Per Sandin from the Royal Armoury gave a short talk about royal philanthropy. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Monday 21 January, the seminar "Good ideas for a better world: A dialogue on the Royal Foundations" was held in the Bernadotte Library.
Director Jan Lindman opened the seminar by welcoming those present and explaining the background to the seminar. The aim of the seminar was to give a greater insight into the Royal Foundations and to attract more applicants. Mr Lindman gave a brief overview of the five areas within which the foundations work: research, charity work, care and young people, culture and education. Each year, around 170 million kronor is awarded in grants and scholarships. Lene Friis Möller, a researcher at the University of Gothenburg's Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, then gave the seminar participants an insight into a research project studying the impact of the warty comb jellyfish on marine ecosystems. The project has been made possible largely through support from the King Carl XVI Gustaf 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology and the Environment. Marika Markovits, Director of Stockholm City Mission, then spoke about her work as a member of the board of the Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla Memorial Fund. Per Sandin, Senior Curator at the Royal Armoury and author of the doctoral thesis "A royal court in time: The Bernadotte Dynasty's encounters with civil society c. 1810-1860", spoke about royal philanthropy through the ages. The King concluded the day's seminar by giving a speech in which he highlighted the importance of all the initiators and donors. He also thanked all those who are actively involved in the work relating to the Royal Foundations. The King emphasised that the entire Royal Family is aware of this inspiring commitment, and that they take a personal and close interest in the work of the Royal Foundations. Find out more about the foundations here.