Each November, the annual Academic ceremony is held at Luleå University of Technology.
During Saturday’s ceremony in Aula Aurora five new adjunct professors were welcomed and three honorary doctorates were conferred; Svante Lindqvist, Elisabeth Nilsson and Gerda Helena Lindskog.
This year, the university have gotten a total of 15 new professors and 81 new doctors.
During his speech at the ceremony Vice-Chancellor Johan Sterte – as usual – quoted Bob Dylan, this year’s Nobel laureate in literature, including a part from "Forever Young":
–May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung, said Johan Sterte and continued:
– We are aiming for the stars, particulary this year. The European Space Agency has chosen HABIT as one of two European instruments to be placed on the surface of Mars in the next expedition to Mars. An instrument for examining the conditions for life on Mars constructed by our space scientists and largely funded by the Swedish National Space Board. That is a big thing for us.
Large increase of the external funding
Johan Sterte also compared Luleå University of Technology today and seven years ago, when he was inaugurated as Vice-Chancellor. He noted that the number of first-hand applicants to the education programmes has risen with 50 percent. During this period the external funding of research also increased by nearly 50 percent and the number of scientific publications from the university has doubled.
– We have recruited a number of top international scientists and we have increased the recruitment of PhD students, said Johan Sterte.
At the ceremony the University Chamber Choir from Piteå, conducted by Professor Erik Westberg, performed.
435 persons participated in the banquet in STUK after the ceremony. The menu, composed by top chef Simon Laiti, included char, veal and a cloudberry consommé for dessert.
For the entertainment stood Trio Biff, Anna-Sara Lantz, Snapsakademien at Luleå University of Technology and Eva & Blandbandet.