Being a Member 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.
Commonly asked questions
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.
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 interviews in mid-April. The interviews are conducted as group discussions. The new members are presented at the end of May at the annual celebration, and then the term of office begins which is five years without the possibility of reelection.
The application period is now closed and opens again late autum. 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 2 pages) and a list of the 10 most important publications. Annexes are uploaded as instructed in the application system.
Anna Dreber Almenberg, Johan Björkman Professor of Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, Member since 2016.
Group discussion during an Academy meeting. Photo: Annika Moberg/YAS
Robert Lagerström, Associate Professor in Information systems architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Member since 2016.
“I want to influence how research is conducted and interpreted by researchers, the media and society at large, and the young academy is a perfect platform for that. Like many others, I am concerned about the low degree of replicability of scientific studies and I believe that we must rethink how we conduct research and how we communicate scientific results. I also appriciate the exciting interdisciplinary discussions in the Young academy.”
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.
“As a member I want to ensure that young people are heard, seen and taken seriously in the research community. I hope that together we will reach out to the public with good research and attract the young to dare to invest in a research career or even younger people to invest in theoretical subjects in school. One goal I have is to achieve a more equal workplace in the engineering subject areas.”