Program Instruments

The building blocks of WASP-HS, also known as the program instruments, include an extensive research program, a national graduate school, capacity building and recruitment, outreach and collaboration with society, international partnership and activities, as well as cross instrument activities.

Extensive Research Program

WASP-HS facilitates excellent research on the topic of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems impact on humanity and society. The research does for instance regard political, judicial, artistic, environmental, economical, financial, and psychological implications of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

For more information about the research projects and research facilitated by WASP-HS, see research.

For more information about open calls for research funding, see opportunities.

National Graduate School

WASP-HS trains young researchers to the highest international standards by providing integrated training in philosophy, social sciences, policy research, organizational science, psychology, and other humanities and social science disciplines. The aim of the WASP-HS Graduate School is to contribute to the diversity and inclusion of AI-related expertise and, as such, strengthen Sweden’s and Europe’s much-needed understanding of the challenges and consequences of autonomous systems and AI in society. Several PhD positions adhered to WASP-HS are announced at across Swedish universities and research institutes each year.

For more information about open positions, see opportunities.

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Capacity Building and Recruitment

WASP-HS aims to develop expertise and build knowledge and skills in the humanities and social sciences across Sweden through the recruitment of Assistant Professors, Guest Professors and Postdocs.

For more information abour the recruited researchers, see research.

Outreach and Collaboration with Society

WASP-HS aims to strengthen the link to the societal context in which the program operates. The instrument consists of three main areas of activities: outreach communication, dialogues with stakeholders and collaborative research calls.

The outreach communication about the program happens through monthly external newsletters and regular social media updates on Twitter and Linkedin

The program stays in touch with politicians and public and private organizations and instusry. This network of stakeholders is aso being invited to the annual conference AI for Humanity and Society. However, the most established program model for having structured and regular dialogues with stakeholders are the Community Reference Meetings (CRM).

For more information about the conference and CRMs, see events.

International Partnerships and Activities

To fulfil the mission to ensure strong international relevance, and to support capacity building and skill development the WASP-HS program organizes five main activities aimed at internationalization:

  • Junior faculty recruitment
  • Recruitment of international guest professors
  • International partnerships [4-6 partners] (including exchanges and incoming/outgoing postdocs)
  • International graduate student visits (based on PhD research projects)


Cross Instrument Activities

As the program progresses, we are increasingly identifying and implementing cross-program synergies across instruments that allows to build upon the different activities and results of individual projects, into a structure of innovation and interchange of ideas, to ensure the most effective use of resources and to identify the most promising synergies across projects and instruments.