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the swedish foundation for strategic environmental research
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Avsnitt 1 Anna Jöborn,
Chief Executive Officer
Mistra’s CEO
Anna Jöborn
on the past year In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic set the tone for everything. It was also the year when it became clear to all of us how mutually dependent we are. Everything is connected. As Mistra’s new Chief Executive Officer, I can see that our research programmes are truly timely. Mistra’s research has a key role to play, now and in the future. For the Secretariat, 2020 was an intensive year. We paid out almost SEK 200 million in research funding for some 20 programmes and to form one centre. Since the start in 1994, we have disbursed just over SEK 4.7 billion. Our work on sustainable asset management continues. Several of our programmes take a broad approach to some major questions facing society. How can the transition to a fossil-free society take place? How can we make our future energy supply secure? How can the businesses of the future contribute to sustainable development? And how should we deal with conflicts of interest relating to our limited common natural resources? During the year, two programmes were completed: Mistra Closing the Loop — from waste to valuable resources, with RISE as the main contractor, and Mistra Biotech which, besides developing methods of plant breeding, highlighted ethical aspects of food production. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) was the main contractor. We started two new research programmes in 2020. One is Mistra Food Futures, which focuses on the sustainable food supply of the future, with SLU as its main contractor. The other is Mistra Electrification, with Energiforsk as its main contractor. The following four existing programmes were also funded for a second phase during the year: Mistra Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways (STEPS), with its focus on sustainable plastics and Lund University as the main contractor; Mistra Sustainability and Accessibility Services (SAMS), with KTH Royal Institute of Technology as the main contractor; Mistra Geopolitics, focusing on geopolitical change, in which Stockholm Environment Institute is the main contractor; and Mistra Carbon Exit, about how we can transition to a fossil-free society, with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute as its main contractor. Mistra’s Board decided to issue a call for a new programme on the role of civil-society organisations in society’s climate transition. During the pandemic, several of our research programmes attracted media attention. Let me give some examples. Mistra Sport & Outdoors unexpectedly became topical when suddenly many of us were working from home and taking our holidays in Sweden. And Mistra SAMS, which is investigating new ways of working to reduce travel, also turned out to be highly relevant. Our Mistra Dialogue initiative, which aims to promote practical use of the research we fund, held various webinars. One concerned our Investor Briefs, which, based on research, seek to boost investors’ knowledge of sustainable investments. Inclusion of several Mistra programmes on the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ (IVA) prestigious ‘100 List’ of Sweden’s 100 most significant research initiatives is something that gives us great pride. I want to conclude by thanking all the participants in our research programmes for your efforts. Your work is helping to benefit society and is undoubtedly world-class research. Thank you, too, all of our partners and followers with an interest in research, for your engagement in 2020. Anna Jöborn, Mistra CEO
Avsnitt 2 January: Al Gore visits Mistra Former US Vice President Al Gore visited Mistra to discuss the climate issue. Al Gore visits Mistra Former US Vice President Al Gore visited Mistra to discuss the climate issue. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/inspiring-meeting-with-al-gore-at-mistra/ February: Mistra’s programme directors meet Mistra’s Secretariat and programme directors met at Skeviks Gård, a farm in Gustavsberg, near Stockholm. Mistra’s programme managers meet Mistra’s Secretariat and programme directors met at Skeviks Gård, a farm in Gustavsberg, near Stockholm. March: Mistra Fellow: ‘A spectacular year’ Programme directors and researchers from Mistra’s research programmes met to share their experience and develop the Mistra Fellows Programme. Mistra Fellow: ‘A spectacular year’ Programme directors and researchers from Mistra’s research programmes met to share their experience and develop the Mistra Fellows Programme. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/a-spectacular-year-former-mistra-fellows-appreciation-of-international-research-exchanges/ Potentially world-changing Several of Mistra’s research programmes are highlighted on IVA’s 100 List of Swedish research initiatives capable of being transformed into practical benefits, building bridges and changing the world. Potentially world-changing Several of Mistra’s research programmes are highlighted on IVA’s 100 List of Swedish research initiatives capable of being transformed into practical benefits, building bridges and changing the world. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-programmes-with-potential-to-change-the-world/ SEK 64 million for research on sustainable food system Mistra’s Board approved the Mistra Food Futures proposal, with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) as the main applicant. The purpose of the programme is to bring about a sustainable, resilient food system that delivers healthy food. SEK 64 million for research on sustainable food system Mistra’s Board approved the Mistra Food Futures proposal, with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) as the main applicant. The purpose of the programme is to bring about a sustainable, resilient food system that delivers healthy food. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sek-64m-for-research-on-sustainable-food-system/ Pros and cons of plastic In one year alone, 400 million tonnes of plastic are manufactured. A book from Mistra, Ingen kommer undan plasten – Vägar mot en mer hållbar plastanvändning (‘No one gets away from plastic: Paths to more sustainable use of plastic’), shatters myths and highlights problems and the potential of the material. Pros and cons of plastic In one year alone, 400 million tonnes of plastic are manufactured. A book from Mistra, Ingen kommer undan plasten – Vägar mot en mer hållbar plastanvändning (‘No one gets away from plastic: Paths to more sustainable use of plastic’), shatters myths and highlights problems and the potential of the material. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-to-boost-knowledge-of-plastic/ Smart tops and pyjama bottoms Mistra switched to teleworking in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Smart tops and pyjama bottoms Mistra switched to teleworking in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. April: Movement for sustainable sport and outdoor life The Mistra Sport & Outdoors research programme, aimed at creating knowledge and solutions for increased sustainability in sport and outdoor life, was launched. Movement for sustainable sport and outdoor life The Mistra Sport & Outdoors research programme, aimed at creating knowledge and solutions for increased sustainability in sport and outdoor life, was launched. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/coronavirus-offering-new-research-opportunities-in-sport-and-outdoor-life/May: Anna Jöborn, Mistra’s new CEO Most recently, Anna Jöborn worked at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. As a world-class expert in her field, she was appointed to the Executive Planning Group of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Anna Jöborn, Mistra’s new CEO Most recently, Anna Jöborn worked at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. As a world-class expert in her field, she was appointed to the Executive Planning Group of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistras-new-ceo-anna-joborn-the-corona-crisis-is-a-unique-opportunity-for-research-on-sustainable-development/ Communicators’ meeting Mistra held a meeting for the Mistra programme communicators. Communicators’ meeting Mistra held a meeting for the Mistra programme communicators. June: ‘Green Recovery’ webinar A sustainable economic recovery and long-term transition after the coronavirus pandemic were the focus when Mistra issued invitations to the ‘Green Recovery’ webinar. ‘Green Recovery’ webinar A sustainable economic recovery and long-term transition after the coronavirus pandemic were the focus when Mistra issued invitations to the ‘Green Recovery’ webinar. Addressing geopolitical challenges in depth Mistra’s Board decided to award further research funding, for a second phase, to the Mistra Geopolitics research programme. It will amount to SEK 60 million over the four-year period ahead. Addressing geopolitical challenges in depth Mistra’s Board decided to award further research funding, for a second phase, to the Mistra Geopolitics research programme. It will amount to SEK 60 million over the four-year period ahead. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sek-60m-to-mistra-geopolitics-for-in-depth-analyses-of-geopolitical-changes/ Four selected in Mistra’s energy call Four programme proposals were shortlisted for Stage 2 of Mistra’s call process for a research programme on energy transitions from a systemic perspective. Four proceed in Mistra’s energy call Four programme proposals were shortlisted for Stage 2 of Mistra’s call process for a research programme on energy transitions from a systemic perspective. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/four-programme-proposals-proceed-to-second-stage-in-energy-call/ July: Is corona a trend? In a webinar entitled Is corona a trend, an accelerator or just a blip? under the aegis of Swesif (Sweden’s forum for sustainable investments) and Mistra, within the framework of Mistra Dialogue, there was discussion of geopolitics and environmental policy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Is corona a trend? In a webinar entitled Is corona a trend, an accelerator or just a blip? under the aegis of Swesif and Mistra, within the framework of Mistra Dialogue, there was discussion of geopolitics and environmental policy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/effects-of-covid-19-crisis-on-geopolitics-and-sustainable-development/ Mistra’s research for a transformation How can content and results from Mistra’s research programmes contribute to a sustainable recovery and long-term transformation of society, in response to the coronavirus pandemic? In a video series, Mistra’s programme directors share knowledge and insights from their research programmes. Mistra’s research for a transformation How can content and results from Mistra’s research programmes contribute to a sustainable recovery and long-term transformation of society, in response to the coronavirus pandemic? In a video series, Mistra’s programme directors share knowledge and insights from their research programmes. