Princess of Girona Foundation Awards 2020 and 2021

The Princess of Asturias, who also holds the title of Princess of Girona, was joined by King Felipe, Queen Letizia, and Infanta Sofia for the 2020 and 2021 Princess of Girona Foundation Awards Ceremony in Barcelona. Due tot eh ongoing Pandemic, the Awards were not held last year. The Princess of Girona Awards are given in the categories of Arts and Letters, Business, Scientific Research and the Social field, for young people who stand out for a brilliant, constant and determined career, which contributes value and with the clear will to induce changes in our society, through cooperation and effort.

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In the morning, King Felipe held a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Girona Foundation at the CaixaForum in Barcelona, ​​while Queen Letizia, the Princess of Asturias and Girona and Infanta Doña Sofía had a brief meeting with the patrons attending. They then held a meeting with the members of the Advisory Council of the Princess of Girona Foundation, before going to the CaixaForum Barcelona Auditorium.

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In the evening, King Felipe, Queen Letizia, and Infanta Sofia joined the Princess of Asturias and Girona for the 2020 and 2021 Princess of Girona Foundation Awards Ceremony in the Auditorium of the CaixaForum, where the Princess presented the awards to:

  • María Sánchez, 2021 FPdGi Arts and Letters Award . For “her work as a poet, writer and activist in defense of rural culture, and especially of the forgotten role of women in the countryside.”
  • Lucía Goy Mastromiechele, 2021 FPdGi Company Award . For “his brilliant academic career followed by solid professional development that crystallizes into a high-potential business project.”
  • César de la Fuente Núñez, 2021 FPdGi Scientific Research Award . He has been distinguished for “his leadership and excellent scientific trajectory in the field of computational biology that combines extraordinary scientific productivity with a capacity to transfer developed technology”.
  • Ousman Umar, 2021 FPdGi Social Award . For his work in the “construction of a transformative project that combines education, technology and alliances, providing solutions to the migratory phenomenon.”
  • Juan David Aristizábal, 2021 International FPdGi Award . He has been distinguished for “his work in supporting young people in Latin America through training, education, technology and an entrepreneurial spirit.”
  • Guillermo García López, 2020 FPdGi Arts and Letters Award . For “his versatility as a filmmaker, creator and director with a marked social and humanitarian, multinational and global vocation.”
  • Pepita Marín Rey-Stolle, 2020 FPdGi Company Award . For “knowing how to unite tradition and modernity, turning the ancient tradition of knitting into a modern hobby” through his company We Are Knitters (WAK).
  • Ruben Darío Costa Riquelme, 2020 FPdGi Scientific Research Award . For “the originality of its research in the field of LEDs with biological components in order to reduce environmental impact.”
  • Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas, 2020 FPdGi Social Award . For “having an inspiring career and bringing revolutionary 3D technology to vulnerable people.”
  • Boyan Slat, International FPdGi Award 2020 . For “promoting technological solutions to clean the world’s oceans and rivers of plastic through The Ocean CleanUp foundation.”

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After the awards ceremony, the Princess of Asturias and Girona gave a speech in which she expressed her joy at “returning to Catalonia, in Barcelona, ​​where almost two years ago I was able to learn about the important work that the Foundation does” and stressed that “now, when young people need more than ever to be heard, the work of the Foundation is even more relevant.” King Felipe also gave a speech.

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