Concha Herrera, research to regenerate damaged tissue using bone marrow cells

Concha Herrera is the director of the Cell Therapy Unit of the Reina Sofía Hospital in Cordoba. She has been researching the use of bone marrow cells to cure diseases for thirty years. The clinical trials that she directs apply these cells in order to regenerate damaged tissue, and they provide hope for patients who have no other form of treatment.

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The accidental creation of the folding flamenco box drum

Ten years ago, when he returned from a tour around Ecuador with the group ‘Siempre así’, the Sevillian drummer and percussionist Daniel Galiano found that his flamenco box drum had broken in the aeroplane hold. From then on, an idea took hold in his mind: to create a folding box drum that would be more convenient and secure for the musician. After much hard work and several prototypes, his invention is now on the market.

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María del Carmen Robles, a nurse specialized in Mental Health who has become a referent

María del Carmen Robles was born in Granada, Andalusia, and studied Nursing. She was always sure that she was passionate about dealing with the patients, so she decided to specialize in Mental Health at the Hospital Complex of Granada. In April 2017, she was awarded the Prize for the Best Research Project in the Spanish Congress of Mental Health Nursing, which was held in Murcia, Spain. Her research is focused on the borderline personality disorder, a mental disorder in which she would like to specialize in.

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Enrique Castillo, engineering solutions to explore the outer space

Enrique Castillo stopped working as an engineer in Barcelona (Spain) and returned to his home in Granada, Andalusia. He works as a line manager in Tecno-Alborán, a company which has developed some pieces for the European Space Agency. The company has participated in the ‘Galileo Galilei’ project, along with the Japanese Space Agency and the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics. In Cijuela, a small village located in Granada, its own prototypes are created too.

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Sofía Martos, a muay thai international star at only fourteen

During her sporting career, Sofía Martos has competed in 84 fights and has only suffered three defeats. At only fourteen years old, she has won six Muay Thai World Championships in different categories and several Spanish titles. Sofía was born in Coria del Río, Seville, where she currently lives, a province really far from Thailand, the cradle of this sport. This young athlete and also a student, dreams of triumphing at the professional Asiatic circuit, where the Asian population enjoys this sport with real enthusiasm.

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B.eat, an online platform that will teach you how to eat healthy

B.eat is a web platform that its creators, two Sevilian entrepreneurs, use to help people to improve their eating habits and teach them how to eat healthy. Users just need to introduce data such as age, weight and physical activity, and this platform will automatically generate a healthy meal plan for a week including traditional recipes of the Mediterranean diet. B.eat is a platform developed by BalancEat, and is part of the Minerva Programme of technological entrepreneurship promoted by Vodafone and the Andalusian Government.

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José Ramal, computer solutions for hospitals worldwide

The NaturalSoft company was created in Granada by the end of the 70s. They develop software for the management of hospitals and health centres. Its founder is José Ramal, one of the first in Granada to study computer science. He developed his work in a hospital, so soon he realised that there was a connection between both spheres. Currently, his management software is used in hospitals and medical centres worldwide.

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Medicine students have practical classes in a virtual hospital

Medicine students from the University of Granada can have practical classes in a virtual hospital thanks to innovative software that prepares them for their incorporation to the labour market. Through this tool, created by the University and the Granadian company Naturalsoft, students will learn to handle patient information just like it is done in hospitals around the world.

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Blow Studio, animation and digital effects with an international presence

Bernando Gonález and Alejandro Jiménez are the founders of Blow Studio, an animation and digital effects company based in Seville. After going through difficult times in their beginnings within a very competitive sector, their talent and creativity have finally allowed them to work on ads for big international companies. They like videogames and comics but now they have their eyes set on fiction. These entrepreneurs are the authors of the short animation film ‘Project Shell’, and they are already working on their next story, the dark and striking ‘Alleycats’.

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Drones and 3D to map the geological heritage of Jaén

A research team from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences of the University of Jaén is documenting the 87 geological interest points of the province of Jaén to make the data obtained with this research available to the public. They use aerial images, some of them obtained with drones, terrestrial pictures, and also images obtained with laser systems. Their goal is to combine these images with the information of their database, so it can be useful for researchers and the general public.

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Paula Perea, ambition to get to the top of women’s soccer

Soccer player Paula Perea, from the Sevilian village of Dos Hermanas, has consolidated as a rising talent of women’s soccer in Spain during the last seasons. She won a Queen’s Cup and a bronze medal in the u-17 Championship of Europe. She plays in the left-back position and is a member of the Real Betis Féminas team, which competes in the first Spanish division. She confesses that she doesn’t know where her limits are. Certainly, she has the ambition needed to succeed in soccer.

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Volunteering among patients to normalise ostomies

People who wear ostomy bags help other patients like them to face this medical problem. It is a volunteering programme promoted by nurses from the Digestive Surgery Unit of the Malaga Regional Hospital. 12 people have received training to work as volunteers and have achieved to make other patients give less importance to ostomies and accept them as normal.

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Frank Gómez, gastronomical fusion trained in the best kitchens

Frank Gómez is a young chef from Almería, born in Adra in 1987. The ‘calatrava bread’ of his grandmother awoke his interest for cuisine. However, he also inherited some of it from his mother, who also works in the restoration industry. When he was a boy, he used to skip classes and go to her mother’s workplace, where he had to work in the kitchen as punishment. That’s how his love for gastronomy was consolidated. He studied in the school of the Reina Cristina Hotel in Algeciras, where he finished first of his promotion in kitchen management and direction. Then, he worked for some of the most important chefs in Spain, such as Santi Santamaría. When he was 21, he was already a chef in the Hilton Hotel, and later he began to work for the FC. Barcelona, and cooked for its stars during two seasons. Currently, he assures that his dream is to open his own restaurant, fusing Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, and to become an ambassador of Almerian gastronomy.

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Primary students become cops to raise road safety awareness among adults

Primary students from the Almerian village of Vícar become cops for one day to fine traffic violations committed by adults. “You are giving bad example”, is what can be heard before one of these kids virtually fines an adult, so they take conscience about the bad example they are for kids. It is an activity framed in a road safety education programme that is pioneering in Andalusia and implies the whole community.

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Daniel López, a visionary who predicted the power of the cloud

The mother of Daniel López, an engineer graduated in the Engineering School of Seville, wanted his son to apply for a public position and live a quiet life in Spain. However, when Daniel finished his studies, he found a job in Silicon Valley. It was there where he discovered that the cloud was the future. In 2005 he returned to Spain and founded Bitnami, a successful international company that has offices in San Francisco and Seville. Large companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft are among their clients.

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Entrepreneurship goes on Erasmus to broaden horizons

The Cartuja Science and Technology Park, headquartered in Seville, is one of the institutions that coordinate Erasmus programme for entrepreneurs promoted by the European Union. It is aimed at young entrepreneurs who have a business idea. They are given the chance to learn form more experienced businesspeople of their same sector that develop their activities in other countries. The goal of this project is to replicate the success of the Erasmus programme in the business sphere.

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Susana Martín, high level research that defends the right to watch stars

She loves to watch the sky and the stars since she was a child. In 2012 Susana Martín was appointed director of the Sierra Nevada Observatory, which is an institution under the Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia. She has spent many nights observing the stars in this infrastructure, and now she is the person responsible for its management. She moved to Milan after signing a contract with the Italian Space Agency, and stayed there for two years more thanks to the Marie Curie European grant. This Granadian combines management with research.

