On May 4, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden toured the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Institute in Ashburn. The visit was part of a Royal Technology Mission to science and technology centers across the northeastern United States.
Gustaf was joined by Björn Lyrvall, the Swedish Ambassador to the U.S. and more than two dozen CEOs and leaders of technology companies in Sweden.
The delegation received a presentation from Janelia Executive Director Gerry Rubin and group leader Eric Betzig, co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The group also toured the 689-acre research facility, which includes a 900-foot long laboratory.
“This visit recognizes the world-class science we do here in Loudoun county,” Rubin said. “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 Janelia Research Campus is an research center operated by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that employs more than 500 scientists and support staff from around the world.
Opening in 2008, the Janelia campus focuses on imaging and brain research, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration at the nexus of experimentation, computation and theory, said Director of Communications Debra Speert. The organization hosts visiting sciences and provides free access to research tools for the scientific community.