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Research for e-Science (SeRC)

Swedish e-Science Research Centre's (SeRC) mission is to develop and integrate state-of-the-art e-Science tools and e-infrastructure into traditional research to achieve scientific breakthroughs in Sweden.

Molecular models of skin.

Advanced computer-based research, such as handling large data sets and the use of high-performance computers for simulations and calculations, is an integral part of scientific research today, commonly known as e-Science. e-Science is complementary to the traditional means of performing research by experiments and theoretical reasoning.

The single most considerable overall success of SeRC is that it helps application researchers and computational experts to find each other and speak with one voice. Large-scale data analysis and simulation are introduced in areas that have not been used before. The most vital computational groups in the country collaborate internationally instead of competing nationally.

SeRC's webpage


The impact of e-Science is found in all areas of academia. The use of basic e-Science in new domains can generate fundamentally new and significant results. At the same time, access to advanced e-Science tools and infrastructure enables the leading research groups spearheading Swedish e-Science to compete at the international forefront. Read more about two cases based on SeRC research.

Three-pillar model for collaboration

The work in SeRC relies on three pillars of existing excellence in application areas, method development, and e-infrastructure. The integration of these three pillars are crucial for success, and an essential part of this is collaboration and the specific work of our scientific research engineers:

  • Applications: climate, cancer, materials, science
  • Infrastructure: computer centra visualization centra
  • Method development: computer science, statistics, mathematics

Multidisciplinary collaboration programmes

SeRC develops multidisciplinary collaboration programmes (MCPs) in strategic areas with high potential gain by consolidating the SeRC efforts into more prominent constellations.

  • Brain-IT
  • Data-driven computational materials design (DCMD)
  • e-Science for Cancer Prevention and Control
  • SeRC Data Science
  • SeRC Exascale Simulation Software Initiative – SESSI
  • Visual Data Analytics in e-Science Applications

Further information on specific MCP's can be found on SeRC's website.


SeRC has, together with eSSENCE, a graduate school in e-Science, the national Swedish e-Science Education graduate school (SeSE).

Visit SeRC's website  to read about courses and how to apply.

Research agenda 2020-2023

  • Develop the Multidisciplinary Collaboration Programs (MCPs)
    During 2019 SeRC initiated six MCP:s (listed above) to increase collaboration between applications, infrastructure, and method development. The MCP:s were based on groups with strong scientific research with the potential to enable unique e-Science based added value through collaboration.
  • Increase cooperation between SeRC infrastructures
    Foster strong collaboration between NSC and PDC to optimise user support and establish the capacity to host extensive HPC systems at the European Tier 1 level.
  • Increase data-driven research
    Data-driven research, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning has emerged as critical new subjects in which SeRC needs to have a strong presence. SeRC is working towards strengthening these areas, in particular aspects where they can be unified with SeRC strengths in computing and computing methodology and data analysis.
  • Activities for added value in terms of Impact, Education, and Gender balance
    The MCP will initiate activities that increase the impact on society and industry of the research performed, create a robust interface with education, and actively improve gender balance.

About SeRC


Karolinska Institutet, Stockholms University, Linköping University and KTH.


In 2018, more than 100 senior researchers were engaged within the SeRC community.


SeRC receives approximately SEK 30 million annually in government grants.


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