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Francisco Gutiérrez, light to recover the Medieval heritage

He studied Arts History but he currently reproduces manuscripts and designs new miniatures applying the same techniques and materials used by master illuminators of the Middle Ages. Francisco Gutiérrez was born in Jaén but lives in Málaga, and he is the only illuminator in Spain that obtained his title in France, in the European Higher Institute of Illumination and Manuscripts, the only centre where this technique is taught in Europe.

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BrainCure: the blue hope against a group of ultra-rare diseases

Researchers from the Pablo de Olavide University have patented a new method that allows them to determine which drugs combination is more effective for the treatment of NBIA disorders in each patient. This group of ultra-rare diseases affects 60 people in Spain. NBIA disorders cause neuron death through brain iron accumulation. This study, named BrainCure, has been developed in the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology and directed by José Antonio Sánchez Alcázar. Their final goal is to find a cure and avoid the serious consequences suffered by these patients, such as losing mobility or the capacity to speak or eat.

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Miguel Ángel Torres, a master potter moulded since childhood

When he was just a boy, Cordovan Miguel Ángel Torres knew that he wanted to be a ceramist and a potter. Today, at the age of 50, he has the Master Artisan Card awarded by the Andalusian Government. He received this recognition in 2014. In his workshop in La Rambla, in the province of Cordova, he works with clay and stoneware. He is a self-taught artisan and a consolidated businessman. He directs his own company since 1999 and, currently, he tries to transmit his knowledge to new generations so this trade doesn’t die. All his creations are completely artisanal, from the pieces to the polish that decorates them.

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Charcuterra: dry fruits sausages for vegan and intolerant customers

Almond chorizo, peanut butifarra, pistachio morcilla or pumpkin hamburgers… Elvira García experimented with different products and texture for two years before launching into the market her dry fruits sausages, suitable for celiac patients and vegans. She has her own brand, Charcuterra, and her products are sold all over Spain.

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Rafael Martos, technology to manage gyms all over the world

Passionate about sports, Rafael Martos opened his own gym and it was his daily work there what made him realize that gyms didn’t offer a personalized service to clients.  After a fruitless search for a technological solution that could help him to solve this problem, in 2011 he decided to create Trainingym with the help of one of his friends, who was a programmer. Currently, 800 gyms from over 10 countries work with this app, which has 5 million users. This tool facilitates the technical management of sports centers and also generates personalized training plans for users, designed according to the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine. The goal of Rafael is to continue to work to make people’s lives healthier.

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An illustrated journey to discover what was living in the Alhambra like

An illustrated book and a workshop that encourage children to travel back in time and discover what was living in the Alhambra like when it was full of activity. They can walk around its walls and rooms to get to know people who lived there. Illustrator Ana Campos makes it possible with her book ‘Así era la vida en la Alhambra’ or (‘How life was like in the Alhambra’) and the workshops that she organises within this monument.

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Eugenio Sánchez, an infrared heating system to promote energy saving

Eugenio Sánchez is an engineer and CEO of the company Irconfort. His professional trajectory is very influenced by the economic recession. In 2006 he felt that everything was falling apart and decided to start over through innovation. He developed a far infrared heating system that reduces energy consumption by up to 70%. After years of research, his products are sold in South America and Europe.

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Interactive learning with a site that offers supplementary Maths exercises

The InterMatia site was awarded as the best online learning system in SIMO Education 2016, the most important event in Spain about the use of ICT in the education sector. This site offers an unlimited amount of Maths exercises and explanations about how they should be done in case the user fails. The goal of its creators, two entrepreneurs from Seville, is to turn InterMatia into both a national and an international referent of Maths teaching in Spanish.

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Antonio Bueno, the strongest athlete in Spain

Antonio Bueno, born in the Almerian village of El Ejido, assures that he has always loved weight lifting and, since 2014, he competes in the Spanish National Strength League. He has competed in 2015 and 2016, and he was champion both years, becoming the strongest athlete in Spain. One of his specialties is one hand weight lifting, a discipline in which Antonio Bueno aims to break the world record.

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Mario García Arévalo, a conceptual artist that brings color and texture to cinema

Born in La Carolina, Jaén, Mario García Arévalo arrived in the Paramount Studios of London to work for John Stevenson on his animation film ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’. He was endorsed by his work as a visual developer and conceptual artist in the marketing industry, with ads for the Christmas Lottery or Coca-Cola; and his participation in ‘Gigantics’, a Disney movie that will be premiered in 2018. He has a degree in Fine Arts and is a big fan of comics and cinema. Mario has received several national and international awards. The last one of them is the Young Art Jaén 2016, given by the Andalusian Institute for Youth.

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House of Words: books to heal the wounds of refugee children

Casa de Palabras’ or ‘House of Words’ in a project of the Libera Collective that counts on the collaboration of seven Sevilian book shops. Their goal is to promote the creation of libraries for refugee children in Greece through the donation of books for kids. People can also collaborate through donations or buying books in the participating book shops, which will be sent to Greece. The Libera Collective has already sent the first shipment and collaborates with other entities in Greece to boost the activity of the libraries.

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Julio García Escames, an Andalusian filmmaker living the adventure of Hollywood

When he was a kid he loved to watch movies and now he is the one who makes them. Granadian Julio García Escames is finding his own place in the American cinema industry. In 2015 he moved to Los Angeles, where he currently lives, and studied a master’s degree in the New York Film Academy. In 2016 he premiered the short film ‘Klazoor’, which was selected and awarded in several international festivals held in the United States. He will start shooting his first feature film in 2017.

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Gel insulin to deliver more effective treatments for diabetes

Researchers from the University of Granada and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have patented new technology that allows the development of a more stable insulin formulation that could be used for the treatment of diabetes. This is possible thanks to the transformation of crystalline insulin into a gel.

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Raquel Domínguez, a triathlete with no limits in sport or life

A disease called idiopathic osteopathy and the 23 operations she had to go through reduced the mobility of Raquel Domínguez’s arms. However, this Sevilian has been thirteen times Adapted Swimming Champion of Spain and World Duathlon Champion. Now she has focused her sports career on triathlon. “I am not an example of anything”, assures Raquel. “I do what I my gut tells me to do.” This triathlete trains in the Viding Sports Centre of Seville, practising a swimming style that doesn’t imply the use of arms, due to her disability, and that she has perfected after years of work. “It’s not because resilience is something important for me, it’s because that’s what life is about.”

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An app connects engineers and companies to facilitate labour insertion

The companies that need engineers post job offers through this mobile app. Then, students and graduates from the Superior Technical College of Engineering of the University of Huelva receive an alert in their cell phones. With this tool called ETSIEmplea, developed by students of this centre and designed by its director, they aim to facilitate access to the labour market to young engineers and encourage companies to make the most out of the local talent.

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José Miguel García, a master potter with a hallmark

The Almerian village of Sorbas has a pottery tradition. In the 11th century, it was known as the ‘clay pot’ due to the amount of clay that could be found in the area and that was used to make cookware. Potter José Miguel García grew up in this environment. He is the fourth generation of a family of potters, whose origin is in the year 1600. José Miguel works with clay just like his father and his uncle taught him, with the same care and technique that was used in ancient times. As recognition to his career, he was awarded the Master Artisan Card of Andalusia in 2016. The pieces of this potter are characterised by their loose paint-stroke decoration. Although he adapts to the demands of his clients, he prefers to make useful objects. However, José Miguel continues to create his hallmark: the typical Sorbas rooster and the ‘ajuarico’, a piece that contains miniatures of all the objects that compose a trousseau and that has been traditionally given as a present to brides on their wedding day.

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Design and 3D printing to dive in the taste of olive oil

A research team from the University of Jaén has worked in the design of kitchenware for extra virgin olive oil tastings. Their goal is to bring this product to the general public. They have developed the idea of a company, Elaia Zait, which detected that there wasn’t specific kitchenware on the market that enabled non-professional customers to properly perceive the sensory properties of extra virgin olive oils.

