SLU Alumnus of the Year

Last changed: 16 November 2021
Tove Fall, SLU Alumna of the year 2021. Photo: Jenny Svennås-Gillner, SLU

SLU Alumnus of the Year is awarded to a prior student who is an inspirational role model for our students and employees at SLU, has had a prominent career, or made important contributions in their field, someone who creates opportunities for a sustainable, living and better world. A jury consisting of SLU representatives, as well as a former alumnus of the year, selects the winner from the nominees.

Nominate a candidate for SLU Alumnus of the Year 2022

The nomination period is open until 13 December 2021 and the winner will be announced in February 2022.

Information about the award and criteria for nominations.


Previous recipients


2021 - Tove Fall

Alumna of the Year 2021 Tove Fall. Photo: Göran Ekeberg.

Photographer: Göran Ekeberg

Tove Fall receives this award not least for her contribution to research on Covid-19. During the corona pandemic, Tove Fall has appeared in media as highly competent and trustworthy representative for her subject field, molecular epidemiology. Her wise words and ability to share knowledge in an easily understandable way have been important assets in Sweden's fight against Covid-19.

Her competence and media appearances benefit SLU as they are clear evidence that an SLU education contributes to the public debate in a positive way, to to improved health in both humans and animals.

Tove received her Master of Science in Veterinary Sciences from SLU in 2005 and in 2009 she was awarded a doctorate at SLU. She is a professor of molecular epidemiology and deputy head of department at the Department of Medical Sciences at Uppsala University.

Recording of the award ceremony and lecture on 15 September 2021 (opens up in a new window).

Recording of an conversation between Anna Lundhagen, SLU Pro Vice-Chancellor and Tove Fall (opens up in a new wondow).

2019 - Svante Axelsson

SLU Alumnus of the Year 2019 Svante Axelsson. Photographer: Oskar Omne
Photographer: Oskar Omne

Svante Axelsson was awarded SLU Alumnus of the Year 2019 for his efforts as a strong secretary general for the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, inspiring author and debater. He was also very much appreciated as a teacher at SLU. As national coordinator at Fossil Free Sweden, Svante is leading the work to make Sweden one of the first fossil-free welfare countries in the world - with impressive results.

Svante Axelsson graduated from SLU in 1988; his degree was in agricultural science. Before taking up his current position at Fossil Free Sweden, he was secretary general of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation for 16 years, where he was a part of the society’s change of tone and shift of focus – from problems to solutions.

Recording from the award ceremony and lecture on 9 September 2020 (opens up in a new window):


2018 - Elin Olofsson

SLU Alumnus of the Year 2018 Elin Olofsson. Photographer: Per-Anders Sjöquist, SCA.
Photographer: Per-Anders Sjöquist, SCA

Elin Olofsson received the SLU Alumna of the Year award 2018 because of her contribution to gender equality within the forest sector and at SLU.

Elin has a Degree of Master of Science in Forestry from SLU. After she graduated in 2010, she has had various roles at SCA Skog in Umeå, all connected to timber purchase and market.

At the end of 2017 together with a few others in the forest industry, took the initiative to lanch the hash tag #slutavverkat. Under this hashtag, over 120 stories about sexual harassment, domination techniques and discrimination has been collected from employees in the forest industry, but also from students and employees at SLU. The call to action also provided support for an open letter to SLU, and the entire forest industry, which Elin and several students at SLU submitted demanding them to take action.

Alumnus of the Year Elin Olofsson and Karin Holmgren, depyty vice-chancellor at SLU. Photographer: Johan Wahlgren.

Award ceremony on 29 May 2019
Elin Olofsson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Karin Holmgren
Photographer: Johan Wahlgren

2017 - Johan Rockström

SLU Alumnus of the Year 2017 Johan Rockström. Photo: M. Axelsson, Azote.
Photographer: M. Axelsson, Azote

Johan Rockström was awarded SLU Alumnus of the Year 2017 for his extensive commitment to global environmental and sustainability issues.

Johan graduated from SLU in 1991 with a degree in Agronomy - soil, water and environment. He is director of the Stockholms Resilience Center (SRC) and professor of environmental science at Stockholm Univeristy.

Rockström acts as an advisor to several governments and business networks. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the United Nations General Assemblies, World Economic Forums, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC, also known as COP).

Rockström has received multiple awards and published over 100 research articles, including articles in Science and Nature. He is co-chair, and one of over 30 world-leading scientists, of the EAT-Lancet Commission, an assessment of the global food system, and whether a transformation towards healthy and sustainable diets is possible. This assessment was the first systematic analysis of the food system at the global scale. 

2013 - Olle Forshed

SLU Alumnus of the Year 2013 OIle Forshed. Photo: Saga Sandin, WWF.
Photographer: Saga Sandin, WWF

Olle Forshed received the SLU Alumnus of the Year award 2013 for being an inspiring role model for today's and future students. He has greatly contributed to the development of knowledge about how humans can use biological natural resources in a sustainable way, and thus contributed to a good quality of life ans sustainable growth.

Olle received his forrester degree from SLU, where he also did his doctoral studies. He completed his PhD in 2006 with a dissertation on gentle rainforest management. Since 2010, he has worked at WWF as an expert on rainforest and tropical forestry.