The jury has awarded the National Prize for Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Assets to Nieves Valentín Rodrigo, with an endowment of 30,000 euros, based on «his professional career in the field of cultural heritage conservation and boidetery control, endorsed by national and international organizations and for the innovative and sustainable nature of his contributions, especially in the development of non-toxic treatments to control deterioration in collections museum and documentary collections«.
The jury has also underlined «their significant contribution to the management of cultural heritage through innovative action protocols in the field of preventive conservation and pest control and for the important search for affordable and environmentally friendly solutions, which have been adopted by numerous institutions in many countries"According to the statement provided by the ministry.
Valentín is a doctor in Biological Sciences, specialized in Microbiology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Took care of create the first Spanish laboratory for biodeterioration analysis at the Center for the Conservation and Microfilming of Bibliographic and Documentary Heritage, a pioneer in the application of disinfection and disinfection methods in national libraries and archives.
Currently teacher in Postgraduate and Master courses on the conservation of cultural heritage in different universities and institutions from Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa and member of ICCROM, a UNESCO body dedicated to the study of the conservation and restoration of cultural property.