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Enrique Llimona, the ultraman athlete who achieved the greatest sport challenge in history

Enrique Llimona, from Huelva, is an amateur sportsman, “a normal person” as he assures. However, in 2016 he completed an impossible triathlon trial composed of: an 11.9 kilometres swimming competition, a run of 100 kilometres and a 525 kilometres bicycle race. It took him 41 hours and 45 minutes to complete it. This is the toughest sports challenge that no one has ever achieved. A documentary will tell the story of this ultraman athlete, and the funds it raises will go to the Spanish Association Against Cancer.

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Alejandra Guerra, searching for the cellular mechanisms of cancer

Alejandra Guerra discovered that she wanted to dedicate her life to Science when she was barely nine years old. Currently, this biochemist born in Jerez, works at the Institute for Chemical Research of Seville. She studies the modifications of a protein, the cytochrome C, implied in programmed cell death. These alterations are the cause of diseases such as cancer of ischemia. The Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry recognised the curricular excellence of this scientist in 2016.

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Cemetery tourism to discover the legends of the city

Cemetery tourism or thanatourism is a consolidated trend in Europe that is arriving in Spain. In Seville, the Molarte company organises guided visits to the San Fernando cemetery, a peculiar place due to its artistic heritage and the personalities that lie there. A violinist accompanies visitors and actors give voice to legends and stories about this final resting place.

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Juan Castilla, the translator of the insides of the Alhambra

He studied Arab Philology and lived in foreign countries during some years; Iraq and Egypt where among them. Born in Linares (Jaén), Juan Castilla is a researcher from the Superior Council of Scientific Research, and develops his work in the Arab Studies School of Granada. It has taken him 12 years to finish his last work. With the help of his team, he catalogued the almost 10,000 inscriptions that can be found in the Alhambra. This work received the award to the Best Digital and Multimedia Edition 2015, given by the Union of Spanish University Publishers.

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José Manuel Simón, a question turned into the Google of pharmacies

Big projects may come from what may seem a simple idea. That’s how the Almerian company Farmacias.com was created. One of its founding partners visited a physiotherapist who prescribed him an ointment. He couldn’t find it in any pharmacy and it was then when he thought that it would be a great idea to create a site where people could find pharmacy products. He developed this idea along with another three people and today it has become a search engine. Their project is composed of a database that includes the 22.000 pharmacies that are running in Spain, a tool for pharmacies and a blog where people can find health tips. Both the site and the app also allow users to find the closest pharmacy that is open. They have received over 500,000 visits in two years. Their challenge is to succeed in the international market and become the Google of pharmacies.

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A biomarker of schizophrenia opens the door to its prevention

It is a study conducted by the Department of Animal Behaviour and Neuroscience of the University of Seville. These researchers have identified a biological characteristic that indicates if a person is likely to develop schizophrenia, a mental disorder that affects 1% of the population. They have observed that in patients who suffer from this disorder, the natural startle reaction produced when hearing a loud sound preceded by another less intense is altered. This would allow doctor to treat this disorder before its development and stop it with preventive treatments.

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Juan Martín, gastronomic excellence to boost Huelva’s flavour

Juan Martín began to work as a waiter when he was nine years old, to help with family finances. But, with the passing of time, he fell in love with this profession. The Andalusian Academy of Gastronomy and Tourism awarded this restaurateur in 2016 as recognition to his career. He is a convinced supporter of Huelva’s gastronomy and is the owner of the Azabache restaurant. His motto is: “We don’t think that we are the best, but we try to be the best every day.”

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Puzzles that come to life with the help of augmented reality

Using new technologies to motivate children to play with traditional toys, in this case, puzzles. It is the idea of Imaginar, a company based in Almería that is the only one in Spain that develops and sells augmented reality puzzles. Kids assemble the puzzles and then, through a tablet or a cell phone, they come to live, allowing children access to multiple fun and educational contents.

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Patricio Vázquez, artisan jams that bring sweetness to Europe

Patricio Vázquez was born in Constantina, in the Sierra Norte of Seville. When he was a boy, he observed his grandmother and his mother when they made jam.  Those recipes were the seed of Obrador Valle de la Osa, the company he founded in 2004. He produces artisan jams of thirty-two different flavours, made with local fruits and vegetables. These jams are sold in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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Miniature tourism in one of the largest nativity scenes in Spain

In the village of Huétor Tájar we can find one of the largest nativity scenes in Spain. This year, it recreates different Spanish monuments and emblematic places such as The Patio del Generalife of the Alhambra, The Roman Theatre of Mérida, The Hanging Houses of Cuenca and Segovia’s Aqueduct. It can be visited in the Culture House of this Granadian village.

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Blanca del Rey, flamenco as a fingerprint

Blanca del Rey, born in Cordova, was a precocious flamenco dancer. When she was only 6 years old, she began to show that art ran through her veins. That was the beginning of a career that would take her all over the world. At 14, she debuted in a flamenco show in Madrid and achieved to set foot on the flamenco world. She consolidated her career in El Corral de la Morería, one of the temples of flamenco. Connoisseurs considered her to be the best dancer in 1984. Throughout her career, Blanca del Rey has received several awards; however, The Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts is one of the most important for her. Her hometown, Cordova, has always been her inspiration. Currently, she doesn’t dance anymore, but she works as a choreographer.

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Cheaper bioplastic using olive tree pruning waste

The Andaltec Technological Centre for Plastics, based in Martos, a village in the province of Jaén, and the University of Jaén, have developed a bioplastic made with fibre obtained from olive tree pruning waste. This material is more resistant and cheaper. Its resemblance to wood and the possibility to transform it, makes it suitable for multiple applications, from packaging to tools manufacturing, or even agriculture.

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Ignacio Gómez de Terreros, an exemplary paediatrician that focuses on humanization

The Spanish Society of Paediatrics has given recognition to the career of this Sevilian doctor by appointing him ‘Exemplary Paediatrician 2016’. He is an honorary member of UNICEF Spain, a professor of the University of Seville and founder of the Virgen delRocío Hospital for Children. In addition, he was awarded the Civil Order Golden Cross of Social Solidarity. However, there is a turning point in the career of Ignacio Gómez de Terreros, from Seville. For over a decade he was director of the Casa Cuna of Seville, an institution that gave shelter to orphans and children in need. This paediatrician assures that this experience allowed him to develop his personal biopsychosocial vision of medical care for children.

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A machine to practise paddle when you don’t have a partner

Antonio Jiménez is a high school teacher in Lora del Río, Seville, and also a paddle enthusiast. He was tired of not having anyone to play with, so he invented a machine with which to practise paddle. That’s how, more than a year ago, Pádel Boing was created. It consists of a rebounder net and a mobile app aimed at paddle players. The idea is already on the market, and since November of 2016 is sold in specialized stores.

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Álvaro Juárez, a BMX champion with international goals

He attended a BMX competition with a friend on a Saturday, and the following Monday he began to practise this sport. He was 13 years old back then. Álvaro Juárez won the Spanish BMX Cup 2016 in the cruiser category; and he currently aims to compete in European and World competitions in the near future. But his life isn’t just about competitions; he is also the president of the Show Time BMX Sports Club from Almuñécar, in the province of Granada.

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Bacteria to treat wastewater and save energy

Manuel Ramírez and Víctor Marchena, two entrepreneurs from Seville, have created Star-Bac Technology, a wastewater treatment system based on bacteria. They put a mixture of bacteria into dispensers and place them in different parts of the public sewer, this way they decompose organic matter, considerably reducing its polluting action. They have implanted the system, which is still in experimental phase, in several villages, and they assure that they have proved to be effective.

