Over 40 years of SIYSS

The history of Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar dates as far back as 1976. The first SIYSS, organized by The Swedish Federation of Young Scientists with help from the Nobel Foundation, was inspired by the United States’ Science Service. The participants were seven foreign students from the United States, former West Germany and Atlantic college. This first program was a great success, combining exposure to Swedish science and the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies with an intense and exciting social program.

For the 10th SIYSS in 1985, more nationalities than ever participated in the week-long seminar. Since then, the program has been held with up to 30 participants, averaging 24 participants in the past few years. Apart from introducing participants to Swedish culture, science and research, the program brings together youths from all over the world with similar interests and aims to promote international understanding and friendship.

Past guest lecturers include


Cecilia Hertz- founder and Managing Director of Umbilical Design. Umbilical Design is the lead for the Construction and Furniture sector in the ESA Technology Transfer Network and has more than 15 years of experience of working in the space industry.



Associate Professor Ulrica Edlund at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology whose science focuses on polymer biomaterials. Edlund has among other honors been awarded the Stockholm Business Region Innovation Award.

Ph.D. student Niclas Lindvall at Chalmers University of Technology who researches Graphene.



Professor Peter Aspelin, Diagnostic Radiology, Karolinska Institutet

Professor Per-Olof Nilsson, founder of Fysikaliska leksaker (Physical Toys)



Rickard Jonsson, Doctor in theory of relativity at Chalmers University of Technology. Jonsson is one of the few who have conducted research on how to pedagogize  Einstein’s General theory of relativity.

Daniel L. McFadden, 2000 Nobel laureate in Economy

Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel laureate in Physics.



Professor Johann Deisenhofer, 2002 Nobel laureate in Chemistry.



Professor Martin Chalfie, 2008 Nobel laureate in Medicine.

Professor Ropert Horvitz, 2002 Nobel laureate in Medicine