The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) is the National Member Organization representing Sweden's membership of IIASA.

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For nearly forty years IIASA and Swedish researchers have collaborated on a wide range of research projects focusing on on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, forest management, and the transition to a sustainable energy system in Sweden. Other projects have explored global issues that affect Sweden such as the future of the Arctic, ecological and evolutionary dynamics, and demographic changes.

Relations with policymakers include the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Energy Agency, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and of Enterprise and Innovation

Research highlights:

12 June 2020
Using dynamic modeling to reduce acidification

Options Summer 2020: According to IIASA research, appropriate indicators are needed to characterize the sensitivity of ecosystems and help inform effects-based emission reduction policies to ensure surface water recovery from acidification by 2050.  More

27 January 2020
Aging Demographic Data Sheet 2020

The updated Aging Demographic Data Sheet comprehensively presents new measures of aging, developed at IIASA, for all countries in the world and world regions.  More

14 November 2019
Protecting against pest outbreaks through modeling

Options Winter 2019/20: A newly developed multi-scale network model can help to mitigate the spreading potential of pests.  More

Science into policy:

Envisioning participatory governance of energy transition in Jordan

Policy Brief #17, July 2018. Jordan is entering a critical phase in terms of planning its future electricity supply architecture. The results of a four-year collaborative study by researchers from IIASA, Jordan, and Sweden, has led to the development of several recommendations for the Jordanian energy-policy process. More

Research project:

SEPA Modelling

The project ”Mediated modelling of forest ecosystems services to support management” aims at developing systems analysis for managing conflicts between wildlife, forestry, and society in Sweden to improve national and regional forest and wildlife management policy. More

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The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

Ingrid Petersson

Director General, The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

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Mikovits C, Wetterlund E, Wehrle S, Baumgartner J, & Schmidt J (2021). Stronger together: Multi-annual variability of hydrogen production supported by wind power in Sweden. Applied Energy 282: e116082. DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116082.

Sjödin H, Johansson AF, Brännström Å, Farooq Z, Kriit HK, Wilder-Smith A, Åström C, Thunberg J, et al. (2020). COVID-19 healthcare demand and mortality in Sweden in response to non-pharmaceutical mitigation and suppression scenarios. International Journal of Epidemiology DOI:10.1093/ije/dyaa121.

Lodin I, Eriksson LO, Forsell N, & Korosuo A (2020). Combining Climate Change Mitigation Scenarios with Current Forest Owner Behavior: A Scenario Study from a Region in Southern Sweden. Forests 11 (3): e346. DOI:10.3390/f11030346.

Höltinger S, Mikovits C, Schmidt J, Baumgartner J, Arheimer B, Lindström G, & Wetterlund E (2019). The impact of climatic extreme events on the feasibility of fully renewable power systems: a case study for Sweden. Energy 178: 695-713. DOI:10.1016/j.energy.2019.04.128.

Posch M , Aherne J, Moldan F, Evans CD, Forsius M, Larssen T, Helliwell R, & Cosby B (2019). Dynamic Modeling and Target Loads of Sulfur and Nitrogen for Surface Waters in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Environmental Science & Technology 53 (9): 5062-5070. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.8b06356.

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