The structure of the Bolin Centre is optimised to create and communicate climate science. Its governance is designed to fulfill its mission while maintaining the Bolin Centre as Sweden’s strongest centre for inter- and multidisciplinary climate research.

The Bolin Centre Board makes decisions related to the governance of the Centre as well as on issues/recommendations of the Directorate, the Science Advisory Group and others.

For details see The Strategic Plan of the Bolin Centre (181 Kb) .


Bolin Centre Board

The Bolin Centre Board is composed of the Heads of the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Geological Sciences, Department of Meteorology, Department of Physical Geography, and the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University together with a representative from FLOW at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Rossby Centre at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and a student representative.

The Director, the Research Director, the Coordinator and Communicator, the Economy Administrator and the Chair of the External Science Advisory Group are ex-officio members. The Board is chaired by the Dean of Science or by a representative named by the Dean.

  • Martin Jakobsson (Chair), representative named by the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences (IGV)
  • Johan Nilsson (Vice-Chair, acting Chair 2022) Department of Meteorolgy (MISU)
  • Anna Sobek, Department of Environmental Science
  • Alternate: Paul Zieger, Department of Environmental Science
  • Sara Cousin, Department of Physical Geography (NG)
  • Alternate: Stefan Wastegård, Department of Physical Geography (NG)
  • Kristoffer Hylander, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP)
  • Alternate: Johan Eklöf (until April 30), Clare Bradshaw (from May 1), Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP)
  • Fredrik Lundell, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Alternate: Dan Henningson, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Carl-Magnus Mörth, Department of Geological Sciences (IGV)
  • Alternate: Helen Coxall, Department of Geological Sciences (IGV)
  • Bengt Karlsson, Department of Zoology
  • Alternate: Linda Laikre, Department of Zoology
  • Ralf Döscher, Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
  • Alternate: Vacant
  • Aaron Tuckey, External board member Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alternate: Anna-Karin Nyström, External board member Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rodrigo Caballero, Department of Meteorology (MISU)
  • Alternate: Johan Nilsson, Department of Meteorology (MISU)
  • Jonathan Wiskandt, PhD student at the Department of Meteorology (MISU)
  • Alternate: Julika Zinke, PhD student at the Department of Environmental Sciences

Ex Officio          

  • Ilona Riipinen, Co-director, Department of of Environmental Sciences
  • Gustaf Hugelius, Co-director, Department of Physical Geography (NG)
  • Maria Basova, Coordinator
  • Laila Islamovic, Communicator
  • Ingmarie Fors, Economy Administrator

Anders Moberg
Database Coordinator

Maria Basova

Laila Islamovic

Qiong Zhang
Modelling Coordinator



The Bolin Centre Directorate makes operative decisions and promotes research of the Centre while reporting to the Board and taking into account advice from an External Science Advisory Group of experts and an internal Science Advisory Group. The Directorate is also responsible for the Climate Research School (CRS).

The Directorate is comprised of the Director, the Research Director, Science Coordinator responsible for administrative support for organizing meetings, reports, communication and dissemination, education, outreach and the upcoming evaluation and a part time Webmaster.

Ilona Riipinen

Gustaf Hugelius

Maria Basova

Laila Islamovic

Sara Gerhagen
Research administrator


External Science Advisory Group

The Bolin Centre has appointed an external scientific advisory group comprised of leading national and international scientists within climate research. The group’s main tasks are to inform the Bolin Centre of its strengths, weaknesses and possibilities for development as well as increase the Bolin Centre’s contacts to international networks and research groups within the climate research area.

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Photo: Private

Professor Jay Famiglietti

Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing
Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security
Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, and Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan.

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Professor Famiglietti is a hydrologist who uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. He has been on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Irvine. Before moving to the University of Saskatchewan, he served for 4 years as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America; and he is a frequent speaker, an avid writer, a regular advisor to governments on water security issues, and he is committed to science communication.

Photo: Elena Sarasom
Photo: Elena Sarasom

Dr. Karen E. Kohfeld (she/her)

Director and Professor, School of Environmental Science Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 CANADA.

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Dr. Kohfeld's research focuses on understanding past climates and the global carbon cycle, specifically using of regional-global datasets to understand changes in ocean circulation, marine productivity, and the global carbon cycle over glacial-interglacial timescales. Through collaborations with provincial and federal agencies in Canada, she also conducts regional research focused on carbon storage dynamics in coastal wetlands, coastal ocean acidification, and past climate and fire behavior in western Canada.

Professor Camille Parmesan

NMA Chair in Public Understanding of Marine Science & Human Health
School of Biological & Marine Sciences, Plymouth University, UK.

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My research focuses on the biological impacts of anthropogenic climate change on wild species and the implications for conserving biodiversity under future, rapid global warming. I work on impacts at the population level (on butterfly-host plant interactions), and at a global-scale analysing biological responses to climate change across all taxonomic groups. I am an advisor for several conservation NGOs and am a Coordinating Lead Author for the upcoming 6th IPCC Assessment.


Science Advisory Group

The Bolin Centre has a Scientific Advisory Group which is chaired by the Director and Director of Research. The role of the Scientific Advisory group is to steer and implement research in the Bolin Centre. The group is comprised of the Research Themes leaders, the chair of the Climate Research School advisory group, the Director of Studies for the Climate Research School, the Database Coordinator, the Climate Modelling Coordinator, the Bolin Centre Coordinator and Communicator, and the Centre’s Economy Administrator.

Research Theme 1: The physical-chemical climate system

  • Frida Bender, Department of Meteorology, Stockholm University
  • Thorsten Mauritsen, Department of Meteorology, Stockholm University
  • Torben Köenigk, Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)

Research Theme 2: Water, biogeochemistry and climate

  • Volker Brüchert, Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University
  • Fernando Jaramillo, Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University

Research Theme 3: Past climates     

  • Natasha Barbolini, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University
  • Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Department of History, Stockholm University
  • Frederik Schenk, Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University
  • Margret Steinthorsdottir, Swedish Museum of Natural History, affiliated with Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University

Research Theme 4: Climate, ecosystems and biodiversity

  • Stefano Manzoni, Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University
  • Rhonda Snook, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University

Bolin Centre Climate Modelling

  • Anna Lewinschal, Department of Meteorology
  • Qiong Zhang, Department of Physical Geography

Bolin Centre Communication

  • Laila Islamovic, Department of Environmental Sciences

Bolin Centre Coordination

  • Maria Basova, Department of Environmental Sciences

Bolin Centre Database

  • Anders Moberg, Department of Physical Geography
  • Rezwan Mohammad, Department of Geological Sciences

Bolin Centre Economy Administration

  • Ingmarie Fors, Department of Environmental Sciences

Bolin Centre Climate Research School

  • Carmen Prieto, Department of Physical Geography


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