Internationally leading researchers new honorary doctors at Mälardalen University

Mar 24, 2011 | Research/Cooperation

The 2011 honorary doctors at Mälardalen University are Björn Stigson and Paola Inverardi. They have both made significant contributions within the areas of sustainable development and software technology.

Writing about Björn Stigson, the University Faculty Board states that he has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his “efforts and continual ambition to stimulate, explore and share knowledge, experience and ‘best practice’ with companies and industrialists who strive towards adopting a stance on sustainable development.”

Since 1995 Björn Stigson has been President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, WBCSD, in Geneva. This is a global organisation which, under Björn Stigson’s leadership, has developed into one the world’s leading and most influential organisations which bring together business activities and sustainable development and initiate new thinking in business activities.

Björn Stigson, who has previously worked at ABB, has had many contacts with Västerås and Mälardalen University over the years.

- It’s a great honour for me now to be awarded an honorary doctorate, not least since my son Peter Stigson took a Ph.D. at Mälardalen University a year ago, says Björn and adds:

- For me it’s a strong token of recognition for the work that I and the WBCSD have been promoting to stimulate and boost the role of industry in creating a more sustainable world.

Writing about Paola Inverardi, who works at the University in L’Aquila in Italy, the University Faculty Board states among other things that she is “one of the internationally leading researchers in software technology” and that she has “initiated the University’s nowadays extensive and deep collaboration with the University in L’Aquila and has significantly contributed towards important decisions on both research and education at Mälardalen University.”

- I was very happy and surprised when I received the news that I had been awarded an honorary doctorate. I always try to do my job in the best way and suddenly to get such recognition from friends and colleagues at Mälardalen University feels fantastic, Paola Inverardi comments.

The Faculy Board’s reasons in their entirety

BJÖRN STIGSON: “Björn Stigson has been awarded an honorary doctorate at Mälardalen University for his efforts and continual ambition to stimulate, explore and share knowledge, experience and ‘best practice’ with companies and industrialists who strive towards adopting a stance on sustainable development.”

In 1995 Björn Stigson was appointed, as President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global management-run organisation of ca. 200 member companies, to assist companies with sustainable development. Under Björn’s leadership the World Business Council for Sustainable Development has developed into one the world’s leading and most influential organisations which bring together business activities and sustainable development and initiate new thinking in business activities. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development supports business activities which operate, develop and grow in a world which to an increasingly large extent is governed by sustainability issues.

Furthermore Björn Stigson has actively participated in advising boards and committees which support the Chinese Government, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Clinton Global Initiative and GRI – the Global Reporting Initiative.”

PAOLA INVERARDI: “Paola Inverardi is one of the internationally leading researchers in software technology. In an evaluation by ACM in 2007 she was acclaimed one of the 20 best researchers in the area. Her list of publications is impressive (more than 150 publications, h-index 26). Paola is also very active in international research networks. She has been general or programme chair of leading conferences in software technology (e.g. ICSE,ESEC/FSE, ASE). Furthermore Paola is the editor, or a member of the editorial board, of several of the most highly-esteemed journals in the field.

Paola Inverardi has been a member of the Swedish Research Council’s drafting committee for NT-S Computer Science for many years. IDT collaborates extensively with Paola and she has an important role as adviser and partner. Through Paola Inverardi we collaborate extensively in education and research with the University in L’Aquila. She is the scientific adviser for our SSF-financed strategic research centre Progress and helps us often with pre-examination of our applications.

Paola Inverardi has initiated our nowadays extensive and deep collaboration and has significantly contributed towards important decisions on both research and education at Mälardalen University. Over and above important contributions for us, she plays a central part in the ongoing rebuilding of the University in L’Aquila after the earthquake in 2009.”

Facts about honorary doctors at Mälardalen University

An honorary doctor is a person with whom the University has contact in some way through research activity, or with whom they would like to establish contact. The honorary doctorates are awarded by the Faculty Board, subsequent to suggestions from the staff at the University. The honorary doctors will be officially installed at the University’s Academic Festival in Eskilstuna on 20 May this year.