The Marcus Wallenberg Prize

MWP 2022 Anouncement

Ilkka Kilpeläinen and Herbert Sixta share the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for the development and use of novel ionic liquids to process wood biomass into high-performance fibres.

The Purpose

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries

MWP Symposium 2022 invitation

We are proud to invite you to the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Symposium, that will be held online as well as on premises in Stockholm, to celebrate the MWP 2022 Laureates..

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Sustainable concept for wood-based textile fibres

The 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen and Professor Herbert Sixta for the development and use of novel ionic liquids to process wood biomass into high-performance textile fibres.

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In memory of Jeff Burley

The former Board member of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, Professor Jeffery (Jeff) Burley passed away on 27 December 2021, and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean and their children and grandchildren, in ther sorrow.

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Reflections on Ceremony & Symposium

Even though we couldn’t meet in person during this year’s event due to the corona pandemic situation, large efforts and a lot of hard work by..

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Increase of Nominations

We are delighted and proud of the increased interest to nominate candidates for the Marcus Wallenberg Prize. During the nomination period 1 March-31 May 2021 we had a significant rise in nominations..

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Getting a grip on climate effects

We want more of everything from the forests. At the same time, climate change will give us faster growing forests – but also greater risks. The Swedish Forest Agency is now introducing the process-based..

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Link to MWP Digital Ceremony and Symposium

A recording of the MWP Digital Ceremony and Symposium "Predicting Forest Details from a Distance" held on October 26, 2021, is available here. Please feel free to share..

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Digital Ceremony and Symposium

We have the great honor to invite you to the Marcus Wallenberg Prize Digital Ceremony and Symposium to be held on October 26, 2021. Please register by using this link. A recording of the ceremony..

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MWP Webinar link

A recording of the first MWP webinar held on September 16, 2021, is available here. Please feel free to share the recording to colleagues and/or in your own communication channels

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The MWP first webinar!

Welcome to join our webinar “Remote sensing of forests – ensuring correct interpretation by decision makers” on September 16 at 15:00-16:00 CEST. For program and registration please..

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The award exposes important forest research to industry

Putting science into practice is a joint ambition of the new members of the Selection Committee of the Marcus Wallenberg Prize. They also share the committee’s strategy in working for a sustainable use of forest..

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In memory of Kaj Rosén

The former Executive Secretary of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation passed away recently, and our heartfelt thoughts are with his wife Marie, their children and grandchildren, in their sorrow.

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31 May deadline for nominations

Individuals and institutions are invited to nominate candidates for the Marcus Wallenberg Prize between 1 March and 31 May 2021. The Prize is awarded to scientific achievements of importance..

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Simplicity explains the success

Open access was important to the researchers developing the 3PG model, adopted worldwide by both science and forestry. The simple and powerful tool to predict forest growth is awarded the 2020 Marcus..

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Wants to make the prize more widely known

Mikael Hannus was forced to adapt all activities to the Corona pandemic less than a month after his appointment as Executive Secretary of the Marcus Wallenberg Prize. The announcement of the 2020..

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From discoveries to scientific breakthroughs

Kaj Rosén took over as Executive Secretary for the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2013. The Marcus Wallenberg Prize is an international Prize, based in Sweden, which is awarded once a year for a scientific breakthrough..

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The Marcus Wallenberg Prize postponed to autumn 2021

Next Marcus Wallenberg Prize event will be held in the autumn of 2021. The Young Researchers' Program will also be postponed to next autumn. The Prize event was planned for October 2020..

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Model for forest growth during climate change

Joseph J Landsberg, Richard H Waring and Nicholas C Coops, share the 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for a model to predict forest growth in a changing climate. Satellite imagery offers the possibility to scale..

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Pre-announcement

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development..

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Mikael Hannus succeeds Kaj Rosén

Mikael Hannus has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. He is Vice President of Group Innovation, Research and Development at Stora Enso, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Beneficial networking among fellow scientists

31 young researchers from five countries were invited to the 2018 Marcus Wallenberg event in Stockholm, Sweden. – The Young Researchers’ Program was a very rich experience..

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Green technology behind high rise wood-based buildings

Cross-laminated timber, CLT, explains the expansion of multi-storey wood buildings in the world. Gerhard Schickhofer is awarded the 2019 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for research and knowledge transfer..

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A portrait of the 2018 MWP laureate

The view on the nutrition of forest trees was turned upside down when Torgny Näsholm showed how they can absorb organic nitrogen from the soil. He has also developed sustainable fertilizers..

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Junior scientists from five countries

Young researchers from five countries were invited to the celebrations of the 2018 Marcus Wallenberg Prize in Stockholm, where they presented their own findings on more sustainable ways of..

