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News about the jubilee

Lund University is celebrating its 350th anniversary! The jubilee is taking place from 19 December 2016 until 28 January 2018, the dates marking the University’s foundation and its subsequent inauguration.

May 2017

Video clips from the Grand Opening of the Sustainability Week, May 2017

The videos below from the Grand Opening offers presentations of global dilemmas and discussions with researchers, politicians and civil organisations. The Sustainability Week was arranged by Lund University Sustainability Forum, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and the City of Lund.

Watch video: Lennart Ohlsson speaking about "Beware of Environmental Determinism"

Lennart Ohlsson, professor at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), speaking about "Beware of Environmental Determinism" at the Grand Opening of the Sustainability Week.

Watch video: Kimberly Nicholas speaking about "Understanding Your Foodprint"

Kimberly Nicholas, senior lecturer at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), speaking about the environmental impact of what we eat at the Grand Opening of the Sustainability Week.

Radu Mares speaking about "Corporate Responsibility"

Radu Mares, associate professor at the Raul Wallenberg Institute, speaking about corporate responsibilty at the Grand Opening of the Sustainability Week.

Watch video: Johan Hassel speaking about "The Swedish 350 Agenda"

Johan Hassel, member of the Swedish delegation for the 2030 Agenda and CEO of independent think-tank Global Utmaning, speaking at the Grand Opening of the Sustainability Week.

Watch video: Henrik Smith speaking about "The Role of Lund University"

Henrik Smith, professor and director of the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University speaking about the "The Role of Lund University".

Torbjörn von Schantz inaugurates the Sustainability Week

Lund University Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz's welcome speech at the Grand Opening of the Sustainability Week.

Video clips from the Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference, 15 May 2017

The conference was held during the Sustainability Week, a part of Lund University 350th jubilee. Organisers included the Lund University Sustainability Forum, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, BIOECONOMY Graduate Research School and Region Skåne.

Click on the links to watch the presentations on YouTube:


Emily Boyd from LUSCUS
"Universities have the potential to engage and connect people at all scales with the ‘everyday’ consequences of a warming world"

350th Jubilee Blog, 16 May 2017
To mark the ongoing Sustainability Week we feature a blog post from Emily Boyd, Director of Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS.





Hands holding soil and growing plants
Lund University Research Magazine
Theme: Sustainable Future

Lund University Research Magazine, 9 May 2017







Skull, a fossil
Ten Things You Perhaps Didn’t Know About Fossils

Lund University Facebook page, 2 May 2017






April 2017

Watch video: Will Digital Destroy or Develop Democracy - "Debatt i Lund"

This debate (in English) takes on the question of online democracy and social media - is it hurting or helping us? On the panel: Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University, academic and political activist, Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, Marina Svensson, expert on human rights and digital society in China, Amelia Andersdotter, politician (Pirate party) and former member of the European Parlament.

Watch video: Professor Lawrence Lessig speaking at the Digital Society Symposium

In this talk, Professor Lessig explores the ways in which digital society has undermined the possibilities for democracy, and what we must change if we’re to restore a democracy that deserves respect.

Watch video: Professor José van Dijck speaking about "Who Governs the Platform Society?" at the Digital Society Symposium

In this talk, Professor José van Dijck speaks about public values in a connective world.

Professor Danica Kragic speaking about "Man and Machine – the Challenge of Collaboration" at the Digital Society Symposium

Are we in a middle of robolution? Intelligent machines and AI are transforming the way we live our lives and bring a huge potential toward automating jobs that are dull, dangerous and dirty for humans. How long has the technology come and what are the challenges we are facing when employing machines in our daily lives? What are the ethical and moral questions we should address prior to the deployment of such systems?

Also watch on YouTube:

Digital code floating in the air in front of an eye
Lund University Research Magazine
Theme: Digital Society

Lund University Research Magazine, 18 April 2017





City at night
Crossroads for the Digital Development

350th Jubilee Blog, 5 April 2017

The Digital Society science week wants to create interaction between digital technology and different aspects of society. The public is invited to an exciting week to discuss where technology is headed, how it affects us and how we can control its development.




March 2017

Picture of a drop falling into blue water
Five Things You Perhaps Didn’t Know About Water

350th Jubilee Blog, 21 March 2017

In preparation of the World Water Day on 22 March 2017 we listed five things you perhaps did not know about water.







Illustration of a fictious Lund University student from the 1700s

What Have Lund Students Looked Like Throughout History?

350th Jubilee Blog, 17 March 2017

During the jubilee, there will be a travelling exhibition on what Lund students have looked like and what they have studied throughout history. They are fictional but largely represent the students who have attended Lund University.






Picture of a costal city stricken by a flood

Watch video from the symposium: Disasters Evermore

350th Jubilee Blog, 14 March 2017

Researchers and decision makers came together to raise awareness about global and local disaster risk, the challenges and potential solutions in the symposium ”Disasters Evermore? Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World".

The symposium was a part of the science week 'Is the World Becoming a Better Place'.

Read the blog post for a summary of and a video from the symposium.



Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden at Lund University Science Week symposium

Watch video from the symposium: Towards a Peaceful Global Order and Gender Justice in Diplomacy

Prominent guests speakers, such as the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the international researchers Joshua Goldstein, Thania Paffenholz and Ann Towns discussed gender and diplomacy in this symposium, that was a part of the science week 'Is the World Becoming a Better Place'.

