This year’s Oscar Prize recipients selected

8 September 2022

Grand Auditorium.

The prize will be awarded in the Grand Auditorium.

Research into the connection between climate change and conflict as well as into the brain’s networks and signalling substances is to be recognised through Uppsala University’s Oscar Prize for 2022. This year’s recipients are Nina von Uexkull and Andreas Frick.

Uppsala University awards the Oscar Prize annually to young researchers at Uppsala University “whose scientific writing is the most deserving and offers the greatest promise of continued academic writings at the University”. The prize money of SEK 140,000 consists of the annual yield of a donation made by King Oscar II for the University’s 400th anniversary in 1877 and may be shared equally between two recipients.

The recipients are selected by University Board based on proposals from a committee consisting of the deans of faculties.

Award citations:

Associate Professor Nina von Uexkull, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.

Nina von Uexkull is an associate professor and senior lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, where she took her doctorate in 2016. She is a successful researcher with a rapidly growing body of scholarly publications in renowned journals, which has had a significant impact. A central theme in her research is the security implications of climate change, through which she has developed an interdisciplinary collaboration that has contributed to a broadening of her academic focus. Nina von Uexkull is also highly active as a teacher and supervisor and noted for her external engagement.

Associate Professor Andreas Frick, Department of Medical Sciences

Andreas Frick took his doctorate in 2015 at Uppsala University with a dissertation on how two common signalling systems, serotonin and substance P, are regulated by anxiety disorder. After his doctorate, Frick continued as a postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University. He returned in 2019 and is currently active as an associate senior lecturer at the Department of Medical Sciences, where he maps how these aspects contribute to fear and anxiety. His studies link research into psychology with pharmacology and molecular imaging techniques. Frick has also established extensive collaborations both nationally and internationally in an exemplary manner.

Watch a film in which Andreas Frick talks about anxiety