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The Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences or polyarthritis research is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences annually according to a rotating scheme. The prize sum of SEK 6 million makes the Crafoord one of the world´s largest scientific prizes.

The Crafoord Academy Lecture 2015
Earth and life: A dance through time

Earth is a planet that records its own history, including an interwoven narrative of evolution and environmental change through time.

The Crafoord Academy Lecture 2015 with Andrew H. Knoll, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, will be held at Lund University on 16 December. The lecture will be webcast live here and at and will later be available as video-on-demand at

Read more at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences website

Crafoord Days 2015

The Crafoord Days 2015 were celebrated in Stockholm and Lund from 5 to 7 May with Prize Symposium and Prize Award Ceremony, in the presence of their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Crafoord Prize Lecture was held at Lund University.

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Video from the Prize symposium and Prize lecture

Crafoord Prize in Biosciences 2015


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2015 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences to Richard Lewontin, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, and Tomoko Ohta, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan “for their pioneering analyses and fundamental contributions to the understanding of genetic polymorphism”.

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