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José Antonio Aragón, aiming to reach the top of snowboarding

When he was ten years old, he began to practise snowboarding and, currently, he is one of the rising talents of this sport in Spain. He is 16 and he is ranked among the top 20 in the Snowboarding World Cup, and is a member of the National team. He was fourth in the Junior World Championship; and the next challenge of José Antonio Aragón, also known as Josito, is the World competition that will be held in Sierra Nevada in 2017.

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Personalized bikes to better performance and avoid injuries

Researchers at the department of physical education and sports from the University of Granada have designed a model that is able to make personalized bikes for each user, with the objective of bettering their sport performance and avoid accidents. A method, with professional cyclists and also amateurs in mind, which adapts the tool to the person.

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Mari Carmen Moya, exclusive crafts for the Spanish Civil Guard

Mari Carmen Moya is the manager of Manufacturas Moya, a company based in Herrera, in the province of Seville. This is the only factory in Spain that manufactures ‘tricornios’ for the Spanish Civil Guard, as they have exclusive rights since 1912. Mari Carmen belongs to the third generation of a family that has put heart and soul into this business. They went through a bad time when, in 2008, the first ‘tricornios’ made in China entered the market. However, they overcame this situation, and have resumed their business relationship with the General Administration of the Civil Guard. In addition, they sell uniforms and special outfits all over Spain.

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A network of travel advisers anywhere in the world

Beetripper is a social platform for travelers, created by a group of Sevilla entrepreneurs with the help of the Minerva Program for technological entrepreneurship supported by Vodafone and the Andalusian Regional Government. Its creators define it as a network of travel advisers in every city that act like the traveler is a friend in each destination.In person, they guide them to the more authentic sites of the city.

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Diego Cano, imagination sculpted from stone

Sculptor Diego Cano, born in the Almerian village of Olula del Río, was awarded the Master Artisan Card from the Andalusian Government in 2013. In the beginning of his arts career he dedicated to painting. He did it until 1985, when, by chance, he met Anglo-Russian sculptor Alexander Sokolov. He arrived in Macael and became Diego’s master. Since then, Diego hasn’t stop sculpting, unveiling the identity of the stone with his chisel. At first, he sculpted human figures, but then he became interested in surrealism. His works, inspired in everyday issues such as dialogue or friendship, have been exhibited all over Spain.

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The Nest Management: a tactile and interactive display to find the home you’re looking for

To replace traditional posters with an interactive display where you can find all the information. This is what the directors of The Nest Management, a real estate office in Marbella, have done. Through this, even when the establishment is closed, the client has all the information and can obtain the contact information of the professionals.

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Seven Solutions, Andalusian technology in the European particle accelerator

Former teachers and researchers in the university sphere, in 2006 Eduardo Ros and Javier Díaz decided to create Seven Solutions, a spin-off company from the University of Granada that develops systems for industrial applications and industry for scientific purposes. Among their clients are Airbus and the CERN; the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, with which they collaborate in the development of the particle accelerator of Switzerland. In 2016, in a meeting held in Brussels, they were awarded Best Elevator Pitch among 300 European companies.

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Training during pregnancy to improve the health of both the mother and the baby

Testing the effects of pregnancy training with a plan that combines strength and resistance. That is one of the goals of a study conducted by the University of Granada in which professionals from different disciplines collaborate. They will obtain far more data after these women give birth, but they have already observed some of the benefits provided by this training plan, such as a better postpartum recovery and the improvement of sleep quality.

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Montserrat Arista, research to preserve endangered plant species

Montserrat Arista is a biologist and a specialist in plant reproduction systems. Her interest for plant research was awaked by one of her professors at the university. She is currently a member of the Plant Biology and Ecology Department of the University of Seville and leads the General Research Service of the Herbarium of this institution. She has made significant contributions to the protection of an endangered and symbolic species from Andalusia: the Spanish fir.

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Unsolved crimes to bring entertainment to dinners with friends

Entrepreneurs from Seville organise live roll games in their client’s homes consisting in unsolved murders that bring entertainment to dinners with friends. The idea was inspired by the popular British board game Cluedo. One of the members of Cluedo Seville acts as both the master of ceremonies and butler, and gives clues to the guests throughout the dinner. Anyone in the table can be the murderer, the rest must find out who he or she is. The cases are set in different times, from the Roman Empire to Chicago in the 30’s.

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Javier Montijano, documentaries with a musical soul

Javier Montijano, from Cordova, has dedicated to music since the 80’s. However, over the last decade, he has combined this activity with audiovisual production. Two of his documentaries, ‘Pequeñas cosas de los Wagogo’ (or ‘Little things about the Wagogo’) and ‘Encuentro Azmari’(or ‘Azmari Encounter’), which narrate the experiences he lived both in Tanzania and Ethiopia, have been awarded in several festivals, among them, the Independent Documentary Awards Festival held in Hollywood.

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The effort of an Ultraman athlete to create a unique space for hospitalized children

Juanma Gutiérrez is one of the 40 sportsman from all over the world, and the first Andalusian, who competed in the Ultraman World Championship 2016. What motivated him was not only his passion for this sport, but also his desire to raise awareness about a good cause: ‘El jardín de los sueños’ (or ‘The garden of dreams’). It is a space promoted by the ALES Association and that has been built within the Maternity and Child Hospital of Jaén, where hospitalized children can play. It is the first hospital recreation room in Spain that combines open air and covered spaces, what allows children to use it all year round.

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Aránzazu Rico, picos tradition that serves the Spanish Royal House

Aránzazu Rico manages the company Picos Artesanos Domínguez along with her father. This company is leader in the manufacturing of hand-made traditional products such as ‘violines’ or ‘ochitos’. They are based in La Luisiana, a village in the province of Seville, and export their products to the United States, Europe and Japan. Their ‘picos’ are the preferred choice of the Spanish Royal House. Once a month, the Kings of Spain order a box of their products.

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Lucía Utrilla, a skier that glides on the track of personal success

Lucía Utrilla, from Seville, has reached the top of Spanish alpine skiing. With perseverance, this young sportswoman has achieved to become the Adapted Alpine Skiing Champion of Spain. She earned this title after winning the gold medal in a trial held in Cerler. In previous Championships of Spain, she had already won the silver medal in the Skills category in Andorra in 2014, and a bronze in the same category in Sierra Nevada in 2010. In the Santiveri Trophy of 2014, she won the silver medal in the Intellectual Disability Category, and the award to the Best Progress in Sports of the season. Lucía Utrilla has autism, however, thanks to her work and the support of her family, she has proved that barriers don’t exist for her.

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Swimming as a tool to achieve full integration of people with disabilities

Swimming to promote integration. Juan José Polo, from Seville, studies Physical Education and loves swimming. He wanted people with and without disabilities to train together, so they could compete in the same level. That’s how the Al-Andalus Sevilla Sports Club was created in 2015. Its members have already won several medals. There’re no barriers for this club that has opened its doors to integration.

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Álex Molina, photography as a bond with Paralympic sport

He discovered sports photography thanks to the kids of his neighbourhood, in a skateboard park. Despite Álex Molina, from Granada, could not skate, photography made him connect with this sport. Then came soccer and many other sports. Finally, he began to work for the Spanish Paralympic Committee. For them, he has covered the Paralympics of London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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More security with an app able to open your door

A security company from Almería has created Openapp, an app that allows users to get rid of keys, as it is able to open our home’s door, all we need is a cell phone and access to the Internet. It also allows users to send invitations to other people so they can access the facilities, or even, to open a door from anywhere in the world. The app, which is aimed at private customers, communities of neighbours, companies or large corporations; creates a file where the access to the facilities is registered for greater security.

