Inauguration of Professors

Watch last year’s inaugural lectures

Grand tradition with medieval roots

The Inauguration of Professors is a public ceremony where newly appointed professors are installed in office by the Vice-Chancellor and deliver their inaugural addresses. The ceremony has its roots in the medieval university.

The Inauguration serves two main purposes. One is an expression of welcome, a reception for new professors joining the circle of colleagues. The second, and most important, is to showcase the subject area in each case, a form of research report in the form of lectures given in connection with the Inauguration.

These ceremonies have been held at Uppsala University every year since 1625. But tradition also requires renewal. Since a few years, all professors are now inaugurated in one large inauguration ceremony each year in the University Main Building.

All new professors hold their inaugural lectures per faculty during the week leading up to the inauguration ceremony. The formal ceremony constitutes the culmination of this scholarly celebration.

Several academic symbols are used at the Inauguration of Professors.

The Conferment Ceremony and the Inauguration of Professors are the ceremonies which exist att all Swedish universities and research university colleges. While the Conferment Ceremony is connected to the individual faculties, each with its own promotor, the Inauguration is common to the whole university.

Watch the professors’ inaugural lectures

Some lectures are given in Swedish and some in English:


Inauguration Act

Installandi (those to be inaugurated):
Formal attire, for gentlemen tie and tails with white tie and black vest, for ladies full-length dress (at Uppsala black dresses are not obligatory). If a national/folk costume is worn, it must be of the formal variety.

Guests and spectators:
Participants in the procession wear formal attire (gentlemen: tie and tails with white tie and black vest; ladies: full-length dress) with decorations (major).

For spectators not participating in the procession there is no dress code.


Formal attire for all (see above) but white vest for gentlemen.