The Foundation Award presented to Lisbeth Olsson

​This year's Foundation Award goes to Professor Lisbeth Olsson at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology. She is one of the most prominent researchers at Chalmers and she has shown great commitment in many areas.
​Lisbeth Olsson has in a short time established a large research group in industrial biotechnology and her collaborative research, often around innovative ideas whose potentials are not yet known, leading to knowledge building and new practices for her partners which has a great potential for impact.

She also shows great commitment in all levels of education, from basic to research level, and to strong leadership in various parts of the Chalmers organization. Already when Lisbeth was recruited to Chalmers, she started discussions with several other Chalmers researchers on cross-border research collaborations. These collaborations have, among other things, led to the creation of the KAW-funded center Wallenberg Wood Science Center, the strategic research program Chalmers Energy Initiative and the Formas-funded cooperation project BioBuF, which engages groups from four institutions at Chalmers and RISE. Her efforts as Area of Advance leader for Energy have been characterized by an engagement for all activities and areas regardless of Chalmers institutional boundaries.

The Award comprises a personal payment of SEK 25,000 (before taxes) and an activity grant of SEK 100,000.

An important task of the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation is to stimulate the development of the University's activities. For many years the Foundation has contributed to quality and renewal through funding within selected areas. The Foundation Award was established to highlight, in particular, the crucial importance of Chalmers employees to the success of the University and to focus on examples that act as a source of inspiration. The Award is presented once each year and was presented for the first time in 2006.

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Lisbeth Olsson

Professor, Head of Division of Industrial Biotechnology

Lisbeth Olsson works in the area of Industrial Biotechnology focusing on design and use of enzymes and microorganisms in processes where plant cell wall material is converted to fuels, chemicals and material. Lisbeth leads the research group Industrial Biotechnology and is active in Chalmers Area of Advances Energy and Life Science Engineering.

1994 Ph.D. at Lund University
2006 Professor at DTU
2008 Professor at Chalmers
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Published: Fri 09 Mar 2018. Modified: Fri 09 Mar 2018