University of Gothenburg
GGBC steeringboard at Handels August 2023

Steering board and leadership

The steering board consists of representatives from each of our 18 partner organisations. The steering board works closely with the centre's director and project coordinator. Together, the steering board and leadership develop and implement the GGBC's vision, ensuring maximum impact in accelerating biodiversity research and knowledge.

GGBC Steering board

Marie Stenseke (Chair of the GGBC Steering Board)
Marie Stenseke is a professor in human geography at the Departement of Economy and Society. Her research concerns biodiversity, nature conservation and landscape management from a social science perspective. 

Marie Stenseke

Marina Antonina Zoe Panova, Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg
Marina is a co-director of the Centre for Sea and Society hosted at the Dept. of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms and evolution of adaptations in natural populations.


Portrait of Marina Panova

Åsa Arrhenius, Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Åsa is the head of the Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Her research background is in environmental science with a focus on ecotoxicology and the effects of mixtures or so-called chemical cocktails.

Portrait of Henrik Aronsson

Mattias Lindholm, Västkuststiftelsen
Mattias is Västkuststiftelsen's new head of nature conservation. He has obtained his PhD working on the ecology of heathland communities. 

Portrait of Mattias Lindholm

Hanna Tornevall, Gothenburg Botanical Garden

Hanna is the director of Gothenburg Botanical Garden. She has a background in environmental science with extensive strategic experience from various roles in industry, government and academia-related activities. 

Hanna Tornevall

Ulrika Palme, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers University of Technology
Ulrika is a senior lecturer at the Chamers University of Technology with research and teaching topics including impacts on biodiversity from land use. She finished her MSc in biology at the University of Gothenburg in 1992, and her PhD in environmental systems analysis at Chalmers University of Technology in 2007.

Portrait of Ulrika Palme

Stefan Örgård, Gothenburg Natural History Museum
Stefan is the Museum Director at the Gothenburg Natural History Museum. He has an education in marine ecology and has a long experience in communication science.


Portrait of Stefan Örgård

Helen Sköld, Havets Hus
Helen is the aquarium manager at Havets His located in Lysekil as well as an associate professor in marine zoology at the University of Gothenburg.


Portrait of Helen Sköld

Claes Gustafsson, Herbarium GB
Claes is a Museiintendent and the Head of the Herbarium at the University of Gothenburg. He has a Ph.D. in Botanical Taxonomy and Systematics and has worked with botany at the University of Gothenburg, the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, and the Gothenburg Botanical Society.


portrait picture Claes Gustafsson

Matthias Obst, Dept. of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Matthias is an Associate professor in Marine biology at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He has 16 years of experience as an academic researcher, infrastructure developer, and project manager in the marine environmental sector. Matthias is especially interested in building observation systems for biological diversity in the ocean.


Portrait of Matthias Obst

Robert Björk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Robert is a senior lecturer at the Dept. of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. His work focuses on plant community dynamics to greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial systems, focusing mainly on the tundra environment.

Portrait of Robert Björk

Björn Källström, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Gothenburg
Björn is the development leader at the Maritime museum and Aquarium in Gothenburg currently leading the reconstruction of the new aquarium. He is also involved in and engaged in a lot of public education. Björn is the leader of the research working group in GGBC.


Portrait of Björn Källström

Håkan Sigurdsson, Universeum
Håkan is the Scientific Director at Universeum. He has a PhD in biophysics from University of Stockholm and a MSc in physics from Chalmers. He has been working with science communication at Universeum since 2008 and before that in the industry of life science and it-technology.

Portrait of Håkan Sigurdsson

Mats Höggren, Nordens Ark
Mats is the director/CEO of Nordens Ark, a Swedish non-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation of endangered wildlife. He has a background in biology, with a PhD in genetics from Uppsala University.

Portrait of Mats Höggren

Linda Thelin, Slottsskogens Djurpark
Linda works as a zoological curator at Slottsskogen zoo. She has a background in biology, pedagogics and nature interpretation. Linda also works for other organizations, and the common factor for all assignments is that they aim to increase commitment to biodiversity and sustainability issues.

Portrait of Linda Thelin

John Munthe, IVL - Swedish Environmental Research Institute
John Munthe is the vicepresident of research at IVL and program manager for Mistra SafeChem - an initiative that supports sustainable chemical industry in Sweden.

John Munthe

Viktor Elliot, Dept. of Business Administration, University of Gothenburg
Viktor has a background in Business Administration with a special focus on Bank Management, Regulation, Financial Institutions and Markets, Supply Chain Finance, Management Accounting and Performance Management. Viktor represents the Center for Finance in the competence center for finance at Business Region Göteborg. In recent years, he has been working in the field of sustainable finance and is involved in the Mistra project BIOPATH.

Picture shows a portrait of Viktor Elliot

Paula Bäckman, Naturbruksförvaltningen
Paula is an area manager at Naturbruksförvaltningen, Region Västra Götaland where she works towards green industry's sustainable growth and development through the region's nature management schools, test environments in Skara, Svenljunga and Töreboda and through various collaborative projects with academia, research actors and green entrepreneurs.

Paula Bäckman

Adjunct Steering board

Kennet Lundin
Kennet works as a curator of the invertebrate collection at the Gothenburg Natural History Museum and is also an associate professor at the Dept. of Marine sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Kennet's research focuses on nudibranchs and other marine invertebrates.

Portrait of Kennet Lundin

Mats Niklasson
Mats is the scientific leader at Nordens Ark. He works on multiple conservational projects including an Interreg funded project focusing on nordic bees.


Portrait of Mats Niklasson

GGBC leadership


Jenny is the Director of the GGBC. She has a PhD-degree in Applied Environmental Science and her main research interest is ecosystem services focusing on how trees can influence the air quality in cities. Jenny also works at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden with science communication and research.


Portrait of Jenny Klingberg

Advisory Board

Prof. Scott Edwards, Harvard University
Prof. Hugo de Boer, University of Oslo
Dr. Sandy Knapp, Natural History Museum London
Anna Stenström, Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland
Prof. Jens Christian Svenning, Aarhus University