18 April 2024

Indian principal Seetha Murty has worked with children’s and young people’s learning throughout her professional life. American professor Cindy W. Christian has devoted her career to developing the care of abused children. Both of them will be awarded honorary doctorates at Linköping University.

Portrait of a woman (Seetha Murty)
Seetha Murty is principal of the Silver Oaks International Schools.Rajakumari Chiliukuri

Seetha Murty will receive an honorary doctorate of philosophy for her commitment to teacher education, where she has enabled students and teachers at LiU to gain an increased global understanding of education issues. For 15 years, she has been principal and educational director of the Silver Oaks International Schools in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in India. Her leadership, which has been praised and acknowledged, is based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence. The field of educational sciences at LiU has for the past ten years collaborated with Seetha Murty and staff and students at Silver Oaks. Seetha Murty has been central to this collaboration, both by receiving and educating students during on-site training and summer courses, and by being a partner in conversation in emerging research projects.

Cooperation with Barnafrid

Portrait of a woman (Cindy W. Christian)
Cindy W. Christian is a professor of paediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.Paul Crane
Cindy W. Christian will become an honorary doctor of medicine. She has collaborated with the national knowledge centre Barnafrid at LiU, Swedish paediatricians and other professionals for several years. In doing so, she has contributed to the development of Sweden’s child protection team and health care practices in the care of abused children. She is a professor of paediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the top children's hospitals in the United States and the world, where she has led and developed the child protection team for more than two decades. From 2010 to 2015, Cindy W. Christian was the first medical director of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, where she led the work to integrate interaction with social services into clinical processes, procedures and strategies to improve the health of children in need of community support.

Two more honorary doctors

Earlier this spring, the Faculty of Science and Engineering at LiU announced two honorary doctorate recipients: Swedish astronaut Marcus Wandt and the Austrian quantum physicist and Nobel laureate Anton Zeilinger. As Sweden’s third astronaut in space, Marcus Wandt has contributed to increasing interest in technology throughout the country. Anton Zeilinger is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Vienna. He received the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, among other things for an experiment, involving LiU researchers, with entangled, or “intertwined”, photons that violate Bell’s theorem.

All honorary doctorates will be conferred at the academic ceremony, which will take place on 1 June. The day before, 31 May, they will each give a lecture open to the public. 

Translation: Anneli Mosell

Welcome to the lectures

Faculty of Arts and Sciences honorary doctorate lecture - Creating ecosystems for inspired learning

Honorary Doctor Seetha Murty, Director of Education at Silver Oaks International Schools in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in India, talks about her personal journey, her collaboration with LiU and how we can achieve a sustainable society by building common values in school education. The lecture "Creating ecosystems for inspired learning. A School leader’s mission for a sustainable society." will be given in English.

Begins 31 May 2024, 9.00 am
Ends 31 May 2024, 10.00 am
Location Key 1, Key Building, Campus Valla, Linköping
Contacts Thomas Wise

Faculty of Science and Engineering honorary doctorate lectures - a Nobel laureate and an astronaut

Quantum entanglement: from foundations to applications and back. Anton Zeilinger, Professor Emeritus at University of Vienna. Senior Scientist at IQOQI Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Nobel Laureate in Physics 2022. Perspectives – an astronaut’s reflections beyond Earth and the journey there. Marcus Wandt, astronaut at ESA, chief test pilot at Saab and fighter pilot. Participator in research projects within the framework of LiU:s partnership with Saab. Language: Swedish.

Begins 31 May 2024, 10.00 am
Ends 31 May 2024, 12.00 pm
Location C4, C Building, Campus Valla, Linköping
Contacts Margareta Johansson

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences honorary doctorate lecture - A Short History of Child Abuse Pediatrics

The modern era of child abuse pediatrics began in the mid twentieth century.  The ensuing decades have brought many advances, but significant challenges - including the emergence of denialism - threaten the future health and safety of children. Professor Cindy W. Christian will discuss the history of the field of child abuse pediatrics and highlight future opportunities and challenges. The lecture will be given in English.

Begins 31 May 2024, 10.00 am
Ends 31 May 2024, 11.00 am
Location Hugo Theorell, Campus US, Linköping
Contacts Marie Gärdeman

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