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Old 01-12-2007, 08:13 AM
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The Prince of Asturias Awards 2007




THE CALL FOR THE 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARDS NOW OPEN

11-January-2007
The Prince of Asturias Foundation has begun distribution of the pamphlet containing the official announcement for candidatures and rules for the 2007 Prince of Asturias Awards. Thus, the period for presenting candidatures for these Awards - which are all international in scope and which are now being held for the twenty-seventh time - is open. This pamphlet is sent to research centres, academies, universities, the diplomatic corps and major figures world-wide.

Thousands of pamphlets are mailed in Spain and distributed by special courier service elsewhere.

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 16th 2007. This date is extended till July 27th 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, and is attended by outstanding figures from national and international social and cultural circles.

Each of the eight Prince of Asturias Awards comprises of a symbolic emblem - a Joan Miró statue - a cash prize of Euro 50,000, an insignia bearing the Foundation's arms, and a diploma.

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Proposals can be sent to the Foundation's head office by mail or e-mail (info@fpa.es), or to Spanish Embassies or Consulates overseas.

Full information in Spanish and English on the institution, its history, activities, award winners and so forth can be accessed at this Foundation´s own server (www.fundacionprincipedeasturias.org and www.fpa.es). The official announcement for candidatures and the rules are also available there in French, German and Portuguese.

Previous Award winners
Writers such as Álvaro Mutis, Francisco Umbral, Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo José Cela, Günter Grass, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller or Claudio Magris; politicians such as Václav Havel, Jacques Delors, Adolfo Suárez, Mijail Gorbachov, Nelson Mandela, Isaac Rabin, H.M. King Hussein of Jordan or Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; 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) and CNN; scientists such as Stephen Hawking, the Atapuerca Research Team, Santiago Grisolía, 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, Martina Navratilova, Carl Lewis or the Brazilian Football Squad or Fernando Alonso have been, to name but a few, some of the award winners since 1981.
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The Islamic Meeting asks the retirement of the Prince of Asturias Award to the philosopher Giovanni Sartori
The Islamic Meeting of Spain has requested the Prince of Asturias Foundation to retires to Giovanni Sartori the Prize of Social Sciences that was given to him in 2005 before “serious” declarations of the philosopher and Italian writer, who in their opinion “demonize” the Muslims.
Through an official notice, the Meeting relates that in the closing of the I International Congress on immigration and the cultural diversity, organized by the Meeting of Castilla and Leon in Salamanca, Sartori proposed the creation of the legal figure of the “stuccoable citizenship” for the citizens “who do not integrate themselves”, like previous step to the expulsion of the European Union.
In this and other speeches, the Meeting says, Sartori affirms explicitly that the group to which talks about is of the European Muslims, he considered like “hardly integrables” because of their religion.
“Given to the gravity and the unequivocally undemocratic character and xenofobizm, we considered that the presence of Giovanni Sartori in the list of awarded by the the Prince of Asturias Foundation constitutes an anomaly”, they say in their writing. According to the organization, presided over by the Spanish Mansur Escudero, “ideas as those expressed by Sartori are based on the collective demonization, and they can constitute a crime of incitación to hatred by religious reasons”.
“After centuries of religious monopoly”, it adds, the proposal of Italian “us retrotrae to the expulsion of the Spanish Jews in 1492, to edict of expulsion of the Spanish Muslims, dictated by Catholic Kings the 14 of February, 1502, and to the Edicts of expulsion of the moriscos, dictated by King Felipe III in years 1609-1610”, stresses the Meeting.
In its opinion, the figure of “stuccoable citizenship” is equivalent to the idea of “denationalization” characteristic of the European fashism of century XX. And it alerts before the “resurgence in all Europe of neoNazi movements, whose hatred is reinforced by speeches like the one of Sartori”.
Its text ends up making a call to “measured takings serious and forceful to end this it damages, an authentic threat for the European democracies”.
Sartori was awarded by the Prince of Asturias Foundation in recognition to his work in the elaboration of a theory of the democracy in which there has been always present “his commitment with the guarantees and the liberties of the open society”.
He is the creator of the socilógico term “homo videns”, the man who watches the television and loses the capacity to understand the reality, transformed or, rather deformed, by the small screen.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:31 AM
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the Ibero-american Television Organisation (oti) To Hold Its General Assembly In Oviedo In Honour Of The Prince Of Asturias Awards.