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Jesús Molero, artisan mastership integrated into the international market

Jesús Molero is part of the fourth generation of a family dedicated to furniture encrustation and engraving. From Granada, Artesanía Molero has made works for clients from all over the world, and their pieces have been demanded by several royal houses. In 2008 he decided to enter the international market, that’s why we can find some of their pieces in Japan or the United States. In 2013 he was awarded the Artisan Master Card given by the Andalusian Government, and he received the Spanish Crafts Diploma twice (in 2008 and 2014).

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Baloncodo, an inclusive sport with connections to Andalusian culture

A young professor from Málaga has created a new sport. It’s called baloncodo, a mixed, inclusive, and educational sport. By hitting the ball with the elbow the ball has to bounce three times in the opposite field to get a point. Baloncodo is played in teams of four, two girls and two boys, and its terminology has references to elements of Andalusian culture.

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Gabriel Lozano, nanotechnology to boost smart illumination

Curiosity motivated him to dedicate to Science and the talent of this young researcher from Cordova has allowed him to lead a project funded by the European Research Council. Gabriel Lozano works on the development of smart illumination systems through nanotechnology. His team from the Materials Science Institute of Seville has a budget 1.5 million euros for the next five years to develop new devices able to adapt illumination to the needs of the user.

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Bacteria to convert biodiesel waste into a cosmetic ingredient

Biofilm Transformers is a project developed by students from the Pablo de Olavide University, in Seville. They have proved the efficiency of a bacterium, which they have modified genetically, in turning the contaminant glycerol generated in the production of biodiesel into propionate, used in the pharmaceutical and the cosmetics industries. Thanks to this idea they won the gold medal in IGEM 2016, the most prestigious international contest in the world of Synthetic Biology, which every year gathers students from all over the world in Boston.

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Francisco Mirasol, puff seats where to sit all over the world

After starting his own company and being employed by others in different sectors, Francisco decided to found Mipuf, a company based in Granada that sells its puff seats worldwide. Their products have appeared in TV shows such as La Voz (The Voice), Operación Triunfo (Fame Academy) and Gran Hermano (Big Brother). From Granada they design, manufacture and distribute their puff seats to over 40,000 clients. One of the countries where they sell their products is Japan, where there’s a cinema that uses the custom made cushions made by this Granadian company.

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Ana Moya, a precocious dancer with a PhD in Flamenco

Ana Moya, born in Seville, entered the dance elite when in 2006 she joined the Spanish National Ballet. Ana began to dance at the age of 5. She was a precocious girl and when she turned 12, she obtained a dance teacher diploma from the Performing Arts and Dance School of Seville. Ana Moya was also a member of the Andalusian Dance Company. She is currently a teacher of the Dance Conservatory of Seville. In 2015, she received her PhD in Flamenco from the University of Seville.

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Jesús Gómez and Francis Campos, athletics between two with a common goal

Jesús Gómez, from Seville, is a young athlete who due to a genetic disease only keeps 3% of his sight. He has found in Francis Campos, his guide and an experienced athlete, the complicity and moral support that he needed to accomplish his first achievements in athletics. On his company, he has was runner up in the Absolute Championship of Spain, in 400 and 800 metres. Together they have created Mínima Dream: a platform that supports Paralympic sport.

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Black theater giving light to people at risk of social exclusion

Black on Black is a theater company born in Castilleja de Guzman, in Seville. They develop black theater, an unusual genre in Spain. But the truth is that what makes them special is that all of the members are unemployed people with problems, and in many cases are socially excluded. For them, the theater is a therapy and, above all, a way to build a futurecareer. After months of formation and rehearsal, they have already released their first production: ‘The Little Prince’.

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Óscar Jiménez, animation designs that have arrived in Hollywood

His drawings have brought several characters to life in animation cinema. Granadian Óscar Jiménez worked for a few years as an arts director in Kandor Graphics. He collaborated in movies such as ‘El Lince Perdido’ (or ‘The Lost Lynx’), winner of a Goya Award in 2008, and ‘Justin y la Espada del Valor’ (or ‘Justin and the Knights of Valour’); as well as in the short animation film ‘La Dama y la Muerte’ (or ‘The Lady and the Reaper’), which was nominated to the Oscars. The last animation movie in which he has worked is ‘Ozzy’, premiered in 2016.

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Online History with a teacher that has become a YouTube sensation

José Antonio Lucero, 27, is a Social Science teacher in a Rota high school. He gives History classes on video through YouTube. Fun sessions, full of gags and not devoid of rigorous content. Some already have thousands of hits. The idea began when he was preparing content before the start of a lesson for a particularly difficult second year class. He planned to capture the interest of his students and achieve a higher rate of academic success in the subject. He gambled on innovating.

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Belén Peña, a champion of badminton with one eye on Europe

Curiosity had a lot to do with Almerian Belén Peña becoming one of the most important badminton players in Spain. When she was just 8, she began to practise this sport thanks to one of her friends, who already played it. And, since then, she couldn’t stop playing it. She became u-19 champion of Andalusia, when she was still in the u-17 category, and was u-19 doubles champion of Spain in 2016 along with Manuela Nevado. Her next goal is to continue training hard (she already trains between 15 and 18 hours a week) to be able to compete in a European contest and, what’s most important for her, in the Olympics.

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An app that facilitates relationships of doctors and patients with COPD

To facilitate the adherence of treatment to the people with COPD with personalized medical monitoring in real time, this is the innovation that comes from the winning app of the Health Challenge Andalusia, the first competition for open innovation celebrated in Spain which was promoted by the Regional Government of Andalusia with the collaboration of Vodafone. The app, EPPOC, was developed by a family doctor and two nurses of the Andalusian health system that, through advice and videos, helps the people suffering from this disease pursue treatment. It also incorporates a personalized monitoring system for each patient in real time through alerts and messages. More than 40 projects participated in the challenge and 12 different apps addressing COPD have become available for download in e-stores. 10% of people over 65 suffer from this chronic lung disease that complicates breathing.

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Ángel Gutiérrez, research and training of elite sportspeople

Ángel Gutiérrez is a doctor in Medicine and Surgery by the University of Granada. He has worked on the training of elite sportspeople such as Abdelkader El Mouaziz, winner of the New York City Marathon in 2000. Between 2001 and 2008 Ángel Gutiérrez was the doctor of the Spanish mountain bike team. He also worked as a doctor in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992; and in karate, alpine ski and road cycling world competitions in several occasions.

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Tourism and science spreading to preserve Mediterranean Archaeology

Researchers from the University of Granada lead the first archaeological international study of the Mediterranean landscape. One of their working spaces is in Lanteira, in the north of Sierra Nevada. To make the work of the Memola Project known, they organise guided tours to the archaeological sites of this Granadian village.

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José Ángel Chacón, a master that turns wood into music

He is over 80, but he still makes music instruments. Master artisan José Ángel Chacón was born in Cordova, but he moved to Málaga at an early age. As a master luthier, he opened his first workshop in Italy. In 1983 he went back to Spain. In 1993 the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded him with the Silver Medal of Merit in Fine Arts. In 2011, he was also awarded the Master Artisan Card by the Andalusian Government. His son continues the family business and he is the manager of Chacón Luthiers, the lutherie school they opened in Málaga.

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Experts become guides to show the Alhambra from the perspective of Maths or poetry

A chance to discover the Alhambra of Granada from different perspectives, and always in the company of an expert. It is the ‘La Alhambra más cerca’ (or ‘Closer to the Alhambra’) program, according to which university experts become guides that focus the visit on Maths, Geometry, Music or Poetry. In addition, in these visits people are allowed to access the rooms that are usually closed to the public.

