Karolinska Institutet turns 200 this year

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. During the jubilee year, of which HM King Carl XVI Gustaf is the patron, we will be stepping up our efforts to spread new knowledge and ideas to the wider community in order to contribute to the improvement of human health.

"The jubilee year is an excellent opportunity to broadcast everything that our scientists and staff have achieved over the years," says President Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. "The biggest events in 2010 will be activities that concern culture, children and young people, and scientific conferences for the international scientific community."

Some activities scheduled for the jubilee year:

The Swedish Television learning channel (kunskapskanalen) will be running a series of popular science lectures by Karolinska Institutet researchers. The programmes address subjects such as common diseases, child and adolescent health problems, and the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. We will be announcing the latest research findings on web TV and showing short films about the daily lives of doctoral students and their thoughts about what drives them to do research.

A book and picture exhibition will be held between May and August at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde in Stockholm, offering an exciting journey through the mysteries of the human body, with images from one of the world’s finest medical libraries – the Hagströmer Library at Karolinska Institutet.

The Swedish post office will be issuing two stamps this spring depicting silicon and selenium, two of the elements discovered by Karolinska Institutet’s co-founder Jöns Jacob Berzelius. The photographs to be used were taken by another distinguished figure, Lennart Nilsson, who still works at our university.

On the university’s actual founding day, 13 December, the students will be arranging an inspiration day for the future, where they will be enthused and motivated by successful alumni as they pass on the baton of scientific research – on the very day two centuries later that the then king of Sweden, Karl XIII, signed the document that marked the birth of Karolinska Institutet.

For more details of the activities and events taking place in celebration of KI’s 200th jubilee, see the diary of events on ki.se/200.

Download media images and video: http://ki.se/pressroom

For further information, contact:
Sabina Bossi, press officer
Tel: +46 (0)8-524 860 66 or +46 (0)70-614 60 66
Email: sabina.bossi@ki.se

Karolinska Institutet is one of the leading medical universities in Europe. Through research and education, Karolinska Institutet contributes to improving human health. Each year, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. For more information, visit ki.se.For more information, visit ki.se.
(idw, 01/2010)

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