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/the-importance-of-research-interviews-with-mistra-programme-directors-2/ August: Tom September: Call on climate, equality and digitalisation To pave the way for a transformation of society in line with global climate objectives, new stakeholders must join in. Mistra’s call sets out to help researchers and civil society, in collaboration, to generate new insights on a scientific basis. Call on climate, equality and digitalisation To pave the way for a transformation of society in line with global climate objectives, new stakeholders must join in. Mistra’s call sets out to help researchers and civil society, in collaboration, to generate new insights on a scientific basis. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-call-40-msek-for-societal-transformations-for-climate-action/ New report informs financial services industry Mistra released its Investor Brief: Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion, which will pave the way for sustainable investments in the fashion industry. New report informs financial services industry Mistra released its Investor Brief: Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion, which will pave the way for sustainable investments in the fashion industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-and-swesif-webinar-on-sustainable-fashion-and-textile-industry/ October: Forum for Science Communication Mistra is one of the organisers of the Forum for Science Communication (FFF). The theme of the year was ‘From vision to reality: Science communication in the light of a pandemic’. Forum for Science Communication Mistra is one of the organisers of the Forum for Science Communication (FFF). The theme of the year was ‘From vision to reality: Science communication in the light of a pandemic’. From global to local in Goal 11 Week For Agenda 2030 and the global Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved, much of the work needs to take place at local level. Goal 11 Week was held by 18 organisations, including Mistra jointly with Mistra Urban Futures and the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). From global to local in Goal 11 Week For Agenda 2030 and the global Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved, much of the work needs to take place at local level. Goal 11 Week was held by 18 organisations, including Mistra jointly with Mistra Urban Futures and the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). https://www.mistra.org/en/news/agenda-2030-international-knowledge-and-inspiration/ Joe Biden or Donald Trump? In the Mistra Dialogue webinar Global climate implications of the US elections, an expert panel discussed the possible consequences of the outcome of the US presidential election. Joe Biden or Donald Trump? In the Mistra Dialogue webinar Global climate implications of the US elections, an expert panel discussed the possible consequences of the outcome of the US presidential election. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/crossroads-for-the-climate/ SEK 45 million for Mistra SAMS Phase 2 The Mistra Sustainability and Accessibility Services (SAMS) research programme was awarded research funding of SEK 45m for a second phase over the next four-year period. The focus is on everyday travel. SEK 45 million for Mistra SAMS Phase 2 The Mistra SAMS research programme was awarded research funding of SEK 45m for a second phase over the next four-year period. The focus is on everyday travel. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sek-45-million-to-mistra-sams-everyday-travel-in-focus/ November: Report on value of recycled materials Mistra released its Investor Brief: Recycled Materials for Sustainable Investments, which highlights the potential of recycled and recovered materials for the financial services industry. Report on value of recycled materials Mistra released its Investor Brief: Recycled Materials for Sustainable Investments, which highlights the potential of recycled and recovered materials for the financial services industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/use-of-recovered-raw-materials-calls-for-sweeping-change/ December: SEK 66 million for Mistra Carbon Exit Phase 2 Mistra Carbon Exit was awarded research funding of SEK 66m for a second phase. Programme Director Lars Zetterberg is convinced that the results will contribute to Sweden’s transition to net-zero emissions. SEK 66 million for Mistra Carbon Exit Phase 2 Mistra Carbon Exit was awarded research funding of SEK 66m for a second phase. Programme Manager Lars Zetterberg is convinced that the results will contribute to Sweden’s transition to net-zero emissions. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sek-66m-to-mistra-carbon-exit-for-transition-to-net-zero-emissions/ SEK 50 million for Mistra Electrification The Mistra Electrification programme proposal was awarded research funding of SEK 50m. Its vision is to speed up a fair, competitive transition to a sustainable, efficient energy system. SEK 50 million for Mistra Electrification The Mistra Electrification programme proposal was awarded research funding of SEK 50m. Its vision is to speed up a fair, competitive transition to a sustainable, efficient energy system. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sek-50m-to-mistra-electric-transition-for-research-on-sustainable-energy-system/ Avsnitt 3 Struken… Avsnitt 4 Mistra’s research initiatives Read more about Mistra's research initiatives from the Foundation's inception to the present day. Programmes marked in blue are in progress, while those marked in green have been completed. For every programme, you can find more information below about its content and what happened during the year under review. Misum miusm.jpg – Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets. The aim of “Responsible Consumption and Production” by the year 2030 is among the most challenging of the global Sustainable Development Goals, not least for Sweden with our high, largely import-based consumption. But our composition, with researchers and a variety of stakeholders, is well judged for the purpose of devising practical means to this end. Their solutions will help to bring about a sharing economy, resource efficiency, use of recycled and recovered materials — and sustainable business models that pave the way for business and entrepreneurship. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/misum-the-mistra-centre-for-sustainable-markets/ 2015–2024 SEK 120 million Stockholm School of Economics · Phase 1 of Misum started, with new platforms. Martina Björkman Nyqvist became the Centre’s new director, Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg its new Board Chair and Maya Rebermark the new Stakeholder Engagement Director. · Misum’s Annual Forum 2020 on the theme of ‘Are inequalities rising and green investments declining due to Covid-19?’ was held. · Misum’s Emma Sjöström participated in a meeting with the Swedish National Innovation Council, where she discussed such matters as how policy can contribute to long-term sustainable financial markets. Mistra TerraClean smarta-mmaterial_low.jpg This programme will study materials at the molecular and the macroscopic level. The aim is to develop both existing and new materials with the potential to solve environmental problems, and at the same time enhance companies’ competitiveness. The focus is on porous materials capable of removing environmentally harmful substances from air, soil and water. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-terraclean/ 2017–2021 SEK 51 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Mistra TerraClean was added to the 100 List of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). This list brings together ‘current research projects with the potential to create benefits through, for example, industrial commercialisation or business and method development, or by impacting society’. · A technology that is giving highly promising results on capture of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water is being developed. In 2020, the programme tested the equipment, which was developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, while various PFAS substances were analysed at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. With in-depth knowledge of efficiency, control parameters and what forms during the capture process, the programme has learnt so much that it has started building a large pilot installation at Hammarby Sjöstadsverk, a municipal wastewater treatment plant, due to be commissioned in February 2021. The Seed Box seed-box.jpg A Mistra–Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory In a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly evident, nature can no longer be thought of as separate from culture. We are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, marked by far-reaching human influence on the earth and its geological development. Humanities research, redefined and based firmly in the real world, is called for. It must be capable of encompassing nature and ecological contexts, social differences and ethics, creative relationships and political identity processes. