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2007-03-14

April Days Filled with Giants of Science

Four days filled with many of the world´s foremost scientists - dealing with everything from microprocessors in cells to how the universe was formed, and between those extremes research on how we ourselves function, our relationships and our survival on earth. The Crafoord Prizes reward and highlight all this. Welcome to our jubilee celebrations on 23-26 April in Lund.
When the Swedish Crafoord Prize celebrates its 25th anniversary, leading researchers and laureates from the whole world will be taking part. At the end of April in Lund there will be unique opportunities to meet the leading scientists of today in the fields that complement the Nobel Prizes - biosciences, geosciences, astronomy and the like. Many of the scientists who will be there have played a decisive role in forming our picture of biological diversity, climate issues and our place in the universe - and they are still fully active in their fields.

On Thursday, the laureates will give their lectures. Apart from Wallace S.Broecker and Robert L. Trivers (more about them and their research at the menu Prizes awarded), the following scientists will participate:
 

  • The leading young American expert on the planet Mars, Maria Zuber, Professor of Geophysics at MIT, USA. She knows all that is worth knowing about the discovery of water on Mars and its significance.
  • One of the nestors in the field of the evolution of ecology and a previous Crafoord laureate, Dan Janzen, Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. He will describe the project by which he recreates (!) rainforests in pioneering alliances with governments and industries.
  • Lord Martin Rees, a scientist with a world-wide reputation in astronomy who has focused on the most powerful and energy-richest phenomena  in the universe, what the structure of the cosmos looks like, and who has also made great efforts to popularise astronomy, with more than 500 books to his credit.
  • The oceanologist Jane Lubchenco, winner of many international prizes and distinctions for her contributions to environmental research and marine ecology: What is happening to the oceans?  What can we do about it?
  • The Crafoord Laureate in Biosciences, Robert L. Trivers, has examined theoretically the relationships between parents and children and conflicts within families: How do children and parents respectively perceive a “fair" division of parental care?
  • The Crafoord Laureate in Geophysics, Wallace S. Broecker, has deepened our knowledge of the carbon cycle and its significance for the climate situation. Will the greenhouse effect perhaps result in a colder climate in Scandinavia?

An important theme during these celebrations will, in fact, be climate change and the preservation of diversity. Since the Crafoord Prize embraces several subjects, symposiums will also be held on modern analysis and geometry (Mathematics), and on what has been learnt from research on rheumatism (Polyarthritis) and on the development of the sense of sight (Biosciences).
 
Award Ceremony and a First Performance
These days will be filled with science, symposiums, open seminars and round-table conferences. The complete programme and the lecturers is available under "Links" to the right. Parts of the programme are open to the general public and are free of charge. The jubilee celebrations conclude with a splendid award-giving ceremony, including the first performance of a classical work of music, in Lund Cathedral, where Her Majesty Queen Sylvia of Sweden will present the prizes. The award-giving ceremony is also open to the public. The media are welcome to participate in all parts of the program.
 
Registrations
Registrations from the Press can be made under "Links" to the right. The last day for registration has been changed to Monday, 16 April. Further information about hotels and travel, as well as the whole jubilee programme is available under "Events".

Jessica Balksjö Nannini
Press Officer,
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
jessica.balksjo@kva.se
tel: +46 8 673 95 44
+46 70 673 96 50