Anders spent the end of the week in London. The stay included meetings at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK, and the Anglo-Swedish Society. A much appreciated visit at the Linnean Society and a chance to see the collections was also on the programme.
The main event, however, was an alumni dinner bringing together some 60 guests at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London on Thursday evening. In addition to our own Uppsala alumni, the dinner party included no less than nine UK based Uppsala honorary doctors, as well as representatives from the the Linnean Society of London and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. We were also honoured that Her Excellency Ambassador Nicola Clase and a number of her colleagues from the Swedish Embassy joined us.
With lots of singing, the dinner party did indeed bring a touch and feel of Uppsala and its unique student life to London!
To build and develop strong relations with our alumni, more than 800 reside in the greater London area alone, is one important part of Uppsala University’s external relations. Openness towards industry and society is important for securing the long-term relevance and impact of our research and education.
To all Uppsala alumni residing in the UK, please continue to keep in touch with us and also help us to stay in touch with you! Please register with your UK contact details: www.uu.se/en/alumni or send an email to UKalumni@uadm.uu.se
I would like to express my sincere thanks to our UK alumni chapter for organizing the event. Its Chair Mr. Peter Lindqvist and the hostess for the evening Ms. Marina Mitrevski deserve special mention, for working hard to establish a social platform for alumni and friends in the UK. I also extend my thanks to the people from our own external relations office for assisting with the event, and not least to university guide Mikael Norrby who gave a much appreciated presentation (under demanding technological circumstances) at the event.