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. The award ceremony is taking place on 30 January at 5.30 p.m. in Messina's cathedral. The ceremony will be 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 will be accompanied by Sweden's ambassador in Italy, Anders Bjurner.
During her stay in Sicily, The Crown Princess will also visit the ancient Greek theatre in Taormina , the volcano Mount Etna, the old city of Syracuse, and Istituto Don Orione, a centre for young disabled people in Messina.