About EcoChange

EcoChange is funded by the Swedish government, via Formas, as part of the government's strategic research initiative on marine environmental research. The project was granted 35.4 MSEK for 2010 – 2014. The funding was prolonged during 2015-2016, while awaiting further government decisions. At the end of the year 2016 the government decided to prolong the programme until 2020.

EcoChange is led by a programme board, a scientific coordinator and a steering group. The board and scientific coordinator is appointed by the Umeå University board. EcoChange is administered through Umeå University and the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science.

Researchers, theme-leaders and reference group gathered for an EcoChange workshop. Photo: Kristina Viklund.
Vice coordinator Catherine Legrand from Linnaeus University. Photo: Kristina Viklund.

The programme was evaluated by the government via Formas in 2014. The expert panel praised the strategic programme, and pointed out the management, the international collaboration and the close contact with stakeholders as important success factors. The funding was prolonged during 2015-2016, while awaiting further government decisions.


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EcoChange praised by expert panel

EcoChange praised by expert panel

Evaluation The first five years of EcoChange have come to an end, and the strategic research programme has been evaluated. The expert panel praise the strategic programme, and point out the management, the international collaboration and the close contact with stakeholders as important success factors. Read more

Programme Board

Marianne Sommarin, Chairman
Deputy vice chancellor, Umeå University

Peter Aronsson,
Vice Chairman
Pro-rector, Linnaeus University

Åke Bengtsson
Director, The Competent Authority for the Bothnian Sea River Basin District

Per Larsson
Prof. School of Natural Sciences,
Linnaeus University

Markus Meier
Oceanographer,
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

Mats Tysklind
Prof. Dept of Chemistry,
Umeå University

Reference group

Annica Gammeltoft
Norrbotten County Administrative Board

Johnny Berglund
Västerbotten County Administrative Board

Izabela Alias
Kalmar County Administrative Board

Irene Bohman
Swedish River Basin District Authorities

Sonja Råberg
Stockholm County Administrative Board

Hans-Göran Lax
West Finland Environmental Centre

Elisabeth Sahlsten
Swedish agency for marine and water management