Public lectures at Uppsala University

Every day, countless lectures are given at Uppsala University within our courses and study programmes – but there are also many public lectures given each year. Here you can hear Nobel Prize laureates, writers, world leaders and many others.

Många människor sitter och lyssnar i en stor sal.

Annual lectures

Here are some of the annual lectures given at Uppsala University:

Guest lecturers

The numerous invitations that Uppsala University sends out around the world each year can be said to represent our wish to constantly question and renew our own activities and research. Our many visiting lecturers provide us with new impulses and insights. Often these guests are active on the very cutting edge of research and inspire our own researchers and students to continue their own successful work.

The lecture – an Old tradition

The lecture is the traditional forum for academic communication at universities. The first lectures at Uppsala University were given immediately after its founding in 1477, when one Ericus Olai, doctor of theology from Rostock, addressed his students with the subject Regulæ sacræ theologiæ (roughly ‘Tenets of Theology’). Lectures in law and the arts were soon to follow.

The Academic Quarter

The ‘academic quarter’ (akademisk kvart in Swedish) is an old Uppsala tradition which signifies lectures always beginning 15 minutes after the hour.