Professor Henri de Lumley, Director of the Institute of Human Palaeontology, gave a speech about the Foundation's missions and gave the Prince the commemorative medal.
The Sovereign then gave out five Prince Rainier III de Monaco grants to specialists from different parts of the world to encourage them in their work in the fields of Prehistory, Human Palaeontology or Quaternary Geology. The scientists selected are:
- Dr Hassan Aouraghe, Director University Centre for Archaeological Research, who has excavated prehistoric sites in Eastern Morocco and whose work bears more specifically on Quaternary mammals,
- Dr Sujin Kong, Director of the Museum of Yonsei University Wonjuin South Korea, who dedicates most of her research to the study of Upper Palaeolithic sites,
- Dr Amélie Vialet of the Institute of Human Palaeontology, who studies the oldest human fossil remains found in Asia,
- Dr Tony Djubiantono, Director of the National Indonesian Archaeological Research Centre in Jakarta, specialised in the earliest prehistoric occupation in Indonesia,
- Dr Antoni Canals i Salomo, Professor at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain, who developed an archaeological and prehistoric database for prehistoric sites in Spain and the Mediterranean Basin.
After the speech by the Prince, Professor Henri de Lumley opened the colloquium dedicated to the earliest human settlements from 2 to 6 June 2010.
* This foundation was created and funded by Prince Albert I, the Sovereign's great-great-grandfather, to promote the discipline of physical anthropology, poorly known at the time, by supporting research and the dissemination of knowledge to the public.