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 2019–2021

Name


Organisation

Dag Hanstorp (chair)


University of Gothenburg

Lennart Bergström


Stockholm University

Martin Jakobsson

Stockholm University

Karl Henrik Johansson


KTH Royal Institute of Technology

David Sands


Chalmers University of Technology

Maria Selmer


Uppsala University

Emma Sparr


Lund University

Åsa Strand


Umeå University

Anna-Karin Tornberg


KTH Royal Institute of Technology


PublISHED ON 25 May 2018

UpDATED ON 07 September 2020

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Contact

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