The award ceremony took place in Messina's cathedral in Sicily. The ceremony was attended by President of the Italian Senate, Renato Schifani, the regional Presidents of Sicily and Calabria, the rectors of six universities, dyslexia researchers and around a thousand students. The Crown Princess was accompanied by Sweden's ambassador in Italy, Anders Bjurner.
The prize was established by the Bonino-Pulejo Foundation, which was founded in 1973 by politician and originator of the daily newspaper Gazzetta del Suds, Uberto Bonino and his wife, Maria Sofia Pulejo. The Foundation aims to support scientific research and solidarity in southern Italy.