We meet with Uppsala politicians on a regular basis, and on the morning of Friday 8 April, we enjoyed this spring semester’s breakfast meeting with representatives of Uppsala Municipality, Uppsala County Council, and the Swedish parliament. Current issues were addressed, and our input on the upcoming research bill was a natural topic of conversation. SciLifeLab and the SFO:s (Strategic research areas) were also given items on the agenda. Kristina Edström told us about how the work on research strategies was coming along, and Elisabeth Nilfors reported on our efforts concerning newly arrived refugees and social inclusion. Several of our initiatives piqued the interest of our guests. We have several cross-boundary initiatives on the way: medical technology, antibiotics resistance, migration, racism, new labour market conditions, to mention but a few.
The other day, I received an e-mail entitled ‘From the heart of a student’, written by one of our students, Andaç Baran Cezayirlioğlu, a Master’s student from Turkey. Andaç is a blogger and has written Olle’s story: Uppsala University, a highly recommended read!