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NJF member faculties and local representatives

Representing the future of Swedish research, NJF aims to give this important group of researchers a strong and collective voice when addressing politicians, research funding bodies and the public. Currently, NJF collectively represents over 3000 members (i.e. postdoctoral fellows, researchers and faculty members) across Sweden. 

Each NJF member faculty sends representatives to the bi-annual meetings. The steering board consists of these representatives, an elected chairperson, and several vice-chairs who rotate twice a year among the local organisations. The current NJF chair is Ramesh Vetukuri and vice-chair is Elaine Cowan.

NJF Working Groups

The majority of the work that NJF undertakes is accomplished through working groups composed of local representatives. Currently NJF has the following working groups:

NJF Survey Working Group (Chair Justin Westerfield)

Bylaws Working Group (informal)

UKÄ working group (informal)

Overview of NJF member faculties and local representatives:

Karolinska Institutet, currently represented by Shireen Sindi, Lina Marcela Diaz-Gallo, Georgios Sotiriou, and Rebecka Keijser.

Linköping University, currently represented by Jose Gabriel Martinez Gil

Lund University, currently represented by Elaine Cowan (current NJF vice-chair), Emil Ljungberg, Arlind Reuter, and Nicole van der Burg, and Njainday Jobe

Örebro University, currently represented by Carolin Zorell and Naveed Asghar

Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University, currently represented by Astrid von Mentzer and Lina Jonsson

Stockholm University, currently represented by Ane Metola, Lovisa Lundholm, Justin Westerfield, and Grant Kemp.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), currently represented by Ramesh Vetukuri (current NJF chair)

Umeå University (currently on a break)

Uppsala University, currently represented by Theodora Kunovac Kallak, Guiomar Hernandez, Lisa Borjesson, Alexandra Petrulevich, and Laia Caja


History of the National Junior Faculty

In the fall of 2014, six universities founded the National Junior Faculty (NJF) at a first joint meeting at Karolinska Institutet. These six included Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University, Karolinska Institutet, Linköpings University, Lund University, Umeå University and Uppsala University. In 2017, Örebro University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) joined. In 2018, Stockholm University joined the NJF.

Until 2018, both the chair and vice-chairs rotated twice a year among the local organisations. In February 2018, Sara Hägg was elected as the first NJF chair who was sitting for three terms. From September 2019 to September 2020, Mo Segad was the chair of NJF.

We thank all previous NJF steering board members for their valuable contributions.


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