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Prof Bertil Andersson

Nanyang Technological University

Since becoming President of NTU Singapore in 2011, Professor Bertil Andersson has led the University to global distinction. NTU is the world’s fastest-rising young university and is ranked first among the world’s young universities and is also the top Asian university in normalised citation impact. In the 2015 QS World University Rankings, NTU is ranked 13th globally.

A Fellow of Imperial College London, Professor Andersson was instrumental in Imperial College London coming to Singapore to jointly establish a medical school with NTU.

Before joining NTU as its Provost in 2007, he was Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation (2004-2007), where he consolidated research efforts across 30 European countries, and prior to that Rector (President) of Linköping University (1999-2003).

Professor Andersson has had a longstanding association with the Nobel Foundation. He was a member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry (1989-1997) and its Chairman (1997). He was also a member of the Nobel Foundation (2000-2006) and held the position of Trustee (2006-2010).

A world-renowned plant biochemist, he has authored more than 300 papers in basic photosynthesis covering topics from photosystem structure to biological membranes and light stress in plants. He received the Austrian Wilhelm Exner Medal for his life-changing work, joining a list of laureates that includes Nobel Prize winners, and holds more than 13 honorary doctorates.

Prof Andersson has served on the boards of several Swedish and international foundations and learned societies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, European Molecular Biology Organisation, Australian Academy of Science, Academia Europaea, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, and Austrian Academy of Sciences.

He is a research adviser to the Swedish government and was, between 2004 and 2009, the Vice President of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) of the European Commission in Brussels. He has also been an adviser to business activities in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sector. In Singapore, he serves on the Governing Board of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, and is a Board member of A*STAR Singapore. He was previously a member of the Singapore National Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board.

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Last Updated On Nov 2015

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