Wallenberg Academy Fellows is a new career programme that targets young promising researchers in all disciplines. The grant that comes with the appointment amounts to at least SEK 5 million per researcher over five years. Five of the thirty appointed researchers will be have their employment at Stockholm University.

“This is wonderful news! I’m particularly happy that we, with this excellent programme from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, will be able to recruit more promising researchers from top international institutions,” says Kåre Bremer, Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University.

The five researchers, who will work as Wallenberg Academy Fellows at Stockholm University, conduct research in areas as diverse as ethics, biochemistry, demographics, structural biology and astroparticle physics.

Individuals, nations and just war

Helen Frowe is a researcher at the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at Oxford University. Helene will examine how different people perceive the right of nations to engage in war, as in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how individuals can be held accountable for acts they commit during wartime.

A sweet shuttle for sugar

To take up sugar from the blood, the body's cells have special receivers for glucose on their surfaces that transport sugar into the cell. David Drew, a researcher at Imperial College in London, wants to understand this vital process at a detailed level, with the help of so-called X-ray crystallography.

Richer countries, happier parents, more children

Mikko Myrskylä, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, will examine how economic and social changes affect people's decisions to have children, and how these decisions in turn affect the population in developed countries.

Metals in the service of life

Martin Högbom, researcher at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Stockholm University, will study interactions between enzymes and metals. Why does one enzyme, for example, only bind iron ions while another enzyme only captures copper? And how does the connection to the enzyme affect the metal's properties and ability to trigger certain chemical reactions? This basic research is important for understanding some of life's most fundamental processes.

Shedding light on dark matter

What we call matter is less than five percent of the universe. The rest is invisible dark matter. Jan Conrad, a researcher at the Department of Physics at Stockholm University, will try to trace the dark matter. If he succeeds, it will mean a major breakthrough and it would open a new window on the universe.

About Wallenberg Academy Fellows

The program was established by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, in close cooperation with five royal academies and 16 Swedish universities. The universities nominate researchers who are evaluated by the academies, whereupon the the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation will make the final selection, and the universities will assume long-term responsibility for the selected researchers’ work. www.wallenbergacademyfellows.se

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