Published 2018-05-24

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Lisa Sennerby Forsse new Chair of evidence-based environmental analysis

It was already clear that the work on evidence-based reviews built up by Mistra is moving to Formas. Now, the Government has decided who will lead the work. Lisa Sennerby Forsse, former SLU Vice-Chancellor, will be Chair.

‘I think it’s great to be asked. It’s a whole new activity for Formas, and it feels important to get the work off to a good start,’ says Lisbeth (‘Lisa’) Sennerby Forsse.

The Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) started in 2012. Its mission was to carry out systematic reviews of various environmental issues to create better documentation for decision makers in the environmental sector. Since New Year 2018, the work has been taken over by Formas (the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning).

Sennerby Forsse is a former associate professor (docent) and adjunct professor of plant physiology, Secretary General at Formas and Vice-Chancellor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Since 2015, she has been President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA). As Chair, she will lead the Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Analysis, whose task is to decide which reviews, analyses and compilations of published environmental research Formas conducts. The overall purpose is to develop scientific support for policy instruments and measures designed to achieve Sweden’s environmental quality objectives.

The Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Analysis is to consist of a Chair and a maximum of ten other members, of whom the first three have now been appointed: Susanna Axelsson, Director General of the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU); Björn Risinger, Director General of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency; and Kai Lindström, Chair of the Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Biosciences and Environment, and Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at Åbo Akademi University.

Since 1 January 2018, Formas has been commissioned by the Government to compile existing research relevant to achieving Sweden’s environmental quality objectives, and to make the summaries available so that they can serve as decision support. Formas will carry out the assignment in the form of ‘systematic reviews’, where the goal is to answer the questions as objectively and as freely from influence as possible. The assignment is governed by its own decision-making body, the Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Analysis.