The Åforsk Foundation awards the prize each year to a researcher who has conducted outstanding dissemination of knowledge. The 2021 award goes to Filip Johnsson at the Department Space, Earth and Environment. Filip is one of Sweden's most prominent researchers in the field of sustainable energy systems.
Congratulations on being awarded this prize! How does it feel?
"I was very happy and surprised when I got the phone call that I had received the award. It is of course a great honor, and it reflects the fact that the research group that I have built up together with my talented colleagues produces relevant results".
The motivation for the award states, among other things, that you are very active as a committed disseminator of knowledge outside the academic sphere. This is exemplified, among other things, by the countless interviews that you gave given to newspapers and on radio and television, your strong participation in the public discussion forum, and a number of debate articles that have appeared in the daily press. "Filip does not shy away from the big issues and his multifaceted work is permeated by knowledge as a means of contributing to sustainable societal development."
Why is it important to get involved in the public debate?
"My research is concerned with studying how the current energy system can be switched to a more sustainable system. In this arena, many exciting things are happening right now, even though there remain great challenges and different views as to what should be done. Hopefully, a commitment to the public debate can contribute to the debate becoming more objective and the avoidance of “non-fact-based” polarization of opinions", says Filip Johnsson.
Here is Åforsk's motivation for the 2021 winners:
"Professor Filip Johnsson, who is active at the Department of Space, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, is awarded the 2021 Knowledge Prize by the ÅForsk Foundation. Filip Johnsson is one of Sweden's most prominent researchers in the field of sustainable energy systems, and is very active as a committed disseminator of knowledge outside the academic sphere. This is exemplified, among other things, by countless interviews in newspapers, radio and television, participation with great commitment in the public discussion, and a number of debate articles in the daily press. Filip does not shy away from the big issues and his multifaceted work is permeated by knowledge as a means of contributing to sustainable societal development. ”
Information about previous prize winners can be found on the foundation's website: aforsk.se
About the prize
Every year since 1995, the Åforsk Foundation has awarded a prize for outstanding contributions to the dissemination of knowledge from universities and colleges. The disseminators of one's own knowledge, as well as messages about the importance of research have previously been awarded prizes. The prize of SEK 100,000 is personal.
Since its inception in 1985, ÅForsk has had the purpose of working for research and development as its main areas. The foundation is the largest shareholder in the listed company ÅF Pöyry AB (AFRY). The grants that are distributed come from share dividends from the company. The board consists of members from the founders - King. The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, Skogsindustrierna, Energiföretagen Sverige, and ÅF Pöyry AB (AFRY).