Professor Johan Åkerman from the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Physics is one of just 60 young researchers from around the world to be invited to the World Economic Forum’s annual scientific conference that starts today in Tianjin, China.
The researchers have been chosen by the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), a global network of the world’s science academies which was set up in 1993. Besides Johan Åkerman, Sweden will be represented by Tünde Fülöp from Chalmers University of Technology, having been nominated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Around 1,500 delegates from 85 countries will be gathering to discuss this year’s theme of Driving Growth through Sustainability. The programme will be focusing on how we can increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, develop green technology and build basic infrastructure.
Åkerman’s research focuses on spintronic oscillators, which use electrons’ magnetic force to generate a radio frequency signal – a technology that is expected to be a breakthrough for the high-speed, wireless home electronics of the future.
Åkerman will be blogging directly from the conference in Tianjin on 13-15 September for the Swedish popular science journal Forskning och Framsteg: www.fof.se/blogg.