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/the-seed-box-an-environmental-humanities-collaboratory/ 2015–2022 SEK 32 million Linköpings University · In November, ‘Experimental Zone 1’ was held. This was the first in a series of events organised by a group of researchers and artists at Linköping University, designated the Bureau for Alternative Methodologies (BAM),. The event was broadcast in digital form and held with support from The Seed Box and LiU (Linköping University) Humanities. · Several participants in The Seed Box took part in Konstdygnet, a digital event where artists, researchers and philosophers made a joint effort to reflect on the months that changed the world. The 24-hour art event, arranged by Sörmland County Museum, was based on Åsa Elzén’s exhibition Träda — Fogelstadgruppen och jord. · In September, The Seed Box joined in the seminar Vad, vem och varför? Forskning om forskningskommunikation i Sverige (‘What, Who and Why? Research on science communication in Sweden)’. This seminar was held by the Swedish Research Council jointly with Public & Science (VA) and Linköping University. The panellists included The Seed Box Programme Director Victoria Wibeck and Jesper Olsson, former Programme Director and one of the research leaders. Mistra Sustainable Consumption sust-consumption-shopping-cart-1275480_1920.jpg Sustainable consumption and production patterns are needed for the transition to a more sustainable economy. This is set out in, for example, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The intention is for the programme to help develop the area and increase knowledge about which ways forward are possible and most effective. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-sustainable-consumption/ 2017–2021 SEK 45 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · In cooperation with Northeastern University in Boston, Mistra Sustainable Consumption held the 2020 international Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) research conference, which brought together hundreds of researchers from all over the world. It was an entirely digital event, because of the prevailing COVID-19 situation. · A report published by the programme showed that personal greenhouse-gas emissions can be reduced by 40 per cent with existing measures. This report had a major media impact and was extensively discussed. · Researchers in the programme collaborated with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in writing a report on how policy instruments can make food consumption more sustainable. The report proposes concrete measures that may be directly useful in implementing policy. Mistra STEPS plast_low.jpg – Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways This programme aims to develop plastics based on biological feedstocks. In Sweden, forests are a conceivable source of raw materials, while in other parts of the world they could come from agricultural products or algae. The transition to biobased production should be guided by systems thinking, taking account of factors such as energy consumption and the use of various additives. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/steps-sustainable-plastics-and-transition-pathways/ 2016–2024 SEK 95 million Lunds University · On 1 September, Mistra STEPS embarked on Phase 2. · From 10 to 27 September, the outdoor exhibition Materiality & Aggregation, a collaboration between research and design, was displayed at the Form/Design Center in Malmö. With its dreamlike artwork, it set out to arouse curiosity and thereby spread knowledge about plastic. · A sustainable and resource-efficient process to produce a sugar-based plastic building block was developed. It has also been used to produce polyurethane fibres. The option of spinning and chemically recovering the fibres was demonstrated. Mistra Sport&Outdoors Idrott_och_friluftsliv.jpg The objective for Mistra Sport & Outdoors is to create a movement for more sustainable sporting and outdoor activities in society. The programme will establish a network-based centre for research, development and policy support regarding sustainable solutions in sport and outdoor recreation. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-outdoors-sport/ 2020-2024 SEK 56 million Mittuniversitetet · On 1 April, the programme began with a digital meeting that went smoothly. · Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Board decided to grant funding for three projects to boost knowledge about the effects of the pandemic on sport and outdoor life. The aim was to create a knowledge base from which the planned research can benefit, first, in the process of identifying challenges, and second, in the learning groups due to begin their work in 2021. · The programme marked the start of a large-scale collaboration process among researchers, organisations, government agencies and companies. Mistra SAMS SAMS.jpg – Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Services This programme will on the one hand generate knowledge in the area of mobility and accessibility, and on the other use that knowledge to work with other stakeholders to develop sustainable mobility and accessibility solutions with the potential to make a difference in society. Programme partners include several cities, other municipalities and companies. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-sams-sustainable-accessibility-and-mobility-services/ 2016–2024 SEK 85 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Mistra SAMS continued to receive research funding, which was awarded for a second phase, from 2021 to 2024. · Jointly with party colleagues from Botkyrka Municipality, Sweden’s Minister for Financial Markets and Housing, Per Bolund, visited the Mistra SAMS Living Lab, with its work hub, in Tullinge. · Mistra SAMS appeared on the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ 100 List. Mistra SafeChem Design_Chemistry_cul34pl0055rf_medium.jpg Mistra SafeChem’s vision is to reduce exposure to hazardous substances by promoting the expansion of a safe, sustainable and green chemical industry in Sweden. In the programme’s six work packages, research groups comprising participants from different disciplines and with varying specialisations work closely together. The largest work package is about developing green chemical processes. The goal is, with a life-cycle perspective, to create clean and efficient synthesis processes for chemicals that generate minimal residual products and waste. As well as replacing more toxic chemicals and reducing waste, green chemical processes can also enlarge scope for material recovery. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-safechem/ 2020–2024 SEK 70 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · The programme began with a six-month delay, mainly caused by the first phase of the pandemic in spring 2020. The programme period was therefore extended by the corresponding length of time, and the new completion date for the programme is June 2024. · During the autumn, the programme started recruiting PhD students and establishing a programme board, communication plan, website and internal organisation for communication and collaboration. Heavy emphasis was placed on integration of the various programme parts. · Research in the programme started and the first scientific articles were soon published. Mistra REES REES.jpg – Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions Mistra REES is seeking to develop principles, methods and guidelines that will serve as a basis for resource-efficient products, services and business models. Another aim is to propose policy instruments and packages that will promote the transition to a more circular economy. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-resource-efficient-and-effective-solutions-rees-based-on-circular-economy-thinking/ 2015–2023 SEK 89 million Linköpings University · Despite the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, interest in Mistra REES among companies and the community, and in its sphere of activity, is greater than ever. During the year, we partnered with several of Sweden’s leading companies through our consortium agreement for Phase 2. · Mistra REES actively contributed knowledge to, for example, Sweden’s and the EU’s action plans, as well as international standards for a circular economy. · Mistra REES was placed on IVA’s 100 List of current research projects with the potential to generate benefits. Mistra Innovation 23 Mistrainnovation23.jpg Mistra Innovation’s purpose is to enable SMEs to develop innovative ideas for commercial, environmentally sound products, processes and services. Continuing along the lines of the preceding Mistra Innovation initiative (concluded in 2019), Mistra Innovation 23 caters for all SMEs with operations in Sweden, in such sectors as food, energy and recycling. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-innovation-23/ 2020–2023 SEK 50 million Mistra · The first five projects funded in the initial call for proposals were launched. These are SmartSol, ProECOnLub, BattVolt, FSMT and PolyFree. · In September, the Board of Mistra Innovation 23 visited the company SEM AB (Swedish Electro Magnets) and the BattVolt project in Åmål. Mistra InfraMaint charles-eugene-TN0_ODoaB68-unsplash.jpg The vision of the Mistra InfraMaint research programme is, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, to contribute to sustainable infrastructure. The aim is to achieve this by supporting state and municipal operators by providing improved services, such as condition assessment of physical structures and improved forecasting of future maintenance needs. The programme also includes projects focusing on development of organisations and new business and funding models, and on skills provision. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-inframaint/ 2018–2022 SEK 49 million RISE Research Institutes of Sweden · In November, Lars Marklund became the new Programme Director. · Many municipal PhD students embarked on exciting projects. · Mistra InfraMaint launched and discussed a workbook that provides discussion support for water and sanitation (WS) service organisations wishing to develop asset management in their sector. Mistra Geopolitics geopolitiics.jpg This research programme aims to develop a knowledge base that will provide a better understanding of how environmental and natural resource challenges interact with new social, political and economic patterns in the world. