Graduate School

Forum Securitatis is a multidisciplinary graduate school in the field of security in society and crisis management. Forum Securitatis is managed and financed by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and Linköping University (LiU).

Forum Securitatis provides education and practical training within the topics of security in society and crisis management. Security in society includes systems and methods for protection of important societal functions including infrastructures as well as studies of situations where new surveillance technologies may impact on personal integrity. Crisis management includes technologies and methods for supporting society in preventing crises, during rescue operations, and for post-incident normalization at local, regional, and national levels.

All students participating in the School are registered at and examined by their respective university departments. The School offers an overview and understanding of security in society and crisis management that complements the with-in research field training given at the student’s university departments. The School is a meeting place for students with various research background, a place where the student’s research can be understood as part of a bigger picture.

After graduating, students participating in Forum Securitatis will have a broader experience of security and crisis management in realistic situations, and a network of relevant contacts. The mobility programme also gives the students the opportunity to participate in activities that otherwise would require separate funding.

In order to be accepted into Forum Securitatis, the candidate must be registered as a graduate student, and must take part in the courses and activities of the School according to its requirements. A contract of acceptance is made on the individual level between the student, the student’s ordinary supervisor and Forum Securitatis after a formal application procedure.

A mobility program is open for students that have been that have been examined in two courses (including extended part) and participated in two network activities. A student is examined as Forum Securitatis student if he/she has achieved at least 12 ECTS.


The courses are multidisciplinary that are possible to follow for students from different faculties. They are open to students and other at the national level.

Networking activities

Networking activities include workshops, seminars, internal conferences, and study visits. The contacts thus created can form the basis for, joint projects, analysis of user needs or future employment. Networking activities are open for external participants including graduate students, supervisors, industry, public authorities, etc.

Mobility Programme

The Mobility Programme is designed to strengthen contacts between academia, industry and public authorities, and as a platform for interaction with excellent scientific environments abroad. The students are encouraged to perform a part of their research project in industry, a public authority, or to spend a period at a research institute abroad.

A portion of the School’s budget is reserved for individual mobility allowances. Forum Securitatis is intended to supplement the student’s normal studies, and as such does not provide basic funding.

The mobility program is open for students that have been that have been examined in two courses (including extended part) and participated in two network activities.

Who can apply?

A Forum Securitatis student must be registered as a graduate student and have:

  • a project within the area of Security in society, and/or Crisis management,
  • a positive attitude to multi-disciplinary contacts,
  • a willingness to collaborate with external partners such as industry and public entities,
  • at least two years remaining before submitting a dissertation.

Forum Securitatis encourages participation of graduate students from fields within engineering and the social, natural and medical sciences.

How do you apply?

Your application should include two letters. The first letter (approximately one page) describes your personal interests and motivation to participate in Forum Securitatis. The description should clearly match the qualifications (i.e. the four bullets above), and also list the names of supervisor, co-supervisor(s) and planned date (year and month) of dissertation. The other letter is a supporting letter from your supervisor confirming that he/she supports your application.

Current PhD students

Amy Rankin (LiU)
Christina Åkerlind (FOI)
Clas Veibäck (LiU)
Daniel Verenzuela (LiU)
Dennis Andersson (FOI)
Elina Ramsell (LiU)
Hanna Palmqvist (LU)
Johan Sigholm (FHS)
Jonas Rybing (LiU)
Kayvan Yousefi Mojir (LiU)
Linn Svegrup (LU)
Magdalena Granåsen (FOI)
Magnus Gustafsson (FOI) (LU)
Marcus Karlsson (LiU)
Mirko Thorstensson (FOI)
Nicoletta Baroutsi (FHS)
Peter Bergman  (FOI)
Robin Keskisärkkä (LiU)
Tove Frykmer (LU)
Åsa Weinholt (LiU)

Senior researchers

Forum Securitatis has senior researchers who are responsible for course development. This is done to achieve synergy with other strategic research initiatives in the area. Two of these senior scientists are research assistants employed in the government’s strategic research initiative Security Link, and two senior researchers are working in the Vinnova VINNMER programme.

hendebyDr. Gustaf Hendeby, LiU/ISY
Research Assistant Security Link
1. Sensor data- and information fusion for crisis management (1+3 ECTS)
2. Anomaly detection for increased security and safety – techniques and applications (1+5 ECTS)


ChristinaGrönwallDr. Christina Grönwall, FOI, LiU/ISY
Guest Researcher VINNMER
Course: Fourier optics in security and crisis management applications




Dr. Maria Andersson, FOI, LiU/ISY
Guest Researcher VINNMER
Course: Anomaly detection for increased security and safety – techniques and applications (1+5 ECTS)



For further information, please contact:
Christina Grönwall (School director)