Dan Brändström to receive IVA’s Great Gold Medal

During the 97th Annual Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) on 28 October the Academy will present the 2017 Great Gold Medal and three Gold Medals. The Great Gold Medal will be awarded to Professor Dan Brändström. The Gold Medals will be awarded to MSc. Eng. Marie Ehrling, Professor Magnus Berggren and Professor Lars-Gunnar Mattson.

“I am overwhelmed but also honoured and grateful to receive this prestigious award from IVA,” says Professor Dan Brändström, recipient of IVA’s 2017 Great Gold Medal.

Professor Dan Brändström is receiving IVA’s Great Gold Medal for “his outstanding contributions and deep commitment to Swedish and European research and higher education. He is a true humanist and social scientist with a great interest in and commitment to natural sciences, engineering and medicine. As a skilled and experienced public official, a driven and visionary investigator and bold and spirited debater, he has helped bring about sweeping changes in the way research is funded and organised.”

Dan Brändström has had a long career in academia. The positions he has held include University Director at Umeå University and Director of the Regional Board of Higher Education in Umeå. Dan Brändström has led several government commissions in higher education and research and has built relationships with universities in different parts of the world.

Professor Magnus Berggren is receiving IVA’s Gold Medal for “his innovative and creative research in organic electronics.” He is one of the most prominent figures in the field of “electronic paper,” which involves printing things like sensors and displays directly on paper and cardboard. In 2002 he became a professor in organic electronics at Linköping University and is today the head of a research team in the field. He has also worked in cooperation with Karolinska Institutet to develop bioelectronics components for home diagnostics to potentially relieve the pressure on the healthcare system.

MSc. Eng., D. Eng., h.c. Marie Ehrling was awarded IVA’s Gold Medal for “her great contributions as a leader and her important work on the boards of Swedish companies.” With great integrity she has promoted change in a way that distinguishes modern leadership.” Marie Ehrling has served, among other things, as Vice President of SAS and CEO of TeliaSonera Sweden. She is Chairman of Telia Company and Securitas and Vice President of Nordea Bank. She is Vice President of Axel Johnson and has been a member of the boards of Schibsted ASA, Oriflame and other companies.

Professor Lars-Gunnar Mattsson is receiving IVA’s Gold Medal for “his key role in developing industrial international marketing as an academic field. Among other things, he has been instrumental in communicating knowledge on practical applications in industry based on his many years of experience at Marknadstekniskt Centrum, MTC.” In 1973 Lars-Gunnar Mattsson became the first professor of industrial marketing at Linköping University. Since then he has worked as a professor of business administration, including at Uppsala University and since 1980 at Stockholm School of Economics. As professor emeritus he is currently active at the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets, Misum, at Stockholm School of Economics. Lars-Gunnar Mattsson’s fields include system sales, globalisation of businesses and markets, service innovation and ICT, within the framework of industrial international marketing.

“IVA’s 2017 medallists have done important work in research and industry, are good role models and are highly deserving of the recognition that these medals provide,” says IVA’s Björn O. Nilsson.

The medals will be awarded by H.R.H Prince Daniel at Stockholm Concert Hall on Friday, 28 October in connection with IVA’s Annual Meeting.

Background to IVA’s Gold Medals

Every year, to highlight the fundamental role and wide-ranging significance of engineering for society, IVA recognises individuals who are currently doing unique and significant work in the fields of engineering, economics and industry. These individuals are presented with either IVA’s Great Gold Medal or a Gold Medal at IVA’s Annual Meeting.  


IVA awards its Great Gold Medal in recognition of “outstanding achievements in the Academy’s fields of activity.”

The Gold Medals have two purposes and are awarded either for meritorious work in the Academy’s fields of activity, applying and further developing knowledge and engineering” or for “considerable administrative and organisational contributions supporting research and development in the Academy’s fields of activity.”

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