The King at Crown of Knowledge. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/the Royal Court
The King attended the first seminar when the new round of Crown of Knowledge was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
In Crown of Knowledge, The King brings together the ten royal academies. Together, and based on their individual fields, the members discuss various pressing issues. The first Crown of Knowledge was held at the beginning of the millennium, and was organised at The King's initiative. Over the course of two days, the seminars were recorded for Sveriges Television in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The library houses around 100,000 books which have belonged to the Bernadotte kings and their queens, and formed the basis of what subsequently became the Royal Library. For many years, the Bernadotte Library acted as a meeting place for Sweden's combined knowledge. This long tradition is kept alive through Crown of Knowledge.
Can we trust science?
dealt with the debate surrounding science and pseudoscience. Today, opinions can be spread unhindered across the entire world at great speed. This means that diversity has increased considerably, but it also means that unfounded assertions and theories can have a real impact. The participants in the first item on the agenda included members from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Academy and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Musical interludes were provided by Anders Paulsson, Svante Henrysson, Anna Bergendahl and an ensemble from the Army's Music Corps, with Robert Wallgren on the bagpipes. The other seminars were:
Our resources for survival: energy, water and food
— focusing on how science can resolve fundamental resource issues such as water, food and energy, as well as the key security issues affecting these assets. The Crown Princess attended.
Surviving together: when science meets culture
— taking the importance of cooperation and interaction in important issues as its starting point. The seminar focused on cultural encounters that are coloured by different interests, different cultures and different traditions. The seminar was a natural successor to the second seminar, with a human perspective. The Queen attended.
Good quality: culture that survives
— dealing with the issues of quality in culture. The overall angle of approach was long-term planning or sustainability: in order for cultural and scientific values to survive, they must be of good quality. The concept of quality was also included in a historical context, with cultural differences in the view of quality. The King attended.