om fälstationen

Research, education and meetings

The Askö Laboratory belongs to Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre and is situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the archipelago of Trosa (58° 49.5’ N, 17° 39’ E). The field station is a national resource and marine research and field work is conducted all year round.

  • Both Swedish and foreign scientists are welcome to use the facilities, on the same terms and conditions.
  • All Swedish universities are welcome to arrange marine courses on Askö. The laboratories and station is optimized for groups of 16 students.
  • Everyone that work within the marine research or management field, are welcome to organize meetings, as long as they have a connection to the marine environment.

The surrounding environment with hundreds of islands and skerries is inspiring, and enhance the feeling that you are in the middle of the sea. Facilities are available for both field and laboratory studies and experiments, including boats, termoconstancy rooms and much more. If you need assistance, the staff is available and can help out, just make sure you contact us in advance and let us know what you need. We have lecture halls, a library, meeting rooms, and leisure areas that are well-equipped for many creative activities.

Modern and functional premises

On the field station there are research vessels, boats, laboratories, field equipment and office spaces. There are also possibilities to scuba dive. About 40 people can be accomodated at the same time.

Expert personnel

No scientists permanently works from the field station, they all work from somewhere else, and come to Askö only to conduct experiments, field work or marine monitoring. But six of our employees manage bookings, run the facilities including the vessels, boats and laboratories. The staff work normal working hours – they come in the morning, and leave the island with the last evening boat route. Transports to and from Askö, is therefore only possible during weekdays.

Beautiful and clean environment

Askö is about 10 km long and only 1 km wide. The whole island is a Natural Park and is managed by a resident landholder, who owns cows and sheep to keep the landscape open. It is surely a beautiful setting, with everything Swedish nature can provide, mushrooms, berries and both sand- and rocky beaches.