The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment is a national academic node for interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis assisting marine environmental governance. Since the founding in 2008, the Government has commissioned five universities with strong marine environmental research to cooperate within the Institute: University of Gothenburg, Linnaeus University, Stockholm University, Umeå University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The institute supports both Swedish government, agencies and other interested actors in their effort to improve the marine environment by providing up-to date status-descriptions and analyses of knowledge on the seas around Sweden. The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, SIME, holds high competence in several scientific disciplines, encompassing both natural and social sciences. SIME also has an important role as knowledge transfer provider between scientists, authorities and decision makers.
The assignment from the government to SIME:
• provide authorities with scientific support in issues concerning the marine environment
• develop interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary networks within and between the universities
• develop interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary analysis and synthesis, and dissemination of results in order to support of the government, authorities and other stakeholders' efforts to improve the marine environment
• inform about research related to the marine environment and the ocean as a resource and increase the understanding of marine environmental problems and what we can do about them
• increase/facilitate communication between researchers and users of scientific knowledge of the marine environment