The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) is the National Member Organization representing Sweden's membership of IIASA.

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Map of Sweden

For nearly forty years IIASA and Swedish researchers have collaborated on a wide range of research projects. Recently since 2008, research collaborations have shed light on tackling climate change in Sweden, on smarter ways to manage Swedish forests, and on the transition to a sustainable energy system in Sweden. Other projects have explored global issues that affect Sweden such as the future of the Arctic, declining fish stocks, and European air pollution.

Relations with policymakers include the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Energy Agency, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. More postdoctoral students from Sweden than from any other IIASA member country have developed their research skills at IIASA since 2008, and 24 doctoral students have participated in IIASA’s programs for young scientists. Scientific exchange between IIASA and Sweden is bolstered by over 135 visits to IIASA by Swedes and over 175 visits by IIASA researchers to Sweden. All these activities have contributed to producing nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications since 2008. This Info Sheet summarizes activities between IIASA and Sweden since 2008.

Opportunities for Swedish Researchers and Swedish Nationals at IIASA

Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)

The YSSP at IIASA offers fellowships for PhD students to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda.  Applications for 2018 are now closed.                                   

Postdoctoral Opportunities

The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.                                                                           

Employment   Opportunities

Currently IIASA employs approximately 170 scientific staff and 100 support staff. Preference for job applications is given to qualified applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.

Latest research news:

18 March 2018
IIASA at the 8th World Water Forum

IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat will lead a delegation of researchers to participate in the 8th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water related event, organized by the World Water Council.  More

15 March 2018
Project Manager

Vacancy 02/2018 - The Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM) is recruiting a Project Manager who will work within the Program to coordinate an international and interdisciplinary research project.  More

14 March 2018
2016 YSSPer Lu Liu

Lu Liu recently first-authored a paper published in Environmental Research Letters studying the potential of large-scale reservoirs to provide reliable surface water yields while also considering environmental flows within 235 of the world’s largest river basins.  More

06 March 2018
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary-General Angel Gurría visits IIASA

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurira led a high-level OECD delegation to visit IIASA, the Secretary-General gave a special lecture titled "Better Policies to meet the Systemic Challenges of the 21st Century" at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, which was followed by the signing of a new OECD-IIASA Memorandum of Understanding.  More

05 March 2018
History of IIASAnet and IIASA Gateway, 1973-1991

IIASA alumnus Dr. István Sebestyén presents on the first permanent computer network connections for science and research between East and West – during and after the Cold War era and 10 years before the Internet.  More

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Last edited: 16 January 2018


The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

Ingrid Petersson

Director General, The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

Magnus Tannerfeldt

Senior Research Officer, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Spatial Planning, The Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)


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