Anders Hagfeldt proposed as new Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University

17 June 2020

Anders Hagfeldt

The University Board proposes solar cell researcher and Professor of Physical Chemistry Anders Hagfeldt as Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University from 1 January 2021.

On 17 June the University Board decided to propose Anders Hagfeldt, Professor of Physical Chemistry, as new Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University from the beginning of next year. The proposal now passes to the government for a decision later in the summer.

Solar cell researcher Anders Hagfeldt is a former student and professor at Uppsala University, and is currently Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Photomolecular Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

“This feels overwhelming, fantastically exciting! It will be an enormous privilege to get involved as Vice-Chancellor in activities throughout the comprehensive, many-sided institution that is Uppsala University,” says Anders Hagfeldt. “I view the role of Vice-Chancellor as a catalyst for creating opportunities and support that enable colleagues to pursue curiosity-driven basic research and to create unique, world-leading interdisciplinary platforms for research and teaching. I see great potential in cooperation across the different areas of activity.”

Anders Hagfeldt has broad experience both from Uppsala University and internationally.

He has an MSc in Physics and Chemistry and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Uppsala University. In 2004 he became Professor of Chemical Physics in Uppsala and a few years later Professor of Physical Chemistry. Since 2014 he has held a Chair in Physical Chemistry at the Laboratory of Photomolecular Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Over the past 20 years, he has also been visiting or adjunct professor at universities in China, France, Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, India and Spain.

He is a member of several scientific academies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences.

He is now looking forward to moving back to Sweden and Uppsala to take up the position of Vice-Chancellor on 1 January 2021.

“Uppsala University has tremendous potential. I have a firm belief in internationalisation, but also see exciting internal and local opportunities, for example, the potential of Campus Gotland and collaboration with the knowledge city Uppsala and with industry,” says Anders Hagfeldt.