2016-08-24 Anna Sjöström Douagi appointed Programme Director of the Nobel Center

Press release August 24, 2016

Anna Sjöström Douagi, currently Executive Director of the Young Academy of Sweden, has been assigned the task of developing the future public programme activities at the Nobel Center. She will assume her new position during the autumn.

In her new role, Anna Sjöström Douagi will help develop broad public activities at the Nobel Center targeted to school children, the general public, decision makers and researchers from all over the world. Dr Douagi will also work with the popular science meeting activities connected to the Nobel Prize that are already taking place around the world today. These activities will be based on the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas and ability to inspire people to seek knowledge, question the status quo and desire to understand and improve the world.

Today Dr Douagi is Executive Director of the Young Academy of Sweden, which she established on behalf of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2011. She has wide-ranging experience of international research collaboration efforts and defended her dissertation in immune biology at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university that selects the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or  Medicine.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to engage Anna Sjöström Douagi to work with the Nobel Center. She has made a fantastic contribution by building the Young Academy of Sweden from the ground up, making it a sought-after platform for the most prominent young researchers in our country. The Young Academy of Sweden has evolved into an established voice for research in Sweden, with activities aimed at bringing research to a broad audience. I am convinced that Anna will make a positive contribution to our efforts to make the Nobel Center a place that engages people and examines the major issues of our era,” says Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.

“It will be very exciting to help develop the activities at the future Nobel Center, a place that will so clearly focus on science, education, culture and peace. In times of disunity and questioning of science this is more vital than ever, especially to show our children the value of these issues. The Nobel Center will be a meeting place and venue for ideas – where researchers, the general public, school children, the business community and decision makers can come together in a harmonious way and really tackle the major issues of the future,” says Anna Sjöström Douagi.

Dr Douagi will assume her new position during the autumn of 2016.

The Nobel Prize is surrounded by a network of organisations and institutions with different tasks related to the prize. Over the past decade, the organisational structure has grown, particularly in areas tasked with inspiring and spreading knowledge about the Nobel Prize. For detailed information about the various entities in the Nobel sphere, see The Nobel Foundation 2015 Annual Review: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_organizations/nobelfoundation/annual_review_15.pdf


About the Nobel Center
The Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula of central Stockholm will build its public activities around exhibitions, school programmes, meetings and lectures about the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas – natural sciences, literature and peace. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning contributions and inspiring stories of the Laureates, the Nobel Center will be able to examine history as well as our own era and the major issues that are crucial to our world and our future. The building was designed by David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, who were selected in April 2014 by a unanimous jury as the winners of the Nobel Center architectural competition.

For further information, please contact
Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Communications, Nobel Center
rebecka.oxelstrom@nobelcenter.se, +46 734 12 66 75

Anna Sjöström Douagi. Photo: Young Academy of Sweden. Markus Marcetic

Anna Sjöström Douagi. Photo: Young Academy of Sweden. Markus Marcetic