Executives from over 150 television networks from 100 different countries will have met in the Principality in one year, brought together by this assembly and Eurovision´s meeting in 2006, centred around the Prince of Asturias Awards.

The Ibero-American Television Organisation (OTI) is to hold its General Assembly next 14th, 15th and 16th March in Asturias, "in recognition of the Prince of Asturias Awards´ history and enormous prestige, and especially its work fostering social, cultural and scientific development in Ibero-American communities."

Created in 1971, this organisation brings together 50 television networks from 21 countries and over 600 million potential viewers.

This assembly, along with the one held by Eurovision in April 2006, will mean that in one year, executives from over 150 television networks from 100 different countries will have met in Oviedo as a way of recognising the outstanding role the Prince of Asturias Awards play in communicating the noblest of cultural values.

The OTI assembly will be attended by some of the most important representatives of the main Ibero-American television networks, including Globo Televisión (Brazil), Portugal´s Radiotelevisión, Televisa (Mexico), Venevisión (Venezuela), Canal 7 (Argentina), RCN Televisión (Colombia) as well as Spanish-language networks from the United States such as Telemundo and Univisión Network Limited Partnership.

THE IBERO-AMERICAN TELEVISION ORGANISATION (OTI) TO HOLD ITS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN OVIEDO IN HONOUR OF THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARDS
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OVER 200 CANDIDATURES FROM THIRTY-NINE COUNTRIES IN CONTENTION FOR THE 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARDS

OVER 200 CANDIDATURES FROM THIRTY-NINE COUNTRIES IN CONTENTION FOR THE 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARDS




These exclude nominations made through consulates and embassies and those for Sports and Concord Award categories, which have a 27th July deadline.

More than two hundred candidatures from over thirty-nine countries across the five continents have been nominated for this year´s Prince of Asturias Awards, now being held for the twenty-seventh time.

The nomination period closed at 2 p.m. today, Friday 16th. Figures will be swelled during the coming weeks by nominations made at Spanish embassies and consulates abroad, as well as by candidatures proposed by the members of the Juries for each category, who have until two days before the Jury is convened.
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THE JURIES IN CHARGE OF GRANTING THE 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARDS IN ITS 27TH EDITION ARE TO BEGIN MEETING ON 5th JUNE.


More than 150 public figures are to make up the eight juries (one for each category) in charge of granting the Prince of Asturias Awards and are to begin convening next 5th June. This year marks the Awards' twenty seventh edition.

Deliberations are to take place at the Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo according to the following schedule:

JUNE
International Cooperation:........................5th and 6th June
Arts: ...................................................12th and 13th June
Scientific and Technical Research: ....19th and 20th June
Letters: ...............................................26th and 27th June

JULY
Communication and Humanities: .............3rd and 4th July
Social Sciences: .................................10th and 11th July

SEPTEMBER
Sports: ................................................5th and 6th September
Concord: .........................................11th and 12th September

The members of the corresponding Jury will be holding a press conference on the first day of meetings at 10.30 am, right before the deliberations are set to begin. The Jury's decision is to be made public at 12 pm on the second day of deliberations of each of the juries.

The Prince of Asturias Awards are to be presented this October at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo in a grand ceremony that will be presided by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias.

Each of the eight Prince of Asturias Awards consists of fifty thousand euros, a sculpture specially made by Joan Miró that symbolizes these Awards, a diploma and an insignia.

Candidatures presented
To date a total of 216 candidatures from fifty countries have been received at the Prince of Asturias Foundation's offices. More than 15269 letters supporting the candidatures have also been received, whose senders include heads of State and prime ministers from several countries, as well as academic organizations and public figures from worldwide political, social and cultural milieus.

Candidatures that have been presented at Spanish diplomatic representations and consulates abroad must be added to this number, as well as the candidatures that the members of the juries themselves may put forward before the start of their deliberations. The deadline for the Prince of Asturias Awards for Concord and for Sports, whose corresponding juries will be meeting in September, is 27th July.

