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 children's book portraying a wide array of researchers; 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.
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 near 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 2 pages) and a list of the 10 most important publications. Annexes are uploaded as instructed in the application system.
Group discussion during an Academy meeting. Photo: Annika Moberg/YAS
“As a member of the Young Academy Sweden, I want to work for increased collaboration between younger researchers in Sweden and contribute to making our work visible. In particular, I want to develop and contribute to dialogue and cooperation across subject boundaries and explore all the possible places of the humanities in those conversations.”
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.
“I want to work to improve and make the career paths more clear for young researchers in Sweden. Are you a young researcher with suggestions for what can be improved, please contact us – we represent you! I also want to contribute to widen young people's image of who are and who can become a researcher; and to make higher education and research careers a visible alternative for young people even from areas and backgrounds with less academic traditions and expectations. My experience is that basic research questions have the ability to unite people from all over the world, and I think we could do more to exploit it at community level.”