KVVS, Kungl. Vetenskaps- och Vitterhets-Samhället, is an interdisciplinary association established in 1778 with the main purpose to promote scientific research and support higher education.
The academy’s work includes – among other things – lectures, conferences, publishing, awarding of scholarships and various types of targeted actions. The members should be ready to act as representatives in various foundations, and they also give out prizes and awards. Furthermore, KVVS wants to initiate new areas of science, that are seen as important but has no current place in the universities.
Professor Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede is head of the Chemical Biology division at Chalmers, and was recently elected as member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Her work on protein folding has attracted much attention (read more about her work here
). For her, the membership of KVVS is an additional sign of the high quality of her work.
– It’s very nice, and provides a proof that you are doing something good, that your scientific expertise is of interest, she says.
To become a new member of KVVS, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede has been nominated for her seat. She now takes her place in one of nine divisions; Class 4, Chemical Sciences. The division already includes two Biology and Biological Engineering’s professors: Ann-Sofie Sandberg and Jens Nielsen.
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede still don’t know exactly what work the position at KVVS will entail.
– But I will soon! she says.
– For me, as a relatively new citizen of Gothenburg, this is also an excellent way to get to know scientists from other disciplines. I will get an expanded network. You never know what possible collaborations and research successes that might bring.
Text: Mia Malmstedt