23 June 2016

Mistra sends more researchers to network abroad

Within the framework of Mistra Fellows, more researchers now have a chance to spend some time abroad. This year’s new Fellows are Annika Nilsson, who will work on Arctic issues in Washington DC, and Svenne Junker, who is to spend a year at the OECD in Paris.

Mistra Fellows is an initiative aimed at building collaborations and boosting the exchange of knowledge between Mistra’s various research groups on the one hand and international research organisations on the other. The idea is that up to four scientists a year should get a chance to work for an international organisation with a focus on policy issues.

‘We think the initiative will favour everyone. It spreads knowledge of Mistra’s work around the world; gives the researchers the opportunity to get experience and qualifications; and is simultaneously a way for the host organisations to get an insight into how Sweden sees the issues they are working on,’ says Johan Edman, Mistra’s Programmes Director.

Another two researchers have now had their applications approved. One is Annika Nilsson, who works in Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development. She will be collaborating with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an international organisation in Washington DC. During her stay there, the US will assume its role as Chairman of the Arctic Council. Part of Nilsson’s research will therefore be a matter of how the US acts during its Chairmanship.

The other person who is leaving Sweden to explore international issues in depth is Svenne Junker, who works in the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (MISUM). In September, he will move to Paris to study how the OECD tackles issues relating to sustainable markets.

What becoming a Mistra Fellow requires is an application from a Mistra programme specifying who is the planned researcher, which institution abroad the researcher is to stay at, and what the programme and the researcher are expected to attain by means of the stay.

One of the people who has previously been given the chance to carry out research outside Sweden is Susanna Roth, an employee at VL Swedish Environmental Research Institute who is working in the Mistra Indigo programme. For one year, she worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), an independent ​think tank working in the area of climate and energy in Brussels.

Another recipient is Dennis Eriksson from Mistra Biotech. His placement was at the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), an independent body that works with research institutes and universities in more than 30 countries on issues relating to plant improvement.

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