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THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 2007

The meetings of the jury responsible for awarding the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, the first of eight international awards that will be bestowed by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, will be held on June 5th and 6th. The awards will be bestowed this year for the twenty-seventh time in their history.

The Prince of Asturias Awards aim, to quote from the Statutes of the Foundation "to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups or institutions worldwide." As part of this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation "will be bestowed upon the individual, work group or institution whose work has contributed in an exemplary and significant way to mutual understanding, progress and brotherhood among nations".

There are 17 nominations in the running for this Award - excluding those that the members of the jury might themselves propose before the jury is called to session - from Australia, Brasil, Burundi, Colombia, Cuba, China, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Spain.

Their decision will be made public at 12.00 a.m. on Wednesday 6th in the Salón Covadonga of the hotel (on the ground floor), and jury members will then be available for interviews.

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AL GORE, 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION


Considered to be one of the most influential leaders in the world in the fight against climate change, he has focused his public activity on promoting an awareness of humanitys responsibility for global warming and the urgent need to adopt measures that will mitigate its consequences.


Albert Arnold Gore was born in Washington D.C., USA, in 1948. He is Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Climate Protection, an organization that aims to raise public awareness on the importance of adopting measures that will work towards stopping the climate crisis. He was Vice-President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and the Democratic nominee in the 2000 Presidential election. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in government form Harvard University and attended Vanderbilt University´s Divinity School and Law School. Today, he is president of Current TV, chairman of the investment firm and hedge fund Generation Investment Management, a director on the board of Apple Inc., and an advisor to Google and to the British government on environmental issues.

His interest in ecology has been a constant throughout his political career: in 1992 he described the problems the planet was facing and proposed policies for avoiding disaster in his book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992), which was translated into over 30 languages and became a bestseller. That same year he was part of the American delegation at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. As Vice-President, he pushed for concrete environmental measures and defended the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by United States, which was vetoed by the Senate. Since the 2000 Presidential elections, Gore has travelled to a large number of countries giving over one thousand lectures on climate change.

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STATEMENT BY AL GORE UPON WINNING THE 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Statement from the Honorable Al Gore

I was deeply honored to learn this morning about the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The climate crisis is a true planetary emergency and a generational challenge that urgently requires immediate and coordinated international solutions. I would like to thank the Prince of Asturias Foundation and the jury for recognizing this important challenge.

Nashville, Tennesse, June 6, 2007

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Old 06-09-2007, 10:48 AM
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THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR THE ARTS 2007

THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR THE ARTS 2007

The meetings of the jury responsible for awarding the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, the second of eight international awards that will be bestowed by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, will be held on June 12th and 13th. The awards will be bestowed this year for the twenty-seventh time in their history.

The Prince of Asturias Awards aim, to quote from the Statutes of the Foundation "to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups or institutions worldwide." As part of this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts "will be bestowed upon the individual, working group or institution whose work in the fields of Architecture, Cinematography, Dance, Sculpture, Music, Painting and other forms of artistic expression constitutes a significant contribution to Mankind´s cultural heritage".

There are 51 nominations in the running for this Award - excluding those that the members of the jury might themselves propose before the jury is called to session - from Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Cuba, China, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Peru, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Syria, Venezuela and Spain.
The Award is endowed with fifty thousand Euros, a sculpture created and specially donated for the Awards by Joan Miró, a diploma and an insignia.
Members of the juries will hold an initial meeting with the media at about 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 12th in the "Salón de Consejos" of the hotel (on the first floor), immediately prior to being formally convened and starting their deliberations. The jury will then elect a president from amongst them. The Jury secretary will be appointed by the Foundation.

Their decision will be made public at 12.00 a.m. on Wednesday 13th in the Salón Covadonga of the hotel (on the ground floor), and jury members will then be available for interviews.
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The musician Bob Dylan gains the Prize Prince of Asturias of the Arts

The American cantautor Bob Dylan has obtained to the Prize Prince of Asturias of Arts 2007, failed today in Oviedo.

El músico Bob Dylan gana el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes
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Bob Dylan Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts 2007

Bob Dylan has been given the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. The Jury for the Award announced its decision today in Oviedo.

