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Academic spring ceremony 2022

Published: 18 May 2022

In less than two years, 136 people have taken a PhD degree at Luleå University of Technology, in as many as 56 different research subjects. This was celebrated during Saturday's academic ceremony and subsequent banquet.

– Reaching a PhD is a fantastic achievement. The new doctors at Luleå University of Technology are an important addition of expertise at the highest level, both for us as a university and for society at large, says the University's Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.

Luleå University of Technology usually holds a joint academic ceremony in November, when the new doctors and honorary doctors receive their hats and new professors are installed. Due to the pandemic, the University first had to cancel one of these ceremonies and then reschedule.

On Saturday, therefore, a special ceremony was held only for the new doctors, who defended their dissertations between the second half of 2019 and June 2021. They have defended their dissertations in 56 different research subjects – the University contributes new postgraduate skills in widely different areas such as Human work science, Cyber-physical systems, Energy Engineering, Industrial marketing, Nursing, Process metallurgy and Engineering psychology.
– I want to express my and the University's warmest congratulations to all of you new doctors, who put in years of dedicated work. I hope that many of you will remain at Luleå University of Technology and see good future career opportunities here, says Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.

During the ceremony in Kulturens hus in Luleå, prizes were also awarded. The recipient of Vattenfall's award for best doctoral dissertation in 2021 is Sina Sharif Mansouri. The Student association of engineering's prize for praiseworthy supervisor contributions in the PhD program was awarded to Associate professor Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson.

During the ceremony, guests listened to Natalia Górny, cello, José Luis Relova Gallego, clarinet, Tiina Hyväri, piano, Erik Weissglas, twelve-string guitar, and the chamber choir from the Academy of Music at Luleå University of Technology under the direction of conductors Erik Westberg, also Professor of Musical Performance, Maria Andrejic Bengtsson and Raphael Wolde-Selassie. The fanfares that were performed are composed by Senior lecturer Fredrik Högberg.

The subsequent banquet was held at STUK on campus and included speeches by Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, newly promoted doctor Brian Wernicke and chairman of Norrbotten's municipalities, Claes Nordmark. Students from the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology, the men's choir Snapsakademien, and Trio Biff entertained the guests.

Luleå restaurant Hemmagastronomi was responsible for the food under the direction of chef Simon Lahti. The starter consisted of mountain char tartare, trout roe, barley crisp, mustard emulsion and Tromsöbottarga. For the main course, Swedish medium veal, Swedish organic asparagus, vinblanc sauce with chives and almond potato fondant were served, and for dessert, guests could enjoy cream from Bondgården Bälinge with spring rhubarb, almond cake and rhubarb consommé. The evening ended to STHLM JukeBox's and DJ Anton Lundberg's tunes.