New Academy for young researchers in Sweden
A new academy of sciences is founded today: the Young Academy of Sweden.
– Finally, young researchers will have their own forum. We will work interdisciplinary with both scientific and structural issues. We promise to take an active part in public debate, says Professor Helene Andersson Svahn, the first chairman of the Young Academy of Sweden.
The establishment of the Young Academy is an initiative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, RSAS. By gathering young researchers of the highest academic excellence, the intention is to create a dynamic climate for research. Several similar academies exist internationally, for instance Germany’s “die Junge Akademie”, which has taken an active role in research-political matters. For instance, it has successfully contributed to ameliorating employment conditions for young professors.
The Young Academy of Sweden has already begun its work, and has already contributed its opinion on the European Union’s forthcoming strategic framework for research. (The statement can be found in the “Sweden” section on the European Commission website at http://ec.europa.eu/research/csfri/index_en.cfm?pg=responses)
Nobel Laureate as patron
The Young Academy will initially consist of twenty-two members (see below) and will gradually extend its membership to a maximum of forty members. The patron of the Academy is Nobel Laureate Torsten Wiesel (1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine).
A historical moment
The Young Academy of Sweden is founded today on 27 May 2011 during a solemn ceremony, with prominent members of the RSAS planting Swedish wild flowers in the Young Academy meadow to illustrate the growth potential of Swedish research. The meadow is located next to the Royal Swedish Academy garden in Stockholm.
The Young Academy of Sweden is financially supported by The Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.
Further information and press images
• The Young Academy of Sweden website will go online during the summer 2011. Until then, further information can be found at http://kva.se/youngacademyofsweden
• Movie clips and press images from the founding ceremony will also be uploaded at http://kva.se/youngacademyofsweden
The first 22 members of the Young Academy of Sweden
Helene Andersson Svahn, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
Gustaf Arrhenius, Stockholm University/SCAS
Christian Broberger, Karolinska Institutet
Fredrik Bäckhed, University of Gothenburg
Örjan Carlborg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/Uppsala University
Jan Conrad, Stockholm University
Marie Dacke, Lund University
Per Eklund, Linköping University
Christian Forssén, Chalmers University of Technology
Tünde Fülöp, Chalmers University of Technology
Annette Granéli, University of Gothenburg
Martin Högbom, Stockholm University
Erik Ingelsson, Karolinska Institutet
Danica Kragic Jensfelt, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
Jonas Larsson, Lund University
Erik Lindahl, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology/Stockholm University
Maria Lindskog, Karolinska Institutet
Christer Nordlund, Umeå University
Annika Pohl, Uppsala University
Emma Sparr, Lund University
Henrik Zetterberg, University of Gothenburg
Johan Åkerman, University of Gothenburg/KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
Young Academy of Sweden The Young Academy of Sweden is an independent organization for young researchers from all scientific fields. The purpose of the Academy is to promote Sweden as a knowledge-based nation.