Chemistry in Spain

Chemistry is an important social and economic issue. Chemistry is relevant both in terms of academic, professional, scientific and industrial and business activity.


Spanish science is among the top ten ranked in the world

  • Universities: 36
  • Teaching staff: 6.326
  • Undergraduate Students: 30.536
  • PhD Students: 2.240
  • Thesis per year: 781

PROFESSIONALS Professionally 9.000 members are associated in ANQUE. These membership includes Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Biochemists, Biotechnologists, Materials engineers, Food technology specialists, Environmental sciences graduates, and other specialties related to chemistry.

ANQUE members include students, teachers, businesspeople, researchers, managers and executives and communicators representing the wide array of activities that chemistry offers.

The chemical industry is an important motor for the economy. With over 3.000 chemical companies, over 500.000 high quality jobs it represents an annual revenue of 55.300 million Euros, 14% of the total industrial business and generates 11% of the Gross Industrial national product.

Chemical production is present in all regions of Spain with special concentration in Barcelona, Tarragona, Madrid and Huelva.

From 2000 to 2013, the chemical sector business grew 54,5 %. The chemical sector is distributed in 14 segments of production ranging from Pharmaceuticals to organic chemistry.

In spite of Spain’s recent crisis, the chemical sector has adapted to the situation becoming
the 2nd exporter nationally with 55% of its sales (30.100 million Euros) destined to external the 2nd markets.

In Spain there is an important network of professional and business associations that represent the interests of the profession and the activity related to Chemistry. These organizations in turn actively participate in their European and world counterparts.

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There are also an important number of trade and specialized magazines about chemistry.