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BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

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The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, Premios Fundación BBVA Fronteras del Conocimiento, in Spanish, are an international award programme recognizing significant contributions in the areas of scientific research and cultural creation. The categories that make up the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards respond to the knowledge map of the present age. As well as the fundamental knowledge that is at their core, they address developments in information and communication technologies, and interactions between biology and medicine, ecology and conservation biology, climate change, economics, humanities and social sciences, and, finally, contemporary musical creation and performance. Specific categories are reserved for developing knowledge fields of critical relevance to confront central challenges of the 21st century, as in the case of the two environmental awards.

The awards were established in 2008, with the first set of winners receiving their prizes in 2009. The BBVA Foundation – belonging to financial group BBVA – is partnered in the scheme by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the country’s premier public research organization.

In their eleven editions, as many as seven winners of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. They are: Robert J. Lefkowitz, 2009 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Biomedicine and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012; Shinya Yamanaka, 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Biomedicine and Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2012; Lars Peter Hansen, 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Economics, Finance and Management, and 2013 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Jean Tirole, 2008 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Economics, Finance and Management and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2014; Angus Deaton, 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Economics, Finance and Management and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2015; James P. Allison, 2017 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Biomedicine and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018; William D. Nordhaus, 2017 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Climate Change and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2018.[1][2][3]

Contents

CategoriesEdit

There are 8 award categories: Basic science, Biology and Biomedicine, Climate Change, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Information and Communication Technologies, Economics, Finance and Management, Music and Opera, Humanities and Social Sciences (a new category in the 11th edition). Previously, in the first 10 editions, there was a category in Development Cooperation.

JuriesEdit

Eight juries, one for each category, analyze the nominations put forward by eminent international academic and research institutions.[4][5] Jury chairs in the latest 11th (2018) award edition were:[5][6][7][8][9]

In Basic Sciences, Theodor W. Hänsch, Director of the Division of Laser Spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and holder of a Nobel Prize in Physics.

In Biology and Biomedicine, Angelika Schnieke, Chair of Livestock Technology at the Technical University of Munich.

In Ecology and Conservation Biology, Emily Bernhardt, Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor in the Department of Biology at Duke University.

In Information and Communication Technologies, Joos Vandewalle, Honorary President of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Belgium).

In Economics, Finance and Management, Eric S. Maskin, Adams University Professor at Harvard University and Nobel Prize in Economics.

In Music and Opera, Joana Carneiro, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portugal).

In Climate Change, Bjorn Stevens, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology.

In Humanities and Social Sciences, Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Southern California (United States).

Award decision

To reach their decision, the juries meet during January and February in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace, Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation. The day after the jury’s decision, the name of the winners(s) and the achievements that earned them the award are revealed at an announcement event in the same location.

Ceremony

The awards are presented in June each year at a ceremony held, from the 11th edition, in the Euskalduna Palace at Bilbao, in the Basque Country, and attended by representatives of Spain’s scientific and cultural communities.[10][11][12][13]

BBVA FoundationEdit

The BBVA Foundation engages in the promotion of research, advanced training and the transmission of knowledge to society, focusing on the emerging issues of the 21st century in five areas: Environment, Biomedicine and Health, Economy and Society, Basic Sciences and Technology, and Arts and Humanities. The BBVA Foundation designs, develops and finances research projects in these areas; facilitates advanced specialist training through grants, courses, seminars and workshops; organizes award schemes for researchers and professionals whose work has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge; and communicates and disseminates such new knowledge through publications, databases, lecture series, debates, exhibitions and audiovisual and electronic media.[14][15]

PrizesEdit

Each BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureate receives a commemorative artwork, a diploma and a cash prize of 400,000 euros per category. Awards may not be granted posthumously, and when an award is shared, its monetary amount is divided equally among the recipients.

The commemorative artwork is created by Madrid sculptor Blanca Muñoz, B.A. in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Holder of scholarships at Calcografia Nazionale (1989), awarded by the Italian Government, at the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome (1990), and in Mexico City (1992), awarded by the Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, her numerous distinctions include the 1999 National Print Prize.

