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Research at the Faculty of Science is outstanding in many areas. It covers a wide range of fields - from elementary particles in the atomic nucleus, to the outer limits of the universe - from the amazing microcosm of the cell, to the complex ecosystems in the oceans.

Schematic of warm hole drivers, from Keil et al., 2020

New insights into causes of the North Atlantic warming hole

A new study by scientists from Stockholm University and the Max Planck Institute shows multiple causes of the warming hole in the northern North Atlantic.

Långörad fladdermus. Foto: Sirpa Ukura/Mostphotos

Researchers need help with bat observations

Have you seen a bat? Then let the researchers in the BatMapper project know about it! The purpose of the project is to find out how bats are affected by climate change.

Photo: Niklas Björling

Eminent research on flu antigens took Robert Daniels back to USA

Intellectual freedom and the opportunity to start his own research group once lured Robert Daniels to Stockholm University. After nine years of eminent academic research, he landed a prestigious job in the US. Still, his focus is the same: to apply basic membrane protein folding principles to modernize and improve the antigens in seasonal influenza vaccines.

Photo: Jens Lasthein

More stringent regulations on chemical mixtures

Throughout life, humans are exposed to complex mixtures of chemicals of varying degrees of harmfulness. How does that affect us? Whose responsibility is this? Christina Rudén, professor of toxicology, was appointed by the government to investigate this matter.

Botox cousin can reduce malaria in an environmentally friendly way

Botox cousin can reduce malaria in an environmentally friendly way

Researchers at the universities in Stockholm and Lund, in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, have found a new toxin that selectively targets mosquitos. This can lead to innovative and environmentally friendly approaches to reduce malaria. The results are presented in an article published in Nature Communications.

hoto: XBrane Biopharma

A Rocky Road Decade – From Promising Lab Data to Growing Biopharma Firm

Xbrane Biopharma is a promising biotechnology company that started at Stockholm University. If everything goes as planned, the company’s first drug will be approved in 2021.

Tecophilaea cyanocrocus_Richard Wilford

Almost 600 plants have already gone extinct

Almost 600 plants have been wiped out from the planet in the last 250 year shows a new study. This is twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians combined.

Försök att etablera skugg-träd över en kaffeplantering för att få ett svalare mikroklimat.

Forests protect animals and plants against warming

The impacts of climate warming are buffered inside forests due to the thermal insulation of forest canopies.

 Arctic Ocean 2018

Arctic Avenue: strategic cooperation between Stockholm and Helsinki

The two universities have decided to launch a new research spearhead in Arctic research called Arctic Avenue.


Increasing seal population will not harm largest fish stocks in the Baltic

Seals feeding on fish does not decrease fish stocks of Baltic cod, herring and sprat the most – climate change, nutrient load and fisheries do, shows a new study from Stockholm University.

5905 - Ilha da Trindade från dess högsta punkt (Pico do desejado)

A south Atlantic secret - expedition to Ilha da Trindade

Linda Eggertsen is probably the first swede on the Brazilian island Ilha da Trindade, where she examines the fish and the benthic community.

Bird’s Eye Primrose (Jan Plue).

Regional landscape change linked to local species loss

6733 historical maps over 1940s-60s Sweden, covering 175 000 km2, have been studied.


Drought hits rivers first and more strongly than agriculture

A new study by researchers from Germany and Sweden has revealed the development of drought impacts, like in this summer, across Europe


Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

Researchers at the Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, contributed to a new study, directly imaging the jet of material formed when a black hole rips a star apart. The results are published in the journal Science.

Fibbla och bastardvärmare.

Migratory birds, insects and plants adapt differently to climate change

A warmer climate has caused plants flowering and migratory birds arriving earlier in the year than before. Now a global study also shows that changes in the life cycles between plants and animals that depend on each other is also moving faster.

Tumor cells

Protein can slow intestinal tumour growth

A new mechanism for regulating stem cells in the intestine of fruit flies has been discovered by researchers at Stockholm University. In addition, it was discovered that a certain protein can slow the growth of tumours in intestinal tissue. A better understanding of these mechanisms can teach us more about how diseases in human intestines occur, as well as contribute to the development of new medicine to cure them.