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Torgny Näsholm receiving the 2018 Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The 2018 Marcus Wallenberg Prize of SEK 2 million is awarded to Professor Torgny Näsholm for his groundbreaking research of the role of organic nitrogen in the nutrition of trees..

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Rewarded for discovering sustainable fertilizers

Professor Torgny Näsholm, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden, has examined the role of amino acids in supplying the nitrogen required for the growth of forest trees..

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Take a chance to network and present your research

This year the Marcus Wallenberg Prize recognizes achievements in the field of tree nutrition. The understanding of the function of trees and forest ecosystems is essential to the forest-based sector..

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New kinds of fertilizers for a sustainable forestry

Torgny Näsholm is awarded the 2018 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for having documented how trees use amino acid molecules as sources of nitrogen. He has also shown how this organic nitrogen dominates..

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A portrait of the 2017 MWP laureate

Ronald R. Sederoff became a scientist when he received the key to the laboratory, and his dog Boris made him choose forest genetics.

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Young Researchers in a new competition

Minna Hakalahti showed a photo from a waterfall to illustrate her research on a process to capture heavy metal ions from water. The performance gave her the first prize in a three-minute presentation competition..

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“So much cutting-edge research in Sweden”

Junior scientists from North Carolina State University, USA, were impressed by the study tours to companies and departments in..

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Awarded for new methods of gene discovery in trees

The development of gene discovery in conifer species is being awarded The 2017 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. Professor Ronald..

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“It was a privilege to be selected”

New materials and applications of wood and fibres for the forest industry were presented at the Young Researchers’ Challenge 2016..

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Forest molecular genetics to improve the quality of trees

Better quality and higher productivity are the incentives for molecular genetics of forest trees. Ronald R. Sederoff is awarded the..

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From imagining to imaging

Timber towers with a green perspective Architect Michael Green predicts a green revolution in building materials. At the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize symposium he claimed that it is possible to construct 102-storey skyscrapers of mass timber panels. From imagining to imaging was the theme of the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden 10 October […]

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CT scanner for whole tree logs received scientific award

The 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize was awarded to Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea for the development..

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Young researchers evaluating new materials

Front line projects for the forest industry The urge to find new materials and applications of wood and fibres characterize the work of young researchers taking part in the celebrations of the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. Young researchers with a vision for the development of the forest-based industry were invited to apply for a spot […]

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Surprising announcement

Federico Giudiceandrea was deeply moved when he learned that he and Alexander Katsevich are awarded the Marcus..

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Complimentary expertise behind the CT scanner

Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea succeeded in constructing a logscanner, that no one thought would be possible. Photo: Ruth Leitner. “We made a great team”  Alexander Katsevich appreciates collaborating with Federico Giudiceandrea. Their development of a CT scanner for sawmills is awarded the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. – I am happy when my mathematical ideas […]

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CT scanning of timber to increase the product value

CT scanning of whole tree logs to identify knots, cracks and rot can increase the value of the sawn products by at least 10 percent.

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CT scanning of timber to increase the product value

CT scanning of whole tree logs to identify knots, cracks and rot can increase the value of the sawn products by at least 10 percent..

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Airborne laser scanning to provide data of forest ecosystems

The method of using airborne laser scanning developed by professor Erik Næsset to produce forest data for operational management of..

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Innovative joints making buildings both resilient and robust

Professor Hans Joachim Blass received The 2010 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his research on connections and reinforcements..

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The same genes control flowering and the growing season

Professor Ove Nilsson received The Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2007 after having revealed the molecular mechanisms regulating..

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Developed new ways of gathering data

 A multi-source forest inventory method developed by professor Erkki Tomppo has been recognized internationally since he received..

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The first Prize Winners from Asia

2015 Laureates awarded for energy-saving method Akira Isogai, Tsuguyuki Saito, Tokyo University and Yoshiharu Nishiyama, Cermav, France, were the first scientists from Japan to be awarded with the Marcus Wallenberg Prize. They were also the first laureates from Asia. The Marcus Wallenberg Prize is based on appropriations of Stora Kopparbergs Bergslags AB, Sweden, to encourage […]

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Young researchers bringing the future to the forest industry

New approaches to the forest industry were presented by young researchers during the celebrations of The Marcus..

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Young Researchers looking for sustainable solutions

The urge to replace fossil based polymers characterizes the work of several young researchers participating in the celebrations of..

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2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Awarding

A group of researchers from Japan and France is being awarded The 2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for their development of an energy..

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Young Researchers’ Challenge 2015

The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation invites young researchers to take part in Young Researchers’ Challenge with the chance to win a spot at the Prize..

