National Sociology Prize 2012 awarded to Mr. Juan Díez Nicolás

This year's National Sociology and Political Science Prize has been awarded to Juan Díez Nicolás. This prize is given in recognition of scientific contribution and work in the field of Sociology or Political Science and is awarded either on the basis of a whole career or a singular work.

Juan Díez Nicolás is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, obtained the Outstanding Student Award - Bachelor´s Degree (1960), the National Award for Academic Excellence (1961), holds a PhD in Political Science (UCM, 1967) and is a permanent sociology Professor (1971). He was co-founder of the Spanish Institute of Public Opinion. Technical Director and General Secretary (1963-69) and Chairman of the CIS (October 1976 - April 1979). He was recently decorated as Honorary Vice-Chancellor and given an Honorary Doctorate in Political Science and Sociology by the Spanish Open University (UNED) in 2012. He is currently Chairman and Founder of FADDIS (Foundation for the Analysis and Diffusion of Social Research Data), (2009- ), Permanent Advisor on the Executive Committee of the Official Data Archive, World Values Survey Association (elected 2008- ) and an academic of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2001- ). He has led a wealth of empirical research and is author of numerous scientific publications including: Sociology: Entre el Funcionalismo y la dialéctica (Between Functionalism and Dialectics) (1971), Especialización Funcional y Dominación en la España Urbana (Functional Specialisation and Domination in Urban Spain) (1972), Los Españoles y la Opinión Pública (The Spanish and Public Opinion) (1976), Ecología Humana y Ecosistema Social (Human Ecology and the Social Ecosystem) (1984), Sociología de la Población (Sociology of the Population) (1990), Posición Social, Información y Postmaterialismo (Social Position and Postmaterialism) (1992), Tendencias Mundiales de Cambio en los Valores Sociales y Políticos (World Trends in Changes in Social and Political Values) (1994), Actitudes Hacia los Inmigrantes (Attitudes towards Immigrants) (1998), Los Españoles y la Inmigración (The Spanish and Immigration) (1999), El Dilema de la Supervivencia (The Survival Dilemma). Los españoles ante el Medio Ambiente (The Spanish and the Environment) (2004), Multidimensional Social Science (2009), The EU and ageing populations, implications for migration flows (2011).

The award-winner has been one of the main drivers of Spanish Sociology in the international forum.

The panel of judges was made up of CIS Chairman, Félix Requena; Sociology Lecturer and Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Joaquín Arango Vila-Belda; Euro MP and former Chairwoman of CIS, Pilar del Castillo; Sociology Lecturer at the University of Oviedo, Rodolfo Gutiérrez Palacios; Politics Lecturer at the University of the Basque Country, Francisco J. Llera; Sociology Lecturer at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Juan Salcedo and Sociology Lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, José Juan Toharia.