Interview with Anders Karlqvist ahead of the Royal Colloquium
Anders Karlqvist immediately before the 10th Royal Colloquium began at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Monday 20 May, the Royal Colloquium — the tenth since 1992 — began.
Anders Karlqvist is responsible for the content, which this year has the theme "A changing world — redrawing the map". How would you sum up what the Royal Colloquium is all about? "The initiative for the event was taken by The King. The King brings together selected experts from far and wide to discuss urgent social issues. The King himself is actively involved in the discussions and chairs the meeting, which usually lasts for two days every other year. One key point is that this is an opportunity for The King to invite researchers from different fields. So instead of scientific tunnel vision, this is a coming together of people from different backgrounds." What is this year's theme all about? "A changing world — redrawing the map involves looking at the environment from a broad perspective. The theme leads to questions about energy, use of resources and other key concepts. The challenge lies in taking the big questions and linking them to everyday, local questions. The King's experience is particularly useful here. Few people encounter as many experiences and accounts throughout Sweden and worldwide as The King." What are your expectations for this year's Royal Colloquium? "As always, I hope it will lead to a stimulating dialogue and discussions, and that new thoughts will emerge that the participants can take back with them to their everyday work." Why is this year's Royal Colloquium being held at Abisko Scientific Research Station? "There are two reasons. Firstly, we want to show our international guests a part of Sweden that is attractive and clearly highlights environment research. Secondly, it offers an excellent setting in which to come together for inspiring discussions."