Every year, at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony, every faculty honours highly deserving researchers from other universities and other citizens, by appointing them as honorary doctors, or doctor honoris causa. The honorary doctors are people who have achieved something of major importance for the University or for society and whom the faculties wish to recognise and tie to their research community. Although often academics from other universities, honorary doctors can equally well be from outside academia.
In connection to the ceremony, many honorary doctors hold lectures for the public. In the list below you can read about this year’s honorary doctors and find links to their lectures.
Faculty of Theology
Peter Halldorf, pastor in the Pentecostal movement and one of the most central figures in Swedish ecumenism, editor and author.
Click here to read more about his lecture on 2 June (in Swedish)
Philippe Sands, author, lawyer and law professor at University College London.
Faculty of Law
Leo Flynn, Deputy Director and Principal Legal Advisor at the European Commission’s Legal Service
Click here to read more about the honorary doctor at the Faculty of Law
Faculty of Medicine
Peter C.M. van Zijl, professor at John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Stig Ålund, sociologist. Representative of the elderly and their organizations in the research on the elderly, aging and health conducted within the framework of the Center for Aging and Supportive Environments (CASE) and the Department of Health Sciences.
Faculty of Engineering
Dana Cuff, professor and researcher in urban architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. Holds the Lise Meitner Professor at Lund University
John C. Doyle, professor and researcher at the California Institute of Technology with a focus on dynamic control and management systems
Nils Hannerz, head of research and innovation at IKEM (Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden).
Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts
Terry O’Connor, actor, performer, professor and founder of the theater group Forced Entertainment.
Click here to learn more about the honorary doctor’s public lecture on 1 June
Faculty of Humanities
Martina Kessel, Professor of History at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. Many years of involvement in the National Graduate School in historical studies at Lund University
Click here to learn more about the honorary doctor’s lecture on 1 June
School of Economics and Management
Jens Henriksson, CEO for Swedbank.
Click here to learn more about the honorary doctor’s lecture on 2 June (in Swedish)
Faculty of Science
Kerstin Johannesson, professor of marine ecology at the University of Gothenburg and director of the Tjärnö marine laboratory in northern Bohuslän.
Georg Kresse, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna