mrs. Howden, for her labour through years in the organisation of the Katherine of Aragón Commemoration Service.
Open call from the Culture Action Europe team for letters to be submitted to the EU Heads of State and Governments in favour of maintaining the budget dedicated to the Arts and Culture in the EU countries.
On the occasion of the November summit, more than 6.000 letters were sent to the European national leaders via the campaign website of the Culture Action Europe team.
The summit during the week of February the 4th will be the last chance for the European national leaders to finalize and adopt a budget in time for its launch in January 2014 and the Culture Action Europe team aims to send more letters directed to the Head of States and/or Governments in Europe and encourages colleagues and friends to do the same.
The video Alya Red: a computational heart, filmed in the supercomputing centre of Barcelona BSC-CNS has won the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge competition, organized by the journal Science and the US National Science Foundation. The movie explains the project to simulate a human heart.
A team of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) has first found evidence of fullerene complexes, called 'carbon onions', the most complex molecules identified in outer space. This finding has important implications for understanding the Physics and Chemistry of the Universe and the origin and composition of the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs), one of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics.
The Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) is funding a study, which is unique in Spain and the first in the world, whose aim is to find effective drug treatment for intra-hepatic cholangiocarcinoma, the second most common tumor and one of the most violent. Experts expect results in about four years.
The European Commission has selected two projects with important Spanish participation as FET FLAGSHIP initiative, a program in the field of information technology and knowledge driven within Horizon 2020. Each initiative will have a budget of approximately one billion euros over 10 years.
The first phones with Firefox OS will be designed by the Spanish brand Geeksphone
The Campus Party in Brazil, to be held next week in São Paulo, has been selected by Telefonica to show new smartphones based on operating system OS Mozilla Firefox, an open platform based on HTML5 language, with which both companies want to break the hegemony of Apple and Android. Yesterday had the first two models, exclusively for developers, designed in collaboration by Telefonica and the Spanish firm Geeskphone.
Javier Bardem has been nominated for the BAFTA which the British Academy of cinema awards with.
He has been nominated for the category of supporting actor for playing the role of Raoul Silva in the last film of James Bond Skyfall competing against the other nominees for the films: Argo, Django desencadenado, The Master and Lincoln. The ceremony will take place on the forthcoming 10th of February at the Royal Opera House in London.
The piece from the Studio of architecture Andrés Jaque: Ikea Disobedients which is part of the MoMA PS1 New York collection has been nominated in the category of architecture for the prize which the Design Museum of London awards with. Category winners and the overall winner will be announced to the public on the forthcoming 17th of April. The pieces nominated for the prize will be on display at the Museum from the 20th of March onwards at the show Designs of the year.
With the title “Networking Nations: Scientific opportunities in the UK and Spain”, the Royal Society hosts the first scientific meeting between Spain and the United Kingdom. This meeting contributes to the implementation of the Society’s strategic objective to foster international and global cooperation by strengthening its links with European academies, funders, and governments. .
The Spanish Nursery received its OFSTED (Office For Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) registration and they will be opening on the 3rd of January 2013. Ingestre Road Community Centre is just minutes from Tufnell Park and Gospel Oak stations making it a very good location for commuters into the City.
From 28th September to 10th October is taking place in London the 8th Spanish Film Festival, which organises Tristana Media in co-operation with the Embassy of Spain and other Spanish and British institutions. The Festival takes place at the Cine Lumière, part of the French Cultural Centre, which, equally collaborate with the Festival since 2005.
The annual season that showcases the latest creative talent coming out of Spain has been launched this morning by Teresa Lizaranzu, Director General for Cultural Policy, Industries and Book, Fidel López, Minister Counsellor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Spain, and Antonio Molina, Spain Now! Director and founder.
The 21st International Festival on the Camino de Santiago offers ten concerts, a series of street theatre and a medieval market.
This Edition, which has been organised with the provincial government of Huesca, wants to claim the importance of the passing through the Puerto de Palo and the return of scenes such as the San Martín de Tours Church, a neoclassic temple with Romanesque origins which will held some of the concerts during the festival, for example the performances of Iagoba Fanlo and Alberto Martínez Molina.
Jordi Savall, the distinguished Catalan viol-player, has been awarded with the fourth biennial York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday 8th July 2012 at the city’s National Centre for Early Music (NCEM).
The researchers Gregory Winter and Richard A. Lerner have been bestowed with the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research as made public yesterday in Oviedo by the Jury responsible for confering said Award.
The Spanish Council of Ministers approved today an agreement to designate the Members of the Council for Science Policy, Technology and Innovation that represent the Central Government.
This Council is composed of the heads of the ministerial departments designated by the Government and of the representatives of the Autonomous Communities to be elected by the relevant bodies in each community.
The documentary about the Spanish National Football Team El Alma de la Roja by Santiago Zannou achieved a great success of public attendance when screened as part of the documentary film festival Ready Steady Doc, in London last February 17th.
The event was an exceptional occasion to see a very special guest, the coach to the World-Cup winning Spanish National Football Team, Vicente del Bosque.
In the dark abyss of the world's deepest known cave lurks a newfound species of primitive eyeless insect, one that researchers are calling the deepest land animal ever found. The insects were collected during the Ibero-Russian CaveX team expedition to the world's deepest known cave.
The philologist José Manuel Blecua, elected today as the director of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) with a majority vote, has faith in sharing his new responsibility with the American Academies of the Spanish Language, to strengthen unity and develop all ongoing projects.
"America is the future of the Spanish language, the present and the past", Blecua told the media, minutes after having been elected as successor to Víctor García de la Concha, who will officially leave his role as the director of the RAE on 13th January 2011.