Bob Dylan is considered to be one of the most important songwriters, masterly combining the beauty of his poetry and his commitment to principles. For this reason, his music and his message have influenced generations of youths in our time.

Robert Allen Zimmerman, known as Bob Dylan, was born in Duluth, Minnesota (USA) in 1941. A pioneer in bridging literature and popular music, he fused European and African-American rhythms for the first time, originating a revolution of a decisive influence for subsequent generations of musicians. He began to play the guitar as a teenager and it was during his stay at Minnesota University and his involvement in the folk scene that he decided to move to New York and devote himself completely to music. He released his first album, Bob Dylan, in 1961 and sold two million copies. His second album included Blowin? in the Wind, became an anthem of the anti-war and civil rights movements in the United States. In 1964, The Times Are a-Changing marked an end to his period as a protest-song performer. In 1965 Highway 61 Revisited, which includes the song Like a Rolling Stone, changed the conceptions of rock-?n?- roll that were had at the time due to the depth of its poetic lyrics. He then appeared at the Newport Folk Festival accompanied by the group The Band, with which he performed until 1977. That year they performed a "farewell" concert called The Last Waltz, which was chronicled and made into a documentary by Martin Scorsese. He reappeared in 1968 with John Wesley Harding after having suffered a motorcycle accident in 1966. In 1973 he wrote the soundtrack for Sam Peckimpah´s film Pat Garret & Billy the Kid, where he also played a minor role. Two years later he filmed the only movie he has directed, Renaldo and Clara, although he has participated in several films and his songs are featured in numerous soundtracks. He also co-wrote Charles Larry?s film Masked and Dangerous (2003).

Throughout his career he has also won five other Grammy Awards and in 1991 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was made Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Letters and in 1997 he received the Kennedy Center Honors for a lifetime of artistic work. In 2000 he received from the King of Sweden the Polar Prize, which is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2001 he was awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe for his song Things Have Changed, which was featured in the film The Wonder Boys. He was awarded an honorary degree by Princeton University and was listed as one of Time Magazine´s 100 most influential people of the 20th century. He has sold more than 90 million records over the almost half-century span of his career.

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i'm really happy that al gore won the award for international cooperation. he really deserves it and i'm sure it will be a pleasure for the spaniards to have him in the country.
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i'm really happy that al gore won the award for international cooperation. he really deserves it and i'm sure it will be a pleasure for the spaniards to have him in the country.
Agree, I believe this is just the begining, as he could also win the Nobel Prize.

Looking forward to seeing photos of him in Spain.
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THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 2007

THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 2007

49 nominations from 22 different countries are in the running for this award, the third of eight international awards that are bestowed each year by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, and which are now in their twenty-seventh year.

The meetings of the jury responsible for awarding the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, the third of eight international awards that will be bestowed by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, will be held on June 19th and 20th. The awards will be bestowed this year for the twenty-seventh time in their history.

The Prince of Asturias Awards aim, to quote from the Statutes of the Foundation "to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups or institutions worldwide." As part of this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research "will be bestowed upon the individual, work group or institution whose discoveries or research represent a significant contribution to the progress of humanity in the fields of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Earth and Space Sciences, as well as their related technical aspects and technologies".

There are 49 nominations in the running for this Award - excluding those that the members of the jury might themselves propose before the jury is called to session - from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Spain.

The Award is endowed with fifty thousand Euro, a sculpture created and specially donated for the Awards by Joan Miró, a diploma and an insignia.

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Their decision will be made public at 12.00 a.m. on Wednesday 20th in the Salón Covadonga of the hotel (on the ground floor), and jury members will then be available for interviews
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The Spanish biologist Gines Morata and British Peter Lawrence

Prince Of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research 2007

Biologists Peter Lawrence and Ginés Morata have been given the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research. The Jury for the Award announced its decision today in Oviedo.

Their findings in the field of developmental biology, which are crucial in understanding how complex organisms are formed, as well as understanding the ageing process in living beings and the genetic changes that cause diseases such as cancer, will have a far-reaching effect on medicine in the future.

This candidature has been proposed by Alberto Muñoz Terol, a research professor at the National Spanish Research Council and endorsed by twelve Nobel laureates from such universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Princeton and Cambridge as well as from The Salk Institute. In addition, included in the list of endorsers are John Sulston and Juan Ignacio Cirac, who are the 2001 and 2006 Prince of Asturias Laureates for Scientific and Technical Research, respectively.