LaureatesEdit

Year Laureate Nationality Category Nobelprize
2008 Ignacio Cirac
Peter Zoller
  Spain
  Austria
Basic Sciences
2008 Joan Massagué   Spain Biomedicine
2008 Thomas Lovejoy
William Laurance
  United States
  United States
Ecology and Conservation Biology
2008 Jacob Ziv   Israel Information and Communication Technologies
2008 Jean Tirole   France Economics, Finance and Management Economic Sciences 2014
2008 Steven Holl   United States Arts
2008 Wallace S. Broecker   United States Climate Change
2008 Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab   United States Development Cooperation
2009 Richard Zare
Michael Fisher
  United States
  United Kingdom
Basic Sciences
2009 Robert Lefkowitz   United States Biomedicine Chemistry 2012
2009 Peter B. Reich   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2009 Thomas Kailath   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2009 Andreu Mas-Colell
Hugo F. Sonnenschein
  Spain
  United States
Economics, Finance and Management
2009 Cristóbal Halffter   Spain Contemporary Music
2009 Klaus Hasselmann   Germany Climate Change
2009 Development Research Institute   United States Development Cooperation
2010 Gabor A. Somorjai   United States Basic Sciences
2010 Shinya Yamanaka   Japan Biomedicine Physiology 2012
2010 Edward Osborne Wilson   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2010 Donald Knuth   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2010 Lars Peter Hansen   United States Economics, Finance and Management Economic Sciences 2013
2010 Helmut Lachenmann   Germany Contemporary Music
2010 Nicholas Stern   United Kingdom Climate Change
2010 International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)   Finland Development Cooperation
2011 Michel Mayor    Switzerland Basic Sciences
2011 Didier Queloz    Switzerland Basic Sciences
2011 Alexander Varshavsky   United States Biomedicine
2011 Daniel H. Janzen   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2011 Carver Mead   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2011 Angus Deaton   United Kingdom Economics, Finance and Management Economic Sciences 2015
2011 Salvatore Sciarrino   Italy Contemporary Music
2011 Isaac Held   United States Climate Change
2011 Ciro de Quadros   Brazil Development Cooperation
2012 Ingrid Daubechies[16]   Belgium Basic Sciences
2012 David Mumford[17]   United Kingdom Basic Sciences
2012 Douglas Coleman[18]   Canada Biomedicine
2012 Jeffrey Friedman[19]   United States Biomedicine
2012 Jane Lubchenco[20]   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2012 Lotfi A. Zadeh[21]   Azerbaijan Information and Communication Technologies
2012 Paul Milgrom[22]   United States Economics, Finance and Management
2012 Pierre Boulez[23]   France Contemporary Music
2012 Susan Solomon[24]   United States Climate Change
2012 DNDi[25]    Switzerland Development Cooperation
2013 Maximilian Haider[26]   Austria Basic Sciences
2013 Harald Rose[27]   Germany Basic Sciences
2013 Knut Urban[28]   Germany Basic Sciences
2013 Adrian Bird[29]   United Kingdom Biomedicine
2013 Paul R. Ehrlich[30]   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2013 Marvin Minsky[31]   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2013 Elhanan Helpman[32]   Israel Economics, Finance and Management
2013 Steve Reich[33]   United States Contemporary Music
2013 Christopher Field[34]   United States Climate Change
2013 Pratham[35]   India Development Cooperation
2014 Stephen Buchwald[36]   United States Basic Sciences
2014 Joseph Schlessinger[37]   United States Biomedicine
2014 Charles Sawyers[38]   United States Biomedicine
2014 Tony Hunter[39]   United Kingdom Biomedicine
2014 David Tilman[40]   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2014 Leonard Kleinrock[41]   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2014 Richard Blundell   United Kingdom Economics, Finance and Management
2014 David Card   Canada Economics, Finance and Management
2014 György Kurtág[42]   Hungary Contemporary Music
2014 Richard Alley[43]   United States Climate Change
2014 Helen Keller International   United States Development Cooperation
2015 Stephen Hawking   United Kingdom Basic Sciences
2015 Viatcheslav Mukhanov   Germany Basic Sciences
2015 Edward Boyden   United States Biomedicine
2015 Karl Deisseroth   United States Biomedicine
2015 Gero Miesenböck   Austria Biomedicine
2015 Ilkka Hanski   Finland Ecology and Conservation Biology
2015 Stephen Cook   Canada Information and Communication Technologies
2015 Robert Wilson   United States Economics, Finance and Management
2015 Georges Aperghis   Greece Contemporary Music
2015 Veerabhadran Ramanathan   India Climate Change
2015 Martin Ravallion   Australia Development Cooperation
2016 David Cox   United Kingdom Basic Sciences
2016 Bradley Efron   United States Basic Sciences
2016 Emmanuelle Charpentier   France Biomedicine
2016 Jennifer Doudna   United States Biomedicine
2016 Francisco Mojica   Spain Biomedicine
2016 Gene E. Likens   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2016 Marten Scheffer   Netherlands Ecology and Conservation Biology
2016 Geoffrey Hinton   United Kingdom Information and Communication Technologies
2016 Daron Acemoglu   Turkey/  United States Economics, Finance and Management
2016 Sofia Gubaidulina   Russia Contemporary Music
2016 James Hansen   United States Climate Change Economic Sciences 2013
2016 Syukuro Manabe   Japan/  United States Climate Change
2017 Omar M. Yaghi   Jordan/  United States Basic Sciences
2017 James P. Allison   United States Biomedicine Medicine 2018
2017 Rosemary Grant   United Kingdom Ecology and Conservation Biology
2017 Peter Grant   United Kingdom Ecology and Conservation Biology
2017 Shafi Goldwasser   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Silvio Micali   Italy Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Ronald Rivest   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Adi Shamir   Israel Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Robert Porter [ru]   Canada Economics Finance and Management
2017 Ariel Pakes   Canada/  United States Economics Finance and Management
2017 Timothy Bresnahan [d]   United States Economics Finance and Management
2017 Kaija Saariaho   Finland Contemporary Music
2017 William Nordhaus   United States Climate Change Economic Sciences 2018
2017 Nubia Muñoz   Colombia Development Cooperation
2018 Charles L. Kane[44]   United States Basic Sciences
2018 Eugene J. Mele[45]   United States Basic Sciences
2018 Jeffrey I. Gordon [46][47]   United States Biology and Biomedicine
2018 Anny Cazenave[48]   France Climate Change
2018 John A. Church[49]   Australia Climate Change
2018 Jonathan M. Gregory[50]   United Kingdom Climate Change
2018 Gretchen Daily[51]   United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2018 Georgina Mace[52]   United Kingdom Ecology and Conservation Biology
2018 Ivan Sutherland[53]   United States Information and Communication Technologies
2018 Claudia Goldin[54]   United States Economics, Finances and Management
2018 Noam Chomsky[55]   United States Humanities and Social Sciences
2018 John Adams [56]   United States Music and Opera

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