On 22 February, we had the honour of welcoming a State Visit from Canada, including the Governor General and the King of Sweden to Lund University. Our guests attended a presentation of the MAX IV and the ESS research facilities, and a declaration of intent for future research collaborations was signed. There was also time for a round-table discussion on the theme “Where to next? The benefits and opportunities for enhanced cross-sectoral linkages on innovation and research between Canada and Sweden”. The programme concluded in a dinner with stimulating discussions about future collaborations and to work more closely together.
The State Visit was preceded by the Friends of Canada reception at the Wasa Museum in Stockholm on 21 February. In a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, LU Regional Manager for North America, Anne Messeter and I enjoyed a taste of Canadian salmon and cheese accompanied by stunning performances of young Canadian musicians.
Lund University enjoys longstanding relations with our Canadian partner universities. During the last two decades, activities have steadily increased, and today we see collaborations in many different research fields resulting in an increasing rate of joint publications in prestigious journals. We work closely with both the Canadian Embassy to Sweden and the Swedish Embassy to Canada. We are good friends and have many things in common, including shared values and concerns.
Thank you dear Kanadian friends, for your kind visit to Sweden and Lund University in particular!