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Architects of some of the successes that best reflect the progress of knowledge in these past decades, the winners in the 9th edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards collected their awards in Madrid’s Marqués de Salamanca Palace.
  • Galardonados IX Fronteras

    Laureates in the 9th edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, with Carmen Vela, Spain’s Secretary of State for Research, Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation, Rafael Pardo, Director of the BBVA Foundation, and Emilio Lora-Tamayo, President of the CSIC.


  • Recepción

    Gala reception in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace.


  • Cox y Efron (Ciencias Básicas)

    David Cox and Bradley Efron receiving the award in Basic Sciences from Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation, and Emilio Lora-Tamayo, President of the CSIC.


  • Charpentier, Doudna y Mojica (Biomedicina)

    From left to right, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna and Francisco Martínez Mojica, laureates in Biomedicine.


  • Manabe y Hansen (Cambio Climático)

    Syukuro Manabe and James Hansen receiving the award in Climate Change.


  • Likens y Scheffer (Ecología)

    Gene E. Likens (left) and Marten Scheffer (right), Frontiers of Knowledge awardee in Ecology and Conservation Biology.


  • Hinton (TIC)

    Geoffrey Hinton, laureate in Information and Communication Technologies, during his acceptance speech (videoconference).


  • Acemoglu (Economía)

    Daron Acemoglu, laureate in Economics, Finance and Management.

  • Gubaidulina (Música Contemporánea)

    Sofia Gubaidulina, Frontiers of Knowledge awardee in Contemporary Music.

  • Alonso y Myler (Cooperación)

    Pedro Alonso and Peter Myler receiving the award in Development Cooperation.

  • Francisco González

    Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation, closing the 9th edition of the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards.

  • Brindis

    Laureates and authorities drink a toast in the gardens of the Marqués de Salamanca Palace.



Biologists Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna and Francisco Martínez Mojica, architects of the genome editing technique that is revolutionizing biomedical research, express their astonishment at the speed with which their brainchild is heading for the clinic.
Jennifer Doudna, Francisco Martínez Mojica y Emmanuelle Charpentier


Madrid’s Teatro Real played host to the 9th BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards Concert, a prelude to the formal ceremony that took place on June 15 in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace, Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation.
concierto IX edicion


Interview with Catherine Heymans, rofessor of Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), who visited the BBVA Foundation on May 8 for the lecture "Seeing the Invisible: The Dark Side of the Universe".

Watch the full lecture on YouTube
Vídeo entrevista Heymans


Interview with Timothy Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics, and Board Member of the National Infrastructure Commission (United Kingdom), who on May 4 gave the JEEA-BBVA Foundation Lecture "Preferences and Values as Cultural Capital: Theory and Policy Implications".
Timothy Besley entrevista


Interview with Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), who visited the BBVA Foundation on April 4 for the lecture “In Search of Our Cosmic Origins with the World’s Most Advanced Telescopes at the European Southern Observatory”.

Watch the full lecture on YouTube
entrevista Tim de Zeeuw
The King and Queen emeritus yesterday inaugurated the exhibition Treasures of the Hispanic Society of America. Visions of the Hispanic World, with the exclusive support of the BBVA Foundation. From April 4 to September 10, visitors to the Museum will have the chance to enjoy more than two hundred works of art belonging to the Hispanic Society of America.
  • Presentación Prado 2017

    The King and Queen emeritus at the inauguration of the new Prado exhibition with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation, Rafael Pardo, Director of the BBVA Foundation, and other dignitaries

  • Batea

    Batea, ca. 1650

  • Biblia hebrea

    Hebrew Bible, 1450-1496


  • Duquesa de Alba

    "The Duchess of Alba" (1796-1797). Francisco de Goya

  • Diana cazadora

    "Torso of Diana the huntress", 138-150 AD


  • Conde duque Olivares

    "Gaspar de Guzmán, Conde-Duque de Olivares", ca. 1626-1626. Diego Velázquez

  • Desposorios místicos

    "The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine", ca. 1692-1706. Luisa Roldán

  • La familia del torero gitano

    "The Family of the Gypsy Bullfighter", 1903. Ignacio Zuloaga.

