The Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology’s Poulsson Prize 2021 is awarded to Professor Åke Bergman

The Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology’s Poulsson Prize 2021 is awarded to Professor Åke Bergman
Åke Bergman

Professor Åke Bergman at Örebro University, Sweden, has been awarded the 2021 Poulsson Medal for his long-standing achievements in the field of toxicology.

Professor Bergman is currently a guest professor at Örebro University, a position he has held since 2018. He is also active at the Man-Technology-Environment research centre (MTM) and active as a professor emeritus at Stockholm University and Tongji University, Shanghai.

Professor Bergman meets all the criteria to receive the Poulsson award and this honor is well deserved. Over a long and distinguished career, he has stimulated and contributed to international collaborations in chemical and environmental toxicology. Professor Bergman has been particularly active in studying how environmental pollutants are transformed in the environment and living organisms. He has made several important contributions to human and wildlife exposures to organic contaminants, as well as to the understanding chemical reactivities of environmental pollutants. In recent years he has become particularly interested in the endocrine effects of chemicals and has greatly contributed to the field through research publications, and the development of methods for the synthesis of environmental contaminants and their metabolites. He is presently active in two EU funded research projects, ATHENA and HERA, and has recently finalised two projects he coordinated, EDC-MixRisk (EU) and EDC-2020 (The Research Council Formas).

In addition to his research accomplishments, Professor Bergman is an enthusiastic educator and strong voice in the education of the next generation of researchers in environmental sciences. He has been the supervisor of 30 Ph.D. students in Environmental Chemistry and influenced many toxicologists over his prominent career.

The board of the NSFT congratulates Åke Bergman with the 2021 Poulsson Award. We are planning to arrange a traditional (in person) Poulsson lecture in Oslo in 2021. The date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.


Every year The Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (NSFT) gives out the Poulsson prize in memory of the Norwegian pharmacologist Poul Edvard Poulsson (1858-1935).
This Award is a longstanding tradition of NSFT that started in 1970 and is given to a colleague for his or her contributions to the scientific development in the fields of pharmacology or toxicology.
Among the criteria is also specifically that the awardee has been an inspirator for Norwegian scientists in these fields.
The previous winners of the Poulsson Medal are listed on our website .

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