Large Research Grants Awarded 2004 - 2007
2007 – 2008 - Nordens Ark received SEK 2.400.000 to the Amfibian Ark project.
During 2007 and 2008, the Foundation has donated a total of SEK 2,400,000 to the Amphibian Ark project at Nordens Ark. This project includes research, hands-on protection work and education about threatened species of amphibians around the world. The grant has been used to finance the gathering and compilation of scientific competence, as well as the purchase of laboratory equipment, technical equipment and certain furnishings.
Nordens Ark is a non-profit organization with the long-term goal of saving threatened animal species from extinction.
2009 - University of Gothenburg - Department of Zoology received a grant of SEK 200,000 for the project Evolution of sociality and altruism in waterfowl.
The evolution of sociality, cooperation and altruism among animals is a central unsolved problem in evolutionary biology. In waterfowl, a common form of apparent altruism is brood parasitism: some females raise the offspring of other females who have laid eggs in their nest. We test the hypothesis that relatedness between host and parasite is an important component of this behaviour. We study eider ducks in Svalbard, where the short reproductive season and open terrain allows us to film female behaviour and measure their relatedness with molecular genetic methods. The project is expected to generate new knowledge concerning social evolution.
2006 - 2009 - The endowed chair Hasselblad Professor of Public Learning and Understanding of Science (PLUS) was granted SEK 9 million.
The Hasselblad Foundation decided in 2004 to endow a chair to be designated The Hasselblad Professor in Public Learning and Understanding of Science (PLUS) in honour of the Victor Hasselblad centenary. It was also decided that the chair was to be shared between Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers) and University of Gothenburg. Recruitment for the position took place during 2005.
Dr Ilan Chabay
The subject Public Learning and Understanding of Science may include studies of: public understanding and attitudes towards science and technology; science in schools; science and the media; and science and gender.
Dr Ilan Chabay from the United States became the first Hasselblad Professor of Public Learning and Understanding of Science. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Victor Hasselblad’s birth, March 8, 2006, Dr Chabay delivered his inaugural lecture in Göteborg.
Ilan Chabay has been Senior Research Scientist at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Associate Director of the Exploratorium, the science museum in San Francisco, and President of the New Curiosity Shop, a company developing strategies and tools for public understanding of science.
2005 - Universeum received SEK 800,000 to develop equipment for the illustration of modern scientific and technical aspects of energy.
Universeum in Göteborg, which opened in 2001, is a Swedish national science center, the mission of which is to encourage children in their natural interest in learning, and to stimulate their curiosity about the natural sciences and technology. Universeum is a support center for learning, with the long-term aim of contributing to improved recruitment to universities and institutes of higher education as well as to business and commerce (http://www.universeum.se).
The Hasselblad Foundation provided 2005 a grant of SEK 800,000 to allow Universeum to develop equipment for the illustration of modern scientific and technical aspects of energy.
2004 - Nordens Ark received SEK 1.8 million to establish research activities in the discipline of biodiversity and threatened species and races.
The Nordens Ark Foundation in Western Sweden is engaged in long-term efforts to safeguard threatened species. The Hasselblad Foundation provided 2004 a grant of SEK 1.8 million to allow Nordens Ark to establish research activities in the discipline of biodiversity and threatened species and races. The Nordens Ark Foundation serves as a field station for researchers and students from Göteborg University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. During the coming three year period they will also be cooperating with a research school being financed by the Formas research council but wholly operated by Nordens Ark. (http://www.nordensark.se).
White-tailed Sea eagle
© Nordens Ark
The Hasselblad Foundation has furthermore ”adopted” the sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus (Pallas) ) in order to support the efforts by Nordens Ark to rescue the species. The sea eagle is the largest bird of prey to be found in areas at this latitude. Sea eagles live in the coastal cliff environments or around isolated inland lakes from Greenland via Iceland and Eastern Europe and along a broad band eastwards to the Pacific Ocean. In the past, they nested all over Sweden, but their numbers have been dramatically reduced owing to environmental toxins. They are now gradually returning to their traditional nesting places, however. The well-documented interest Victor Hasselblad displayed in ornithology played an important role in the Foundation’s decision to adopt this particular bird.
Comments from the recipient
In the autumn of 2004, a new undergraduate university program was initiated: the “Ranger program” hosted by Göteborg University. In autumn 2005, a second new program will begin: “The program in ethology and animal care”, run by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Skara. Both programs have strong links to Nordens Ark. In addition to these programs, further education for teachers is offered, and since the autumn of 2003 there is also a postgraduate school in biodiversity related to threatened animal species (mainly funded by Formas) for postgraduate students in zoology and related disciplines. This postgraduate program has attracted Ph.D. students from Swedish and other European universities. The teachers are an international elite from universities, as well as researchers working at zoos that focus on conservation biology in Europe and North America.
The grant from the Hasselblad Foundation for laboratory equipment and veterinary and technical equipment will raise the scientific level at Nordens Ark, and make it possible to expand in situ our research work on threatened species and domestic breeds. It also contributes to our possibility of fulfilling international commitments, e.g., exchange of scientists and postgraduate students with European and North American zoos that have strong links with universities.
2004 - University of Gothenburg received SEK 1.8 million to establish a molecular biophysics laboratory in conjunction with the NMR Center and the Hasselblad Laboratory.
Göteborg University has received a grant of SEK 1.8 million to establish a molecular biophysics laboratory in conjunction with the NMR Center and the Hasselblad Laboratory. New research will be pursued in the study of the stability and structure of proteins. One of the aims of this research will be to achieve a better understanding of how the receptor proteins on the surface of a cell receive signals from the outside and transfer them into the cell itself. The laboratory will also be accessible for use by other researchers at Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology (http://www.nmr.se).
Courtesy Torleif Härd, Göteborg
Comments from the recipient
A living cell contains a large number of different proteins, which maintain and catalyze the chemical processes that keep the cell alive, such as metabolism, gene regulation and communication with other cells (signaling). Contemporary basic research in medicine and biology and in applied areas including biotechnology and drug development rely to a large extent on detailed examination of the three-dimensional structure of proteins and their interaction with each other, with genetic material (DNA), and with other smaller molecules. Göteborg University has been able to establish a powerful environment for this important research in structural biology and protein chemistry thanks to the generous support of the Hasselblad Foundation to the Swedish NMR Centre and other laboratories, received at a decisive moment in time.