Students running down the river on a raft that looks like a whale

Academic Traditions

Uppsala University has many ancient traditions, symbols and festivities that have lived on and are a natural part of academic Uppsala today.


Prizes and distinctions

Hjärnäpplet prize:. A fourteen-sided metal figure with the female sign on one side and the male sign on another

Each year Uppsala University confers a number of prizes, distinctions, and medals to individuals whose academic or other pursuits have promoted research, education, or the development of Uppsala University or society in general. One of these is Hjärnäpplet, which goes to a researcher or doctoral student whose collaboration with an external organisation has resulted in an outstanding innovation.

Another important award is the title of honorary doctor, which is awarded to people who have made outstanding scientific contributions or otherwise promoted research.

University prizes and distinctions

Last modified: 2022-12-12