Their Majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain presented the 28th edition of the King Jaime I Awards on 24 November in Valencia. The Valencian Government and the Valencian Foundation for Advanced Studies created the awards in 1989. The purpose was to bring together scientific and business entities for research and study to promote the studies and research developments in Spain. The King Jaime I Awards was created when King Juan Carlos was on the throne.
The award winners this year were:
Francisco Juan, Martínez Mojica, PhD in Biology, Professor of the Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Alicante, who won the Juan Jaime I Basic Research Award 2016.
Albert Marcet Torrens, Doctor of Economics, Director of the Institute of Economic Analysis of the CSIC and UAB and researcher ICREA, the winner of the King James I Prize Economy 2016.
Elías Campo Güerri, Professor of Anatomy Pathology at the University of Barcelona, Director of Research and Innovation and Head of the Hematopathology Unit at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, as the winner of the King Jaime I Medical Research Award 2016.
Miguel Bastos Araújo, Research Professor at the Museum of Natural Sciences of the CSIC and Director of the Research Group of the iBIOCHANGE, was the winner of the 2016 King Jaime I Prize for Environmental Protection.
Hermenegildo García Gómez, Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Researcher of the Institute of Chemical Technology, CSIC mixed centre and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, was the recipient of the 2016 King Jaime I New Technologies Award.
Alberto Gutiérrez Garrido, Managing Director and General Manager of Aquaservice, received the King Jaime I Entrepreneur Award 2016.
Speaking in both Spanish and Valencian, King Felipe stressed that “it is time to give a new impetus, to place research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship among the main priorities of our country. Because, simply, this is one of the best ways to achieve greater guarantees of growth, development, and competitiveness, and therefore, the ability to generate and distribute more wealth and well-being.”
His Majesty made it a point to emphasise the importance of promoting a “more innovative education and to involve society more, that it must know and be aware of the role of science and technological advances in our present and in our future.”
King Felipe congratulated all of the winners and praised how their “talent and commitment allow our future, the future of society as a whole, to be a better future. With their work they make of Spain a more fair and developed country.”
After the awards and before returning home to Madrid, Their Majesties visited a marketplace called Mercado Central de Valencia where they were welcomed by a large number of local people. The King and Queen greeted as many as they could before touring the marketplace.