Born in 1941, Peter Lawrence gained his doctorate degree from Cambridge University in 1965 and is a permanent member of the scientific staff at its Laboratory of Molecular Biology since 1969. From 1984 to 1986 he was Joint Head of Division of Cell Biology at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He became a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 1976 and in 1983 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities in the field of developmental biology. His work on the genetic development of the Drosophila melanogaster fly has been key since it shares 60% of its genes with every animal species, including humans. The analysis of these shared genes is the focal point of studies on human illnesses with a strong genetic component. He has published several books, including The making of a Fly (1992), which explains the general principles of the Drosophila and is considered to be essential in many biogenetics laboratories. Throughout his career he has received several awards, including the Zoological Society of London's Medal, the Darwin Medal from Royal Society (UK, 1994), the Moet et Chandon "Vinci d'Excellence" Prize (France, 1996) and the Waddington Medal from the British Society of Developmental Biology (2000). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2000.

Ginés Morata was born in Rioja, Almería (Spain) in 1945. He earned a degree in biological sciences from Madrid´s Complutense University in 1968 and in 1973 he gained his doctorate degree cum laude. He is a permanent member of the scientific staff of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 1975. He has been the deputy director of CSIC´s Institute of Molecular Biology (1986-1989), the deputy director of the CSIC-Autonomous University of Madrid Centre of Molecular Biology (1989-1990) and the director of the Centre of Molecular Biology (1990-1992). He is currently a research professor at the CSIC-UAM Centre of Molecular Biology and is the president of Doñana National Park´s Management Council. He is an expert in developmental genetics, more specifically, in the study of the biological architecture of the Drosophila melanogaster fly. The genetic study of this fly has allowed us to know the biology of human development and will unveil information on organ regeneration at a cellular level. Theses developments could be beneficial in bringing about new cancer treatments and possibly, control the human aging process. He has received numerous awards, including the Spanish Academy of Exact Sciences, Physics and Natural Sciences? Award (1992), the King James I Research Award (1996), the Santiago Ramón y Cajal National Research Prize (2002), a Gold Medal conferred by Andalucía (2003) and the Prize Mexico of Research and Technology (2004).

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PETER LAWRENCE AND GINÉS MORATA, PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

PETER LAWRENCE AND GINÉS MORATA, PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Biologists Peter Lawrence and Ginés Morata have been given the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research. The Jury for the Award announced its decision today in Oviedo.

Their findings in the field of developmental biology, which are crucial in understanding how complex organisms are formed, as well as understanding the ageing process in living beings and the genetic changes that cause diseases such as cancer, will have a far-reaching effect on medicine in the future.

The Jury for the Award - convened by the Prince of Asturias Foundation - was chaired by Julio Rodríguez Villanueva, and comprised of José Luis Álvarez Margaride, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Pedro Miguel Echenique, Antonio Fernández-Rañada, Luis Fernández-Vega Sanz, María del Carmen Maroto Vela, Amparo Moraleda, Enrique Moreno, Rafael Nájera Morrondo, César Nombela Cano, Fernando Ortiz Maslloréns, Ana Pastor, Miguel Ángel Pesquera, Eduardo Punset, Rafael Sariego García, Guillermo Suárez Fernández, Guillermo Ulacia and José Antonio Martínez-Álvarez (secretary).

This candidature has been proposed by Alberto Muñoz Terol, a research professor at the National Spanish Research Council and endorsed by twelve Nobel laureates from such universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Princeton and Cambridge as well as from The Salk Institute. In addition, included in the list of endorsers are John Sulston and Juan Ignacio Cirac, who are the 2001 and 2006 Prince of Asturias Laureates for Scientific and Technical Research, respectively.