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José Antonio Rueda, the Sevilian kid that is ready to be a top motorcycle rider

José Antonio Rueda is from Los Palacios, Seville. He is only 10 but he is already the Moto 4 Champion of Spain 2016. “I thought that I was going to be fourth or fifth”, says RR99, that’s his nickname in the motorcycle world. He was pessimistic because he competed against children who were two years older than him. Experts say that he has what is needed to become a top motorcycle rider. RR99, who is a fan of Jorge Lorenzo, states that his goal is competing in the World Cup and win it. “It requires a lot sacrifice but it isn’t impossible”, he assures.

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Breeding gazelles in unique facilities to avoid their extinction

At the foot of the Alcazaba of Almeria is one of the only facilities of its kind in the world and contingent of the CSIC, the Superior Council of Scientific Investigations. There stands the Experimental Farm La Hoya. They have been working here since 1971 to fend off the extinction of at risk gazelles from North Africa. A captive breeding program whose goal is that each species has a large enough population to ensure its future prosperity and ultimately can be reintroduced into its natural habitat. Zoos in Germany, France, Portugal, and Italy have collaborated in this effort.

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Salvador Arias, medical engineering to create artificial skin

Granadian Salvador Arias has received 6 academic and 24 research awards, two of the international. In 2011 he was awarded best intern resident doctor in Spain of all specialties. Specialized in Dermatology, he directs the Cell Production and Tissue Engineering Unit of the Hospital Complex of Granada, where they have successfully implanted the artificial skin they have developed into a patient.

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El Mono con Pajarita, bow ties that jump into the international market

Ricardo and Loli are a Sevilian couple that makes design bow ties since 2015. They are handmade in the workshop they have in their home, in Lora de Estepa, in Seville. They came up with this idea after the great acceptance that the first bow ties that Loli made for her husband and son received. She like the experience so much that they decided to create El Mono con Pajarita. Currently, Ricardo and Loli sell their creations online in Japan, Belgium or the north of Spain.

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An entrepreneur organises your home and creates space

Cristina Muñoz is the creator of Orden y Espacios. She studied decoration but she lost her job. That was when she asked herself what to do and decided to become a kind of order advisor. She gives advice and ideas to families who have difficulty in organising their home. In addition, she has imported a new trend into Spain: home stating, which is making homes more attractive to possible buyers.

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Antonio Villar, the voice behind successful series such as Game of Thrones

Cordovan Antonio Villar started his career on the radio. He did his first dubbing work in Seville and then took the leap towards Madrid. He is the Spanish dubbing director of the successful series Game of Thrones, in which he dubs Petyr Baelish, also called Littlefinger, the character played by Aidan Gillen. Thanks to this work, his team was awarded by the Association of Audiovisual Translation and Adaptation of Spain.

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New software is able to objectively tell how many people attended a demonstration

A new system allows scientists to monitor traffic and determine the number of people who have attended a demonstration using the signal emitted by their cell phones. It has been developed by researchers form the Architecture and Computer Technology Department of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Andalusian Studies Foundation from the Andalusian Government and the Mobility Area of the Granada City Council.

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Jacobo Ramírez, a self-taught artisan who has succeeded with his watch straps

Jacobo Ramírez has a small artisan workshop in La Carolina, Jaén. He was able to turn his hobby, leather, into his own company. In 2008 a client ordered him a watch strap, he uploaded it on the Internet, and specialized in the design and manufacturing of this complement. The designs of Jacobstraps are sold in 70 countries through prestigious brands such as Omega, Rolex and Crepas; and he makes customized watch straps for over 1,700 clients.

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Fernando Henao and Esteban Nogales, haunting the genetic mutation that causes breast cancer

Doctors Fernando Henao and Esteban Nogales are part of the Oncology team of the Virgen Macarena Hospital. After a year of research, they have discovered that in 20% of the triple negative breast cancer cases, which is the most aggressive type, there is a genetic mutation in the patient. This discovery facilitates the early detection of this type of cancer and opens doors to new prevention treatments aimed at relatives. This study was awarded by the Andalusian Society of Medical Oncology in 2016.

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An Andalusian method to detect gluten in the diet has convinced Harvard

Consisting of immunochromatographic strips, similar to pregnancy tests, that change colour when they detect gluten in a sample of the patient’s stool.  Like this, in only minutes, you are able to know if by mistake or carelessness you have consumed gluten. It is a creation by the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology at the University of Seville. The importance of this new system lies in the speed, in its simplicity, and in the major reliability against the blood tests that were taken until now. It has awakened the interest of U.S hospitals for its implementation and has opened the doors for Andalusian scientists to collaborate in its development with Harvard University.

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Ernesto Páramo, creativity as the key to the universe of science

Science and science popularization run through his veins. Ernesto Páramo is the director of the Science Park of Granada since its opening in 1995. He claims that science and technology are necessary for our development. He has organised over 50 temporary exhibitions, sometimes in collaboration with entities such as the Natural History Museum of London or La Cité de l’Espace of Toulouse. He is a member of the board of the European Network of Science Centres and Museums, which brings together 300 museums from 50 different countries.

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Solar light and plastic to facilitate access to potable water around the world

Researchers of the Department of Environmental Technology at the University of Cádiz have developed a bag that disinfects water by eliminating bacteria through the use of solar rays. It costs only 2 euros per unit, it works for at least six months and it is aimed at poor areas and emergency situations. Every day 6,000 people die worldwide due to the lack of access to potable water. The University of Cádiz created this tool as a solution to one of the major problems facing humanity.

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Juanma Nogales, a visual effects specialist that brings magic to cinema

Juanma Nogales is a visual effects specialist and enjoys prestige within Spanish cinema. He received a Guadí Award and has been three times nominated for the Goya and the Ariel Awards. This Sevilian, in love with cinema, has worked with very prestigious directors. Before he dedicated to visual effects, he studied Audiovisual Communication in the Communication Faculty of the University of Seville and worked as a stuntman. In 2008 he created his own company, Twin Pines, which creates animations for international productions.

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Recycling and technology in a school project that promotes a healthy lifestyle

Thanks to the ‘Care for yourself, care for it’ programme, the students of the San Pascual Bailón Public School and the citizens of the Granada town of Pinos Puente have learnt how to follow a healthy lifestyle. The project includes the creation of an organic garden and a health park, where they can exercise. They also distributed QR codes around the village that link to videos containing information about the place and health advice. This initiative is part of the ‘Andalusia, better with science’ program, and received the Spanish Learning Service Award 2016 in the pre-school and primary school category.

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Antonio Caño, a captain of journalism moved by curiosity

Antonio Caño, born in Martos, Jaén, has a wide professional experience that started in the EFE agency in 1980 and that currently continues in the newspaper El País, of which he is the director. Curiosity was his motivation to dedicate to journalism, and his passion for travels was the reason why he worked as a correspondent in the United States, Mexico or Guinea, and has reported on conflicts in El Salvador, the Gulf War and the Falkland Islands. Among other awards, Antonio Caño has received the ‘Natural de Jaén’ from the University of Jaén, which is awarded to people from the province of Jaén who have stood out in different sectors.

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A fall detector sends alerts when the elderly suffer an accident at home

This fall detector is the result of the work of scientists from the Biomedical Engineering Research Group from the University of Seville. It is a small device that is place on the user’s back. The system, connected to a mobile app, detects when the person who wears it falls, and automatically sends an alert to the emergency services. Its goal is offering better assistance to elders when they suffer an accident at home. If it is launched in the market, its estimated price is below 20 euros.

