Secretaries General

The Swedish Research Council has sex individuals serving in the role of Secretary General. Each one has a high level of scientific expertise, contributing both knowledge and experience to the organisation.

The Secretaries General are part of the Swedish Research Council’s management team and are responsible for initiating, promoting and following up issues in their specific area. The Secretaries General are active researchers and, as a rule, are employed by the Swedish Research Council on a part-time basis for a maximum period of six years.

Each Secretary General is affiliated with one or more of our Scientific Councils, Councils or Committees, with responsibility for managing the cases dealt with there. Artistic research has an associated Scientific Advisor.

Clinical Research

Jonas Oldgren, Secretary General

Educational Sciences

Pernilla Nilsson, Secretary General

Humanities and Social Sciences, Artistic Research

Stefan Svallfors, Secretary General
Maria Hellström Reimer, Scientific Advisor, with special responsibility for Artistic Research

Medicine and Health

Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt, Secretary General

Natural and Engineering Sciences also development research

Mattias Marklund, Secretary General

Research Infrastructures

Lisbeth Olsson, Secretary General



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