Field station


Research, education and meetings

Askölaboratory belongs to Stockholm University Marine research centre and is situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the archipelago of Trosa (58° 49.5’ N, 17° 39’ E). The field station is a national resource and marine research and field work is cunducted all year round.

  • Both Swedish and foreign scientists are welcome to use the facilities, on the same terms and conditions.
  • All Swedish universities are welcome to arrange marine courses on Askö. The laboratories and station is optimized for groups of 16 students.
  • Everyone that work within the marine research or management field, has the opportunity to organize meetings with a connection to the marine environment.

The island-environment is both inspiring and probably enhance the focus on the sea. Different field- or laboratory studies are possible to conduct. Both boats and labs are available and the personel can help if agreed upon. The lecture room, library and other leisure areas are well-equipped for many creative activities.

Modern and functional premises

On the field station there are research vessels, boats, laboratories, field equipment and office spaces. There is also possibilities to scuba dive. About 30 people can be accomodated at the same time.

Expert personnel

No scientists permanently works from the field station, they all work from somewhere else, and come to Askö only to conduct experiments, field work or marine monitoring. But six of SMFs’ employees manage bookings, run the facilities including the vessels, boats and laboratories. The staff work normal working hours – they come in the morning, and leave the island with the last evening boat route. Transports to and from Askö, is therefore only possible during weekdays.

Beautiful and clean environment

Askö is about 10 km long and only 1 km wide. The whole island is a Natural Park and is managed by a resident landholder, who owns cows and sheep to keep the landscape open. It is surely a beautiful setting, with everything Swedish nature can provide, mushrooms, berries and both sand- and rocky beaches.

Untouched and wellstudied

Askö is located in one of the least affected and polluted coastal areas along the whole east-coast of the Baltic Sea. It is also one of the most studied marine areas in the world.

Since 1970, it is a reference area for national and international marine monitoring.

The coast is of great international importance, HELCOM lists it as one of 30 possible marine reserves in the Baltic Sea.