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Katarina Gårdfeldt new Director of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

News: Nov 02, 2017

The Swedish Government has today, Thursday 2 November, appointed Katarina Gårdfeldt, Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV), to be the new Director of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. She will take office 1 January 2018.

– Even if it is unfortunate to lose a competent co-worker, I’m also pleased that Katarina Gårdfeldt receives this important mission to direct the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. By that, she gets an even greater opportunity to have an impact on polar research and its importance for the climate. I congratulate Katarina to her new assignment, says Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg.

Promote Swedish polar research

As Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV), co-owned by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Katarina Gårdfeldt has worked with the task to generate and disseminate knowledge about sustainable development by creating arenas for co-operation between the academia and the business community, as well as the provision of information and education to the general public. An important task has also been to strengthen toe co-operation between and within the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

In her new assignment as Director of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Katarina Gårdfeldt will be in charge of the co-ordination and promotion of Swedish polar research. The authority organises and supports research expeditions to the polar regions in co-operation with universities and research authorities, and manages research infrastructure such as the ice-breaker Oden.

The assignment also includes to effect the relocation of the authority from Stockholm to Luleå by 30 June 2019. The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat has 30 employees.

– It is a such an interesting and stimulating work to be Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV). But to get the opportunity to lead the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat in a time where knowledge about global environmental changes, and how they take place in the Artic and Antarctica, will be fundamental for the future was an assignment I couldn’t decline. But it wasn’t an easy decision to make, says Katarina Gårdfeldt.

Continues as chair for SDSN Northern Europe

Katarina Gårdfeldt will continue as one of two chairs for SDSN Northern Europe, the North European part of the global United Nations network SDNS, which mobilises global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development through a close dialogue between academia, politics and business community.

 

 

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Originally published on: medarbetarportalen.gu.se

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