The Olofsson Research Group


Professor Berit Olofsson

Academic background and career

Berit Olofsson was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 1972. She studied Chemical Engineering at LuTH (Luleå) and LTH (Lund), and got her MSc in 1998 after a project work at Akzo Nobel Central Research in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

She performed her PhD studies 1998-2002 at Stockholm University (SU) and later at KTH (Stockholm) under the guidance of Prof. Peter Somfai. The PhD project dealt with asymmetric, divergent synthesis of vicinal amino alcohols via vinylepoxides and vinylaziridines.

She subsequently went to Bristol University, UK for a post doc with Prof. Varinder K. Aggarwal in 2003-2004. The project started out as a total synthesis of (-)-Epibatidine, and was later widened to include methodology development on alfa-arylation of ketones. Returning to Sweden, she became assistant supervisor in the group of Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall at SU.

Berit started her independent career with a position as Assistant Professor at SU in 2006. She became "Docent" in March 2008, and got a permanent position as Associate Professor (Lektor) in 2010. She was promoted to Professor in 2013, and spent 3 months in Stellenbosch, South Africa as a STIAS Fellow 2014/2015. She became the Deputy Dean for the Chemistry Section in August 2017, and was elected as a ChemPubSoc Europe Fellow in 2018.
Since January 2019, she is the Dean of Chemistry.

Scientific committees

2018 -... Secretary of the Division of Organic Chemistry in EuCheMS
2018 -... Member of the Eur. J. Org. Chem. International advisory board (Wiley)
2017 -... Member of the International Scientific Committee of the European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC)
2017 -... Board Member of Carl Trygger Foundation (CTS)
2015 -... Board Member in the Division of Organic Chemistry in EuCheMS
2014 -... Board member in the Division of Organic Chemistry, Swedish Chemical Society
2012 -... Member of the ChemistryOpen Editorial advisory board (Wiley)
2010 -... Member of the International Scientific Committee of the Hypervalent Iodine conference series (ICHIC)

Selcted Awards and Grants

2019 Received the Lindbomska belöningen (Lindbomska reward) by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
2018 ChemPubSoc Europe Fellow 2016/2017 (F CPSE)
2013 Marianne & Marcus Wallenberg Foundation-financed Fellowship to do research at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS)
2009 Swedish Research Council (VR) Associate Professor grant (Lektorsanställningsbidrag)
2006 Bürgenstock Conference, Junior Scientists Participation Grant
2003 Swedish Research Council (VR) postdoctoral scholarship
2003 The Blanceflor Foundation postdoctoral scholarship
2001 The Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA) research scholarship
1997 Lund University scholarship


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Hobbies etc

Participated in the long distance sport events "En Svensk Klassiker" (A Swedish Classic) in 2016, consisting of 4 different races:

1) Vasaloppet - the world's oldest, longest and biggest long distance skiing competition. 90 km in March, time 8 hours & 44 min.
2)Vätternrundan - a 300 km bike race around lake Vättern in July.The time was 9 hours and 30 min, corresponding to 31.6 km/h (including stops to repair flat tires etc).
3) Vansbrosimningen - a 3 km open water swim in July (time 1:11).
4) Lidingöloppet - the worlds largest cross country running race in September. 30 hilly km in 3:03.

Total time 22 hours and 30 minutes, well below the 24 h limit to do a "Super Classic".


Active in the local network "Ett Hållbart Täby" (A Sustainable Täby), which strives to reduce the climate impact of the Täby municipality.

Dedicated to inlines- & ice skating, proud member of Stockholm Speedskaters.
Also fond of music, travelling & spending time with our daughters Isa & Ronja and our GSD Emmy.

Ice skating on lake Vättern, which has very clear water. Probably >5 m deep here.

Swedish Championships inline skating & Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro.

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