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Press invitation 2006-12-04

Celebrating 25 years of Crafoord Prizes - one of the world´s most important scientific awards

At the end of April 2007 the jubilee for the Swedish Crafoord Prize will be held. The Prize will be awarded for the 25th year in succession and more than one hundred of the world´s leading researchers will meet in Lund in the south of Sweden to celebrate. There will be unique meetings between top scientists, scientific symposia, round-table discussions, popular scientific lectures and last but not least - a double prize ceremony.
“We want to show and emphasise that basic research gives results and is useful for people and society. This is proved by the research that has been done and is still being done by all the Laureates and leading researchers we shall meet in Lund," says Torbjörn Fagerström, Chairman of the Jubilee Programme Committee.

Cutting edge researchers and public discussions


The city of Lund in the south of Sweden will be filled with science and scientists of world renown. This will be a unique interdisciplinary meeting of top scientists from a wide range of scientific fields such as mathematics and astronomy, biosciences, geosciences and polyarthritis. The jubilee days will include everything from scientific symposia and round table discussions to popular scientific lectures and poster displays. There will be interesting meetings both between students and researchers and among cutting-edge researchers from various disciplines. Parts of the program are open to the general public. Two prizes will be awarded at the same time - biosciences and geosciences. Note here: The names of the Crafoord Prize Laureates for Geosciences 2006 and Biosciences 2007 will be announced on 18 January.

About the Crafoord Prize


The founders of the Crafoord Prize are Anna-Greta and Holger Crafoord Fund and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This fund was created in 1980 thanks to a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences by the industrialist Holger Crafoord and his wife Anna-Greta. The prize is international and is awarded to researchers who have made decisive contributions within their fields. The aim is to promote basic research in mathematics and astronomy, biosciences (especially ecology), geosciences and polyarthritis (rheumatoid arthritis). The prize is awarded to one field each year in accordance with a set routine. The prize amount is USD 500,000, just over 3.5 million Swedish kronor.

Programme and Press Registration


The jubilee will be celebrated on 23-26 April next year in Lund, the home-town of the creators of the foundation. Registration is open at the link below. The Press is most welcome! Information regarding hotel bookings, accreditations etc will be found there. There is no registration fee for press/media.

Press registration

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