Thomas Rosswall got his MSc in microbiology at the University of Uppsala and was appointed Associate Professor of Soil Ecology and Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. Rosswall has been instrumental in the development of microbial ecology, both nationally and internationally.
As a science administrator, he has worked to promote international scientific collaboration that benefits society. The work has focused on bringing together relevant natural and social sciences disciplines in addressing the complex interactions of ecological and social systems.
He was the former Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Paris, France. He has also been Director of the International Foundation for Science (IFS), President/Rector of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Director of the International START Secretariat, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and Professor of Water in Nature and Society at the Universities of Stockholm and Linköping, Sweden.
He is an elected member of six learned societies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Thomas Rosswall was Chair of the Independent Science Panel for the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Executive Committee of the Mistra Council for Evidence-based Environmental Management (Mistra EviEM) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
He is also chair of the Remote Sensing Committee of the Swedish Space Board and vice-chair of the Board of the Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science (SITES).
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