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2015 - Akira Isogai, Tsuguyuki Saito, Japan, and Yoshiharu Nishiyama, France

for their ground-breaking research on TEMPO-mediated oxidation of cellulose fibre and further exploitation of this oxidation as a tool to produce nanofibrillated cellulose from wood pulp in an energy-efficient way. Their innovative work has strongly intensified the interest for industrially attractive production of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and the development of commercial applications throughout the world. […]

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Energy-efficient method for producing nanocellulose

The 2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to a group of researchers from Japan and France for their development of an energy-efficient method to produce nanofibrillated cellulose. Stabilizers in chemicals, food and cosmetics, raw materials for new types of textile fibres or composites or materials for wound dressing are just a few examples of […]

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Electronics on paper opens up a new global market

Professor Magnus Berggren’s research enables electronics like sensors, displays and antennas to be printed on paper and cardboard, opening up a new, gigantic global market for forest industry products. Today, his pioneering research will be acknowledged when the Swedish King awards him the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in Stockholm. The best-before date printed on the milk […]

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Finland launches national MWP competition

Finnish Paper Engineers’ Association and VTT are supporting 5-10 young PhD students’ and post-docs’ participation in the Marcus Wallenberg symposium (www.mwp.org) organized in conjunction with the Wallenberg prize ceremonies in Stockholm in September 2014. The selected young researchers will get their travel costs covered and will participate in the Wallenberg prize ceremony and the symposium. A […]

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Canada sends young researchers to MWP

Canadian FIBRE Network is strongly supporting the participation of young Canadian researchers to the Marcus Wallenberg prize ceremony and symposium. During the recent 2nd FIBRE Network conference in Vancouver, five young researchers were selected by the jury to represent FIBRE and Canada in Sweden at the ceremonies and symposium in 2014. The 5 following researchers will […]

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Young Researchers’ Challenge 2014

The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation invites young researchers to take part in Young Researchers’ Challenge with the chance to win a spot at the Prize ceremony and banquet to be held in Stockholm on 22 September, along with a unique opportunity to present your research and meet leading scientists and forest-based industry representatives from all over […]

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2014 Wallenberg Prize to electronics on paper

The 2014 Marcus Wallenberg Prize of SEK 2 million is being awarded to Professor Magnus Berggren at Linköping University for his pioneering research which has made it much easier to print electronics, such as sensors and displays, on paper and cardboard. This opens up a new huge global market for the forest industry. The best-before […]

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A short report from the 2013 MWP Event - A Young Researcher's Perspective

The 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Event The two-day event in connection to the Marcus Wallenberg Prize Ceremony begins with the young researchers who has gathered to discuss the future of the forest industry.

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A conversation with Derek

A conversation with Derek Gray We met with Derek Gray at Grand Hotel in Stockholm for a quick conversation about chirality, future research and muddy water.

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Press release: The 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to Professor Derek Gray

The 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Derek Gray, McGill University, Canada, for his contributions to the path breaking research on nano crystalline cellulose (NCC), its fundamental properties and applications.

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The 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to Professor Derek Gray

Updated 20 August, 2013 - The 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to Professor Derek Gray of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, for his pioneering study of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC).

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Kaj Rosén – New Executive Secretary of The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

On 1 March 2013 Professor Kaj Rosén took office as Secretary of the Board and the Selection Committee of the Marcus..

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An interview with Ants Teder and Nils Hartler

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their award, we met the two professors for a conversation at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where much of the research was conducted.

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Anita Teleman

A conversation with Anita Teleman I met Anita Teleman, one of four women ever to receive the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, for a coffee on a clear summer´s day in Stockholm. We talked about the future of forest industry, about riding horses and about the immensely important discovery of hexenuronic acid in the paper making process.  How […]

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Erik Næsset

A conversation with Erik My first trip to Norway is going to last just one day. I took a flight to cloudy Oslo and continued with train to the town of Ås, where Erik Næsset, 2011 year´s prize winner, was expecting me. Erik turns on his Swede-adjusted accent and we start the interview.   During […]

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Resource saving metal belt calendering giving better paper surface awarded the 29th Marcus Wallenberg Prize

During a ceremony at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 1 October, the Swedish King, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2012 to Mr. Mika Viljanmaa for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology.

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From weak signals to high pitch opera - 1st day of the MWP ceremony

 Despite the grey Stockholm weather, the session for Young Researchers was indeed a nuanced start of the first day of the Marcus Wallenberg Prize Ceremony. Prof. Kaj Rosén introduced the discussion on the forest industry´s challenge to solve future problems of resource shortage and climate change. He also touched upon the need of the forestry […]

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A conversation with Mika

We went to Helsinki to meet Mika for a quick conversation. We talked about aeroplanes, motorcycles and the most important day of his life.

