Research & Development

100 years ago the Sigtuna Foundation was built with the aim to inspire human thought and reflection. The founders, with the first leader Manfred Björkquist and Archbishop and Noble Peace Prize laureate Nathan Söderblom, had great ideas for the Foundation with the ambition to offer an open space for people with different backgrounds, traditions and viewpoints to meet, interact and learn from one another in atmosphere of mutual respect. They wanted the Sigtuna Foundation to be of significance for the societal development focusing on contemporary issues and challenges. Today, the Sigtuna Foundation, has extensive education and research department activities. The goal is still to work on issues that, from a Christian existential humanistic perspective, are important for our contemporary and future society.

The Sigtuna Foundation operate as a center for education and research. Our main focus areas are: The multicultural and multi-religious society, Media faith and society, Sustainability and humanism and Dialogue, culture, science and faith.

For questions about the Sigtuna Foundation’s research and development activities, please contact Alf Linderman,


Arts and Culture at the Heart of Climate Action – CCL Summit in Sigtuna
20 October, 2022

Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) is a growing network of climate justice leaders, artists, policy-makers, scientists and youth activists working in the arts and culture sector to strengthen creative climate mobilisation.
On the last day of the CCL summit in Sigtuna Sweden November 2, organisers Julie’s Bicycle, Lucsus at Lund UniversitySigtunastiftelsen and Postkodstiftelsen invite media, members of the public and the arts and cultural community to an inspiring afternoon of talks and performance focussed on arts, creativity, and climate justice.  The event features speakers from Julie’s Bicycle, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Moderna Museet, Live Green Festivals, Fridays For Future and the Arts of Councils of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Announcement of a postdoc in computational neuroscience
9 April, 2019

The Agora for Biosystems (Agora) invites applications for a post-doctoral position in computational neuroscience, as part of the research team of Director, Prof. Hans Liljenström. Agora is an interdisciplinary research center at the Sigtuna Foundation in Sigtuna, Sweden, with close connections to universities and institutes in nearby cities Stockholm and Uppsala, notably the Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Brain institute receives over § 7 Million for research on Free will
13 March, 2019

The newly-minted Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Science (The Brain Institute) at Chapman University is the recipient of a total of $7.04 million to study how the human brain enables conscious control of decisions and actions.
Alf Linderman, Associate professor of religious sociology and executive director at the Sigtuna Foundation and Hans Liljenström, Professor of Biometrics and leader of the research center Agora for Biosystems will participate in the international research conference Neuroscience and Free Will, March 14 -18, at the Chapman University Brain Institute, a continuation of the conference held at the Sigtuna Foundation in June 2017.

Ecumenical summit at the Sigtuna Foundation
1 November, 2018

The 37th ecumenical meeting of bishops, friends of the Focolare Movement will take place at the Sigtuna Foundation, Sweden from 6 to 9 November 2018. Participants from Sweden are among others, Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop Åke Bonnier and Alf Linderman, Executive Director of the Sigtuna Foundation.

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