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Honorary doctors to present

On Friday 27 May, Linköping University’s honorary doctors for 2016 will give presentations.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has two honorary doctors, Stefan Hammenbeck and Professor Sybille Krämer. At 10:00 on 27 May, Stefan Hammenbeck, art curator at the Östergötland Museum, will speak about the well-known cookbook author C. E. Hagdahl, who also donated art and funds to the museum. Professor Sybille Krämer, philosopher from Freie Universität Berlin, will deliver a lecture entitled ”The Humanities Going Digital? A Philosophical Comment.”

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has appointed three honorary doctors, who will speak in Visionen in the C Building, Campus Valla, between 9:00 and 12:00. At 9:30 the prominent Australian biophysicist Jill Trewhella, currently visiting professor at Linköping University, will lecture on ”Exploring Biomolecular Structure and Interactions using Combined Methods”. She will be followed by the biomedical animator and cell biologist Drew Berry, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. He will speak on ”The molecular machines that create your flesh and blood”, starting at 10:20. Finally, at 11:10 LiU alumn and CEO of ABB Sweden, Johan Söderström, will give a talk entitled ”Innovation and speed where ABB and LiU create true customer values”.

At the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences there will be lectures from 11:00 to 12:00, to highlight the significance of the contributions made by new honorary doctor Ingrid Asp. She is the initiator of two research foundations – one in the field of psoriasis and one in kidney medicines. The two research directors – professors Charlotta Enerbäck and Mårten Segelmark – will give talks on the work now underway in these fields. These will be held in Linden, Entrance 65, University Hospital Campus.

The six honorary doctors will attend the Commencement Ceremony on 28 May at Louis De Geer Konsert & Kongress in Norrköping.

Lennart Falklöf 2016-05-23


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LiU Brazil

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Sign - University City of the Year

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Helene Hellmark Knutsson at CMIV

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Visualisation Center C

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Picture of Earth from space

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Campus Valla in the summer

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Asian doll

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prizes raining

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Anna Kaijser, portrait

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Last updated: 2016-05-04