Millions of people have met a Swedish genius!
One imperial visit, celebrations in 29 countries, 70 new books, 425 Linnaeus School projects, 2,000 events, 10,000 articles, 100,000 Linnaeus School pupils — and millions of people who have met Carl Linnaeus. These are just a few of the results of the Linnaeus Tercentenary in 2007. Carl Linnaeus has been feted worldwide during this jubilee year to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth. Millions have met the brash young scholar and the mature, multi-talented scientist whose fame has spread to the ends of the Earth. Lectures, exhibitions, outdoor nature workshops and school projects have been held in places as far apart asCape Town ,Uppsala , Älmhult, Tokyo and Grövelsjön. Researchers have met the general public, and children have met Linnaeus. The largest scientific jubilee ever organised inSwedenis all but over, culminating this weekend with the coolest of crescendos in Jukkasjärvi, only a short distance from where Linnaeus ended his famousLaplandjourney.
The Linnaeus Year´s heritage
Monuments and buildings linked to Linnaeus have been renovated and refurbished during the year, and sites have reported a substantial increase in visitor numbers. Several newly started networks will continue to remain active, 6,000 letters to, from and about Linnaeus have been digitalised, and collaboration has been established at various levels between researchers and cultural workers. Moreover, today nine out of ten Swedes believe that Linnaeus has had a significant impact on the development of knowledge, research and scientific study in the world. All of these facts and findings are among the preliminary results of a survey due to be published on 28 January.
“This has been one of the most successful Swedish jubilees ever organised," says Anders Björck,CountyGovernorand chair of Sweden´s national Linnaeus delegation. “The international impact has been fantastic. We have reached people of all ages, and we have helped stimulate continued interest in scientific research in the spirit of Carl Linnaeus."
The final day for the official celebrations has been earmarked for the northernmost of the participating regions. The scientific conference that will conclude the Linnaeus Tercentenary has been arranged by UmeåUniversity on a theme that will discuss whether there are any limits to the progress that science can make (Vetenskapens rymder och gränser). More than 200 people have registered to attend.
“The jubilee has had a great impact on the scientific community," says Gunnel Gustafsson, regional host for the closing ceremony and Deputy Director-General of the Swedish Research Council. “One of the main reasons for this is that Linnaeus is still regarded as a role model and a source of inspiration for the independent researcher."
One click helps to preserve the forests.
The huge amount of attention generated by the Linnaeus commemoration has been used to promote environmental awareness. The Linnaeus2007 organising committee has developed a carefully conceived environmental policy in its ambition to make the tercentenary a climate neutral anniversary. Since the venue for the closing ceremonies is Jukkasjärvi and almost all those attending need to fly to the event, the environmental programme states that compensatory measures are required. The Linnaeus2007 organisation has therefore decided to support the Swedish foundation Ett Klick för Skogen (“One Click for theForest ") with a donation of 25,000 Swedish kronor. This money will contribute to the purchase and preservation of approximately 8,300 square metres of old coniferous forest with high biological values. A cheque will be presented to Jenny Strand, one of the initiators of the foundation, at the closing ceremony.
For pictures and information about the final ceremonies in Jukkasjärvi, please see: www.linne2007.se
Read more about the “Ett Klick för Skogen" Foundation at: www.ettklickforskogen.se. In addition to the national partners with whom the Linnaeus2007 organisation has worked throughout the year, sponsors of the Jukkasjärvi festivities also include LKAB and Boliden.
Minerals for the world
LKAB is an international high-tech minerals group with a global market. We produce upgraded iron ore products, mostly in the form of iron ore pellets, to the steel industry, and around 30 other mineral products to meet the needs of many different industries and areas of use. LKAB currently has more than 3,700 employees in some 30 companies and 15 countries, and exports iron ore products to, in the first instance, Northern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Industrial minerals are sold mostly in Europe, but sales to Asia and the USA are expected to grow.
Boliden is one ofEurope ´s leading mining and smelting companies. Activities are concentrated chiefly to northern Europe with mines and smelting plants inSweden ,Finland ,Norwayand Ireland. Boliden´s main products are zinc, copper and lead, as well as gold and silver. The company has approximately 4,500 employees and annual sales total SEK 35 billion. Operations include prospecting, mining, smelting, refining and recycling. Metal recycling is constantly increasing in importance and here Boliden is one of the world´s leading names, as indeed it is in environmental work in general, both with regard to emissions and issues relating to reclamation and re-use.