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-geopolitics/ 2017–2024 SEK 108 million Stockholm Environment Institute · The geopolitics of COVID-19 and climate change was one of Mistra Geopolitics’ largest webinars ever. The seminar brought together more than 600 participants from around the world to discuss the importance of disruptive events for sustainable development. · Extensive scenario analysis of the pandemic’s geopolitical consequences, with questionnaire surveys and workshops, involved over 300 Swedish participants. Two events on the theme were held during the autumn: Climate, Security and Geopolitics — How do we navigate in corona times? and Global climate implications of the US elections. · The study ‘Humanitarian need drives multilateral disaster aid’, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first calculation of the extent of UN climate-related disaster aid at global level. The study, written in 2020 during Phase 1, was published by PNAS in January 2021. Mistra Food Futures Livsmedel.jpg Mistra Food Futures will work out targets for what the Swedish food system needs to achieve by 2045 to be both sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally – and resilient. The targets and measures will be analysed in a global context to ensure that national solutions promote progress towards the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-food-futures/ 2020-2024 SEK 64 million SLU · Following its launch in the autumn, the programme held a series of digital workshops focusing on participants’ expectations, collaboration and communication. · The initial parts of the programme’s work packages were started and a virtual workplace, serving to facilitate coordination and cooperation among all the programme partners, was launched. · An external communication website, www.mistrafoodfutures.se, went live. Mistra Financial Systems financial-systems.jpg This programme aims to show how financial markets and operators can contribute to a more sustainable society, in areas ranging from environmental impacts of the economy and financial stability to efficient financial services. The results will support both private and public decision-making, as well as providing a basis for reforms and regulation of the financial sector. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-financial-systems/ 2016–2020 SEK 30 million Stockholm School of Economics · After five intensive years’ research on the role of financial markets in the transition towards a more sustainable society, Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) was completed at the end of 2020. Work at the Stockholm School of Economics, Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stockholm Environment Institute, had resulted in 105 academic publications and working papers, more than 100 conference participants and contributions to educational events and more than 300 other outreach events. · Researchers were cited in publications such as the New York Times and Dagens Nyheter, and on the BBC News. · MFS held a three-part series of webinars to convey research highlights: Decarbonisation and sustainable investments; Systems thinking, tipping points and the future of sustainable finance; and Shades of green: sustainable investments, financial literacy and innovation. Mistra Environmental Nanosafety nanosafety2.jpg Nanomaterials are being used in more and more areas, and have many properties that could contribute to sustainable development. At the same time, there are significant gaps in our understanding of their environmental characteristics. This programme offers an interdisciplinary research environment that will generate new knowledge, identify new applications and help ensure safe use of nanotechnology. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-environmental-nanosafety/ 2014–2023 SEK 90 million Lund University · In May, an impact-themed conference was held. It was led by Chalmers University of Technology and implemented in collaboration with SIO Grafen, a national strategic innovation programme supporting industrial graphene development in Sweden. · During the autumn programme meeting, the focus was on junior researchers and students. All the PhD and postdoctoral students gave a presentation and described the methods and analyses they use. The aim was to emphasise the wide-ranging skills available in the programme and to enhance collaboration among the work packages. This was followed up with virtual coffee break — an occasion resembling online speed dating. · Programme participants took part in a national waste conference on research and knowledge about disposal, recovery and destruction of nanomaterials. Several waste companies that will soon be tasked with disposing of nanoparticles in flue gases and leachate participated. Mistra Environmental Communication miljocc88kommunikation_1200px.jpg – Reframing Communication for Sustainability  This research programme is intended to ensure that research, policy and practice alike are permeated by understanding of environmental communication that promotes the transition to a sustainable society. The programme has an interdisciplinary approach involving scholars in various disciplines and central stakeholders in society. The aim is to build on existing ways of thinking, develop new insights and approaches, and translate this knowledge into new communication practices. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-environmental-communication/ 2019–2023 SEK 54 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · ‘Programme days’ with get-togethers for the programme were held in January. Around 80 people and 30 partner organisations participated on site to discuss research, practice and programme management. These programme days also provided good opportunities for social interaction, including Scottish traditional ceilidh dances in long formations. · During the year, the programme worked jointly with partners, including Färgfabriken, on the exhibition ‘Listen!’ This collaboration, which comprised artists, young people and researchers, focused on how we perceive and communicate climate change in emotional terms. Mistra Environmental Communication primarily contributed viewpoints on how nature is silenced or can acquire a voice. · In November, the two-day Environmental Communication 2020 event was held. The plan is to make this an annual event. Almost 400 people signed up and on offer were panel debates, discussions and hands-on thematic workshops centred on communication for sustainable development in practice. Mistra Digital Forest bird-s-eye-view-black-and-white-colors-1310755.jpg Sweden needs to change over to a more circular economy to meet the climate challenge and respond to the finite nature of Earth’s resources. In this transition, forests are key. The programme focuses on bringing about functional digitisation that integrates the entire forest value chain, with the industrial process starting in the forest itself. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-digital-forest/ 2018–2022 SEK 58 million Swedish Forest Industries · Data from laser scanning of Sweden were used to model the site index, which shows production capacity. The product from the modelling is already being used by several forest companies in their forest planning. · The digital ecosystem is visualised in an image that also shows the potential for the next five years, based on the forest companies’ own trend projections. · Digitised conservation monitoring has now been implemented by forest companies, and provides more sustainable forestry with higher precision through better decision support for forest-machine operators. · Several hundred participants attended programme conferences in 2020 on the theme of future digital forestry. Discussions were held on sustainability reviews and technological development in Swedish forestry. Mistra Carbon Exit carbon-exit.jpg The programme sets out to contribute research to back proposals for reshaping Swedish industry, and society at large, to achieve net zero emissions of greenhouse gases and meet Swedish and international climate targets. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-carbon-exit/ 2017–2025 SEK 122 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Three roadmaps were developed, showing that net-zero emissions are attainable by 2045 with known technology. · The EU’s emissions trading needs to be tightened up, and other policy instruments will be required for the climate transition. · We need to induce purchasers, architects and entrepreneurs along the value chains (for housing and transport infrastructure) to make climate-smart choices. Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development nat72466-Arctic-dev-utlysning.jpg Climate change, growing political interest and new technology for extracting natural resources are intensifying conflicts among various stakeholders regarding future directions in the Arctic. Historical development in the region also affects the decisions made. The programme’s research is intended to boost knowledge of the situation in the region and show ways forward that can contribute to sustainable development. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-arctic-sustainable-development/ 2014–2018 SEK 30 million Umeå University · Avslutad AquaAgri matmc_va10622-Akvakultur.jpg – Efficient, sustainable production systems in aquaculture and agriculture This thematic programme is aimed at learning more about how to achieve higher agricultural yields with reduced environmental impact, and how to develop sustainable fish farming and other aquaculture. Research takes place in several research environments where strategies, technology and ideas for efficient, sustainable cultivation and animal breeding are being developed. The initiative is being implemented jointly with the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Farmers’ Supply and Crop Marketing Organisation’s research foundation. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/aquaagri-efficient-sustainable-production-systems-in-aquaculture-and-agriculture/ 2014–2018 SEK 32 million Vreta Kluster, a business park for green industry · Avslutad Mistra Innovation innovation.jpg Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) may have good ideas for environmentally sound products and services, but often lack in-house research resources. The programme gave these companies a chance to develop their innovative ideas in collaboration with higher education institutions and research institutes. Research focused on areas regarded as highly important to the competitiveness of Swedish industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-innovation/ 2012–2019 SEK 88 million Mistra · Avslutad Mistra Closing the Loop CLosing-the-loop.jpg Better use of industrial wastes through effective recovery of materials is one way of ‘closing the loop’ in society. This research programme aims to develop more efficient methods of recovering materials such as metals, chemicals and plastics, as well as electronic and other complex products. It is designing ways of both identifying resources and recycling them back into industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-closing-the-loop/ 2012–2019 SEK 88 million RISE Research Institutes of Sweden · In March, Mistra Closing the Loop held its final seminar. The message was clear: now is the time; the timing is perfect for taking the next step towards an increased use of recovered and recycled materials. There were some 70 attendees, representing stakeholders from the programme, industry and government agencies. · In November, Investor Brief: Recycled Materials for Sustainable Investments was published. Its purpose is, based on research, to boost investors’ collective knowledge of sustainable investments in recycled raw materials. Mistra Biotech BIotech-3_Anna_Lehrman.jpg Future food production must combine higher yields with reduced environmental impact and use of natural resources. The programme takes a holistic approach to biotechnology in agriculture and food production. It covers reducing the need for fertilisers and boosting resistance to diseases, as well as new innovations meeting high demands on safety and ethics. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-biotech-biotechnology-for-sustainable-and-competitive-agriculture-and-food-systems/ 2012–2019 SEK 94 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · The programme was completed during the year, and results and activities are summarised in Biotechnology for Sustainability, the Final Report from Mistra Biotech 2012‒2020. Mistra EVIEM default.jpg Through systematic reviews of the scientific basis in various areas, the Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) improved documentation for decisions in Swedish environmental work. Government agencies or decision-makers and other stakeholders were able to propose topics for the reviews. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/eviem-the-mistra-council-for-evidence-based-environmental-management/ 2012–2017 SEK 66 million Stockholm Environment Institute · Avslutad Mistra Indigo default.jpg Research was combined with policy activities in the programme to support climate policy outside international climate negotiations. The work was divided into four integrated areas focusing on a global trading system for carbon markets, distributional effects of climate policy, interplay between climate policy and incentives for technological development, and companies’ strategic actions based on climate policy. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-indigo-instrument-design-for-global-climate-mitigation/ 2012–2015 SEK 24,5 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad Mistra Future Fashion Future-fashion.jpg The lifecycle of our clothing affects the environment, especially the climate and water. The programme gave the Swedish fashion industry tools to become competitive by turning sustainability into a business advantage. The research was about issues ranging from instruments and strategies for system changes to new design tools, textile fibres with lower environmental impact and new ideas for textile recycling. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-future-fashion/ 2011–2019 SEK 80 million RISE Research Institutes of Sweden · Avslutad Mistra Arctic Futures default.jpg Global warming is imposing major changes on the Arctic and its population. This brings both threats to and opportunities for animals and the living natural environment, extraction of natural resources, shipping and tourism. The programme was intended to provide a social-science knowledge base and develop tools for dialogue among all the various parties in the face of the new conditions in the Arctic region. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-arctic-futures/ 2011–2013 SEK 38 million Swedish Polar Research Secretariat · Avslutad Mistra Urban Futures Mistra-Urban-Futures-masma45045.jpg More and more of the world’s inhabitants are living in cities. Urban environments must move towards sustainable development, which requires knowledge of topics ranging from water and energy management to social issues. Within the research centre, researchers and users developed innovative solutions for engineers, architects, community planners and economists in both business and public administration. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-urban-futures/ 2010–2019 SEK 171 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad Mistra Future Forests Bildarkivet_HPZB_FutureForests.jpg Climate change, globalised trade and growing demand for energy and raw materials are putting heavier pressure on forest resources. The programme developed tools for scientifically substantiated decisions about the future of forest management. The goal was to manage trade-offs between extracting more timber, paper and energy while safeguarding biodiversity, ecosystem services and outdoor life. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/future-forests-sustainable-strategies-under-uncertainty-and-risk/ 2009–2016 SEK 110 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad Mistra-SWECIA IMA89099_web_swecia.jpg – Mistra Swedish Research Programme on Climate, Impacts and Adaptation. There is a growing need to adapt society to the effects of climate change on infrastructure, forestry and agriculture, as well as environmental management. Preparedness for extreme events also needs to be reviewed. Key elements of the programme were modelling of the climate, the economy and impacts on ecosystems, which were used in scenarios to demonstrate adaptation needs and choices. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-swecia-mistra-swedish-research-programme-on-climate-impacts-and-adaptation/ 2008–2016 SEK 85,3 million SMHI · Avslutad Mistra Pharma MATMC_MW00089_medium_Pharma.jpg The programme identified active substances from pharmaceutical products in aquatic environments that pose significant risks to aquatic organisms or contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. It also demonstrated techniques for improving wastewater treatment and strategies and indicators for early identification of environmentally hazardous drugs. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistrapharma/ 2008–2015 SEK 94 million Stockholms University · Avslutad The urban mind default.jpg – Cultural and environmental dynamics Urban development is closely linked to climate change and emerging human systems. The Urban Mind, a research project completed in 2010, offered a historical, humanistic perspective with the goal of creating sustainable urban habitats. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/the-urban-mind/ 2008–2010 SEK 5 million Uppsala University, Sweden · Avslutad Stockholm Resilience Centre Stockholm-Resilience-Centreworld-map-1958129.jpg Human impacts have led to many of the Earth’s ecosystems becoming less able to deliver ecosystem services such as food, water purification and climate regulation. Researchers at the Centre develop understanding of ecosystems, provide new tools for controlling and managing them, and advise decision-makers at national and international levels alike. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/stockholm-resilience-centre/ 2007–2018 SEK 191,4 million Stockholms University · Avslutad ENTWINED IMSIS890-087_low_Entwined.jpg Around the world, countries have been made increasingly interdependent by the international exchange of goods and services, and flows of capital and information. The research focused on how globalisation and leading stakeholders affect society at various levels. The aim was, for example, to develop tools for integrating environmental aspects into international trade agreements. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/entwined-environment-and-trade-in-a-world-of-interdependence/ 2007–2013 SEK 52,4 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad E4 Mistra default.jpg The goal of the programme was to develop new, energy-efficient aftertreatment systems for internal combustion engines. It provided engines that were more efficient: in addition to emitting small quantities of nitrogen oxides, CO2 and incompletely burned hydrocarbons, the fuel consumption and costs were lower. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/e4-energy-efficient-reduction-of-exhausts-from-vehicles/ 2006–2014 SEK 42,3 million Volvo Technology · Avslutad SIRP default.jpg – Sustainable Investment Research Platform Through their investments, various actors in financial markets can influence companies to focus on more sustainable development. The programme provides research on corporate reporting, analysts’ valuations and managers’ and investors’ behaviours and portfolio choices based on sustainability criteria. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sirp-sustainable-investment-research-platform/ 2006–2012 SEK 101 million Umeå University · Avslutad PlantComMistra BA10850_PlantCom.jpg Insecticides are often used in plant farms. The research was intended to find ways to make plants more insect-resistant by combining insect ecology and plant physiology in an interdisciplinary way. The programme goals included developing cultivation methods and studying communication with volatile substances that attract natural enemies of aphids. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/plantcommistra/ 2006–2012 SEK 69 million Stockholms University · Avslutad Mistra DADU default.jpg – Deeper Access, Deeper Understanding The question of what humans are guilty of, and what is natural, is key in the environmental debate. The answer is not least important for us to understand what causes changes in our environment — especially from a strategic perspective. Using a heavily miniaturised underwater vehicle, the ‘Deeper Access, Deeper Understanding’ research programme, which ended in 2010, studied untouched places to get closer to the answers to the question. http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:303210/FULLTEXT01.pdf 2006–2010 SEK 4,5 million Uppsala University · Avslutad Transport Mistra default.jpg The Transport Mistra programme, which ended in 2008, boosted understanding of decision-making and traffic planning and developed practical tools that make the transport system more sustainable. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/transport-mistra/ 2006–2008 SEK 30 million Trivector AB · Avslutad Steel Eco-cycle IMSIS099KF1E_low_Stalkretsloppet.jpg The steel industry must change its production to streamline use of metals and utilise less resources. The research provided better production processes and more efficient use of new types of steel, as well as methods for environmentally evaluating processes and products from steel mills, scrap merchants and the engineering industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/steel-eco-cycle/ 2004–2012 SEK 97 million Jernkontoret · Avslutad Clipore default.jpg – Climate Policy Research The threat of climate change is one of the most important and complex challenges facing the world. Clipore supported research and stimulated dialogue, to move international climate negotiations forward. For users, the aim was for the results to largely have direct value for domestic policy makers and their colleagues in other countries. Industry’s role in the programme, in both providing a basis for the research and using the results, was also key. