Linnaeus is one of the world’s best-known scientists,” says Minister of Education, Research, and Culture Leif Pagrotsky.
“Though it was 300 years ago that Linnaeus was born, he still feels extremely contemporary. He teaches us that the progress is predicated upon a thirst for knowledge, on working internationally, and on disseminating your findings. With these insights, Linnaeus made up his mind to map all of God’s creation. Now that is what is called a bold level of ambition!”
The president and vice-president of the Delegation will be appointed by the government, while the other members are to be appointed by the Swedish Research Council in consultation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The county councils in the counties of Kronoberg, Skåne, and Uppsala should be represented in the Delegation, as should the universities of Växjö, Lund, and Uppsala, the National Heritage Board, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, the Swedish Linnaeus Society, the Swedish Travel and Tourism Council, the Swedish Research Council, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Carolus Linnaeus, or Carl von Linné in Swedish, was born on May 23, 1707. The 300th anniversary of the birth of Linnaeus will be celebrated around the world. In the U.K. a number of activities are planned, not least by the Linnean Society-the world’s oldest scientific society. Other countries that have Linnean societies will be arranging a variety of events. In Sweden myriad arrangements are being made, in Uppsala, Lund, and Småland especially.
The Linnaeus Anniversary has great potential for positive effects, from increased tourism and a focus on Sweden around the world to enhanced interest in science education and research among young people.