NJF Conference 2020

Sustainable development of future academia in Sweden

Sustainable development of academia in Sweden is certainly needed, however, having a conference under such an uncertainty, with participants from different countries (over 150 attendants) is considered by the UD/WHO/OMS risky, and we also believe so. For that, the planned NJF-conference on 7-8 May 2020 is postponed due to corona virus, and we will keep you posted on future steps/date, once decided.


The aim of this conference is to discuss how we can protect high quality research, innovation, education and academic freedom from a future/young researcher perspective and generate recommendations for future directions and guidelines.

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Location and date 
Biomedicum 1, Karolinska Institutet (Solna), Stockholm, 7-8 May 2020


Day 1

11.00-12.00      Arrival, registration and interactive lunch (sponsored by Thermo Fisher)

12.00-12.15      Welcome, opening words and moderator introduced by the chair of NJF

12.15 – 13.00    Keynote 1: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Former President of the European Research Council 

13.00 – 14.15    Session 1: What is our future? 

  • Maria Thuveson, Director of the Swedish Research Council (VR)
  • Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and STRUT-investigator 
  • Tobias Krantz, Head of education, research, and innovation at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

Panel debate open to the audience (45 min)

14.15-14.45     Coffee (sponsored by SULF)

14.45-16.15      Session 2: What does our current situation look like?

  • Carine Signoret, Senior Lecturer,
    A survey – National Faculty of Sweden (15 min)
  • Lars Geschwind, Head of Learning Unit, 
    National survey: 10 years after PhD in Sweden (15 min)
  • Riia Sustarsic, Grant Manager/Coordinator,
    Academic career other than tenure (15 min)
  • Emma Andersson, Assistant professor, 
    The time sheet study (5 min)

Panel debate open to the audience (40 min)

16.15-16.30      Short break

16.30-17.45      Keynote 2: Richard M. Linnehan, NASA astronaut, veterinary doctor and Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University and Texas A&M University

18.30-20.30      Dinner at restaurant Nanna Swartz at Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna

20.30                Beer session

Day 2

8.30-10.00       Session 3: What is an ideal academic environment?

  • Juha Nieminen, Lecturer in Teaching and learning, 
    Work-life balance (15 min)
  • Karin Åmossa, SULF
    Perspectives from the unions on work-life balance and an ideal research environment (15 min)
  • Åsa Kettis, Division for Quality Enhancement, Uppsala University
    The good environment according to KoF17 (15 min)

Panel debate with speakers joined by Christina Jönsson (RISE

10.00-10.30      Coffee (sponsored by Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk SSMF)

10.30-12.00      Session 4: What are our recommendations?

Structured group discussions among participants and recommendations for future directions summarized through online communication channels.

12.00-12.30     Moderator summarizes key points. Final words by NJF chair

12.30-13.30     Interactive lunch (sponsored by SSMF)

13.00                Departure