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/clipore-mistras-climate-policy-research-programme/ 2004–2011 SEK 106,9 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad MASE default.jpg – Microbial Activity for a Sound Environment Large quantities of chemicals in the form of pesticides and fertilisers are used annually in agriculture, forestry and horticulture. The MASE research programme, which was completed in 2010, developed microorganisms that can similarly provide nutrition or protection. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mase-microbial-activity-for-a-sound-environment/ 2004-2010 SEK 58 million MASE Laboratorier AB · Avslutad Black Liquor Gasification default.jpg If the black liquor that forms when wood chips are boiled to make pulp were gasified, a quarter of all petrol and diesel used in Sweden could be replaced. The Black Liquor Gasification research programme, which was completed in 2010, succeeded in both developing technical solutions and testing whether the fuel works. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/black-liquor-gasification/ 2004–2010 SEK 43 million BLG-programmet AB · Avslutad DOM default.jpg – Domestication of Microorganisms Microorganisms have proved to have the potential to replace and degrade chemical pesticides. They can also reduce nutrient leaching by absorbing nutrients. The DOM research programme, which was completed in 2011, provided in-depth knowledge of how the process of culturing microorganisms can be streamlined and scaled up from the laboratory setting to large-scale production and practical application. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/dom-domestication-of-microorganisms/ 2003–2011 SEK 61,3 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad Greenchem default.jpg – Specialty Chemicals from Renewable Resources Modern industrial society has been increasingly dependent on fossil raw materials to make plastics, detergents, printing inks, paints, adhesives, pharmaceuticals and various hygiene products. Today’s feedstocks are finite and obtaining them is environmentally harmful, so alternatives are needed. The Greenchem research programme, which ended in 2010, initiated a paradigm shift in the chemical industry to switch the basis of its operations from fossil to renewable raw materials. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/greenchem-speciality-chemicals-from-renewable-resources/ 2003-2010 SEK 70 million Lunds University · Avslutad Marine Paint default.jpg – Measures against Fouling on Boats Today, metal compounds and organic biocides are often used to reduce fouling, but with the side effect of damaging many marine organisms. Before its completion in 2010, the Marine Paint research programme developed an ecologically sound alternative that effectively prevents organisms from starting to grow on ships and boats. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/marine-paint/ 2003-2010 SEK 82,4 million University of Gothenburg · Avslutad PERSEA default.jpg – Plasma-Enhanced Reaction Systems for Environmental Applications Combustion of fossil fuels, household waste and biofuels alike causes emissions of hazardous substances. The PERSEA research programme, which was completed in 2010, developed methods that, in efficient and environmentally sound ways, remove several pollutants without causing new harmful substances to form. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/persea-plasma-enhanced-reaction-systems-for-environment-applications/ 2003-2010 SEK 34,7 million Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden · Avslutad Heureka default.jpg – Environmental decision support models for forest land Besides getting timber from forests, people seek to use them for biofuel production, while also for recreation and as a carbon sink, while preserving biodiversity. This creates a complex web where different stakeholders have varying visions of the future of forests. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/heureka-environmental-decision-support-models-for-forest-land/ 2002-2009 SEK 18,8 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad HagmarksMISTRA default.jpg Semi-natural grasslands are among the habitats that are richest in species, which makes them important for biodiversity. In Sweden and the rest of the EU, these areas have shrunk since the 1980s, and species diversity has thus also decreased. In its natural science, economics and sociology research, the HagmarksMISTRA programme, which ended in 2008, analysed the regulations, proposed various amendments, investigated the farmers’ livelihoods and carried out large-scale field trials to enhance biodiversity. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/hagmarksmistra-management-of-seminatural-grasslands-economics-and-ecology/ 2001–2008 SEK 47 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad Soundscape Support to Health default.jpg Noise, even at low decibels, causes damage to hearing, increases the risk of sleep disturbances and causes premature death to the same extent as road accidents. The ‘Soundscape Support to Health’ research programme, which ended in 2007, developed ‘soundscape thinking’ and a ‘soundscape concept’ that can be used when new residential areas are built, and to improve the noise situation in existing living environments. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/soundscape-support-to-health/ 2000-2007 SEK 40 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad NewS default.jpg – the New Strategy for Risk Management of Chemicals For thousands of the chemical compounds used today, the effects on health and the environment are incompletely known. By bringing together researchers focusing on environmental chemistry and toxicology, as well as legislation and risk management, the NewS programme, which ended in 2009, succeeded in influencing the final version of the European chemicals legislation REACH. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/news-the-new-strategy-for-risk-management-of-chemicals/ 1999–2009 SEK 76,1 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Avslutad ASTA default.jpg – International and National Abatement Strategies for Transboundary Air Pollution The purpose of research in the ASTA research programme, which was completed in 2007, was to support work to bring about a decline in pollution in Sweden and abroad. The programme focused on acidification, the impact of nitrogen on forest ecosystems, effects of ground-level ozone on vegetation, and long-range transport of particles. During the programme period, ASTA made important contributions to the development of international air-protection work, for example to the EU clean air strategy. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/international-and-national-abatement-strategies-for-transboundary-air-pollution-asta/ 1999-2007 SEK 59 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad LUSTRA default.jpg – Land Use Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions A significant stumbling block in the international negotiations is whether and how soil and vegetation can be used as sinks for greenhouse gases. The LUSTRA research programme, which ended in 2007, reviewed the role of soil and proposed strategies for reducing the net supply of greenhouse gases from woodlands. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/lustra-land-use-strategies-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions/ 1999-2007 SEK 60 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad MARE (Marine Research on Eutrophication) default.jpg – a Scientific Base for Cost-Effective Measures for the Baltic Sea Eutrophication is one of the biggest environmental problems in the Baltic Sea, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus from various sources that affect marine ecosystems. The MARE research programme, which was completed in 2006, linked various types of information on the workings of the sea, and how nitrogen and phosphorus are dispersed and used. The costs of reducing these loads in various ways were also calculated. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mare-marine-research-on-eutrophication-a-scientific-base-for-cost-effective-measures-for-the-baltic-sea/ 1999–2006 SEK 62,5 million Stockholm University · Avslutad Mountain Mistra default.jpg – Sustainable Management in the Mountain Region Sweden’s mountain region has low biodiversity and is vulnerable to overexploitation. Nevertheless, the mountains are used for a wide range of activities, ranging from reindeer husbandry to mining. The Mountain Mistra research programme, which ended in 2006, worked to create a knowledge base for a common view of resource conservation, and for finding ways of coordinating various interests to generate long-term, sustainable development of the mountain region. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-management-in-the-mountain-region-mountain-mistra/ 1998–2006 SEK 84 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Umeå) · Avslutad Urban Water default.jpg – Sustainable Urban Water Management The Urban Water research programme, completed in 2006, developed tools from a system perspective for both analysis and practical use in the water and sanitation (WS) system — its technology, organisation and users. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-urban-water-management/ 1998–2006 SEK 62 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad Fuel Cells in a Sustainable Society default.jpg Fuel cells are a very interesting alternative to fossil fuels in vehicles, for example. Mistra’s Fuel Cells in a Sustainable Society programme, which ended in 2010, took several important steps to enable competitive fuel cells to be used in vehicles and other electricity-consuming equipment alike. