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Princess of Asturias Awards

11/09/2010

The call for the 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards now open

Sculpture of Joan Miró ©FPA

Thousands of pamphlets are distributed worldwide

Candidatures may also be presented via the Foundation’s website

The period for presenting candidatures for the 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards, which are now being held for the thirty first time, is now open.

The Foundation will distribute the pamphlet containing the official announcement for candidatures and rules for the Awards. Candidacies may now also be presented via the web page of the Foundation (www.fpa.es).

As in previous years, the regulations are sent to research centres, academies, universities, the diplomatic corps and major figures world-wide as well as the laureates from previous editions. Thousands of pamphlets are mailed in Spain and distributed by special courier service elsewhere.

By Internet

Proposals can be sent to the Foundation's head office by mail or e-mail (info@fpa.es). Full information in Spanish and English on the institution, its history, activities, laureates and so forth can be accessed at this Foundation's own server (www.fpa.es). The official announcement for candidatures and the rules are also available there in French, German and Portuguese.

Prince of Asturias Awards

There are eight Prince of Asturias Awards: Communication and Humanities, the Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Sports and Concord. They are intended, to quote the Foundations Statutes, “to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups, or institutions world-wide.”

The deadline for proposing candidates is March 18th 2011. This date is extended till July 22nd for the Concord and Sports Awards.

Each of the Prince of Asturias Awards has its own jury, made up of specialists in the area, with the exception of the Concord Award jury, which is made up of the Patrons of the Prince of Asturias Foundation.

Since the Prince of Asturias Awards were inaugurated in 1981 they have acquired considerable international prestige. The grand presentation ceremony is traditionally held in autumn at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias. It is presided over by H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias, accompanied by H.R.H. the Princess of Asturias and is attended by outstanding figures from national and international social and cultural circles.

Each of the eight Prince of Asturias Awards comprises a diploma, a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolising the Awards, an insignia bearing the Foundation’s coat of arms, and a cash prize of €50,000.

Previous Award winners

Writers such as Álvaro Mutis, Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo José Cela, Günter Grass, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller, Claudio Magris or Paul Auster; politicians such as Václav Havel, Jacques Delors, Adolfo Suárez, Mijail Gorbachov, Nelson Mandela, Isaac Rabin, H.M. King Hussein of Jordan, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva or Al Gore; institutions such as the United Nation's High Commission for Refugees, Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Movement), Médicos Sin Fronteras (Doctors with no Borders) and Medicus Mundi, the Sephardic Community, the American Foundation for Aids Research (founded and led by Elizabeth Taylor), CNN, UNICEF or the organisations leading the fight against malaria in Africa; scientists such as Stephen Hawking, the Atapuerca Research Team, Guido Münch, Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, the human world's leading research teams in the field of the human genome, the fathers of Internet or Jane Goodall; historians such as John Elliott or Julio Caro Baroja, intellectuals such as Julián Marías, Indro Montanelli, George Steiner, Umberto Eco, Hans M. Enzensberger or Jürgen Habermas; artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Óscar Niemeyer, Joaquín Rodrigo, Vittorio Gassmann, Barbara Hendricks, Woody Allen and Miquel Barceló and sports personalities such as Sebastian Coe, Severiano Ballesteros, Sergei Bubka, the Brazilian Football Squad, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher or Rafael Nadal have been, to name but a few, some of the award winners since 1981.

The 2010 Prince of Asturias Awards Laureates were:

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR THE ARTS

Richard Serra

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The Transplantation Society

The National Transplant Organization (Spain)

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Archaeological Team of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum in Xi’an

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR COMMUNICATION AND HUMANITIES

Alain Touraine

Zygmunt Bauman

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

David Julius

Linda Watkins

Baruch Minke

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LITERATURE

Amin Maalouf

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR SPORTS

The Spanish National Football Squad

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR CONCORD

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