Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations
The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.
Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.
The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.
Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).
The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.
Bo Hjelt is named Honorary Doctor at Lund University’s Department of Medicine.
Over the past decade, the Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Diabetes Foundation has supported research for the cure and prevention of diabetes at Lund University by sponsoring young doctoral students. Bo Hjelt, an international entrepreneur, has a genuine interest in supporting medical research, having also established the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in the memory of Madeleine Hjelt in 1986. Read more
Esther Charlesworth is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She will be in Finland to discuss humanitarian architecture. Read more
The Diabetes Foundation: The application period for next year’s research grants is 15 October to 1 December. Research grants are awarded to applicants at the Medical Faculties of Lund University, Sweden and Geneva University, Switzerland. Read more/apply