The Foundation for the Young Academy of Sweden

The academy was established in 2011 at the initiative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, with the aim of being an interdisciplinary forum and a research policy platform for young researchers in Sweden. From the beginning, it was planned that the academy would become a completely independent organisation. Therefore, on October 24, 2013, the Foundation for the Young Academy of Sweden was established, whose task is to ensure that the academy can carry out its independent activities.

Perspektiv från längst bak i sal med publikrader, i fonden högtidligt instiftande av Stiftelsen för Sveriges unga akademi, Anna Sjöström Douagi, dåvarande verksamhetschef.

The foundation is inaugurated with a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2013. Photo: Magnus Bergström

The Foundation Board

Ansiktsporträtt i färg av leende Agneta Bladh

Agneta Bladh

Chair of the Board

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Agneta Bladh is a former chairperson of the Swedish Research Council's board and the government's investigator for increased internationalization of universities and colleges.

Utomhus ansiktsporträtt av leende Hans Ellegren

Hans Ellegren

Board member

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Hans Ellegren is a professor in evolutionary biology and Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Utomhus- ansiktsporträtt av leende Saeid-Esmaeilzadeh

Saeid Esmaeilzadeh

Board member

More about Saeid

Saeid Esmaeilzadeh is an Associate professor in inorganic chemistry, entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Esmaeilzadeh Holding – EHAB.

Inomhus ansiktsporträtt av Carl-Henrik Heldin

Carl-Henrik Heldin

Board member

More about Carl-Henrik

Carl-Henrik Heldin is a Professor of molecular cell biology at Uppsala University and former chairman of the Nobel Foundation.

Utomhusporträtt av leende Birgitta Svensson

Birgitta Svensson

Board member

More about Birgitta

Birgitta Svensson is a Professor of ethnology at Stockholm University and former Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Ansiktsporträtt av småleende Ulrika Årehed Kågström

Ulrika Årehed Kågström

Board member

More about Ulrika

Ulrika Årehed Kågström is the Secretary-General of the Swedish Cancer Society and the Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council.

The CEO serves as the presenter to the Foundation Board, and to promote good communication between the foundation and the academy, the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Academy are also permanently co-opted to the board meetings.

Questions and answers

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How is the Board of the Foundation appointed?

The members of the Academy appoint the Academy Board amongst themselves, and the Academy Board appoints a majority of the members of the Board of the Foundation.

What does the The Board of the Foundation do?

The Board of the Foundation is responsible for The Foundation for the Young Academy of Sweden, whose task is to ensure that the Academy can conduct its independent operations. In broad terms, this means that the Board of the Foundation holds the economic and legal responsibility for the activities, while the Academy is in charge of and decides on the activities it carries out.

Become a member

As a member, you will have access to a platform where a selection of Sweden’s foremost younger research leaders convene to discuss and address issues broadly pertaining to research and science.

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Funding and partnerships

The work of the Young Academy of Sweden is based on support from funders who want to strengthen young researchers and the impact of research. Support for the academy gives a stronger voice and greater opportunities for new academic leaders to emerge.

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