Svein Stølen is Rector of the University of Oslo for the period 2017-2025.
He is a professor of chemistry, with research interest in inorganic materials, especially relationships between structure and properties.
Stølen has been elected the first president of the European University Alliance Circle U. In addition, he chairs the board of Norway's first innovation district, Oslo Science City and since June 2022 he chairs the board of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities and is a board member of Oslo University Hospital. He leads the Olav Thon Foundation's two professional councils, and the Anders Jahres Foundation for the Promotion of Science.
Prof. Stølen has been vice dean for research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2013-2016) and head of the Department of Chemistry (2009-2012). He headed the Center for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, and was the first chairman of the board, both for UiO: Life Sciences and for Digital Life Norway. He has been a member of the board of the Department of Energy Technology (2012-2017) and the Research Council's division board for science (2015-2017). He is member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Academy of Engineering Sciences.