About EcoChange

EcoChange is a part of the government's strategic research initiative on marine environmental research. The research programme is a collaboration between Umeå University, Linnaeus University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and is hosted by Umeå University.

Researchers, theme-leaders and reference group gathered at the EcoChange conference. Photo: Kristina Viklund.

EcoChange was originally funded for 2010–2014. 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. At the end of the year 2016 the government decided to prolong the programme until 2020. Around sixty scientists work within the EcoChange programme.

Researcher Mireia Bertos Fortis at Linnaeus University presents her poster at the 2017 EcoChange conference. Photo: Kristina Viklund.

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.

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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Scientific coordinator

Agneta Andersson
Prof. Dept of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Umeå University 

Tel:  +46 90 786 98 45

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Vice coordinator

Catherine Legrand
Prof. School of Natural Sciences, Pro-rector
Linnaeus University 

Tel:  +46 480 44 73 09

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Programme Board

Marianne Sommarin, Chairman
Senior advisor, Umeå University

Ann-Charlotte Larsson,
Vice Chairman
Vice-rector, Linnaeus University

Åke Bengtsson
Water strategist, Västernorrland County Administrativ Board

Per Larsson
Prof. School of Natural Sciences,
Linnaeus University

Helén Andersson
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