Eight new honorary doctors at UiB have been appointed
In a solemn ceremony in the University Hall, the eight new honorary doctors at UiB were honored. They received the award for their outstanding work for science.
Vice-rector Benedicte Carlsen led the traditional ceremony where a new honorary doctor from each of the seven faculties at UiB was appointed. This was the first time the university appoined new honorary doctores since 2019.
Each of them has, in various ways, done an outstanding job for the benefit of science or made a significant scientific contribution. Among the new honorary doctors is an Icelandic author, a Cameroonian philosopher, a WHO-researcher and a Sami visual artist.
The new honorary doctors are:
Professor Sverker Sörlin, proposed by the Faculty of Humanities.
Professor Elena Plante, proposed by the Faculty of Psychology.
Artist Britta Marakatt-Labba, proposed by the Faculty of Art, Music and Design
Professor Fiamma Straneo, proposed by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Professor Hans Petter Graver, proposed by the Faculty of Law
Professor Raijiv Bahl, proposed by the Faculty of Medicine
Professor Achille Mbembe, proposed by the Faculty of Social Sciences
Author and PhD Bergsveinn Birgisson, proposed by the university management.
The highest award
Rector at UiB, Margareth Hagen, and Deputy-rector Pinar Heggernes led the march to the tunes of Emil Børås procession-fanfare. In her opening-speech, Hagen emphasized that the honorary doctorate is the highest award a university can give to someone outside their own institution. She also reminded that the process of deciding who will receive the appointment is thorough and extensive.
– The honorary doctors have created changes in their fields, for the better for society. The University of Bergen is proud of what you have done for science, for humanity and for having you here today, Hagen said.
She further emphasized that universities are important anchor-institutions in a time marked by pandemic, an ongoing war in Europe and anxiety related to climate change and geopolitics.
– The values of solid knowledge, patient learning and lifelong commitment comes forth with all its strength, the rector said.
Next up the deans of each of the seven faculties entered the podium to present their honorary doctors. Vice-Rector Pinar Heggenes presented the author and PhD Bergsveinn Birgisson, who was proposed by the university leadership.
After a musical performance, the ceremony was rounded off with a greeting speech by honorary doctor and professor Elena Plante.
The entire ceremony was streamed and can be seen here.