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/fuel-cells-in-a-sustainable-society/ 1997–2010 SEK 121 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Avslutad FOOD 21 default.jpg – Sustainable Food Production The FOOD 21 research programme, completed in 2008, was aimed at showing options and ways forward for Swedish agriculture. It combined stringent requirements concerning environmental impact and animal care with product quality and good profitability for farmers and the food industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-food-production-food-21/ 1997–2008 SEK 125 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad MiMi default.jpg – Mitigating the Environmental Impact of Mining Waste Swedish mines have dumped hundreds of millions of tonnes of rock masses, which leach various heavy metals into soil and water. The MiMi programme, which ended in 2004, contributed to the fact that it is now possible to assess what happens to a landfill over time in a way that was not previously possible. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mimi-mitigating-the-environmental-impact-of-mining-waste/ 1997–2004 SEK 76 million Luleå University of Technology · Avslutad SUCOZOMA default.jpg – Sustainable Coastal Zone Management Human use of resources in coastal waters is causing problems both in the marine environment and in coastal communities. The SUCOZOMA research programme, which was completed in 2004, contributed to the sustainable use of these resources. This was achieved by developing methods that make it possible to show consideration for both the limits of the ecosystem and the needs of the coastal population. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sucozoma-sustainable-coastal-zone-management/ 1997-2004 SEK 80 million University of Gothenburg · Avslutad RESE default.jpg – Remote Sensing for the Environment How can we know that the efforts being made to manage environmental problems are having the desired effect? And that it is being done at the lowest possible cost? These were two of the questions addressed by the RESE research programme, which ended in 2002, during its eight-year period. RESE Remote Sensing for the Environment: 1997‒2002 RESE Environmental objectives: 2003‒2005 https://www.mistra.org/en/research/rese-remote-sensing-for-the-environment/ 1997-2005 SEK 85 + 3 million Metria Environmental Analysis, National Land Survey of Sweden · Avslutad COLDREM default.jpg – Soil Remediation in a Cold Climate There used to be a shortage of scientific data on soil remediation in Sweden. The COLDREM research programme, which was completed in 2003, developed new methods and accumulated knowledge in two contaminated areas. In this way, knowledge of soil remediation in Sweden, both within and outside universities, has improved significantly. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/coldrem-soil-remediation-in-a-cold-climate/ 1997–2003 SEK 39 million Umeå University · Avslutad Biosignal default.jpg – Using natural scents to combat insect pests In Sweden alone, insects cause damage totalling several billion kronor a year to harvests, but the chemical agents available for controlling insect pests often have severe effects on the environment and health. Practical application of several research results from the Biosignal research programme, which ended in 2005, has culminated in sustainable, effective and economically rational methods of controlling insect pests. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/biosignal-using-natural-scents-to-combat-insect-pests/ 1996–2005 SEK 68 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad VASTRA default.jpg – Water management research programme Groundwater represents a common resource that many people want and need to share. The VASTRA research programme, which was completed in 2005, developed new strategies for sustainable water management. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/vastra-water-management-research-programme/ 1996–2005 SEK 68,5 million University of Gothenburg (2002‒2005) & Linköping University (1996‒2001) · Avslutad SUFOR default.jpg – Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden To be sustainable in the long term, forestry must be both financially profitable and safeguard biodiversity. The SUFOR research programme, which ended in 2004, made it easier to strike a balance between the differing requirements by developing models for assessing the impacts of various management options. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-forestry-in-southern-sweden-sufor/ 1996–2004 SEK 108 million 1996‒2002: Lund University, 2002‒2004: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad ÅSC default.jpg – Ångström Solar Centre Present-day use of energy is always environmentally harmful to some degree, owing to resource consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and other substances that cause environmental and health problems. Solar energy is a more environmentally friendly option. The ÅSC research programme, which ended in 2004, was therefore aimed at creating a stable knowledge base to enable Swedish companies to participate, on a broad front, in the industrial exploitation of solar-energy technology. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/asc-angstrom-solar-centre/ 1996-2004 SEK 75 million. Energimyndigheten har finansierat 75 million. Uppsala University · Avslutad MAaF default.jpg – Microbial Antagonism against Fungi Fungus attack causes widespread, expensive damage to cereals, vegetables, fruit, fodder crops, forests and timber every year. The MAaF research programme, which ended in 2003, developed methods to control harmful fungi based on the use of natural enemies. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/maaf-microbial-antagonism-against-fungi/ 1996-2003 SEK 65 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad SWECLIM default.jpg – Swedish Regional Climate Modelling The SWECLIM research programme, which ended in 2003, developed regional climate models for Sweden and northern Europe, which means that it is now possible to study climate change at regional level. During the programme period, the Rossby Centre at SMHI was established as a hub of climate-modelling research. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sweclim/ 1996–2003 SEK 66,7 million The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) · Avslutad KAM default.jpg – The Ecocyclic Pulp Mill The KAM research programme was completed in 2004. Its overarching objective was to develop solutions that minimised the use of non-renewable resources and made efficient use of the potential of biomass. Several of the solutions developed in the programme are currently used on a large scale by industry both in Sweden and in other countries. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/the-ecocyclic-pulp-mill-kam/ 1996–2003 SEK 90 million Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI) · Avslutad ByggMISTRA default.jpg – Sustainable Building Apartment buildings and other built structures affect their surroundings throughout their long life. The Sustainable Building research programme, completed in 2002, helped to make housebuilding and property management more ecofriendly and reduce energy use in finished properties, including residential buildings. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-building-byggmistra/ 1996–2002 SEK 39 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad Ways Ahead default.jpg – Pathways to sustainable development: behaviours, organisations, structures The Ways Ahead programme, which ended in 2001, succeeded in inducing more researchers in human sciences to engage in environmental research. Their participation boosted understanding of, for example, how individuals’ values and behaviours are shaped. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/ways-ahead-paths-to-sustainable-development/ 1996–2001 SEK 22 million Lund University · Avslutad Avsnitt 5 Mistra meets… Need for knowledge bridges among academia, local government and business Significant networks, important knowledge and perspectives on research leading to practical application were the key topics when Sandra Roos and two former Mistra researchers, who now work in business and the public sector, shared how their research background is beneficial outside academia. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/knowledge-bridges-between-academia-municipalities-and-business-needed/ KappAhl_Sandra_Roos.jpg Rajni Hatti-Kaul on engagement, awareness and academia Professor Rajni Hatti-Kaul thinks constantly about the gap between rich and poor countries and how she can help to boost environmental awareness. Her move from India to Sweden, environmental commitment and academic life have given her experience that she intends to use to generate more practical change. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/rajni-hatti-kaul-on-commitment-awareness-and-academia/ Rajni1.jpg Paving the way for a sustainable Swedish food system Mistra Food Futures has now been launched. This research programme will work out targets for what the Swedish food system needs to achieve by 2045 to be sustainable — economically, socially and environmentally. Programme Director Helena Hansson, a professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), talks about food-related international inspiration, feelings and involvement, and what she sees as the programme’s biggest challenge. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/paving-the-way-for-a-sustainable-swedish-food-system/ SLU_190124_0909_jsg.jpg New method of measuring coronavirus antibodies At Uppsala University, a test method is now being developed by Ulf Landegren and colleagues, to show whether patients have antibodies to COVID-19, combined with other immune parameters. The purpose is to be better able to predict the risks and course of the disease and thereby implement the right treatment in a timely manner. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/new-method-of-measuring-coronavirus-antibodies/ Ulf_Landegren.jpg Aiming to give Swedish companies insight into EU policy She is provoked by resource wastage and engaged by positions in which she can make a real difference. And she is unfazed about pushing companies towards more ambitious sustainability efforts. Meet Maria Wetterstrand, who, with a new base in Brussels, aims to improve Swedish businesses’ access to information about the EU’s environmental and climate policy. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/aiming-to-give-swedish-companies-insight-into-eu-policy/ Maria.jpg Gene scissors: benefits to environment and humankind obstructed by legislation Since this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was announced, ‘gene scissors’ have received a great deal of attention. In Mistra Biotech, researchers have used the method to develop potato varieties with smaller chemical and energy requirements, while simultaneously being more resistant to blight and having optimised starch quality. But for these varieties to reach the market, and to promote more sustainable agriculture, EU legislation needs to be clarified says Dennis Eriksson. