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National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe announced today that HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will be the official patron for the organization for the next five years.

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. Since 1888, the Society has funded hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year and works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives.

“We are delighted to have Crown Princess Victoria as patron,” says Joakim Mörnefält, Executive Director, National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe.  ”Her support reinforces the continued importance of National Geographic’s legacy and mission to provide the world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people to care about the planet. Over the next few years, we hope that Crown Princess will participate in our activities and visit some of our National Geographic-funded Explorers in the field.”

In 2011, National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe was established with its head office in Stockholm. The regional office manages and administers a scientific grant program funding for Northern European scientists, conservationists and explorers for fieldwork around the world. Thus far, the program has supported 166 projects and among them, 16 projects from Swedish researchers and explorers. Included in the projects from Swedish researchers is the investigation of the Swedish King Erik XIV’s legendary 2,000 ton flagship Mars/Makalös which went down in a fierce battle in 1564. The Mars/Makalös shipwreck is located off the coast of Öland.

About National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit: nationalgeographic.org/europe.

Swedish-language press release available here.

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