Santiago Grisolia, Executive President of the Awards, and Vicente Boluda, President of the Valencia Foundation for Advanced Studies, the driving force behind the Awards, accompanied Ximo Puig in the ceremony held at the Palau de la Generalitat.
In this year’s ceremony the Nobel Laureates issued a call for gender equality.
The winners of the 2016 edition are: Juan Francisco Martinez, Basic Research; Albert Marcet, Economics; Elias Campo, Medical Research; Miguel Bastos, Environmental Protection; Hermenegildo García, New Technology and Alberto Gutierrez, Entrepreneurship.
In the emblematic setting of the Santo Domingo Convent cloister, the twenty one Nobel laureates divided among the six juries evaluated 250 nominations and judged six categories covered by Spain’s uppermost and internationally recognised award.
During their three-day stay in Valencia, the twenty one Nobel Prize winners visited various research centres, hospitals and universities and met with students of all ages and disciplines.
This year the Nobel Laureates urged fulfilment of the 1967 UN General Assembly declaration, which spoke out against discrimination against women, a situation that remains “fundamentally unfair in many countries“, and appealed for “the right to education, employment, positions of responsibility and fair compensation“.
The Rey Jaime I Awards confer the largest prizes in Spain of €100,000 each, a substantial amount of which is allocated to national research.
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