Honorary Members

The Young Academy of Sweden elects Honorary members as a token of the Academy's gratitude. The Academy currently has three Honorary members.


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Utomhus ansiktsporträtt av leende Anna Sjöström Douagi

Anna Sjöström Douagi

Honorary Member
Ph D, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Nobel Foundation, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Inomhus ansiktsporträtt av leende Torsten Wiesel

Torsten Wiesel

Honorary Member
Neuroscientist and physician, 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Laureate
Leende Gunnar Öquist framför mikrofon under Nobelpris-offentliggörande

Gunnar Öquist

Honorary Member
Biologist and professor of plant physiology at Umeå University, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2003–2012

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Sofia Lodén

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Ewa Machotka
Frida Bender
Janina Seubert
Linda Andersson Burnett
Lucie Delemotte
Mia Liinason
Philippe Tassin
Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed
Sofia Lodén
Ylva Söderfeldt

Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Academia

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Mia Liinason
Reports and position statements

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Assistant Professorships in Sweden — an Evaluation

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Is there any compensation for members?

The Academy covers travel and hotel expenses for meetings and when members represent the Academy. There's no additional compensation for the time put in.

Do I need to speak Swedish?

We're pretty flexible with language and switch to English when necessary. However, we strongly encourage members to learn Swedish to fully engage in all types of external activities and make the most of the network.

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Do I need to be a Swedish citizen?

No, but we expect members to be based at a Swedish research institution during their membership period (5 years).

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Is there a predefined quota for members from different scientific disciplines?

No. The Academy is open to researchers from all disciplines, but not every discipline may be represented at all times. In selecting new members, we aim for diversity in scientific background, various universities, and gender. The best way to achieve this diversity is by ensuring we receive top-notch applications from a wide range of researchers.

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How many apply and how many new members are selected each year?

We usually get around 65–80 applications and bring in 6–8 new members annually. This means it's pretty competitive. If you don't make it on your first try, we encourage you to apply again. It's not uncommon for members to apply multiple times before getting in.

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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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