The upper left panel shows fruit flies fed with fluorescent bacteria. If the immune response does not function properly, the bacteria can breach the intestinal barrier and spread throughout the fly. The upper right panel highlights the production of Nub-PB (green) and Nub-PD (red) in the fruit fly gut.  These act as “gas” and “brake” for the immune system to ensure that pathogens are swiftly cleared while avoiding excessive damage to the fruit fly itself.

Molecular regulator keeps the immune system in balance

The immune system must be able to distinguish between friend and foe, therefore it has to be turned on and off quickly. A research group at the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Stockholm University has recently discovered a new mechanism that cells in the intestine use to increase or decrease the activation of the immune system.


A saltier North Atlantic kick-started circulation at the end of the greenhouse world

A drastic change in ocean circulation patterns over 34 million years ago occurred because surface waters in the far North Atlantic became salty enough to sink. This start-up of Northern deep-water formation purged stagnant waters sourced from the Arctic resulting in a release of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.


Antarctic expedition heading towards Queen Maud Land soon

Queen Maud Land is largely covered by the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. The ice is so thick that only the highest mountain peaks, so-called nunataks, protrude through the ice sheet.


Johan Seijsing is the winner of Skolar Award 2017!

Seijsing's groundbreaking research digs into tackling antibiotic resistence with enzymes. He proposes to do to use enzymes found in nature as a novel treatment against bacterial infections. Let's give a round of applause to the winner!


A song of ice sheets and fire

Past volcanic eruptions triggered abrupt melting events on ancient ice sheets, according to an article published in Nature Communications this week. The findings imply the deposition of ash on ice surfaces could result in an increase in the contribution of ice sheet melt water to global sea level rise.


Inspirational examples of how to get a job in Sweden

Rodrigo Garay, founder of Working for Change is a social entrepreneur working to highlight the business benefits of cultural competence and diversity.

Underwater plants can contribute to a better water quality. Photo: Joakim Hansen

The underwater jungles of the sea give clearer water

When you take a swim in the sea and entangle your toes in underwater plants you can stay calm, they are doing good.

The Bacteria Thermus thermophilus lives in hot springs. Photo Peter Brzezinski

Bacteria from hot springs solve mystery of metabolism

Combustion is often a rapid process, like fire. How can our cells control the burning process so well? The question has long puzzled researchers. Using bacteria from hot springs, researchers from Stockholm University now have the answer.

Danmark och Tyskland bryter mot fiskeförbud

Fastest speciation event of a marine vertebrate, reported in the Baltic Sea

In a new paper from University of Helsinki, Baltic Sea Centre and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences the fastest event of speciation for any marine vertebrate is reported. The European flounders in the Baltic Sea exhibiting different breeding behaviors are, in fact, a species pair arising from a recent event of ecological speciation.


Dark matter comes closer to the light

Dark matter – what it is, what it does, what it’s made of – is one of the most fascinating and hotly contested subjects in astrophysics today. A team from the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics at Stockholm University, headed by Manuel Meyer, has come one step closer to cracking the code.


Pine oldest living inhabitant in Europe

A Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has been dendrocronologically dated to be more than 1075 years old. This makes it currently the oldest known living tree in Europe. The millenium old pine was discovered by scientists from Stockholm University (Sweden), the University of Mainz (Germany) and the University of Arizona (USA).


Changing seasonality of the Baltic Sea

Summer season in the Baltic Sea starts earlier. The number of days with sea water warmer than 17°C have almost doubled over the past 30 years. The productive season has also been prolonged. These findings are based on satellite data and the results demonstrate how such indicators of seasonality can be used to detect long-term changes.

Digital höjdmodell som visar Norrströms avrinningsområde.

Article in the Europen Commissions newspaper

An article by Gia Destouni from the Department of Physical geography is being recognized in the European Commission's newsletter - Science for Environmental Policy


Regional-scale land-cover change during the 20th century and its consequences for biodiversity

For the past 100 years semi-natural grassland cover has decreased by over 96 % in a study area in Sörmland due to afforestation.


