The event was held at Riddarhuset in Stockholm, and was followed by a dinner at the Grand Hôtel. The President of the Academy, Professor Gunnel Engwall, welcomed those present, after which The King presented the Academy's medal and scholarships. The Academy's Gad Rausing Prize for Outstanding Humanistic Research was presented to Professor Kirsten Blinkenberg Hastrup from the University of Copenhagen. Professor Blinkenberg Hastrup was awarded the prize for her "interdisciplinary research, specialising in the relationship between people, society and the environment, particularly with the Nordic and Arctic regions, with a focus on the history and culture of Iceland and Greenland". Musical entertainment was provided by pupils from the Junior Academy Music School.
About the Royal Swedish Academy of LettersThe Academy was founded by Queen Lovisa Ulrika on 20 March 1753, as the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters. The Academy was reorganised by King Gustav III in 1786, and was given its current name: the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. It is usually referred to simply as the Royal Academy of Letters.
From the Academy's website:
The Royal Academy of Letters is active within a broad field, including:
- promoting research and other activities within humanistic, religious science, legal science and social science disciplines, as well as cultural environment protection.
- working together with Swedish organisations and associations with a similar scientific approach.
- initiating and supporting international cooperation within the sciences included in the Academy's field of activities, thereby maintaining links with foreign academies and international scientific organisations.
- issuing scientific publications within the Academy's field of activities.
- issuing grants and awards to deserving researchers and others who have promoted the Academy's objectives.
- issuing statements on issues relating to the Academy's field of activities when requested to do so by the Government or other official authorities, or when warranted by the Academy's interests. (§1)