Hans Ellegren, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University, has been elected new Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He will succeed Professor Göran K. Hansson at the turn of the year 2021–2022.
The Secretary General of the Academy is elected for a period of four years. The position includes leading the Academy’s activities and being the head of the Academy’s secretariat.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is an independent organisation whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The Academy has a total of over 600 Swedish and foreign members and the assignments include annually awarding the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry and the Prize in Economic Sciences.
Professor Ellegren was elected at the Academy’s General Meeting on 9 June.