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The King of Sweden and Canada’s Governor General on a visit to Lund

On Wednesday 22 February, the Governor General of Canada David Johnston will visit Lund together with King Carl XVI Gustaf in the context of a major Canadian state visit.

In Lund, the King and the Governor General will attend a presentation of the MAX IV and ESS research facilities. There will also be 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". Participants will include the directors of ESS and MAX IV, as well as visiting delegations comprising representatives of Vinnova and the ministers for research of Sweden and Canada, Helene Hellmark Knutsson and Kirsty Duncan, among others. In the course of the visit, a declaration of intent for future research collaborations will be signed.   

Wednesday’s programme will conclude with an official dinner hosted by Lund University and Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz.  

Canada is a very attractive study destination for Lund University students. Between autumn semester 1993 and spring semester 2016, Lund University sent 2080 students to Canada and welcomed 1831. The University’s former vice-chancellor Boel Flodgren holds an honorary doctorate in Law from McGill University in Montréal, of which the Governor General is a former vice-chancellor.  

Among the Canadian delegation are the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, Dr Art McDonald, and Daniel Alfredsson, ‎Senior Advisor, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club.

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