Being a Member of the Young Academy of Sweden gives you a cross disciplinary platform with some of Sweden's most talented researchers representing a wide range of areas; from language history to nuclear physics. Young Academy of Sweden conducts a number of activities such as: arranging a popular summer research camp called “Scientific Encounters” for upper secondary schools pupils; has published a book with a collection of short autobiographies by the first generation academy members; is in the fourth year with a a networking programme with the Swedish Parliament, and makes position statements and consultation responses to differnet science policy bodies.
Application deadline: 11 January 2017
Interview date: 20 April 2017
New Members to be presented: 3 June 2017
The next call will be in the fall 2017.
What has it meant for you to be a Member of The Young Academy of Sweden? Chair Camilla Svensson, Assistant Professor and Group leader in Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, shares her experience (Swedish).
The call takes place late in the fall and is open to prominent, independent researhers in all disciplines, whose dissertation was presented not more than 10 years ago (with the possible deduction of parental leave, illness, clinical service or military service). Qualification requirements for election are scientific excellence and an expressed engagement in Young Academy of Sweden's areas of interest. We welcome applicants with an international background. Applications can be written in Swedish or English, however the Academy's working language is Swedish and it is required to understand spoken Swedish to be able to be involved in the Academy's work.
An interdisciplinary panel, new each year, of members from the Young Academy of Sweden, sometimes with the help of external expertise, examines applications and call a number of candidates for interview on 20 April. The interviews are conducted as group discussions. The new members are presented on 3 June, and then the term of office begins which is five years without the possibility of reelection.
The Academy has a system for applications. The emphasis of the application lies in the formulation of why you wish to become a member of the Young Academy of Sweden, what questions you want to pursue, and how you can contribute. A short CV must be attached (maximum 1 page) and a list of the 10 most important publications. Annexes are uploaded as instructed in the application system.
David Håkansson, Associate professor in Scandinavian languages, Uppsala University, Member since 2013.
Academy meeting in September 2015. Photo: Annika Moberg/YAS
Anna Rising, Assistant Professor, Translational Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Member since 2015.
“I am a member of the Young Academy of Sweden because I take a deep interest in research and in issues that concern the conditions for carrying out research. I am particularly interested in the status of the humanities – both in Swedish academia and in society at large – and the conditions of researchers in the humanities. My interest in the Young Academy of Sweden stems from a wish to encounter researchers from other scientific disciplines.”
Transdisciplinary discussions at the Academy meeting in September, preparing a proposal for the Research and Innovation Bill 2015. Academy meetings are two-day residential gatherings currently held four times per year. The venue rotates between cities around Sweden and abroad to enable the academy to meet significant people and institutions in their local environments.
“Collaboration with society and the corporate area is one of the pillars of academia but it has not been awarded either in funding or career paths. I have always had a broad medical research interest that I often combine with commercialization and entrepreneurship. Within the Young Academy of Sweden’s framework I can share my experiences and work to improve collaboration related issues.”