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Welcome to the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programmes and courses, at Master´s level more than 30 study programmes are  given in English. 

Niclas Kolm

Mosaic brain evolution in guppies helps to explain vertebrate cognitive evolution

Researchers at Stockholm University have provided the first experimental evidence that brain regions can evolve independently of each other during cognitive evolution. This so called mosaic brain evolution was verified empirically in an artificial selection experiment with guppies (Poecilia reticulata) where telencephalon size (but no other regions) differed by 10 percent after only four generations of selection. 

Paul Anastas

Paul Anastas is awarded the Volvo Environment Prize

This year’s Volvo Environment Prize, one of the world’s foremost environmental prizes, is awarded to Paul Anastas, professor of chemistry. He is also visiting professor and senior advisor at Stockholm University.

Porträtt av professor Ylva Engström

Ylva Engström has been elected new chair of the SciLifeLab Board

Ylva Engström, professor at the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Stockholm University has been appointed new chairman of the SciLifeLab board by the Swedish government.

Microplastic air sampler. Photo: Alex Aves

Study finds airborne microplastics can impact climate change

Airborne microplastics may have a minor cooling effect on the climate by reflecting solar radiation, according to a modelling study of the direct global climate effects of airborne microplastics, published in Nature. However, as plastic continues to accumulate in the Earth’s environment, a stronger climate effect could be exerted in the future.

Sergey Koroidov, Researcher, The Department of Physics

Utilizing X-rays to understand catalysis

The conversion of carbon dioxide back into fuels via electrochemistry is a very attractive alternative. - In my studies, I am developing the essential understanding of these reactions by following time-resolved transformation at the atomic and molecular level, says Sergey Koroidov.

Joseph Samec Photo: Niklas Björling

Study opens for extended use of lignin in sustainable chemistry

Researchers at Stockholm University have found a new cheap and environmentally-friendly oxidant that is highly efficient in cleaving bonds in lignin at low temperatures. Extended use of lignin has the potential to replace many chemicals that we today get from fossil sources.

Retrieving fish traps on the ice, while gas-flux chamber measurements proceed on the ice beside the helicopter. Photo: Sonja Murto

Reports from SAS polar expedition 2021

Read the reports from the SAS polar expedition 2021 by Sonja Murto

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Stockholm University Young Faculty

Photo from a National Junior Faculty meeting held at SU in February 2020