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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden pays visit to Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn

Janelia’s Tim Harris, left, and His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Courtesy Photo/Matt Staley, Janelia Research Campus
His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden paid a visit to the Howard Hughes Institute's Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn last week.

The Swedish king’s visit was part of a Royal Technology Mission to science and technology centers in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.

Gustaf was joined by Swedish ambassador, His Excellency Björn Lyrvall, and about 30 CEOs and leaders of technology companies in Sweden.

“This visit recognizes the world-class science we do here in Loudoun County,” Janelia’s Executive Director Dr. Gerry Rubin said in a statement. “Our guests showed great interest in our unique model for conducting scientific research and the accomplishments we’ve made in the 10 years since we opened our doors.”

The visit began with brief presentations from Janelia group leader Eric Betzig, who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Dr. Rubin. The Swedish delegation then toured Jenelia’s cutting-edge facilities and continued informal discussions over lunch.

The Janelia Research Campus is an innovative research center operated by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Janelia employs more than 500 scientists and support staff from around the world.

The Janelia teams focuses on imaging and brain research, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration at the nexus of experimentation, computation and theory.


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