Lund Academic Officers' Society

Lund Academic Officers' Society

The Lund Academic Officers' Society, LAOS, was founded in 1960 by newly graduated reserve officers studying at Lund University who wanted to combine academic life with the military in a student spirit. The emblem with the owl and the sword, as well as the motto "ad utrumque paratus" - ready for both - refers to education and defence, or, if you like, to the fact that LAOS works with intellectual means for a secure world.
LAOS works to spread interest and knowledge about defence and security issues. The Society is completely independent of both the Armed Forces and the University. The atmosphere is always high and the debate is lively. The sixties were a turbulent time politically, not least in terms of defence policy. When ÖB Stig Synnergren gave a talk at a student evening organised by LAOS, no fewer than sixteen security officers were needed to guide him from the main hall of the AF to the exhibition centre. Outspoken anti-associations were formed, something that also happened as recently as the nineties. But LAOS stood its ground and organised several defence exhibitions, including a Draken aircraft on display in Lundagård.Today, its activities consist of lectures, debates and study visits. These are followed by sitting in our mess with home-made schnapps and our own songs. Once a year LAOS organises a major event. In 1997, the Society organised the seminar "Bridging the Baltic", which dealt with the security regime around the Baltic Sea. The seminar attracted a lot of attention and was attended by several hundred people, mainly students, from Sweden, but also from other countries.
In 1998, LAOS organised the "Defence Exhibition 98 - A Sharper Defence" in Lundagård. The event consisted of three parts: an equipment exhibition focusing on the latest equipment procurement in the Swedish Armed Forces, a debate evening on the theme "What should defence cost?" In the autumn of 1999, the Society organised a seminar entitled "Challenging Europe", which featured two days of lectures by leading politicians, academics, journalists, diplomats and officers. The seminar concluded with a debate on the theme "A New Path for Britain - A New Path for Europe". The panel included none other than Britain's Supreme Commander Sir General Charles Guthrie. The seminar was well attended and attracted considerable media attention.LAOS's combination of serious and student-oriented activities has earned us the respect of many decision-makers. The Supreme Commander is reported to have told a newly appointed Major General that you don't get warm until you've given a talk at LAOS. Moreover, in recent years we have received the word of several generals that LAOS has the best "defence" beer, a seasoning which, incidentally, even H.M. The King was given a bottle of during his visit to LAOS in the autumn of 1995. The Lund Academic Officers' Society hereby warmly welcomes you to the community of LAOS and to our Fair.

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