NJF Conference 2020

Sustainable development of future academia in Sweden

Objectives

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

Schedule

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