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Government wants to welcome US guest environment and climate researchers


Climate change is one of the Government’s top-three issues, alongside jobs and education. The Government has adopted a guest researcher programme under which US environment and climate researchers can be invited to conduct research in Sweden for a period of up to three years.

"The Government gives high priority to climate change, and is concerned at the reduced importance of climate- and environment-related research in the US. Research is needed to chart the impact of climate change on society, develop adaptation measures, find effective measures to reduce emissions, and transition to a fossil-free circular economy," says Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate.

"This programme can help strengthen our cooperation with the US in an area that we are seeing is growing. Sweden already conducts prominent research in this area, but through this programme we can bring in more highly competent researchers," says Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research.

The research policy bill, presented in the second half of last year, earmarked funds to tackle various societal challenges. One of these is climate change and the environment. The programme is not just a Swedish contribution to international environment and climate research – it will also boost Swedish research in this area. Marshalling resources and expertise through international research cooperation is often an effective way to produce results and obtain a good overview of an area.


Anders Maxson
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Sam Assadi
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00