Born in 1941, Peter Lawrence gained his doctorate degree from Cambridge University in 1965 and is a permanent member of the scientific staff at its Laboratory of Molecular Biology since 1969. From 1984 to 1986 he was Joint Head of Division of Cell Biology at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He became a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 1976 and in 1983 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities in the field of developmental biology. His work on the genetic development of the Drosophila melanogaster fly has been key since it shares 60% of its genes with every animal species, including humans. The analysis of these shared genes is the focal point of studies on human illnesses with a strong genetic component. He has published several books, including The making of a Fly (1992), which explains the general principles of the Drosophila and is considered to be essential in many biogenetics laboratories. Throughout his career he has received several awards, including the Zoological Society of London's Medal, the Darwin Medal from Royal Society (UK, 1994), the Moet et Chandon "Vinci d'Excellence" Prize (France, 1996) and the Waddington Medal from the British Society of Developmental Biology (2000). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2000.

Ginés Morata was born in Rioja, Almería (Spain) in 1945. He earned a degree in biological sciences from Madrid´s Complutense University in 1968 and in 1973 he gained his doctorate degree cum laude. He is a permanent member of the scientific staff of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 1975. He has been the deputy director of CSIC´s Institute of Molecular Biology (1986-1989), the deputy director of the CSIC-Autonomous University of Madrid Centre of Molecular Biology (1989-1990) and the director of the Centre of Molecular Biology (1990-1992). He is currently a research professor at the CSIC-UAM Centre of Molecular Biology and is the president of Doñana National Park´s Management Council. He is an expert in developmental genetics, more specifically, in the study of the biological architecture of the Drosophila melanogaster fly. The genetic study of this fly has allowed us to know the biology of human development and will unveil information on organ regeneration at a cellular level. Theses developments could be beneficial in bringing about new cancer treatments and possibly, control the human aging process. He has received numerous awards, including the Spanish Academy of Exact Sciences, Physics and Natural Sciences? Award (1992), the King James I Research Award (1996), the Santiago Ramón y Cajal National Research Prize (2002), a Gold Medal conferred by Andalucía (2003) and the Prize Mexico of Research and Technology (2004).

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STATEMENT BY PETER LAWRENCE UPON NOTIFICATION OF RECEIVING THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 2007

20-June-2007
"I am very grateful to the Prince of Asturias and his Foundation. This prize is a great honour for me, firstly because it recognises collaboration with my friend and colleague Ginés Morata for over more than one third of a century. Secondly because it comes from Spain, a country that has been so important to me, both professionally and personally. My group has never been larger than 6, and over 45 years of research work I think approximately half my collaborators, students and postdocs have been Spanish".
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THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LETTERS 2007

THE JURY MEETING FOR THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LETTERS 2007

35 nominations from 23 different countries are in the running for this award, the fourth of eight international awards that are bestowed each year by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, and which are now in their twenty-seventh year.

The meetings of the jury responsible for awarding the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters, the fourth of eight international awards that will be bestowed by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, will be held on June 26th and 27th. The awards will be bestowed this year for the twenty-seventh time in their history.

The Prince of Asturias Awards aim, to quote from the Statutes of the Foundation "to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups or institutions worldwide." As part of this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters "will be bestowed upon the individual, work group or institution whose work or research represents a significant contribution to universal culture in the fields of Literature of Linguistics".

There are 35 nominations in the running for this Award -excluding those that the members of the jury might themselves propose before the jury is called to session- from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Spain.

The Award is endowed with fifty thousand Euro, a sculpture created and specially donated for the Awards by Joan Miró, a diploma and an insignia.

Members of the juries will hold an initial meeting with the media at about 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 26th in the "Salón de Consejos" of the hotel (on the first floor), immediately prior to being formally convened and starting their deliberations. The jury will then elect a president from amongst them. The Jury secretary will be appointed by the Foundation.

Their decision will be made public at 12.00 a.m. on Wednesday 27th in the Salón Covadonga of the hotel (on the ground floor), and jury members will then be available for interviews.
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AMOS OZ, 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LETTERS

AMOS OZ, 2007 PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LETTERS

Amos Oz has won the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in its twenty-seventh edition. The decision was announced by the Jury in Oviedo.

Hailed as one of the masters of modern Hebrew prose, Amos Oz, whose literary work is universally exalted, is one of the most committed amongst Israel´s intellectuals to finding a solution to the conflict that sets Jews and Palestinians against each other, and to which he has devoted a large part of his novelistic production and essays.

