Karolinska Institutet is celebrating its bicentenary, with the jubilee year officially starting on 11 January 2010 and ending on 13 December, exactly 200 years to the day of its founding.
This was the date in 1810 that king Karl XIII ordered the establishment of the, “academy for the training of skilled army surgeons,” which was the forerunner of the present institution.
The present king, his majesty king Carl XVI Gustav is to be the jubilee patron. “We’re very honoured by his majesty’s keen interest,” says Karolinska’s president Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson.
“The jubilee celebrations give us an opportunity to call attention to all that our researchers and employees have achieved by way of improving human health. Milestones like this are important for learning from the past, and for building platforms to take on the challenges of the future.”