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Lourdes Mohedano, a leading figure of rhythmic gymnastics with an Olympic reward

Cordovan Lourdes Mohedano, from the village of Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo, has dedicated her life to sports. At the age of three she received ballet lessons, but she needed more and began to practise athletics and rhythmic gymnastics, which turned up to be her true passion. Fighting day after day to achieve her goals, she has competed both in regional and national contests representing the Liceo de Córdoba Club. The silver medal that she won in the Olympic Games of Rio 2016 is the result of her hard work and perseverance.

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Arturo Ruiz, tourism and culture through Iberian archaeology

He is the director of the Andalusian Centre of Iberian Archaeology, based in the University of Jaén, since its creation in 1998. Arturo Ruiz leads this multidisciplinary institute that, through research, has increased the value of the Iberian heritage of Jaén, making it internationally known and using new technologies. Among their achievements is the digitalisation of most of the Andalusian Iberian heritage, the tourism project ‘Going back to the Iberian period’, or their integration in ‘The Phoenicians’ Route’, an European entity of which this scientist was president between 2014 and 2016.

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Microfoam to eliminate varicose veins without surgery

Despite they are not pioneers, they are one of the few in Spain that eliminate varicose veins without surgery. We are talking about the Vascular Surgery Team of the Virgen de Valme Hospital in Seville, which is applying a technique that allows them to eliminate varicose veins on an outpatient basis using microfoam. The patient doesn’t need to stay at the hospital or suffer the side effects caused by anaesthesia, and they can leave on their own feet right after undergoing the treatment.

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Nicolás Chica, an Olympic chef that promotes zero kilometre products

He studied in the Catering School of Granada and is a member of the Spanish Culinary Team. Nicolás Chica was part of the first Spanish team that participated in the Culinary Olympics, held in Germany in 2016, where they won a bronze medal. Currently, he works as a chef in the Granadian restaurant La Milagrosa Irreverente. In 2014 he participated as assistant chef in the Bocuse D’Or, which is the most prestigious gastronomic competition in the world. His cuisine mixes tradition with modernity and he always uses zero kilometre products.

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CapaCITados: Science in the classroom facing accessibility problems

Under the title CapaCITados, the students of the Atalaya Primary School of the Granadian municipality of Atarfe have tried to pursue its sensitivity towards people with disabilities and the elimination of architectural barriers in the town. The initiative was started by the regional program, ‘Andalucia, better with science’ and has received the 2016 National Master Action Award. The work of the students has put into place a commitment to accessibility as value in cities today. More than 400 people have participated in “CapaCITados” between students, professors, and families.

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Miguel Martínez, pioneering microbiology to combat tuberculosis

He has been interested in Science since he was a little boy. Miguel Martínez liked to pretend that he ran his own lab, and that interest for Science continued to grow, focusing on Microbiology. He specialized in this field in the De las Nieves Hospital in Granada, and he currently works in the Torrecárdenas Hospital of Almería, where he leads a pioneering project in Spain about tuberculosis. He uses bacteria to control this disease within the province with the highest prevalence of tuberculosis in Andalusia. Thanks to his biomolecular strategy, the treatments received by patients have been improved, as well as the effectiveness of a process, which used to take months and that currently only takes a few hours, consisting of the diagnosis and tracing of the source of infection of this disease to prevent its spreading. This innovative strategy is going to be spread to the rest of Andalusia. In addition, other regions such as Catalonia have already shown interest in it.

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Control and recommendations with an app that serves as a field notebook

Since January of 2014, it is legally mandatory for Spanish farmers to register their farms’ activity in a field notebook, including all the pest control treatments they apply in their crops, as well as the expenses they generate. In order to make this activity easier, team of Cordovan computer scientists have developed the app Agrocuaderno. Through this tool, farmers receive advice from agricultural technicians. Every week they receive reports and recommendations about the plagues that are affecting the farms in that moment, including advice about the best product to fight them. This app saves farmers time and money.

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Yolanda Enríquez, a young table tennis player climbing to the top

After a table tennis exhibition performed in her school when she was eight years old, Granadian Yolanda Enríquez decided to start practicing this sport. In 2016 she became Junior Champion of Spain, but she has also achieved the victory beyond the Spanish borders. She won the teams gold medal in the Guatemala Junior Open of 2015 and the teams bronze medal in the European Junior Championship held in Croatia in 2016. Yolanda is a member of the CajaSur Priego de Córdoba Club.

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Venom that heals: bee stings to treat illnesses

Using bee stings to treat certain illnesses such as fibromyalgia, backache and arthrosis, or even ulcers. It’s called apitherapy and Sergio Gerrero began to apply it in Granada after working as a beekeeper for several years. He founded ‘La Colemna sanadora’ (‘The Healing Hive’), and his idea is spreading all over Andalusia, becoming a national benchmark.

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Iván Peralta, tire recycling to innovate within our environment

Iván Peralta is the manager of Renean, the largest tire recycling plant in Spain and the second in Europe. It was created to solve what was not only a social but also an environmental problem. Currently, their plant located in Espelúy, in Jaén, processes 14 million tires a years and recycles 100% of their material. This is why they have become international leaders in the recovery of rubber, fibre and steel. They use rubber dust to manufacture the synthetic turf that can be found in the fields of soccer teams such as Real Madrid, Sevilla or Villareal. They also promote innovation and are studying to use this material in 3D printing.

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Kisko García, cuisine as a flavour ecosystem

Kisko García was born in Cordova in 1978. He grew up in his parents’ restaurant, so he couldn’t help to fall in love with cuisine. He studied in the Gran Capitan Catering and Tourism School in Cordova. He has worked in some of the best Spanish restaurants under the supervision of great chefs such as Joan Roca and Sergi Arola. His restaurant, Choco, where he is head chef, was awarded a Michelin Star in 2012. Kisko claims to be in love with Cordovan cuisine, that’s why he promotes it and aims to make it known worldwide. He wants his clients to enjoy with his creativity and to share his passion for Cordovan cuisine.

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The smartest agriculture in Europe in one cutting-edge greenhouse

The smartest greenhouse in Europe can be found in the village of Cuevas del Almanzora in the province of Almería. It’s totally automatic, sustaining itself with solar and wind energy, and is designed for maximum water savings. The automatic system allows the worker to stay in one position during the entire process, from planting to harvesting. It can work year round to produce up to 3,500,000 plants per hectare.

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Ernesto Carmona, a referent for European Chemistry

When he was just a young researcher, Ernesto Carmona worked in the Royal College of London with Geoffrey Wilkinson, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1973 for his studies about organometallic chemistry. “My whole career is based on those three years I spent with him”, explains Carmona. Today, after a prosperous career, he is an international referent for this field of study. He has received several awards, but the most important is the King Jaime I Award of Basic Research. Ernesto Carmona is a professor of the University of Seville, and works as a researcher in the Chemical Research Institute of Seville. He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences; and of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.

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New professional horizons for young engineers thanks to experienced mentors

It is a programme promoted by the College of Road, Canal and Port Engineers of Andalusia. This institution has stablished a communication channel between young professionals who are looking for a job or that want to take a turn in their careers, and engineers with more than 25 years of experience who, unselfishly,  mentor them to help them find new professional opportunities. 18 pairs, formed by mentors and pupils, have participated in the first edition of this Andalusian mentoring programme.

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Jesús Reina, a violinist who feels like home on stage

His grandfather used to play the violin and he always listened to music at home. Malagan violinist Jesús Reina feels like home on any stage. He has performed in auditoriums such as the Carnegie Hall of New York and the Royal Festival Hall of London. He directs the Ivan Galamian International Music Academy, and is the founder and co-director of Málaga Clásica (Classic Málaga), the international chamber music festival of Málaga.

