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.
What has it meant for you to be a Member of The Young Academy of Sweden? Former 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.
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 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.
Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at SCAS and Associate Professor in Psychology at Stockholm University, Member since 2015.
Academy meeting in September 2015. Photo: Annika Moberg/YAS
Professor of Veterinary medicine biochemistry, Karolinska Institutet and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Member since 2013.
“The renewal of research is driven by young researchers. But their potential has long been neglected. I want to promote the conditions for young researchers and contribute to maintain Sweden as a leading research nation. I would also like to make research more accessible through popular science and interdisciplinary activities.”
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.”