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SIGHT’s purpose is to promote an interdisciplinary approach, to strengthen and bridge Swedish research and education, and to provide a scientific basis for national and transnational collaborative policy work, in the field of global health. SIGHT is an institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without improved health globally


“I am happy to see research on environmental health getting the position in global health research it needs in times like these”, says Ebba Malmqvist, Associate Professor at Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University. She has been awarded with the SIGHT Award 2020 of 100 000 Swedish kronor for her research on pollution and health with focus on pregnant women and children.

Text: Ulrica Segersten/Alex Farnsworth • Photo: Clea Bielecki

Ebba Malmqvist

The advice Dr Suwit Wibulpolprasert, senior health official in Thailand, would like to give young leaders and students aspiring to be game changers for global health governance, is very clear:

“You should never attend global health conferences with the attitude that it might help you advance your own career. No, you must have a heart for the public, a genuine wish to make a difference in your local contexts and be willing to meet and make a difference for real people.”

“It has taken many, many events to prove that this is the key, to prove that this is the spirit that drives us.”

Text: Ulrica Segersten

Dr Suwit Wibulpolprasert


“We should be possibilists”

Claudia Hanson, senior scientist and clinician, was awarded the SIGHT Award for 2019. She specialises in research aiming to improve the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare in low-resource settings. In spite of progress in many countries, dr. Hanson points out that more than 300 000 mothers and 2, 7 million newborn still lose their lives every year.

Claudia Hansson
Melinda Gates meet SIGHT student panel

Leaders of tomorrow

Through SIGHT Student Network there is a great opportunity to strengthen cooperation between different student groups. SIGHT can be the enabling stepping stone for students passionate about global health, regardless of discipline. By working together with students SIGHT not only gains crucial perspective of students, but is also able to introduce a truly disciplinary global health approach to to leaders of tomorrow.

about sight

SIGHT has a small secretariat at the premises of the Academy. As SIGHT is part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, SIGHT does not have a board of its own. However, there is an interim Scientific Advisory Committee.The organogram indicates that SIGHT will be based on a solid foundation of partnerships and collaborations.

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