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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/15/2009

Programme of activities with the laureates

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Programme of activities with the laureates, which will be held during the days prior to the Prince of Asturias Awards Presentation Ceremony

Since 1996, and during the days prior to the presentation ceremony of the Prince of Asturias Awards, the Foundation holds several events in different locations in Asturias. The aim of these activities is to give the public an opportunity to get to know some of the most renowned personalities worldwide in the fields of research and culture, who come to the Principality each year.

The events that will be held during the Week of the Awards include, among other activities, a visit from David Attenborough, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Social Sciences, to the “Jardín Botánico Atlántico”, the botanic gardens in Gijón, and a conference that will be held at the assembly hall in the Laboral “City of Culture”. Martin Cooper and Raymond S. Tomlinson will participate in a collection of mobile telephones for the Third World at the Historic building at the University of Oviedo. In addition, Yelena Isinbayeva will hold a meeting with children and sport enthusiasts at the Sports Centre in Avilés.

Apart from the activities scheduled by the Foundation, the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards laureates will hold different meetings with the press.

Attached: Programme of activities

NOTES:

The programme is subject to change.

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

WEDNESDAY, 21ST OCTOBER

11.00 a.m. Conference with Martin Cooper entitled “Mobile Telecommunications: A Hand-Held Revolution”.

Admission will be free until all seats are taken. Assembly Hall of the University School of Technical Engineering in Gijón (Viesques University Campus, Gijón).

THURSDAY, 22ND OCTOBER

12.00 noon Conference and discussion with Ismaíl Kadaré, chaired by Ramón Sánchez Lizarralde, Kadaré’s translator.

Admission will be free until all seats are taken. Assembly room of the Faculty of Philology (c/ Joaquina Bobela, Humanities Campus of the University of Oviedo)

4.30 p.m. Visit by David Attenborough to the “Jardín Botánico Atlántico”, the botanic gardens in Gijón.

Admission is restricted to the press only. The press will be allowed to take photographs only at the beginning of the visit.

5.00 p.m. Martin Cooper and Raymond S. Tomlinson will participate in a collection of mobile telephones for the Third World. Then, they will send an e-mail from a mobile telephone to the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). Finally, both laureates will give a brief speech.

Admission will be free until all seats are taken. Historic building at the University of Oviedo (c/ San Francisco, Oviedo).

5.30 p.m. Yelena Isinbayeva will unveil a commemorative plaque of her visit to the Sports Centre in Avilés, at the athletics track of the complex.

Admission is restricted to the press only.

Then, she will hold a meeting with children and sport enthusiasts at the sports centre in Avilés.

Admission will be free until all seats are taken. “Complejo Deportivo Avilés” (c/ Juan XXIII, 42, Avilés)

6.00 p.m. Under the title “Talking about Biodiversity in a Time of Change”, David Attenborough will address a conference together with Joaquín Araujo (writer and naturalist).

Admission will be free until all seats are taken.  Art Café at the “Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial” in Gijón (c/ Los Prados, 121, Cabueñes).

7.30 p.m. Debate on Public Health, with some representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Admission will be free until all seats are taken. Auditorium at the “Centro Cultural Cajastur, San Francisco 4” in Oviedo (entrance c/ Mendizábal).

8.00 p.m. Walter Momper, current President of the Berlin Parliament and Mayor of the city when the Wall fell in 1989 and until 1991, will hold a debate titled “Berlin, the Fall of the Wall. 20 Years of History” with the journalists Martí Font, José María Siles, Valentín Popescu and Riccardo Ehrman, chaired by Luis Rivas.

Admission will be free until all seats are taken. Assembly Hall at the Historic building of the University of Oviedo (c/ San Francisco 3, Oviedo).

FRIDAY, 23RD OCTOBER

10.00 a.m. Visit of the Mayors of Berlin to the General Assembly Building of the Principality of Asturias.

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