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Jairo Ruiz, a pioneer in Spanish Paralympic triathlon

Almerian Jairo Ruiz won the first Paralympic medal of Spanish triathlon in Rio 2016. His bronze medal was a landmark in the history of this sport, which he began to practise in 2011, after having practised swimming and taekwondo when he was a child. He has a malformation in his left arm, but that has never stopped him from accomplishing his goals. With perseverance, he won, among other competitions, the Word Duathlon Championship and a European Cross Duathlon Championship. Since four years ago, Jairo lives in the High Performance Centre of Madrid, thanks to a grant awarded by the ADOP Plan, which supports Paralympic athletes. There he trains around five or six hours a day.

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Trust your book shop: an initiative that turns reading into a blind journey

El Gusanito Lector is a book shop located in Seville where clients buy books blindly since 2014. This is a proposal based on the trust that clients have on the recommendations of the book shop’s owner, Esperanza. She sells books wrapped in brown paper with only three words written in it, which describe the books’ plot. A proposal aimed at the most curious and adventurous readers.

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Damián Ponce, ceramics as a way of interpreting life

Master ceramist Damián Ponce was born in 1951. He is the owner of a workshop located in the Cordovan village of Castro del Río since 1975. When he was 19 years old, he decided to turn his passion into his profession, and he began to study ceramics. He was part of the Andalusian Federation of Artisans, where he transmitted a new concept of crafts with humbleness. In 2014 he was awarded the Master Artisan Card by the Andalusian Government for his career as an artisan. In his workshop, he manufactures unique ceramics pieces, of which the most popular are his replicas of ‘Las Meninas’ (‘The Ladies-in-Waiting’).

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Tutakaboo: creativity and digital apps in a new children’s toy

A new toy that combines digital apps with interaction in a physical space where children can create. Tutakaboo is the idea of two architects who have created ‘Mi Refugio Infantil’ (‘My Children’s Refuge’), a spin-off company from the University of Granada. On one hand, it contains pieces that children can use to build their own playing zone; and on the other hand, mobile apps to play with within that space.

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Federico Argüelles, vocational medicine specialized in the digestive system

Federico Argüelles belongs to the third generation of a family of doctors. This Sevilian confesses that he is in love with his profession, which he chose moved by vocation and his love for medicine. He is president of the Digestive System Foundation of Spain, a title that he combines with his work as a teacher in the Faculty of Medicine of Seville and his lectures in national and international congresses. He has also won several awards, but the most important is the ‘Rising Star 2014’ for the best digestive system specialist under 40.

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An alarm that distinguishes people from animals to avoid false warnings

Ontech Security, a company based out of Seville, and their engineers have invested three years of work in the development of Wardian, an alarm system designed to detect disturbances in magnetic and electrostatic fields in the vicinity of a home. It protects doors and windows and differentiates between people, objects and animals. It is only triggered by people, so it avoids false alarms. Thanks to Wardian, this company won the first prize in the ICS West held in Las Vegas in 2016, the most important fair of the sector.

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Alejandro Ramírez, a journey from rock to crafts through guitars

Necessity and curiosity moved Alejandro Ramírez, from Almería, to build his first electric guitar at the age of 18. He was in a rock band and could not afford to buy good guitars because they were too expensive; so he decided to build his own guitar. That was the origin of a career and a passion. In 2006 he created the O3 Guitars Company, where he builds around twenty guitars per year to clients in Spain, Germany, England and France. He uses different types of wood, such as Spanish cedar or Canadian maple, to make ergonomic guitars that produce good sound, and with original and unique designs that can be customized for clients.

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Fashion that helps in the daily lives of kids with reduced mobility

Elena and Eva are industrial designers located in Málaga that have united to create a project they call Ayudas Técnicas Don’t Stop Me. The objective is to better the day to day lives of children with Cerebral Palsy and other disorders that cause reduced mobility. They have begun by creating garments with zippers in the back to assist the children’s families and caretakers.

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Luis García Gil, a journey to the music of Serrat through literature

Writer Luis García Gil was born the 26th of October of 1974. He was raised in a literary environment as his father is the poet José Manuel García Gómez; that’s why he had an early initiation into the cultural sphere. The work of this versatile author includes literature, cinema, songwriting, poetry, narration and essays. His book ‘Serrat, canción a canción’ (‘Serrat, song by song’), turned him into the most important scholar of this Catalan singer-songwriter.

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Carlos López, effort and ambition to become a legend of paddle

This Sevilian was under 14 champion of the World Junior Paddle Championship held in Mexico in 2015. That’s the greatest accomplishment of Carlos López, who, encouraged by his father, began to practise this sport at the age of nine. When he was 12, he began to shine, and realized that paddle was more than just a hobby. Today, his goal is becoming world number one in the absolute category.

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Sustainable mobility with bikes made out of ecological wood

Rafael thought that wood could be an interesting raw material to create comfortable and beautiful bikes. This Sevilian from Dos Hermanas, Seville, did some research about how to do it. Today, what seemed an impossible project has become a reality. TBK Bike sells its unique bikes in Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland.

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Raúl Arellano, cutting edge technology to improve the performance of swimmers

He is a professor of Sports Science of the University of Granada, and one of the few specialized in swimming. Raúl Arellano has dedicated his whole career to this sport. He has focused his research in human swimming propulsion and competition analysis, which he has applied in several Olympics. Between 2009 and 2012, Raúl Arellano worked as a biomechanic for the Spanish National Swimming Team; and he still collaborates with Mireia Belmonte’s coach.

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Desiderata, the beer that came out of a garage to conquer the world

When Santiago García, a chemist specialized in Oenology, began to produce his own beer in his home’s garage so his brother could sell it to his co-workers, her mother wasn’t very happy with the idea. Now, a few years later, these two siblings from Mairena del Aljarafe, along with their partner Sebastián, are proud of their creation: Desiderata. This beer, made by Bears&Dreams in the province of Seville, is becoming increasingly popular.

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Kilometers that give life to the research against pediatric cancer

Every year in Seville they celebrate the Run in Solidarity against Pediatric Cancer. It’s an event organized by the Spanish Society of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology, or SEHOP, a non-profit organization that raises funds for research. Thanks to them the doctors and researchers at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital were able to initiate a study that allows us to better understand pediatric tumors, making it easier to find a cure. Through a sample of blood they can identify the DNA of cancerous cells and their possible mutation. With this they hope to accelerate the diagnosis and find less invasive, more effective treatments against childhood cancer.

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Marcos Rodríguez, an international swimmer with a winning mentality

His brother used to swim, so he started doing it as well. Granadian Marcos Rodríguez, from the village of Las Gabias, competed for the first time at an international level in 2015, in the European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan. There he won a silver medal in 800 metres freestyle. Since September of 2016 he trains in the High Performance Centre of San Cugat under the supervision of Fred Vergnoux, Mireia Belmonte’s coach.

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A wine cellar is reintroducing the Jerez wine that seduced Shakespeare

Gonzalez Palacios Wine Cellars, from Lebrija, has reintroduced the Jerez wine which travelled to America just after its discovery, which Shakespeare mentions in some of his plays. The arrival of English tradesmen from the 17th Century changed the way the wine was made in the area. And it has been maintained in modern times in the production of ‘fino’, ‘manzanilla’ and ‘olorosos’. The Lebrija wine cellar has decided to return to the early methods and take the opportunity to test a wine similar to what the conquistadors drank overseas. The result, a palomino grape white wine, with a low alcohol content, with a saline aftertaste which is hard to figure out.