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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/16/2011

The exhibition “Transactions. Spain in the history of The Royal Society” opens the programme of activities for the 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards

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Bill Drayton will hold a meeting this coming Thursday with prisoners in Villabona Prison Therapeutic and Educational Unit.

This Thursday, the Exhibition “Transactions. Spain in the history of The Royal Society” opened the programme of activities for the 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards prior to the Awards Ceremony itself. From 12 noon on, the University of Oviedo Historic Building Library will house this exhibition which has been jointly organised by the academic institution and the Prince of Asturias Foundation and which will bring together more than one hundred original exhibits of great historical and scientific value, such as the first ever microscope, histological drawings by Ramon y Cajal and the map of Colombia drawn by Felipe Bauza during the Malaspina expedition.

The exhibition on The Royal Society, the organisation conferred with the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, will be open until 13th November between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm  from Monday to Saturday and between 11:00 and 14:00 on Sundays.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place this coming Wednesday, 19th October at 19:00 in the University of Oviedo’s Historical Building. The organisation of the exhibition has benefitted from the collaboration of The Royal Society, the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, the Cajal-CSIC Institute, the National Geographic Institute, the Hydrographic Institute of the Spanish Navy, the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences-CSIC, the Seville Royal Academy of Medicine, the Madrid Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country, Juan Fernandez Santaren, Antonio Garcia Bellido and Santiago Ramon y Cajal’s heirs.

At 19:30 that same day, the President of The Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel Prize for Medicine 2001) and Rafael Rodrigo, President of CSIC, will discuss some of the major questions of the science of the future in a meeting chaired by the scientist Cesar Nombela, an Awards Jury member. The event will be held at the University of Oviedo Historic Building Auditorium (the “Paraninfo”) and admission will be free until all seats are taken.

On Tuesday 18th October, the neuroscientists bestowed with the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research will take part in a meeting at the Cajastur Cultural Centre in Oviedo. Joseph Altman, Giacomo Rizzolatti and Arturo Alvarez-Buylla will outline their main lines of research and will participate in a panel discussion chaired by Manuel Toharia, director of the Prince Felipe Science Museum in Valencia and member of the jury that conferred the award. The event will be at 19:30 and admission will be free until all seats are taken.

Events scheduled for Thursday

The delegation of the “Heroes of Fukushima”, Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, will be given two receptions by Asturian authorities on Thursday, 20th October. The first of these will take place at 13:15 at the Regional Parliament (Junta General del Principado de Asturias). At 17:00, they will take part in a reception at Gijón City Hall. The representatives attending these receptions form part of the Nuclear Disaster Response Team: Colonel Iwakuma Shinji and Lieutenant Colonel Kenji Kato, from the Self-Defense Forces; Superintendents Yoshitsugu Oigawa and Masami Watanabe, from the National Police Force; and Captain Toyohiko Tomioka, from the Fire Brigade.

At 16:30 that same day, Bill Drayton, Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, will visit the Therapeutic and Educational Unit at Villabona Prison, a pioneering project in the Spanish prison system led by Faustino Zapico, an Ashoka social entrepreneur. Drayton will meet with the inmates participating in this programme.

He will then go on to the municipality of Langreo to meet at 18:30 with students belonging to the “Young Social Entrepreneurs” developed by Valnalon and led by Jose Manuel Perez (Pericles), an Ashoka social entrepreneur. He will also visit an outdoor exhibition at the “Nuevo Teatro” in La Felguera depicting the projects developed by students during the past year, the profits of which go to a school in a developing country.

Finally, the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo will host the finale concert of the XX Music Week, which will bring the programme of activities that precede the Awards Ceremony to a close.  Starting at 20:00, Maestro Riccardo Muti, 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, will conduct the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and the Prince of Asturias Foundation Choir, who will perform Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor.

Breakfast meetings

In addition to the scheduled events in the programme, the scientists Arturo Alvarez-Buylla and Giacomo Rizzolatti, co-Laureates of the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, and the psychologist Howard Gardner, who will receive this year’s Award for Social Sciences, will participate in three breakfast meetings with experts in their respective disciplines belonging to research centres and universities from all over Spain.

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