The Vice president of the Rei Jaume I Awards Foundation made the appeal during the awards ceremony

The event was chaired by the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and attended by Professor Santiago Grisolía and 19 nobel laureates who made up the jury for the six awards categories

Speaking as President of the Valencian Association of Advanced Studies and Vice president of the Rei Jaume I Awards Foundation, during the awards ceremony Boluda Corporación Marítima chairman Vicente Boluda reiterated “the appeal made so many times by this Foundation, for a national pact on Science, Research and Entrepreneurship”.

The 31st Rei Jaume I Award winners were announced during the event, held in the Palau de la Generalitat Salón de Cortes (regional government court hall) on Tuesday 4 June, with the jury awarding Xavier Tolsa in Basic investigation; José García Montalvo in Economics; Pura Muñoz-Cánoves in Medical Research; José Antonio Sobrino in the field of Environmental Protection; Aníbal Ollero, in New Technology, and in Carlota PI in the Entrepreneurship category.

This year the Rei Jaume I Awards Nobel laureates, which include nineteen Nobel prize-winners, made a declaration speech on the “alarming state of the oceans”.

Chaired by the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, the ceremony was also attended by the President and founder of the institution, Santiago Grisolía, Executive President Javier Quesada, and the Vice president of the Rei Jaume I Awards Foundation, Vicente Boluda.

The Awards, which have the highest research funding budget in Spain, were attended by other authorities and politicians, as well as the members of the Rei Jaume I Foundation Board of Trustees and sponsor representatives from Air Liquide Healthcare and Caixabank for Medical Research; the Iberdrola España Foundation for Environmental Protection; Valencia City Council for New Technologies, and Mercadona, Edem and AVE for the Entrepreneurship Award.

The Awards are also supported by entities such as Boluda Corporación Marítima, the Valencian Community Council of Chambers, the Port Authority of Valencia, the Banco Santander Foundation, Bankia, SPB (bituminous plasticizers and softeners), RNB, Pavasal, Grupo Vectalia, Enagas and Celgene.