• .Your work, creativity and passion for your everyday activity significantly contribute to the development of the arts, literature and science of our country, which is ultimately for the benefit of our society, he said.
  • The government has made an unprecedented effort to support science: in four years, the accumulated expenditure on research and experimental development totaled over 370 billion pesos, 24 percent more than in the same period in the last Administration, he said.
  • In 2017, an additional 100 billion pesos will be allocated to this field.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today presented the National Awards for Science, Arts and Literature to eight leading figures, who, in various fields of study, “Honor Mexico’s name”.

After highlighting the award winners’ exceptional achievements, the president declared that, “Your work, creativity and passion for your everyday activity significantly contribute to the development of the arts, literature and science of our country, which is ultimately for the benefit of our society”.

He thanked the award winners for, “Their contributions, which range from research on liver disease, through the study of nano particles, to the properties of scorpion venom and the development of artificial intelligence” and their work “In the areas of music composition, creative writing and research on film history and folk art”:

At the ceremony held in the Adolfo López Mateos room of the official residence of Los Pinos, the president said that since progress is linked to education, “In 2017, through the Public Education Secretariat, we will continue to work in the design of a new educational model in keeping with the challenges of the 21st century”.

 “This is the most profound updating of the syllabuses and curriculums that has been undertaken in decades,” he said.

He said that, “Today, the government has made an unprecedented effort to support science: in four years, accumulated spending on research and experimental development has amounted to over 370 billion pesos, 24 percent more than during the same period in the previous administration”.

He noted that in 2017,  “An additional 100 billion pesos will be assigned to this area,” and confirmed the government’s commitment to, “This effort made at a time of international financial volatility and uncertainty”. He also urged the private sector, “To continue investing in science, innovation and technological development because that will determine the country’s future development”.

President Peña Nieto said that, “For the government, promoting the work of creators is an indispensable task”. He declared that from 2013 to August 2016, nearly 13,000 direct grants were provided for creation, through various cultural and artistic promotion programs, as well as 620 grants for young creators.

 “These grants have become plays, musical and choreographic works, novels or poems and visual arts. In short, they strengthen our country’s artistic heritage,” he said.

The president repeated his call to speak well of Mexico.  “Regardless of healthy differences of opinion, those who play a key role in or are close to culture, science or art, have witnessed how much our country has advanced in recent decades,” he added.

“I ask that each of your research projects, creations and thoughts remain an example and constitute the best face of contemporary Mexico, which still has a great deal to offer the world and has a lot to contribute to the development of our country”.

During the event, a moment of silence was observed in memory of the country’s first Secretary of Culture, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, who, “Was the architect of an extraordinary feat that enabled us to reappraise our cultural and artistic wealth within and outside the country”.

President Peña Nieto also expressed his condolences, “To the family of writer Guillermo Samperio, who recently passed away,” as a result of which, “Mexico lost another leading figure in the cultural community”.

The National Science Prize was awarded to David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz and Ana Cecilia Noguez Garrido, in the field of Physics and Mathematics and Natural Sciences;  and Lourival Domingos Possani Postay and Luis Enrique Sucar Succar in Technology, Innovation and Design.

The president awarded the National Art and Literature  Prize to Aurelio de los Reyes Garcia Rojas in the field of History, Social Sciences and Philosophy; to Elsa María Cross y Anzaldua in Linguistics and Literature; to Gabriela Ortiz Torres in Fine Arts; and to Manuela Cecilia Lino Bello in Popular Traditions.


Secretary of Public Education Aurelio Nuño Mayer said that, “Today, Mexico is experiencing a fundamental change, a change that is leading it to a new frontier, a change that provides a project and a great hope for the future. The pillars of this change are quality education, the promotion of science and research and the firm support of culture and the arts”.

“On the basis of this transformation, education, science and the arts will be the cornerstone of our nation”. Now that, “We are living in times of challenge and uncertainty, we should regard this triad: education, science and art, as the source of our strength and power and of our unity”.

He explained that as a result of the creation of the Culture Secretariat, the National Prize for Arts and Sciences was divided into two: the National Science Award, which comprises two categories: Physics and Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Technology, Innovation and Design; and the National Prize for Art and Literature, comprising four categories: Linguistics and Literature; Fine Arts; History, Social Sciences and Philosophy; and Arts and Popular Traditions. This decision, he noted, “Gives sciences and the arts their rightful place”.

In short, he said, “Sciences and the arts allow us to recognize ourselves in the past, forge our identity from the present, and create the hope of a better future”.


On behalf of the award winners, Dr. David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz, National Science Award Winner in the field of physics and mathematics and natural sciences, said that to the extent that a country generates science and art, “It strengthens its pride and identity and promotes growth,” and that nowadays researchers have wonderful opportunities thanks to the resources granted to CONACYT and the National System of Researchers. “It is necessary to maintain and consolidate them so as not miss this opportunity for the country to develop”.

“Encouraging creativity and innovation in any field, particularly in science, technology and arts, is one of the most effective means of coping with times of uncertainty,” he said.

Dr. Kershenobich said that science and art are closely linked to society and are an indispensable element in everyday events. Encouraging them requires reducing controls and providing tax incentives. In the same vein, he said, “I just heard a few moments ago from the director of CONACyT that tax incentives have been approved, which is a measure for which we are extremely grateful”.

Kershenobich Stalnikowitz said that, “Mexico undoubtedly has institutions with great leadership that makes them a solid pillar for the improvement and promotion of science”.

He told President Peña Nieto: ”On behalf of the other recipients of the award, and on my own behalf, I would like to thank you, and confirm our commitment to Mexico,” he concluded.