Advisory board

In the overall project we will have a complete advisory board of scientist from different fields corresponding to the scientific focus that is connected with each expedition. For the present Iran expedition our main scientific advisors are:


Håkan Wahlquist


Håkan Wahlquist is the Keeper of the Sven Hedin Foundation and recently retired as senior Curator for Asia at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. He is an anthropologist and ethnographer and most likely the world’s foremost expert on Hedin. Wahlquist’s background is in anthropology and he has conducted field research mostly in Nepal, but also in areas such as Chittagong Hill Tracts, Baluchistan and North eastern Tibet.


Philippe Forêt


Forêt is Senior Research Fellow at the Chair of Chinese Culture and Society at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He is also a research associate at the Center on Sustainable Development (CEDETE) of the University of Orleans and vice-director of the research team in environmental humanities at SAGUF, Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences. His books on the history of geography and cartography have examined the environmental history of China, the survey expeditions sent to Central Asia, the exchange of visual information along the Silk Road, and the oases of the Gobi desert. He is currently writing a book about Hedin’s Iran expedition 1906.


Gerhard Bax


Gerhard Bax is Professor in Technoscience studies at Blekinge Institute of Technology. His main research interests are geology, remote sensing, geoinformatics and e-learning. He has been involved in many research projects in Tibet and the Himalayas such as producing a digital geological map of Mount Everest, introducing GIS and remote sensing at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. He is currently involved in a research project about the impact of climate change and related glacier hazards in the Tien Shan Mountains in Central Asia.