Sergey Naboko, Jonas Bergström, Gleb Nanashev och Alexander Berglund.
Sergey Naboko, Jonas Bergström, Gleb Nenashev and Alexander Berglund.

The funding does not target a particular area of mathematics, but supports basic research. This year’s candidates work with important research questions in mathematics, relating to subjects such as data storage, nanotechnology and knowledge of the universe and our laws of physics.

The four researchers at Stockholm University that will receive grants from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation are: 

Professor Sergey N. Naboko, St Petersburg State University, Russia, will be recruited as visiting professor. More about Sergey N. Naboko´s research: Transport in Nanostructures

Associate Professor Alexander Berglund receive funding to recruit a foreign researcher for a postdoctoral position in Sweden. More about Alexander Berglund´s research: New Ways to Compare Geometric Objects

Associate Professor Jonas Bergström receive funding to recruit a foreign researcher for a postdoctoral position in Sweden. More about Jonas Bergström´s research: Classifying Curves

Doctoral student Gleb Nenashev receive a postdoctoral position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA , and funding for two years after their return to Sweden. More about Gleb Nenashev´s research: Graphs reveal abstract shapes

Mathematics key to societal development

The rapid developments now occurring in automation and digitalisation, and a large proportion of the progress being made in research, build upon enormous amounts of data. Advanced mathematics is required to be able to use all the information this provides

“Mathematics has always been key to societal development, but due to the incredible amounts of data that can now be produced, it is being focused on in an entirely new way. Existing mathematics is not adequate for benefitting from all the information we obtain, so its development has become increasingly important. This will allow us a greater understanding of the links between genetics and diseases and climate change, for example,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Aim for internationally leading position

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is putting 340 million Swedish krona into this newly expanded investment to support Swedish mathematics research. Between 2014 and 2023, mathematicians in Sweden are given the opportunity to conduct research abroad and to recruit visiting researchers to Sweden. The program is run in cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which evaluates all the nominated candidates.

“The aim of the program is that Sweden will regain an internationally leading position in the field. This is an incredibly important investment that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is proud to be part of,” says Göran K. Hansson, Secretary General, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.