The Crown Princess and Prince Carl Philip speak with two of the participants from the Future Project. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
On Tuesday 11 June, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry's anniversary conference, held in the Aula Magna lecture hall at Stockholm University.
The conference was led by moderator Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Johan Kuylenstierna and project manager Julia Fransson, an agriculturist from Östergötland, then spoke on the subject "How we predicted the future: A guided tour of Vision 2063". "Fragile New World: part 1" was the theme for a number of contributions, including "A glocal focus: antibiotics and how we live in the town and in the country", "Life 2063: Rurbanisation, pod cars and robot assistants", "Dietary habits: insects, meat, brown beans and the food cycle", "Insects as food" and "Pandemics, GMOs and production diseases in animals". During the break, The Crown Princess and Prince Carl Philip had the opportunity to see an exhibition in which Future Project participants spoke about their projects. It was then time for "Fragile New World: part 2", including subjects such as "The city's green sustenance: the agricultural landscape, water and forestry", "Urban agriculture: forests for production and recreation" and "European bison and other wild animal life and tourism". The conference concluded with fifteen young academics speaking about our use of natural resources in the year 2063.
About the conference and the Academy
The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2013, and held the "Future harvests" conference on 11-12 June. Students, doctoral students and recent graduates with an interest in the green sector were given the task of presenting the future. More than 300 people attended the conference. The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry's role is to promote agriculture, forestry and associated activities, with the support of scientific and practical experience, for the benefit of society. The academy was founded in 1811 at the initiative of King Karl XIV Johan, and began its operations on 28 January 1813. Find out more about the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry here.