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Uppsala University, Sweden

Month: April 2017

Breakfast with politicians, dinner with the University Board

(Original Swedish post published 28 April.) Once a semester we invite Uppsala politicians – from the municipality, the region and the Riksdag – to a breakfast meeting. We tell them what’s going on at the University and which issues are at the top of our agenda. But it’s at least as important for us at […]

Research Outlook ends

(Original Swedish post published 25 April.) For the past three years or so, I (Eva) have been a member of the Steering Committee for the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences project Research Outlook. Yesterday the project reached its conclusion. Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson and State Secretary Karin Röding were […]

March for Science in Uppsala 22 April

(Original Swedish post published 21 April.) Tomorrow, Saturday 22 April 2017, many will participate in worldwide demonstrations for science. In Uppsala we can join in the march starting at Stora Torget at 11:00 and proceeding via Gustavianum to the Ångström Laboratory. Many organisations support March for Science, including the Association of Swedish Higher Education and […]

International networks in academia

(Original Swedish post published 19 April.) In today’s edition of the web magazine Curie, I write about why international networks are needed in academia. Do read the article (in Swedish)! Or read it below (translated). Coincidentally, a large delegation from the University of Tartu was here to visit us over the past couple of days. […]

Minute of silence today, Monday, at 12 noon

(Original Swedish post.) On Friday Sweden was struck by an act of terror on Drottninggatan in Stockholm. An act of terror intended to spread fear and hatred. I was at Brussels Airport when it happened and followed the events via news reports and Messenger posts from my daughter who, like many others, was running terrified […]

Events in Hungary

Yesterday the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities sent an open letter to the government of Hungary. The letter was written in response to the risk of closure faced by Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros in 1991, as a result of the actions of the Hungarian government. The Hungarian government asserts that CEU […]

Similar but different

(Original Swedish post published 1 April.) Our trip is nearing its end and today it is I, Rozbe Bozorgi, chair of one of the Uppsala student unions, who am taking charge of the blog. Education and research are often seen as a university’s two fundamental pillars, combining to produce a better university environment. Although the […]