The Swedish Research Council has decided to grant SEK 101.5 million for a ten-year-period in order to recruit Professor Katherine Freese, currently with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, to the Department of Physics at Stockholm University and the Oskar Klein Centre.

The work of Katherine Freese comprises theoretical cosmoparticle physics, and her research program focusses on identifying the dark matter that constitutes the major part of the mass in the universe and in our galaxy.

Katherine Freese has already been appointed to supersede Larus Thorlacius as Director of Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, which Stockholm University and KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, co-host.

Together with the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, Stockholm University has the potential to become the leading international centre for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics. The recruitment of Professor Freese is an important step towards this.