The jury for the Award - convened by the Prince of Asturias Foundation - was chaired by Víctor García de la Concha, and comprised of Andrés Amorós, Luis María Anson, J. J. Armas Marcelo, Blanca Berasátegui, María Luisa Blanco, Carmen Caffarel, Pedro Casals, Antonio Colinas, Francisco Javier Fernández Vallina, José Luis García Martín, Pilar García Mouton, Emilio González Ferrín, Manuel Llorente, Rosa Navarro Durán, Berta Piñán, Fernando R. Lafuente, Fernando Sánchez Dragó, Darío Villanueva and Román Suárez Blanco (secretary).

This candidature was proposed by Rosa Navarro, a member of the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters Jury.

A writer and a professor, Amos Oz was born in 1939, when Jerusalem was administered by the United Kingdom. He soon became independent from his family and went to live at a kibbutz when he was 15 years old. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he studied philosophy and letters and since then has divided his time between writing and teaching. A Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, he holds the Chair of Hebrew Literature at Ben Gurion University (Beer-Sheva, Israel), where he is currently a professor of Modern Hebrew Literature.

Regarded by critics as one of the main authors of contemporary Hebrew fiction, his work has been translated into over thirty languages. His novels and essays delve into the tensions suffered by both the Israeli and Palestinian societies. He was one of the founders of the Peace Now pacifist movement, established in 1978 by officers and soldiers of the Israeli army reserve. One of his first books was Holocaust II, and was followed by such works as Where the Jackals Howl (1965), My Michael (1968), Unto Death (1971), Touch the Water, Touch the Wind (1973), The Hill of Evil Counsel (1976) and The Tubingen Lectures. Three Lectures (2003).

In addition to a long series of essays focusing on his country, such as In the land of Israel and How to Cure a Fanatic, he has published several novels in the nineties as well as more recently. Figuring prominently amongst his works are Don?t Call It Night (1994), Panther in the Basement (1995) and A Tale of Love and Darkness (2003). In 2006 he launched Suddenly in the Depth of the Forest in Spain and this year he has published his latest novel, Rhyming Life and Death. Amos Oz also has a prolific career working with the press, having published about 450 articles and essays that cover diverse issues related to politics, literature and peace. He wrote extensively for Davar, the Israeli Labour newspaper, until its demise in 1990 and collaborates with the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. He was politically active in the Labour Party, but during the nineties he opted to support the left-wing Meretz party, appearing in its campaign for the 2003 parliamentary elections.

He is a full member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language and was awarded the Israel Prize for Literature in 1998. He has received numerous distinctions, some of them related to his advocacy for peace, including the Friedenspreis (Germany, 1992), the Knight´s Cross of the Legion D´Honneur (France, 1997), the Freedom of Expression Prize (Norway, 2002) and the International Medal of Tolerance (Poland, 2002). In 2004 he was awarded the 16th Catalonia International Prize, along with Palestinian politician and philosopher Sari Nusseibeh, in recognition of the works by both of these authors and their interventions in favour of peace and reconciliation. That same year he was granted the Bruno Kreisky Award for Political Literature by the Renner Institute in Austria for A Tale of Love and Darkness. Amos Oz received the Goethe Prize (Germany) in 2005 and Venezuela?s Book Bank Award for children?s and youth literature for Sumji´s Bicycle in 2006.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation´s statutes establish that the aim of the Awards is to acknowledge and extol "scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work carried out by individuals, groups or institutions worldwide". Consonant with this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters "will be bestowed upon the individual, work group or institution whose creative work or research represents a significant contribution to the fields of Literature or Linguistics".
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STATEMENT BY AMOS OZ UPON NOTIFICATION OF RECEIVING THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LETTERS 2007

"If I have to say in one word what my entire literary work is all about, I would say families. If I had two words, I would say unhappy families. If I had more than two words, you would have to read my works.

For forty years now I have been struggling for a historical compromise between Israel and Palestine, based on a two-state solution: Israel next door to Palestine in Peace and mutual respect.

The Prize Príncipe de Asturias for Literature is an honour and a joy for me particularly because I have been a great admirer of Spanish Literature all my Life. I am very grateful to the Jury for granting me this honour. Thank you".

Israel, 27th June 2007

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