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How are successful research environments organised?

In the most recent Government research and innovation bill, the Swedish Research Council has been tasked to implement an investment in “centres of excellence”. What experiences have we accumulated from previous strategic initiatives? How do you create a successful research environment? You are welcome to listen to a conversation between two prominent research leaders – Bernt Eric Uhlin and Ellen Lust.

Date

28 April 2021

Time

10.00–10.45

Place

The seminar will be livestreamed. Following the broadcast, we are inviting all who wish to continue the discussion in Zoom: https://sunet.zoom.us/j/66936291161external link 

The seminar will be held in English

How are successful research environments organised?

Excellence is a concept used frequently in research policy debate right from the establishment of the Swedish Research Council in 2001. Since the start, the Swedish Research Council has led several initiatives, on behalf of the Government, aimed at strengthening and developing leading research environments.

In the most recent Government research and innovation bill, the Swedish Research Council has been tasked to implement an investment in “centres of excellence”. A total of 260 million SEK is to be allocated over the years 2021–2024. With this investment, the Government intends to continue building on the experiences gained in conjunction with previous strategic initiatives. What experiences have we accumulated from the last 20 years? How do you create a successful research environment?

You are welcome to listen to a conversation between two prominent research leaders –Bernt Eric Uhlin and Ellen Lust. Other participants are Mattias Marklund, Secretary General for Natural and Engineering Sciences, and Stefan Svallfors, Secretary General for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council.

The moderator is Maria Bergström, analyst at the Swedish Research Council.

The seminar will be held in English. Following the broadcast, we are inviting all who wish to continue the discussion in Zoom. The post-seminar discussion will be led by Maria Bergström, and will last for 30 minutes.

About the speakers

Bernt Eric Uhlin

Bernt Eric Uhlin is Professor of Medical Microbiology at Umeå University. In the early 2000s, he initiated the establishment of the multi-disciplinary research centre Umeå Center for Microbial Research (UCMR), and had primary responsibility for the application for the Linnaeus Grant of 90 million SEK awarded by the Swedish Research Council in 2008. Bernt Eric Uhlin also participated in the establishment of The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). During his years as leader of MIMS, he was responsible for recruiting Emmanuelle Charpentier, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020, together with Jennifer Doudna.

Ellen Lust

Ellen Lust is Professor of Politics at the University of Gothenburg, and the founder and leader of the researchprogramme Governance and Local Development (GLD). The research at GLD aims to explain variations in political governance and local development, in an attempt to promote human well-being globally. Ellen Lust was previously a professor at Yale University in USA. She was recruited to the University of Gothenburg in 2014, with support from the Swedish Research Council. The recruitment was done within the framework for a Government initiative to enable Swedish higher education institutions to employ international top-quality researchers.

PUBLISHED ON 31 March 2021

UPDATED ON 31 March 2021

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