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Astronomy researcher elected to the Young Academy of Sweden

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Oscar Agertz, whose research focuses on the formation of stars and galaxies, was delighted to become a new member.

Oscar Agertz, associate senior lecturer at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, has been elected to the Young Academy of Sweden. Over the next five years he will work to inspire young people and strengthen the role of research in society.

“I felt very happy and honoured when I got the news”, says Oscar Agertz.

The Young Academy of Sweden brings together young, prominent researchers from all disciplines and parts of the country. The term for members is limited to five years, which results in a continuous influx of energy and ideas. In a short time, the organisation has become a strong voice among decision-makers in the research community, both nationally and internationally.

“It will be enjoyable to work on matters that aim to show the positive impact research has on society. I also look forward to championing the importance of basic research, which I think should be a well-funded and protected activity”, he says.

Since its founding in 2011, the Young Academy of Sweden has had a total of 95 leading researchers as members. Among other things, the organisation’s work focuses on scientific innovation, an interdisciplinary approach and quality-driving career paths. To enthuse children and young people, the organisation has published a book, Forskardrömmar (Researcher Dreams), which has attracted a lot of attention.

“I am really passionate about inspiring young people to choose a career in research”, he says.

Oscar Agertz is one of eight new researchers to be elected to the Young Academy of Sweden. Lisa Hellman, a researcher in history at Lund University, is also among the new members.

Text and photo: Johan Joelsson.