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Your Majesty, Dear colleagues and friends,
Summing up an intense, lively and interesting Colloquium is no easy task. The task was especially difficult due to the very tight Colloquium programme. Thus, I had not much time for deep reflection and thought. However, I am happy to share with you my own very personal impressions of the 2009 Royal Colloquium.
His Majesty King Carl XVI of Sweden opened the meeting by giving the background to all previous eight Colloquia since 1992. From the very beginning climate change has been a main feature of each Colloquium topic dealt with. There has been a great deal of positive development in this research area since 1992. This year there will be global focus on Sweden, since our country will take over the European Union Presidency for the period 1 July to 31 December 2009. During this period expectations will be high as much interest will be related to the outcome of the Climate meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009, a new milestone after the...