Watch the full recording of the symposium at

Watch on YouTube: Margot Wallström on feminist foreign policy and diplomacy as a tool for peace and gender equality 

Read article about the symposium in the 350 jubilee blog


historical picture of early female Lund University students
The Female Pioneers – The Ones Who Paved the Way at Lund University

350th Jubilee Blog, 7 March 2017 (originally published in LUM)

Imagine not daring to wear your student cap or to walk home alone after your public defence. Letters and diary entries show that for the first women in higher education, this was nothing unusual. Christina Sjöblad, professor emerita of comparative and Scandinavian literature, has conducted research on late 19th century women, and she herself was one of the pioneers in the 70s and 80s who wrote women into literary history.



February 2017

Dystopian illustration of a man in a hat in a dark neighborhood

Is the world becoming a better place? Checkpoint Sweden

Lund University Magazine, 17 February

The image of Sweden has become more polarised. In the light of the upcoming science week "Is the World Becoming a Better Place" we ask ourself the question "Is Sweden becoming a better place?"  In this article researchers from different fields give us their views on Sweden today and where we are headed.





Lund University 350th jubilee medals

Lund University Jubilee Medals

Lund University Facebook page, 13 February 2017

As a part of the Lund University 350th jubilee, a new medal has been produced. Learn what designer Ernst Nordin says the symbols on these unique medals represent.






January 2017

Picture from inside the Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund. Photo by: Johan Persson

Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art to open in a new guise

Lund University main website, 27 January 2017

On 28 January, after extensive renovation work, the Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art in Lund, Sweden will open its doors once again. The inauguration will coincide with the opening of four temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists and architects: Swoon, Charlotte von Poehl, Andreas Eriksson and Elding Oscarson.


December 2016

Film clip: Why are We Celebrating for 13 Months?

YouTube, 22 December 2016

Why does Lund University celebrate its 350th anniversary over 13 months? Watch this short film clip to find out why.



Vice-Chancellor showing a group of kids the cuddly lion toy that was released during the jubilee frenzy at the day of the inauguration of the University's 350th jubilee
Well-attended jubilee frenzy kicks-off the jubilee

LU 350th Jubilee Blog, 22 December 2016

Hundreds of interested guests attended the opening celebrations inside the main University building on the day of the inauguration. See pictures and read more about the jubilee frenzy on the jubilee blog.






Click image to watch film clip of the founding document of Lund University, signed by Queen Eleonora in 1666
Film clip: The founding document

Lund University Instagram page, 19 December 2016

See the original founding document of Lund University, signed by Queen Hedvig Eleonora in 1666.








Main University building in spring with pink flowers in the foreground
Film clip: Lund University celebrates 350 years!

YouTube and Lund University Facebook page, 19 December 2016

This film clip was posted on Facebook on the inauguration day of the 350th jubilee.








Lund University 350 jubilee bicycle in front of the main Universiy building
Press release: Lund University celebrates 350 years

Lund University main website, 19 December 2016

With a ceremony inside the main University building, Lund University’s 350th anniversary has now officially begun, and the extensive jubilee programme packed with more than 250 public events over the next 13 months has been released. The jubilee will last from 19 December 2016 until 28 January 2018, and these dates are based on the founding and inauguration of the University.





Photo of the liberiet building (a part of Lund Cathedral) a moonlit night
A jubilee journey through time and space

Lund University Magazine, 16 December, 2016

Join us on a journey through the centuries, a hunt for the point where the present and the past merge. The history of the University is alive and well among us. After all, it is the same city, the same streets and buildings now as then. The only thing that distinguishes us from our colleagues from the 1600s, from a purely geographical point of view, is a measurable stretch in space: 350 years of University history is 350 orbits around the sun. Neither more nor less. So let’s take a walk in the December gloom and land our time machine where everything started.



Lund University's 350th jubilee stamp featuring two researchers
Unknowing researchers became a stamp

Lund University Magazine, 16 December, 2016

One of the two recent Lund University jubilee stamps depicts the young diabetes researchers Anna Edlund and Jones Ofori. They are pleased to be featured on the stamps – but it was a complete surprise to them both.






Old family portrait of Knut Wicksell, his wife and two children
The economist for whom the world was not prepared

Lund University Magazine, 16 December, 2016

He advocated family planning and contraceptives already four decades before Elise Ottesen-Jensen. He was in a common-law marriage, was interested in social problems, and supported the women’s suffrage movement – and today his theories control the design of monetary policy in the West. Knut Wicksell, pioneering Professor of Economics in Lund 1901–1916, was a man ahead of his time.




Photo of the cover of the book Lund University Over 350 years: History and Stories
Jubilee book highlights the history of Lund University in popular form

Lund University main website, 2 December 2016

In preparing for the University’s jubilee year which starts on 19 December, Lund University is now publishing a popular science book entitled “Lund University over 350 Years – History and Stories”. The book is about the University’s journey from a small provincial academy with 14 professors and 80 students to the major international university that it is today, recurrently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.



November 2016

Industrial Design students Helena Hägg and Martin Paulsson
An open meeting place for you and your bike during the jubilee

LU's 350th Jubilee Blog, 30 November 2016

Industrial Design students at Lund University creates a open meeting place during the jubilee.






Lund University 350th jubilee stamps
Lund University is honoured with jubilee stamps

Lund University main website, 18 November 2016

Lund University’s 350th anniversary is highlighted with two stamps produced by PostNord, Sweden’s postal authority. Although the stamps were first released on 10 November in Stockholm, today was the official ceremonial launch in Lund.







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