According to a survey by the BBVA Foundation’s Department of Social Studies and Public Opinion, Spaniards share a very positive view of the welfare state and support government controls in areas like prices, wages or profits. They are aware of the severity of the current crisis, feel themselves directly affected and have made moves to rein in their spending.
The ceremony, under the presidency of the Minister of Science and Innovation, Cristina Garmendia, and the BBVA Foundation President, Francisco González, welcomed eminent members of the international scientific community and high-level government institutions alongside personalities from the worlds of business and the arts.
Jean Tirole, winner of the first edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in the Economy, Finance and Management Category, is among the world’s most reputed economists and the author of acclaimed studies applying Game Theory and Information Theory to economic analysis.
Joan Massagué, winner of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in the Biomedicine category, is Spain’s most widely cited working scientist, with his papers referred to on more than 62,000 occasions.
Jacob Ziv, winner of the first edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in the Information and Communication Technologies category, is author of an algorithm with the power to compress all kinds of information so it occupies less space and can be transmitted at greater speeds. This principle is what has enabled the creation of hugely popular compression standards such as mp3 (for sound), gif or png (image) or pdf (text).