NJF Conference 2020

Sustainable development of future academia in Sweden


The aim of this conference is to discuss how we can protect high quality research, innovation 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

11.00-11.30         Arrival and registration

11.30-12.30         Interactive lunch. Sponsored by Thermo Fisher.

12.30-12.45         Welcome, opening words and moderator introduced by the chair of NJF.

12.45 – 13.30     Keynote 1: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council.

13.30 – 14.30    Session 1: What is our future? Invited short presentations and panel debate including young researchers, politicians, industry.

  • Maria Thuveson, Director, 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, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

14.30-15.00        Coffee

15.00-16.15        Session 2: What does our current situation look like?

  • NJF survey – Carine Signoret, PhD, Researcher at LiU (15 min)
  • National survey: 10 years after PhD in Sweden – Lars Geschwind, PhD, Docent at KTH (15 min)
  • Academic career other than tenure – Riia Sustarsic, PhD, Grant Manager at Lund University (15 min)
  • The time sheet study – case study by Emma Andersson, PhD, Researcher at KI (5 min)

Panel debate including all of the speakers

16.15-16.30         Short break

16.45-17.45         Keynote 2: Richard M. Linnehan, NASA astronaut, veterinary doctor and Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University and Texas A&M University.

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

Day 2

8.30-9.45          Session 3: What is an ideal academic environment?

  • Work-life balance – Juha Nieminen, PhD, lecturer in Teaching and learning at KI (15 min)
  • Perspectives from the unions on work-life balance and an ideal research environment – SULF / Naturvetarna (15 min)
  • Lessons from University evaluations – Researchers involved in the Sahlgrenska evaluations (15 min)
  • Panel debate including all speakers and RISE 

9.45-10.15           Coffee

10.15-11.30         Session 4: What are our recommendations? Structured group discussions among participants and recommendations for future directions summarized through online communication channels.

11.30-12.00         Moderator summarizes key points. Final words by NJF chair.

12.00-13.00       Interactive lunch. Sponsored by SSMF.

13.00                     Departure