The Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences

The Swedish Research Council's Scientific Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering Sciences supports research of the highest scientific quality within the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences. The Scientific Council has nine members who have been elected by researchers at Swedish higher education institutions.

Responsible for allocating research funding

The Scientific Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering Science decides which calls will be made within the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering science. They also decide on which applications will be awarded grants. They have 19 review panels to help them, with some 250 members who examine and prioritise the applications that are submitted to the Swedish Research Council, before the Scientific Council takes a decision. It is the Scientific Council that appoints members to the review panels.

Following up and evaluating research in the area

The Scientific Council follows up, evaluates and develops strategies for research in this area, for example through research overviews. In this work, the Scientific Council is assisted by both national and international experts. The Scentific Council finances Swedish participation in several international collaborations and conducts a regular dialogue with the HEIs through a reference group with representatives from the natural sciences and engineering science (deans) from Swedish HEIs.

Composition of the Scientific Council

The Scientific Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering Science consists of nine active researchers with a high level of scientific expertise. The members are elected by researchers at Swedish higher education institutions. The term of office is three years and members can be reelected for a further three years.

The Scientific Council meets six times a year.

Members 2022–2024




Emma Sparr (chair)

Professor in Physical Chemistry-Colloidal Biology

Division of Physical Chemistry, Lund University

Ove Axner

Professor in Physics

Department of Physics, Umeå University

Lennart Bergström

Professor of Materials Chemistry

Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry,

Stockholm University

Mats Fahlman

Professor in Surface Physics and Chemistry

Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University

Fredrik Gustafsson

Professor in Sensor Informatics

Department of Electrical Engineering, Linköping University

Fredrik Ronquist

Professor in Entomology

Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Natural History Museum

Suparna Sanyal

Professor in Molecular Biology

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University

Anna-Karin Tornberg

Professor of Numerical Analysis

Department of Mathematics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Barbara Wohlfarth

Professor in Quaternary Geology

Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University



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