The BBVA Foundation established these awards in 2008 to recognize seminal contributions in addressing the key challenges of the 21st century. Each of the eight prize categories is decided by an independent jury formed by reputed international experts, who are tasked with evaluating the nominations put forward by the world’s most prestigious teaching and research institutions.
November 25 exactly one hundred years ago. A physicist aged just thirty-six, a member of the Prussian Academy of Science and holder of a non-teaching chair at the University of Berlin, unveils a theory that will revolutionize the concepts of space and time, and shake the foundations of the physical sciences. The theory known as general relativity was a product of the unique, extraordinarily creative mind of its author, Albert Einstein, and the predictions it made ran in a wholly unexpected direction. A few years later, the arrival of the first experimental verification of a never-observed effect confirmed the admiration of his colleagues and turned the man himself into a cultural icon. While general relativity transformed science’s conception of the universe, Einstein became a universal symbol of intelligence and creativity.
The ceremony for the tenth edition of the BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation was also a celebration of wildlife protection; an anniversary event attended by over three hundred members of non-governmental organizations and groups, representatives of public institutions, communicators, scientists, artists and policy-makers united around a common message: that actions anchored on scientific knowledge and social awareness of the importance of protecting nature are an effective means to conserve biodiversity.
As part of the growing collaboration between the two organizations, the President and Director of the BBVA Foundation, Francisco González and Rafael Pardo, have visited the facilities at CERN, the world’s leading research center in particle physics.
Mathematical research is vital for the advancement of knowledge and progress on every front. Promoting it so “it occupies a larger space in the collective imagination,” is the aim of the collaboration begun this year by the BBVA Foundation and the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME).