The Disa Prize

The Disa Prize was founded by Uppsala University and Studentbokhandeln in Uppsala to further popular science writing and was awarded for the first time in 2001. The prize sum is SEK 25,000.

The prize is named after the fictional woman Disa from Nordic mythology, whose wisdom made her queen.

According to the prize statutes, the Disa prize winner should primarily have a connection to Uppsala. The winner is selected by a jury with a representative from each disciplinary domains of the University and a student representative. 

The prize is awarded annually on Uppsala Culture Night and the winner gives an open lecture the same evening.

Previous recipients of the Disa Prize:

  • 2019: Lars Lambert
  • 2018: Li Bennich-Björkman
  • 2017: Carina Burman
  • 2016: Bengt Gustafsson
  • 2015: Sara Danius
  • 2014: Siv Strömquist
  • 2013: Johan Svedjedal
  • 2012: Maja Hagerman
  • 2011: Erik Åsard
  • 2010: Anna Kåver
  • 2009: Pär Holmgren
  • 2008: Lasse Berg
  • 2007: Tore Frängsmyr
  • 2006: Karin Martinsson
  • 2005: Ulf Danielsson
  • 2004: Peter Englund
  • 2003: Fredrik Lindström
  • 2002: Karin Johannisson
  • 2001: Staffan Ulfstrand