Stockholm University is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and is one of the leading centres for higher education and research in Europe regarding science and human science. Since its inception in 1878, Stockholm University has had a role as a centre with a wide range of education in close contact with research. Both independent basic research and strong applied research and a combination of them is performed at the university and actively contribute to society. 5700 staff members are active in the scientific areas of science and human science. Stockholm University is an academic environment with an international focus. It offers education to more than 27000 students and 1400 doctoral students in 300 education programmes and 1700 courses in science and human science, including 75 master’s programmes taught in English. As a university in the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm University places special emphasis on offering courses and programmes that meet the needs of the region and society, as well as for foreign students. Stockholm University has a total revenue of SEK 5.3 billion.

Department of Environmental Science at Stockholm University focuses on research in the fields of atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, exposure and effects, and contaminant chemistry. In 2020, the department ranks 31st in environmental studies according to the QS World University Ranking, one of the most prestigious ranking lists in the world of higher education. This year’s edition includes over 1 500 institutions from 85 different countries. Our research in atmospheric science is mostly interdisciplinary and aims at understanding the composition of air, including airborne particles and gases, and its influence on human health and climate. Measurements and characterizations of airborne particles and gases are performed outdoors, indoors and at workplaces to find the correlation between real-world concentrations of air pollutants and effects on humans, animals, nature, and climate. Advanced cell toxicity testing are performed at the atmospheric science unit to explore the health effects of air pollutants and mechanisms behind the toxicity of nanoparticles in contact with human lung cells. Furthermore, the atmospheric science unit host the Air Quality Reference Laboratory (in collaboration with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency).