Press releases


Instruments led by IRF selected for ESA potential future mission to either Mars or Earth’s Orbit

15 November, 2023 - Institutet för rymdfysik

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of three prospective space missions. Among these missions, the Swedish Institute for Space Physics (IRF) takes the lead in managing the scientific instrument consortia for two projects: the Plasma Observatory and M-MATISSE. The forthcoming three-year “Phase A” which consists of comprehensive technical and scientific studies will […]

The climate crisis has an impact on infrastructure and society

10 October, 2023 - Mälardalens universitet

The current climate crisis and its effects on infrastructure and society are becoming increasingly apparent. To mitigate the effects of the climate crisis, municipal infrastructure for streets, water and sanitation systems must be renovated and reinforced. Pär Blomkvist, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Industrial Engineering at Mälardalen University (MDU), conducts research on the history of municipal infrastructure to explore how it can help society adapt to the challenges of the climate crisis.

Swedish space instruments on their way to study Jupiter’s icy moons – successful launch of the Juice spacecraft

17 April, 2023 - Institutet för rymdfysik

At 14.14, Swedish time, on April 14, the European Juice (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) spacecraft was launched from French Guiana with the destination Jupiter and its icy moons Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede. The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is responsible for two of the ten scientific instruments on board Europe’s largest scientific space mission […]

Researchers’ view: Household risks in times of financial stress

28 March, 2023 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

How do rising interest rates, high inflation, and low growth affect the financial health of households? And how does the current economic climate impact wealth inequality as a whole? Researchers at the Swedish House of Finance share their views on the current economic situation.

Space scientists in Kiruna will use sounding rocket to create colorful clouds for aurora studies

9 March, 2023 - Institutet för rymdfysik

Auroral scientists at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna are planning, with the help of SSC, to launch a sounding rocket from Esrange Space Center between 12-22 March 2023 with the aim of studying conditions in near-Earth space. The experiment will create unusual and beautiful light phenomenon. “To succeed in the scientific […]

The pandemic has changed the Swedish fashion industry

7 March, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

The COVID-19 pandemic has had clear consequences for the Swedish fashion industry. Digitalisation has accelerated, while efforts to attract customers to physical stores have stagnated. A development that will continue, according to researcher Gabriella Wulff.

Data reveals persistent gender gap in financial research

7 March, 2023 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Women make up only 20% of researchers working in finance departments at leading universities and their representation decreases with seniority, data from the Swedish House of Finance shows. Sweden has the second highest female representation after Australia, but on the professorial level, it ranks third.

Studies of how new species arise are rewarded with the Crafoord Prize

31 January, 2023 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

This year’s Crafoord Laureate in biosciences has demonstrated that Darwin’s theories about natural selection are true in practice. Using revolutionary studies of finches and sticklebacks, Dolph Schluter, University of British Columbia, Canada, has provided us with knowledge of how species arise.