Student Council

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) steps into the future with the Student Council! This is a meetingplace for socially engaged students who want to help develop ideas for Sweden’s future by broadening and participating IVA’s discussions and activities.

The Student Council is a forum for socially engaged students who want to meet like-minded people and shape the future of society. It is a place where students who want to take part when Sweden’s (and the world’s) future is discussed can test ideas, hone skills and build networks. 

The Student Council welcomes committed students from Swedish universities that offer engineering programmes, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm School of Economics and the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law.  

The purpose of the Student Council is to add the perspective of young academics to IVA’s activities. 

The goal of the Student Council is to have played an active part in IVA’s work towards a future young people want to live in. 

What the Student Council does

  • Engages young students and doctoral candidates in social issues and provides a forum where they can make a difference. 
  • Contributes to IVA’s activities – internal and external – adding a student perspective for the future of society and development of technology and engineering.

The Student Council plays an active role by raising issues and sparking engagement. One of the main ways it does this is by running its own projects within the framework of the areas IVA’s activities address. These areas include digitisation, higher education and research, innovation, climate and environment, business and industry, the built environment, and education and learning.

Some of the Student Council’s past projects include one focused on mobilisation for the climate (Kraftsamla för klimatet) which included a workshop on climate leadership to find strategies to help people drive climate issues at the individual and organisational level. Ongoing projects are exploring how to digitalise rural Sweden, how new graduates are experiencing a digital start in the job market and how it can be improved, and diversity in student recruitment in higher education. 

The Student Council’s work also involves participation in IVA’s four focus areas: World-Class Knowledge, Enterprise of the Future, Climate–Resources–Energy and People–Technology–Society. The Student Council is also involved in the IVA’s Advisory Council, steering and work groups for IVA’s projects, IVA’s seminars and workshops and in the leadership teams for IVA South, IVA North, IVA West and IVA East. Read more about IVA and the Academy

The full Student Council usually meets for four meetings and one weekend conference per term. The Student Council appoints its representatives. From January to March each year IVA looks for the universities’ top and most engaged students and doctoral candidates. Academic excellence, engagement in issues relating to business, education and society or entrepreneurship are examples of qualifications. 

IVA pays all meeting costs for venues and refreshments, while the participating universities pay for travel to Student Council meetings, conferences, seminars and other activities, and any accommodation expenses. The universities select the students to be nominated. 

Student Council Mentoring Programme   

The Student Council Mentoring Programme aims to promote an exchange of knowledge and experiences between students and IVA’s fellows and members of IVA’s Business Executives Council (BEC). 

The Mentoring Programme – a Student Council initiative – begins after the summer and continues until the end of the following spring. IVA fellows and BEC members are matched with the Student Council’s 13 members based on similar areas of interest. It is up to the mentors and students to agree on the number of digital meetings they have, but the recommendation is at least for meetings. 

Registration is open until 1 September 2021.

Register here!

Student Council members (2021–2022)

Chair Lovisa Berglund, Chalmers University of Technology (2020–2022)
Vice Chair Hanna Brouilette, Mälardalen University (2020–2022)
Mette Barten, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (2020–2022)
Evelina Dannert, Royal Institute of Technology (2021–2023)
Emelie Detert, Linköping University (2020–2022)
William Eulau, Uppsala University (2020–2022)
Louise Karsten, Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University (2021–2023)
Estelle Lohm, Linköping University (2021–2023)
Andreas Månsson, University of Borås (2021–2023)
Spencer Robild, Stockholm School of Economics (2021–2023)
Hjalmar Åhman, Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University (2021-2023)

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