Information for new professors and award recipients

The programme for the Annual Celebration 2017

No dress code unless otherwise stated

Friday 20 October

11:00-11:30 Inauguration of the exhibition, University Library.
12:00 Faculty lunch in Hjortron, Universum Restaurant. An invitation will or has be send from the faculty.
13:30-15:00 Rehearsal of the ceremony for honorary doctors, professors and award recipients at the University auditorium, Aula Nordica.
18:00-20.00 Vice-Chancellor's reception, Bildmuseet. Dress code: Semi-formal.

Saturday 21 October

9:00-12:00 Guest lectures; honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. Humanities building and Social Sciences building.
14:00 Arctic seminar in the honour of HM the King of Sweden. Humanities building, lectur hall G.
15:30 A brief review for those who couldn't participate at the rehearsal on Friday. Please notice that this must be reported in advance to
16:00 Gathering for honorary doctors, professors and award recipients in Universitetsklubben, Aula Nordica, before the ceremony. Dress: Formal.
approx. 16:30 The doors in to Aula Nordica will open for the audience. The audience must be seated by 16:50. Dress: Formal (for audience who will later attend the banquet).
17:00 Ceremony at Aula Nordica. Dress: Formal.
19:00 Banquet at the Universum Restaurant. Dress: Formal.

Here is more information:


Inauguration of the exhibition

At 11:00-11:30, University Library

In the research hall of the University Library in the Social Sciences Building there will be an exhibition of the honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. Award recipient Virginia Langum will hold a lecture: Reading and health. No dress code.

  • It is nice if you can come, but it is opptional.


At 12:00, Hjorton, Resturant Universum

The faculty will host a lunch for honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients. No dress code.

  • An invitation will or has been be sent from the faculty.


At 13:30– approx.- 15:00, Aula Nordica

At the rehearsal, the details of the ceremony will be described and somewhat rehearsed. No dress code.

  • It is very important that you attend the rehearsal.

Vice-Chancellor's reception

At 18:00–20:00, Bildmuseet

Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson will host a reception where you can enjoy some canapés and wine and mingle with the other new professors, award recipients and honorary doctors. You may bring one accompanying guest. Dress: Semi-formal.



Guest lectures

At 9:00-12:00, Samhällsvetarhuset and Humanisthuset

New professors, award recipients and honorary doctors deliver a 20-minute popular lecture each on their field of research. The general public is welcome to attend. No dress code.

Arctic seminar in the honour of HM the King of Sweden

At 14:00, Humanisthuset, lectur hall G

No dress code.
John Anderson:
Setting Arctic environmental change in a global context.
Ellen Dorrepaal:
Cryoecology: how arctic ecosystems matter for our changing climate

Jonatan Klaminder:
Worming of the Arctic.

  • Everybody is welcome, but it is opptional to attend.

Brief review

At 15:30, Aula Nordica

There will be a brief review for those who can't participate at the reharsal on Friday. Dress: Formal.

  • If you, for special reasons, can't be at the rehearsal on Friday you must report this in advance to and instead come to this brief review. After the review you go up to the gathering in Universitetsklubben.

Gathering before the ceremony

At 16:00, Universitetsklubben

There will be a gathering for all who will walk in the procession. Before the ceremony you will line up outside the auditorium under the directions of the faculty marshalls. Dress: Formal.

  • All new professors, award recipients and honorary doctors must participte in the gathering.


At 17:00, Aula Nordica

At the start of the ceremony, the honorary doctors, new professors and award recipients will enter the auditorium in procession and take their seats on stage. Dress: Formal.

The opening addresses will be followed by the conferment of honorary doctorates, the installation of new professors, and finally by the presentation of awards for scientific achievement.

The guests of honour make no speeches, but each presentation is followed by applause.

In this short video of the ceremony, you can get a glimpse of the set-up.

Reserve seats for guests at the ceremony

Your guests comming to the banquet will get reserved seats at the ceremony. You may still reserve seats for guests just comming to the ceremony, just send an e-mail to We recommend that small children stay at home. Information about the seating will be sent to you some days before the ceremony.

Photo and film

A group photo will be taken and the ceremony will be filmed. Your guests are allowed to film and take photos.

No indivdual photos will be taken at the ceremony, but after the dinner a photographer will take individual photos or group photos.

Banquet and dance

At 19:00, restaurant Universum

The restaurant Universum is in the same building as Aula Nordica, so the banquet begins immediately after the ceremony. Dinner will be preceded by a gathering and a welcome toast for the guests. At the dinner, a three-course meal will be served with wine or alcohol-free refreshments. After the coffee there will be dancing to the orchestra Renhornen. Dress: Formal.


You and one accompanying person are guests of the University at the banquet. If you have invite others guests the fee is SEK 900 for adults and SEK 500 for adolescents under the age of 18. The invoice will be sent to you in November.

Speeches during dinner

A number of brief speeches will be made during dinner. The speakers concerned has been asked in advance.

Ceremony and banquet attire

You should wear formal dress, i.e.

  • white tie and tails (in Swedish frack)
  • long evening gown
  • academic gown
  • national costume

Any headgear that comes with your outfit should not be worn in the procession or at the ceremony. If you have questions about your outfit please contact

Dress code for your guests

Your guests attending both the ceremony and the banquet must also wear formal dress , i.e. white tie and tails, long evening gown, academic gown or national costume. Adolescents may dress less formally; a pretty dress or a white shirt with dark pants and a tie or bow tie.

Guests just attending the ceremony may dress as they please.

Ribbons and doctoral hats

The ribbon of an order may be worn. Only the Dean and the Honorary doctors of the Faculty of Medicine will wear the doctoral hat.

Rent white tie and tails

In Umeå you can at you own expence rent white tie and tails including black patent shoes at Högtidskläder, Västra Norrlandsgatan 22 A, tel. +46(0)90-77 02 17. To rent white tie and tails Högtidskläder needs to know:

  • the size of your collor
  • your suit size
  • the width of your chest
  • the width of your waist
  • the sleeve length from your shoulder
  • Inseam trouser length (from crotch) - all in centimeters.

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Master of Ceremonies
Charlotte Wiberg
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden 

Visiting Address
University Liaison Building (Samverkanshuset), Level 3

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