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/gene-scissors-benefits-to-environment-and-humankind-obstructed-by-legislation/ dennis_gensaxen.jpg Avsnitt 6Mistra i siffror2011Utbetalningar från Mistra 132.7 miljoner kronortotalt för svenska mottagare i Mkr 117totalt för utländska mottagare i Mkr 13.6Utbetalningar i Mkr fördelat på lärosäten och institut92.1 Svenska universitet och högskolor4.1 Övriga svenska myndigheter9.3 Institut och stiftelser11.5 Svenska företag7.7 Utländska företag/Institut5.9 Utländska universitetUtbetalningar i Mkr fördelade på de fem största mottagarnaStockholms universitet 26Umeå universitet 22SLU 14KTH 8Chalmers 658%Fem största mottagarnas andel i procent av totalt utbetalt belopp.2012Utbetalningar från Mistra 169.5 miljoner kronortotalt för svenska mottagare i Mkr 145.9totalt för utländska mottagare i Mkr 23.6Utbetalningar i Mkr fördelat på lärosäten och institut102.9 Svenska universitet och högskolor4.4 Övriga svenska myndigheter29.4 Institut och stiftelser9.1 Svenska företag13.5 Utländska företag/Institut10.1 Utländska universitetUtbetalningar i Mkr fördelade på de fem största mottagarnaStockholms universitet 27Chalmers 26Umeå universitet 13SLU 12KTH 1153%Fem största mottagarnas andel i procent av totalt utbetalt belopp.2013Utbetalningar från Mistra 176.6 miljoner kronortotalt för svenska mottagare i Mkr 162.9totalt för utländska mottagare i Mkr 13.8Utbetalningar i Mkr fördelat på lärosäten och institut102.8 Svenska universitet och högskolor2.6 Övriga svenska myndigheter33.5 Institut och stiftelser5.9 Svenska företag10.1 Utländska företag/Institut3.7 Utländska universitetUtbetalningar i Mkr fördelade på de fem största mottagarnaChalmers 37Stockholms universitet 25SLU 21KVA 12KTH 1059%Fem största mottagarnas andel i procent av totalt utbetalt belopp.2014Utbetalningar från Mistra 153.6 miljoner kronortotalt för svenska mottagare i Mkr 142.2totalt för utländska mottagare i Mkr 11.4Utbetalningar i Mkr fördelat på lärosäten och institut102.8 Svenska universitet och högskolor4.8 Övriga svenska myndigheter31.3Institut och stiftelser3.4 Svenska företag9.0 Utländska företag/Institut2.3 Utländska universitetUtbetalningar i Mkr fördelade på de fem största mottagarnaStockholms universitet 27Chalmers 21SLU 15Umeå universitet 13KTH 1056%Fem största mottagarnas andel i procent av totalt utbetalt belopp.20152016201720182019Utbetalningar från Mistra 191 miljoner kronortotalt för svenska mottagare i Mkr 183totalt för utländska mottagare i Mkr 8Utbetalningar i Mkr fördelat på lärosäten och institut137 Svenska universitet och högskolor- Övriga svenska myndigheter39 Institut och stiftelser7 Svenska företag2 Utländska företag/Institut6 Utländska universitetUtbetalningar i Mkr fördelade på de fem största mottagarnaLunds universitet 25KTH 24Chalmers 19Handelshögskolan i Stockholm 15SLU 1350%Fem största mottagarnas andel i procent av totalt utbetalt belopp. Avsnitt 7 Interview with Märtha Josefsson, Chair of Mistra’s Committee for Asset Management How was Mistra’s asset management affected by the global coronavirus pandemic in 2020? It may seem odd, but the assets have done well during the pandemic. Admittedly, the global economy initially fell sharply, but the counterforce became gigantic fiscal stimulus packages and central banks that ‘printed new money’ and cut interest rates. At the same time, vaccines began to be rolled out earlier than anyone could expect. Financial markets don’t just look at what’s happening here and now; they discount the future. The pandemic hasn’t affected our actions at all; in our asset management, we always aim for a long-term approach. How do you think sustainability dialogues with asset managers help to strengthen Mistra’s asset management? Mistra’s vision for its asset management is to get a good return while helping the financial services industry work to achieve crucial climate and environmental goals. Our dialogue with the fund managers shows we’re serious and, at the same time, believe that our meetings can provide viewpoints on the climate and environmental challenges that face companies. What potential and challenges do you see regarding Mistra’s asset management in the coming years? The big challenge for the world is the transition we jointly have to make to achieve targets in line with the Paris Agreement and the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals. The financial services industry has taken significant steps in terms of climate change, but there’s still a lot to be done. Due to the complex situation we’re in, we don’t just have one challenge to deal with. Biodiversity is another crucial task on the agenda. In a global perspective, Mistra’s a small player, but every contribution is important. At the same time, we’re convinced that a climate-smart transition in which natural resources are also valued in a reasonable way creates good investment opportunities. Avsnitt 7 del2 Mistra’s Chair Johan Söderström’s thoughts about 2020 A global pandemic, postponed UN climate action, the European Green Deal, and more. What lessons do you take away from 2020? One is that we can actually change our ways and adapt, faster than we think. We also need to remember this when the pandemic’s over, not least in the green transition. It’s extremely positive to see all the tangible initiatives in sustainability from countries and companies, as well as the initiatives in sustainable investment now that the world’s recovering. Another lesson is that we can do a lot digitally without travelling. Many meetings are better when we meet face to face and the discussions are livelier, but a lot of meetings we previously travelled to can be incredibly well managed virtually. At the same time, I have great respect for the fact that many people long for and have a need to meet colleagues physically.
     I also think we’ve become more responsive and really listen to our surroundings and how our fellow human beings are feeling — that we genuinely care about one another to a greater extent than before. The pandemic has also forced us to stop and look around to realise what’s important. That’s something we need to take away, going forward — venturing to stop and see whether we can do things differently and make another decision. That’s hard, given the momentum of everything, but it’s an important lesson. What role do you think Mistra’s role in the Swedish research system is, today and in the future? Mistra’s has a very important role in the Swedish research system, and has had it for a long time. Over the years, SEK 4.7 billion has been invested in environmental research that has the potential to solve key environmental problems and strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness. As an independent research foundation — one that’s conducting research in close dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders from every segment of society to create tangible results — Mistra will, in the future, become even more important for tackling the challenges of climate change.
     Mistra is making a big difference through its programmes, its sustainable asset management and Mistra Dialogue. There are wonderful skills and commitment in Mistra with Anna Jöborn and the team, as well as all those who are involved in and contributing to the work, its programmes and development. As someone working in business, how do you reckon collaboration and mutual learning between academia and business can be developed and promoted? In Sweden, we have a unique research ‘ecosystem’ in which, for a long time, we’ve collaborated across boundaries in academia, politics and business with large and small companies, start-ups, scale-ups, clusters and cities to develop new solutions and technologies. In these collaborations, I believe in more pilot projects and testbeds where we keep venturing to develop and investigate new technologies at home and then export them globally.
     For faster innovation and development, as well as intersectorial learning, we need to keeping creating boundary-crossing teams to build a creative environment where various angles are raised and nurtured. Diversity and inclusion are extremely important, and required for sustainable development, a good working environment and sustained competitiveness.
     We must also make the most of the fact that our young people have sustainability and digitisation in their DNA, and promote collaboration among students and all our companies. For our continued competitiveness, we need to boost children’s interest in technology from an early age and continue to promote lifelong learning in business.
     Mistra is a good example of collaboration where people from academia, business, politics, cities and other stakeholders have the opportunity to develop the sustainable solutions of the future to create a better world for generations to come.
Avsnitt 8 We who work at Mistra Anna Jöborn
 AnnaJoborn15.jpg Chief Executive anna.joborn(at)mistra.org
 Phone: +46 8 791 10 24
 Mobile: +46 70 732 01 95 Fredrik Gunnarsson
 FredrikGunnarsson.jpg Financial Director fredrik.gunnarsson(at)mistra.org
 Phone: +46 8 791 34 80
 Mobile: +46 73 732 73 74 Linda Bell LindaBell.jpg Programmes Director linda.bell(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 28 Mobile: +46 70 732 25 91 Christopher Folkeson Welch ChristopherWelch.jpg Programmes Director chris.welch(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 26 Mobile: +46 70 732 30 74 Thomas Nilsson ThomasNilsson.jpg Programmes Director thomas.nilsson(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 22 Mobile: +46 70 629 88 12 Malin Lindgren MalinLindgren.jpg Communications Manager malin.lindgren(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 27 Mobile: +46 76 112 37 00 Åsa Moberg AsaMoberg.jpg Programmes Director asa.moberg(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 21 Mobile: +46 70 732 46 02 Linnea Kassmo LinneaKassmo.jpg Office Coordinator linnea.kassmo(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 23 Mobile: +46 70 659 09 60 Josefin Lönberg JosefinLonberg.jpg Economy josefin.lonberg(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 25 Mobile: +46 70 732 25 92 Johan Edman
 JohanEdman.jpg Programmes Director johan.edman(at)mistra.org
 Mobile: +46 70 732 40 73 Jessica Bergh JessicaBergh.jpg Communications Officer jessica.bergh(at)mistra.org Mobile: +46 70 732 00 29