Last changed: 01 March 2018

The Swedish LifeWatch consortium has a Managing Director, a Governing Board, a Stakeholders Board and a Scientific Advisory Committee. Furthermore, open hearings for interested stakeholders will be held on a regular basis.

Interim Director is Holger Dettki at the Swedish Species Information Centre.

Consortium partners

The Swedish LifeWatch (SLW) consortium consists of:

The Swedish Species Information Centre (ArtDatabanken), is a governmental body, hosted at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Its main tasks are to collect, evaluate, store and communicate information about threatened and rare plant and animal species and their habitats in Sweden. The Swedish Species Information Centre leads the Swedish LifeWatch consortium and handles much of the technical construction within the project. Other important tasks are the handling of the Swedish Red List process, the Swedish Taxonomy initiative and reports to EU on the Species and Habitats Directive.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) is a government agency under the Ministry of the Environment. SMHI's mission is to manage and develop information on weather, water and climate that provides knowledge and advanced decision-making data for public services, the private sector and the general public. SMHI conducts government-funded operations, assignments from other government agencies, and business operations on a commercial basis. General forecasts and weather warnings, industry-specific services, simulations and analyses, statistics, climate studies and contracted research are some examples of products and services.

University of Gothenburg, based on the west coast of Sweden is one of the major universities in northern Europe and the 40 Departments covers most scientific disciplines. Marine science is a strong tradition here. The university collects and hosts many different types of marine data and is also an active partner in international cooperation projects for monitoring of marine organisms.

Umeå University in northern Sweden is a full research and education university with a broad spectrum of disciplines. The university is host for a fish database which will be included in the Swedish LifeWatch project.

Cooperation partners

The SLU project WRAM (Wireless Remote Animal Monitoring) has received special funding from VR to migrate data from wildlife tracking into a new database which will be integrated into the SLW infrastructure.

BioVeL (Biodiversity VirtuaL e-Laboratory) is a project funded by the European Commission Framework Programme (FP7) aiming at creating a virtual laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources. The services provided by BioVeL will be important contributions to the LifeWatch research infrastructure.

Environment Climate Data Sweden, ECDS, is a Swedish service facilitating the searching, publication and long-term accessibility of data for research in the fields of environment and climate. ECDS will handle all metadata for Swedish LifeWatch.


The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) is the formal counterpart and the main funder.

Steering Committe

The Steering Committe consists of independent researchers and authorities empowered by the partners to set up strategies for the project and endorse the budget.

The Steering Committe consists of:

  • Michaela Barth, PDC Center for High Performance Computing, Royal Institute of Technology
  • Eva Stensköld, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Jo Judge, National Biodiversity Network, Great Britain
  • Mark Marissink, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Anders G. Finstad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Lars Westerberg, Linköpings University
  • Anna Wetterbom, Ceo, The Young Academy of Sweden

Coordination group

The Coordination group functions like a Stakeholders Board. The group consists of 1-3 representatives from the consortium partners and meet at least twice a year to discuss and plan the cooperation.

Scientific Advisory Group

The Scientific Advisory Group was established in 2011 and consists of international experts on bioinformatics and biodiversity research and analyses.

The group will provide additional guidance to ensure that the service matches the evolving requirements of the scientific community and society.

Members of the group are:

Walter G. Berendsohn Professor and Director of the Department of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Lena Gustafsson Professor in Conservation Biology at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology, Uppsala

Anna Gårdmark Research Scientist at the Institute of Coastal Research, Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Jannicke Moe Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Cynthia Parr Director of Species Pages Group of the Encyclopedia of Life, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.

Hannu Saarenmaa Project Manager, Digitarium – Digitisation Centre of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and the University of Eastern Finland


Swedish LifeWatch is mainly funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

In 2009, Swedish Research Council (SRC) granted financial support of 36 mSEK (roughly 4 M Euro) for the period 2010‒2014 for the construction of a Swedish LifeWatch e-infrastructure. The consortium parties together co-finance the SLW construction with 11.5 mSEK during the construction period. 

The Swedish Research Council decided in 2014 to review the funding model for national research infrastructures. During the review process, no open calls were made for long-term financing of national infrastructures. Swedish LifeWatch will thus apply for new funding in 2015 instead of 2014, but meanwhile SRC granted continued funding for 2015 and a one year extension of the existing contract.

An application for a new 8 year period will be submitted to SRC in 2017.


Holger Dettki 
Interim Director and System Manager Swedish LifeWatch
+46 73 048 7872
Swedish Species Information Centre

Ulrika Sehlberg Samuelsson
Communications Officer  
Swedish Species Information Centre
+46 18 671394

Emelie Åström
Project Secretary
Swedish Species Information Centre
+46 18 672682


Holger Dettki, Assoc. Prof.
Managing Director and System Manager Swedish LifeWatch
SLU Swedish Species Information Centre, +46 73 048 7872