Karolinska Institutet is a central part of one of Europe’s most advanced life-science clusters that is now growing around the new city district Hagastaden in Stockholm, Sweden. The NUAS Communication Conference 2015 will take place on Campus Solna, which is located 3 kilometers från central Stockholm and easy to reach by public transport.

About Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences.

Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Karolinska Institutet was founded by King Karl XIII in 1810 as an ‘academy for the training of skilled army surgeons’. Today, Karolinska Institutet is a modern medical university and one of the foremost in the world.

With our close relationship to the clinical milieu, a well established infrastructure and a stable financial situation, Karolinska Institutet has excellent prerequisites for sustaining high quality research and education.

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Map of conference venues to be used during the NUAS Communication Conference.

History of campus

Karolinska Institutet was originally situated in the Royal Bakery on Riddarholmen (a small but central island in Stockholm). In 1816, the institute moves to the old Glasbruk quarter on Norr Mälarstrand, beside what is now the City Hall. The move across the waters of Riddarfjärden is made on barges, one of which is said to have capsized, consigning parts of Hagströmer’s collection of preparations to the lake bed. His library survives intact, however, and today forms part of the KI-Swedish Society of Medicine book museum at KI’s Hagströmer Library.

In 1861, the institute is awarded the right to confer degrees and is granted a status equal to that of a university. In 1866 the old building on the Glasbruk plot is torn down and replaced by a new, larger one. The new institute is built in stages, mostly during the 1880s and into the first decade of the 20th century.

In 1930, the Swedish parliament decides that a new teaching hospital is to be built on Norrbacka in Solna, with its theoretical and practical functions side by side. The chief architect is Carl Westman. The hospital is named Karolinska Hospital after a proposal by Karolinska Institutet. 1940, the main Karolinska Hospital building reaches completion and is officially opened. The Department of Public Health, KI’s first building in the hospital complex, also opens.

1945 Karolinska Institutet moves in its entirety from Kungsholmen to the Norrbacka area in Solna, now KI’s Solna Campus.

Campus in development

Karolinska Institutet has had a long-standing need for new premises to accommodate the growth of research and education, and because many of its current buildings are outdated and scientifically ineffective. Modern medical research requires ever more access to advanced and expensive equipment, which, if it is to be cost-effective, should be widely shared by researchers.

Now that the development of Hagastaden and a new, ultra-modern university hospital is underway, the time is ripe for Karolinska Institutet to bring to fruition its plans for the Solna Campus.

Besides fulfilling the purely functional needs of the university, Akademiska Hus and Karolinska Institutet aim to keep the inner campus environment intact by locating the new buildings with their more modern architectonic expression on the campus periphery, as a protective wall for the grassy areas and the traditional, low-rise brick buildings. These new buildings will also open up Karolinska Institutet to the street and make it more welcoming to passers-by on Solnavägen.

Aula Medica – fulfilling a long-felt need

The university has previously lacked its own premises in which to arrange public events, and there has long been a need for its own lecture hall complex. As far back as 1937 architect Ture Rydberg drew up plans for a large lecture hall, his ‘Per Haps’ proposal winning Karolinska Institutet’s architecture competition for future campus development. The plans were however shelved due to lack of funds.

But since the summer of 2013, Karolinska Institutet’s new lecture hall complex, Aula Medica, enables the university to arrange major public events, such as the Nobel lectures, which attract audiences from around the world. With its 1,000-seat auditorium, Aula Medica offers first class conferencing facilities, as well as stunning architectural design. In addition to the auditorium, the building houses office space for 90 staff, 100 conference seats, two restaurants and a café.

Visiting address: Nobels väg 6

Photo: Ulf Sirborn
Aula Medica. Photo: Ulf Sirborn

Photo: Stefan Zimmerman
Aula Medica. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

Photo: Stefan Zimmerman
Aula Medica. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

Widerström Building

The office and education block called the Widerström Building is located at the junction of Solnavägen and Tomtebodavägen at the Solna Campus. With its strategic position, the building constitutes a part of Campus Solna’s northern entrance.

The building, which was completed in 2012, is intended to provide better facilities for the university’s work with public health and other disciplines.

Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18A

Widerström Building. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman
Widerström Building. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

Widerström Building, interior. Photo: Ulf Sirborn
Widerström Building, interior. Photo: Ulf Sirborn