Hasselblad Science is the natural sciences branch of the Hasselblad Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to support both photography and science. In the scientific domain, we award research funding, donations and stipends, and our ambition is to support larger projects of long-term strategic importance in primarily Western Sweden.

Grants 2020

Female Scientists 2020

Luisa Ickes, Assistant Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing.

Bild: Lisa Thanner












Thi Ngoc Nhu Phan, Associate senior lecturer, Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology

Bild: Lisa Thanner











Nano-scale pictures of molecules changing in neuronal stem cells
Stem cells can be changed into different kinds of cells in the body. Molecules in stem cells have a certain lifetime and they are gradually replaced when they are used up (this is called turnover) to maintain proper cellular differentiation – the process by which the cells change from one type to another. When this turnover does not work properly in the brain, it is thought to lead to neurodegenerative diseases. However, the turnover process is very complex and there is a lack of good analytical tools to measure these molecules. My research focuses on developing a state-of-the-art combination of technologies to make images of molecules at super small sizes and to use these methods to look at molecules in single cells and small parts (nano-scale) of biological cells.


My plan is to develop new chemistry to make these molecules easier to see in microscopes and in a device for measuring their molecular weight called a mass spectrometer. This will allow me to obtain very detailed pictures of how molecules are located in cells and how they change with time. We think that molecular location and turnover in stem cells are altered and this guides how cells transform into different cells.  My research will provide information about how this works so that we can understand how stem cells can be controlled to make the cells and tissues that we want for eventual medical applications. The fundamental science learned in these experiments will be important to the biomedical field, particularly regenerative medicine and disease modelling.


For the 19th time, the Hasselblad Foundation is supporting the International Science Festival.

Each year, the International Science Festival in Gothenburg creates a meeting place for knowledge, inspiration and new perspectives. The Festival attracts about 70 000 per year, which makes it one of Europe’s leading popular science events.

The Festival offers an exciting mix of science and culture. There are three separate programmes: the public programme, the school programme and the specialist programme – Forum for Research Communication.

The support amounts to SEK 300 000.