  • Juan Ramón Jiménez

    "Juan Ramón Jiménez", 1916. Joaquín Sorolla

  • Bandeja china

    Tray with Chinese figures, 1735-1760


Composer Steve Reich, the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureate in Contemporary Music, lauds the quality of the visual reimagining of his Different Trains by video artist Beatriz Caravaggio. Her video creation can be seen until March 20 in the Foundation’s Madrid headquarters.
Steve Reich


The latest issue of Nature – one of the world’s top scientific journals – carries an item on the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category. In addition, The Guardian has interviewed James Hansen, one of the laureates in the Climate Change category, and the Frontiers Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology has been widely commented in some of China’s top media.
Fronteras Biomedicina 2016 en Nature
David Reitze: “I hope grativational waves from the Big Bang will be seen in the next five to ten years”


The Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory was in the BBVA Foundation to give a lecture on the first ever detection of a gravitational wave, one of the great scientific findings of recent times and Science's 2016 Breakthrough of the Year. In the interview, Reitze explains the historic importance of this "revolution," which has opened up a new window to better understand our universe and explore in depth the fabric of space-time.
‘Second Canvas Thyssen’: Masterpieces in high resolution with a new app


Paintings from the Thyssen collection by artists like Caravaggio, Zurbarán, Van Gogh or Pissarro have been digitized in super high resolution. New app Second Canvas Thyssen lets the viewer into their secrets, revealing details invisible to the naked eye without the aid of this technology. Thanks to an exclusive partnership with the BBVA Foundation, the app is now available free of charge for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and Apple TV.

Werner Hofmann: “My dream is to demonstrate that the speed of light varies with energy, meaning Einstein was wrong”


Prof. Werner Hofmann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics visited the BBVA Foundation to deliver a lecture on astronomy and gamma rays. In conversation, the German physicist expanded on his personal vision of the subject, as well as talking about the nature of dark matter and why it is so important for the study of the cosmos, and about the CTA project and Spain's role in it.


Biodiversity loss and climate change have already seriously upset the balance of life on Earth. Finding solutions to such vast challenges calls for a realist approach, and the design of global policies aligned with both the scientific consensus and the demands of a social majority. This was the message driven home at the ceremony for the 11th edition of the BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation, which took place on November 24 in the Foundation’s Madrid headquarters.
Ceremonia biocon XI edicion
Eckhard Elsen: "The best result is an unexpected discovery"


Prof. Eckhard Elsen, Head of Research and Computing at CERN, visited the BBVA Foundation to deliver a talk on the Run 2 project. As well as hearing about the discoveries made in the second stage of LHC operation - Run 2 - we had the chance to converse with him about the Higgs boson, dark matter and the existence of micro black holes, his dream discovery and the future of the project.


The center of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is home to a black hole of a mass equivalent to around four million suns. It cannot be seen – its gravitational pull is so strong that it absorbs even light – but its discoverer, Reinhard Genzel, is clear that evidence gathered over more than twenty years has proved its existence “beyond any reasonable doubt”. Genzel, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Garching, Germany) and professor in the Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) explained his findings on October 19, as the latest speaker in the BBVA Foundation lecture series ‘Science of the Cosmos. Science in the Cosmos’.
Reinhard Genzel



A study launched two years ago brings together 86 institutes from 29 countries to determine the nature of the super-successor to the LHC, a more powerful accelerator to find the matter and enery that science has termed dark.

Its leader, CERN’s Michael Benedikt, visited the BBVA Foundation’s Madrid headquarters on September 15, to provide an update on the work in progress.


On September 5, Saku Tsuneta, Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), visited Madrid as the latest speaker in the BBVA Foundation’s astrophysics and cosmology lecture series Science of the Cosmos. Science in the Cosmos. As well as explaining how solar activity influences the Earth’s climate, he offered data indicating that the Sun may be headed for a prolonged period of weak activity. On the subject of solar storms, he discussed the threat they pose for civilization, while stressing the need to improve the forecasting accuracy of space meteorology.

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