The Future of Life Science

Symposium on how new technologies in life science affect research, healthcare, individuals, and society

The Future of Life Science is a series of annual symposia, bringing together experts from different fields to explore how the latest breakthroughs in life science affect us as individuals, our society and health care today and tomorrow. 

Since 2017, five symposia have been held at the Engelsberg Ironworks – a unique UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 17th century. In this beautiful setting, the invited participants have contributed to thoughtful and enlightening discussions about current advancements in life science, technology and healthcare. The presentations and discussions from each symposium are summarised in a report.

Program 2024 >>

Practical information 2024 >>

Programs and reports from previous symposia >>

Background and Program Committee >>


Program 2024

Engelsberg Ironwork, May 23-24 2024

Stockholm Science City Foundation is arranging this symposium in collaboration with Nordstjernan. At Future of Life Science 2024, the discussions will revolve around creeping crises related to health and how research and development within life science can help us handle such crises. 

Four sessions will cover the following topics and questions:

  • What are the specifics of creeping crises and how can they be treated? 
  • How are the challenges of antimicrobial resistance tackled from scientific, economic and political perspectives? 
  • How is the burden of age-related neurodegenerative diseases affecting our society and what can we expect in terms of new treatments, diagnostics and preventive measures? 
  • What are the roles of scientists, companies, policymakers and politicians in handling health-related creeping crises?  

Confirmed speakers 

  • Susan Michie. Professor of Health Psychology, University College London  
  • Magnus Ekengren. Professor, Department of Political Science and Law, Swedish Defence University  
  • Carl Johan Sundberg. Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet  
  • Olivier Rubin. Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Business Globalization and Europeanization, Roskilde University. Editor of the book: Steering Against Superbugs: The Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance 
  • Fredrik Almqvist. Professor of Organic Chemistry, Umeå University 
  • Cecilia Lundberg. Professor, CNS Gene Therapy, Lund University. Chairperson of the scientific board at The Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden)  
  • Fredrik Söder. CEO and founder of Health Integrator
  • Eva Garmendia. Project Coordinator at Uppsala Antibiotic Center, Uppsala University
  • Stina Syvänen. Professor at Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University
  • Linus Jönsson. Professor at Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet

Additional speakers will be announced.

The symposium is moderated by Anya Sitaram, a documentary producer and professional conference moderator specialising in health, science, environment and international development. 


Practical information 2024

The symposium takes place in the beautiful setting of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Engelsbergs Bruk >>

The symposium starts with lunch at Engelsbergs Bruk at 12:00 on Thursday, May 23, and the program kicks off at 13:00. You can check in to your room from 11:00. The symposium ends with lunch at 12:00 on Friday, May 24.

As an invited participant, you are offered accommodation in Engelsberg, meals, and travel between Stockholm and Engelsberg with a complimentary chartered bus.

Bus information

The bus leaves central Stockholm at about 9 am on the 23rd and returns to Stockholm at about 3 pm on the 24th. We will inform the participants about the bus's exact departure time and location before the symposium.


If you will travel to Engelsberg by your own means. The address to Engelsbergs Bruk is Snytenvägen 3, 737 90 Ängelsberg. The trip takes about 2 hours by car from Stockholm. Link to Google Maps >>


Programs and reports from previous symposia


  • Program for 2023 will soon be published.
  • Report for 2023 will be published soon.






Background and Program Committee 

The Future of Life Science was initiated by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation and the Stockholm Science City Foundation to organise international symposiums about the future of healthcare, science, and life science in general. The aim of this collaboration is to bring forth relevant questions and trigger discussions among experts, academics, public officials, and private companies. 

The Program Committee for 2024 consists of:

  • Stefan Stern, Nordstjernan 
  • Ylva Williams, Stockholm Science City Foundation 
  • Stefan Nordlund, Stockholm University 
  • Andreas Namslauer, Stockholm Science City Foundation
  • Jonas Binnmyr, Stockholm Science City Foundation