The organisation

Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris is administered by a secretariat, a nomination committee, and a board.

The nomination committee submits three nominees for the Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris to the Foundation’s board, which selects the winner.

The secretariat

Nomination committee

The nomination committee operates independently of the Foundation, thereby safeguarding its longevity, transparency, and independence. Four members are appointed based on a proposal from Stockholm University in consultation with other higher education institutions with relevant expertise, with the fifth member appointed by the Foundation’s board. Members of the nomination committee work in relevant fields at universities and other institutions in Sweden and other countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Committee members are elected for a term of four years and are eligible for re-election for an additional 4-year period.

Christina Rudén (Chairman)
Professor Stockholm University, Department of Environmental Science, Sweden.

Christina Rudén is professor in regulatory toxicology and ecotoxicology at the Department of environmental science, Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research focuses on analyzing and evaluating the foundations and workings of EU chemicals legislation, in particular how science is used for regulatory decision-making. She has served as an expert to the Swedish Government, the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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Anna-Stiina Heiskanen
Director of the Marine and Freshwater Solutions Unit, Professor
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE),
Director Freshwater Centre,

Anna-Stiina Heiskanen has scientific expertise on marine ecosystems functioning, ecological state, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Her research has focused on ecosystem-based management and adaptive governance and protection of freshwater and marine systems. She is the director of the Freshwater Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute and a docent (adjunct professor) in marine biology at the University of Helsinki. Previously worked at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre in carrying out research and supporting the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive for the harmonisation of the ecological status assessments in inland and coastal waters.

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Inna Sokolova
Professor University of Rostock (expert in environmental physiology and toxicology of marine organisms), Germany

Inna Sokolova has studied biology at St. Petersburg State University and defended her Ph.D. in Zoology at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia. After post-doctoral training in Germany and Canada and 15 years as a professor at the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, she returned to the Baltic shores as Professor and Chair of Marine Biology at the University of Rostock in northern Germany. Her research focuses on understanding the physiological mechanisms that set limits to tolerance of marine organisms to anthropogenic stressors such as climate change, ocean acidification, hypoxia and pollution.

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Jan Marcin Węsławski
Institute of Oceanology
Polish Academy of Sciences,

Jan Marcin Węsławski, marine ecologist, focused on the coastal ecosystems, biodiversity and climate change research as well as human relation to nature. Presently director of the Institue of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot.

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Marie Berglund
Member of the board
Björn Carlsons Östersjöstiftelse (BalticSea2020), Sweden.

Photo: Bengt Alm

See below, The board.

The board

Bo Lehander
Chairman of the board
+46 70-518 43 63

Bo Lehander has worked with asset management since 1984:

SEB 1984-1990
Carlson Investment Management 1990-2000
Skandia 2000-2002
Nordic Fund 2002-2017
Alsback Förvaltning 2017 – current

Marie Berglund
Board member

Marie Berglund is an ecologist from Umeå University with further education in chemistry and process engineering at various universities. Marie has worked with environmental issues throughout her professional life, including in the forest industry, infrastructure, and construction. She has served for many years on the boards of Boliden, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Swedish Forest Agency, and the Västernorrland County Administrative Board.

Maria Carlson Fahlman
Board member

Maria Carlson Fahlman is studying law at Uppsala University. She has spent an extensive amount of time in the Stockholm archipelago with her family and has become involved with the Baltic Sea and its problems. Maria is the granddaughter of the Foundation’s founder, Björn Carlson (1935-2021), and is the Carlson family’s representative on the board.

Carl André
Board member

Carl André is a Professor in evolutionary biology at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, University of Gothenburg. He studies local adaptation and population structure in marine species.

Per Larsson
Board member

Per Larsson has been a researcher throughout his professional life. He earned his PhD in Limnology in 1984 from Lund University, where he became Professor of Ecotoxicology in 2000. At the age of 50, he became Professor of Marine Ecology at Linnaeus University in Kalmar. His research is now primarily focused on the Baltic Sea. In addition to his work, Per’s main interests are nature and fishing, particularly salmon fly fishing.

Johan Kuylenstierna
Board member

Johan Kuylenstierna has worked with asset management since 1983.

CEO Kuylenstierna & Skog S.A,
Chairman Stichting IKEA Foundation
Chairman Stichting IMAS Foundation
Chairman Stichting INGKA Foundation
Former CEO Luxonen S.A, and board member Alsback Fund Management Limited.