Expedition at Western Ross Sea, Antarctica

From January–March 2015, the US icebreaker and research vessel Nathaniel B Palmer will be home to marine geologists, geophysicists and palaeo-glaciologists on expedition in the western Ross Sea, Antarctica.


SWERUS-C3 Arctic expedition

SWERUS-C3 is an international research expedition using the icebreaker Oden in the Arctic Ocean. In this Swedish–Russian–American collaborative effort, some 80 researchers will study matters including climate change and how the Arctic was formed.


Important to save the world’s largest Carnivores

Bodil Elmhagen is a co-author of an article in the newpaper Science that show that large carnivores are necessary for the maintenanceof biodiversity and ecosystem function.


With Oden to the Arctic Ocean

This summer, an international research expedition with the icebreaker Oden will travell to the Arctic Ocean to study the changing climate and how the Arctic once was formed.


Methane bubbling from thawing seabed in Arctic Siberia

In this week’s issue of Nature Geoscience, Russian and Swedish researchers show that there are much larger emissions than previously thought of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from the East Siberian Sea, an area four times the size of Sweden.


Physics Prize: Stockholm University researchers active at CERN

Both Englert and Higgs took part in this summer's major physics conference at Stockholm University's Aula Magna. Several researchers at the University are also active in the work of the CERN laboratory which confirmed the existence of the Higgs particle.


Artificial enzyme makes fuel from water

An entirely new method of producing hydrogen gas from water has been developed by a research team that includes researchers from Stockholm University. This unique method could eventually make us less dependent on coal and oil.


Flies and butterflies will reveal more about natural selection

By studying fruit flies researchers are hoping to be able to explain how different genes interact in order to produce a complete and adapted organism

Bennet Island surrounded by pack ice. Photo NASA

Research expedition to the Russian Arctic

The research expedition to the De Long Islands in the Russian Arctic is the final piece in a research project that examines the tectonic evolution north of Siberia.


New insights into the Arctic permafrost carbon complexities

Permafrost thawing and the release of carbon stored in it can generate greenhouse gases that, in turn, reinforce global warming. However, the extent of this reinforcing effect has been heatedly debated over the years.

Ny Ålesund

Carbon dioxide levels pass 400 ppm

Readings taken by ITM scientists at the Zeppelin Observatory near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, revealed that global carbon dioxide (CO2) levels topped symbolically important milestone for five consecutive months since the beginning of 2013.

Regional climate change

Regional climate changes over the last 2,000 years mapped for the first time

The results were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience and reveal both large regional similarities and differences in the evolution of Earth's climate.

Norrsken är vanligt i polarområdena Foto Sven Lidström


IceCube is a neutrino observatory located at the South Pole. After six years of construction it was completed in December 2010. About 250 researchers are involved and among these researchers from Stockholm University play an important role.


Institute for Solar Physics to be established at Stockholm University

With a Swedish telescope, researchers study the Sun from La Palma, the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands. As of 1 January 2013, the Institute for Solar Physics, which conducts the research, will be established at Stockholm University, which then takes over the running of the Institute from the Royal Academy of Sciences.


Unique study shows light’s (roundabout) way through galaxies

Researchers at the stockholm university have investigated how ultraviolet light of a certain wavelength travels through galaxies, and the results show that the light often takes a detour before it reaches us. One effect of this is that the galaxies appear larger and more diffuse than they really are.


World-leading Swedish telescope designed to study the Sun's upper atmosphere

Astronomers at Stockholm University are currently installing a custom-made filter on the Swedish Solar Telescope at La Palma in a search for answers to one of the unsolved mysteries of the Sun.

Education and research in a Mediterranean environment

Education and research in a Mediterranean environment

The Mediterranean region is densely populated and has a sensitive environment. The area has a very long history of human environmental impacts, especially deforestation, and its climate is expected to get both warmer and drier in the future. Water quality and water supply are therefore important issues, as are human impacts on land use, the atmosphere and the marine environment.