The organising committee: Erik Kjellström (SMHI), Fariborz Zelli (BECC, Lund University), Gustaf Hugelius (Bolin Centre, Stockholm University), Heather Reese (BECC, University of Gothenburg), Ilona Riipinen (Bolin Centre, Stockholm University), Mattias Hallquist (MERGE, University of Gothenburg), Paul Miller (MERGE, Lund University), Ralf Döscher (MERGE, SMHI), Torben Königk (SMHI), Lina Nikoleris (MERGE/BECC, Lund University) and Josefin Madjidian (BECC, Lund University).

BECC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate

A national Strategic Research Area in Sweden, coordinated by Lund University, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and in partnership with the University of Gothenburg

BECC engages about 300 researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg and brings together scientists from the natural and social sciences. BECC research is about tackling the complex social-ecological grand challenges connected to how climate change and land use change affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. Our researchers therfore study how direct and indirect human impacts on the climate and ecosystems influence biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, from local to global scales, to provide a scientific basis for the integration of knowledge to inform mitigation and adaptation decisions.


MERGE ModElling the Regional and Global Earth System

A national Strategic Research Area in Sweden, coordinated by Lund University, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and in partnership with the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers Institute of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Linneus University and Rossby Centre/SMHI

MERGE involves more than 250 researchers, including senior scientists, young scientists and other contributing staff.Reliable modelling of the Regional and Global Earth system is of utmost importance for society. Even though climate science is sufficiently robust to justify action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, the need to narrow down uncertainties that are central to assessing climate change and its impacts persists. Such uncertainties pertain to climate sensitivity, Earth System feedbacks and interactions and to incomplete understanding of key climate forcings and the interplay of physical and biological climate/Earth System components. This can be tackled with research that in turn supports mitigation and adaptation efforts on global, regional and local arenas.


Bolin Centre for Climate Research

A multi-disciplinary consortium of over 400 scientists in Sweden that conduct research and graduate education related to the Earth´s climate

The Bolin Centre focuses on extending and disseminating knowledge about the Earth’s natural climate system, climate variations, climate impacting processes, climate modelling, human impact on the climate and climate impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity and human conditions as well as how society can minimize negative impacts.

The centre was formed in 2006 by Stockholm University, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).


The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

SMHI, is the Swedish expert authority in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society.

The SMHI research department provides tools, knowledge and decision guidance for the society and focus on the increased requirements with regard to the environment and a climate in change provide new prerequisites.