The Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanities has been won by the Royal Society, based in London, which is a fellowship of the world’s leading scientists. It is the most long-standing association of its kind in the world.
The aims of the Royal Society are to increase knowledge by encouraging and developing the use of science, maths, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.
They also aim to influence policymaking by giving sound scientific advice, support science and maths education, increase international access to the best science and inspire joy, wonder and excitement about scientific discovery.
The Asturias Prizes are awarded annually in eight categories: arts, social sciences, communications and humanities, international cooperation, technical and scientific research, letters, sport and concord.
The awards were founded by the Prince of Asturias, the heir to the Spanish throne, the aim being to encourage and promote the scientific, cultural, and humanistic values that the organisers see as part of mankind’s universal heritage.
The awards ceremony, which will be held later in the year is one of the biggest cultural events in Spain.