The Academy’s research institutes offer excellent facilities for its own research teams and for guest researchers. The institutes were founded to develop subject areas considered important, and were often funded by donations.
Over the years, the Academy has established numerous research institutions, and many of them have expanded and later been transferred to the state. These include the National Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and Abisko Scientific Research Station. Nowadays the Academy manages five institutes and one Academy research programme.
The Anthropocene Laboratory
The Anthropocene Laboratory will start its work in 2023. The overall aim of the programme is to generate and provide science-based understanding and insights that will identify and enable novel pathways towards a sustainable future. Its focus will be the biosphere, the Earth’s thin layer of life, which includes humankind.
The institute started its work at the Academy in 1977. Since 1991 it has been working in the border area between ecology and economics. Its research programmes includes proprietorship and other legal institutions for handling natural resources, the buffer capacity of ecological-economic systems, and the economic value of ecological systems.
The foundation, founded in 1791, today has as its main task to finance the Bergianus professorship, Professor Bergianus. Hanna Johannesson is the current Professor Bergianus and through a collaboration with Stockholm University, she conducts her research at one of the university’s research laboratories. The foundation also manages Edvard Anderson Conservatory, which specialises in plants from regions with Mediterranean climate, and a number of historical collections of objects, portraits and herbariums.
Center for History of Science
The center was established in 1988, and affords researchers possibilities to study the Academy’s rich collections. Sited in the Academy building in Stockholm, the center also takes care of the Academy Archives and collection of instruments, and its Nobel Archives.
The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme (GEDB) is a five-year Academy research programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences addressing the economic dynamics of global change and its implications for a sustainable future. It is funded by the Erling-Persson Family Foundation.
Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT)
The purpose of the institute is to promote Swedish research and education in global health, based on an interdisciplinary approach, and to offer a scientific basis for policy work within the field of global health.
By the end of December 2022, the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) is leaving the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for a new phase. Based on collaboration in the SIGHT University Network, four Swedish universities intend to develop a joint centre during 2023.
SIGHT wants to thank all its collaborators since its inception in January 2017. As a scientific facilitator for interdisciplinary research and intersectoral work, SIGHT and its partners have jointly contributed to a reinforced resource base in Sweden and the international global health arena.