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Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2012 Announcement

The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2012 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Mr. Mika Severi Viljanmaa, Finland for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology resulting in better paper print surfaces with less fibre materials, and higher production efficiency. The invention also paves the way for applications in pressing and drying […]

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2011 - Erik Næsset, Norway

for his path breaking research that incorporates the airborne laser scanning method as an integral part of forest inventory. Prof. Næsset has significantly contributed to the development of methods for operational use of laser scanning in forestry which provides high quality estimates of forest variables at reduced costs. Professor Næsset’s scientific work demonstrates prudently the […]

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2010 - Hans Joachim Blass, Germany

for his path breaking work regarding innovative and reliable structural timber connections and reinforcements which have high load transfer capacity and can be efficiently applied at construction sites and within industrial processes. Efficient connections make it possible to construct large timber structures and save timber material while offering attractive logistic solutions by use of prefabricated […]

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PRESS RELEASE - The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

PRESS RELEASE – The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation 19 Apr, 2012 09:00 CET The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2012 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded toMr. Mika Severi Viljanmaa, for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology resulting in better paper print surfaces with less fibre materials and higher production efficiency. The invention also […]

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Genetic studies presented to honour a pioneer

Studies on forest genetics dominate the projects presented during the celebrations of the 2017 Marcus Wallenberg Prize..

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Research on airborne laser scanning for forest inventory is awarded the 28th Marcus Wallenberg Prize

Research on airborne laser scanning for forest inventory is awarded the 28th Marcus Wallenberg Prize 4 Oct, 2011 09:55 CET   During a ceremony at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 3 October, the Swedish King, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2011 to Prof. Erik Næsset, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, […]

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Path breaking research on airborne laser scanning

Path breaking research on airborne laser scanning 1 Mar, 2011 11:30 CET The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2011 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Erik Næsset, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, for his path breaking research that incorporates the airborne laser scanning method as an integral part of forest inventory Society […]

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Wood construction development is awarded the 27th Marcus Wallenberg Prize

Wood construction development is awarded the 27th Marcus Wallenberg Prize 28 Sep, 2010 10:44 CET During a ceremony at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 27 September, the Swedish King His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2010 to Professor Hans Joachim Blass, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, for his path breaking […]

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The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2010 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Hans Joachim Blass, Karlsruhe Instit

The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2010 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Hans Joachim Blass, Karlsruhe Instit 16 Apr, 2010 12:20 CET The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2010 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Hans Joachim Blass, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, for his path breaking […]

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Development of Direct Drives of Paper Machines is awarded the 26th Marcus Wallenberg Prize

Development of Direct Drives of Paper Machines is awarded the 26th Marcus Wallenberg Prize 29 Sep, 2009 08:00 CET During a ceremony at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 28 September, H.M. the King of Sweden awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2009 to Dr. Jouni Ikäheimo, Mr. Vesa Kajander and Mr. Bengt Welin, Finland, for […]

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Marcus Wallenberg Prize announcement 2009

Marcus Wallenberg Prize announcement 2009 16 Apr, 2009 10:37 CET The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces that the 2009 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Dr. Jouni Ikäheimo, Mr. Vesa Kajander and Mr. Bengt Welin, Finland, for their breakthrough development of the direct drive system for paper machines. This opens significant opportunities for new design […]

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Research on Winning Chemicals from Trees is awarded the 25th Marcus Wallenberg Prize

Research on Winning Chemicals from Trees is awarded the 25th Marcus Wallenberg Prize 7 Oct, 2008 08:00 CET During a ceremony at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 6 October, the Swedish King His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2008 to Prof. Bjarne Holmbom and Mr. Christer Eckerman, Åbo Akademi University, […]

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Retortable paperboard packaging material for foodstuff

Retortable paperboard packaging material for foodstuff 1 Feb, 2005 15:31 CET The Marcus Wallenberg Prize for 2005 of 2 million Swedish Crowns will be awarded to Mr. Tom Kjelgaard, Ms. Katarina Magnusson and Mr. Ulf Ringdahl for their path breaking research leading to a retortable paperboard packaging material for foodstuff. Specifically, they developed a packaging […]

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Paper-making efficiency improved by Marcus Wallenberg Prize-winner

Paul Olof Meinander will be awarded the 2004 Prize of 2 million Swedish Crowns for his path breaking development of the paper..

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An American Research Scientist,Dr. Melvin T. Tyree

will be awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize of 2 million Swedish Crowns for 2002 in recognition of his pioneering scientific discoveries..

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MWP Symposium 2022 invitation

We are proud to invite you to the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Symposium, that will be held online as well as on premises in Stockholm, to celebrate the MWP 2022 Laureates..

Sustainable concept for wood-based textile fibres

The 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen and Professor Herbert Sixta for the development and use of novel ionic liquids to process wood biomass into high-performance textile fibres.

In memory of Jeff Burley

The former Board member of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, Professor Jeffery (Jeff) Burley passed away on 27 December 2021, and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean and their children and grandchildren, in ther sorrow.

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