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Academic Ceremony 2022

Published: 14 November 2022

During the academic ceremony at Luleå University of Technology, the new doctors and honorary doctors received their hats, professors were installed and adjunct professors were awarded diplomas.
It was celebrated on Saturday with a ceremony and subsequent banquet.

”I warmly welcome you to Luleå University of Technology's Academic Ceremony for 2022. A celebration of the results of many years of committed, concentrated and dedicated work are highlighted and praised, and when collaborations between researchers and the surrounding society are made visible”, said Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn at the ceremony at Kulturens hus.

Nine new professors were installed, 46 new doctors and three honorary doctors received their hats, and seven adjunct professors received diplomas.

"Research creates hope and a belief in the future. A belief that we can create societies that consciously and actively strive towards the global climate goals through scientific progress and changed behavioral patterns in all of us", said Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn

Prizes were also awarded during the ceremony at Kulturens hus in Luleå. The recipient of Vattenfall's prize for the best doctoral thesis in 2021 was Joel Andersson, Associate Senior Lecturer in Ore Geology. The Engineering Student Association's prize for praiseworthy supervisor contributions in the PhD programme was awarded to Associate Senior Lecturer in Urban Water Engineering, Kelsey Flanagan. Nordea's scientific prize for researchers at Luleå University of Technology was received by Farid Ahktar, Professor in Engineering Materials. The Royal Skyttean Society prize was recieved by Oisik Das, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering.

During the ceremony, the guests listened to Jenni Halonen, flute, James Jenkins, piano, Mikael Bäckman, harmonica, Ulrika Weinz, electric guitar and vocals, Walter Weinz, drums, and the chamber choir from the College of Music at Luleå University of Technology, under the direction of conductors Raphael W. Selassie and Maria Andrejic Bengtsson. Fanfares were performed by Ida Eklund, trumpet, and Alexander Eriksson, trombone.

The subsequent banquet was held at STUK Restaurant on the university campus and included speeches by Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, newly graduated doctor Abdolrasoul Habibipour, the new professor Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson, honorary doctor Peter Carlsson, and county governor Lotta Finstorp.

During the banquet, the film "Dancing with Drones," a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology's robotics researchers and Norrbottensteatern, premiered. Liv Trulson, a former student at the university, performed a dance, Helga María Ragnarsdóttir and Simon Bergwall as well as Trio Biff performed and the men's choir Snapsakademin sang.

Luleå restaurant, Hemmagastronomi, was responsible for the food under the direction of Chef Simon Laiti. The starter consisted of cured rainbow trout with sea buckthorn glaze, trout roe, kale, pernod emulsion and Svedjan cheese. For the main course, reindeer sirloin with pickled apple and kohlrabi, herb emulsion, baked Jerusalem artichoke and apple-mustard sauce was served, and for dessert the guests received “Bog gold” with cloudberries. The evening ended with music by STHLM JukeBox and a DJ.