Internships give researchers new contacts outside academia

Doctoral students A month's work in the industry gave doctoral candidate Shengxin Liu new perspectives on her knowledge and competence. The internship programme at Karolinska Institutet, KI, is much appreciated by both researchers and the participating employers.

“You sit at home to get some peace and quiet”

Work environment The staff at Mälardalen University have now been working in activity-based office space in Eskilstuna for a couple of years. The union was critical of the solution right from the start, and still is. “But there is a certain amount of resignation that this is now how things are,” says local SULF chair Michaël Le Duc.

New education minister promises change

Politics The new Minister for Education, Mats Persson of the Liberal Party, has announced that the new government will implement "major reforms" in higher education and research.

Learn how to tackle stress and time pressure

Doctoral students Grinding your teeth in your sleep. Palpitations and feelings of panic. Time pressure and stress can be part of doctoral candidate life from programme start to graduation. Lowering the bar and seeing “the threat" as a challenge are two tricks you can use along the way.

Ukrainian researchers on the run can continue their work in Sweden

International Since the outbreak of war in February, Ukrainian researchers have been forced to flee abroad in order to continue their work. Several higher education institutions in Sweden have welcomed them, in different ways and with different types of funding. How research – in Sweden, Ukraine and internationally – will be impacted by the war remains to be seen.

New book to help international researchers in Sweden

Research The Young Academy of Sweden has published a new book entitled "A Beginner's Guide to Swedish Academia". Universitetsläraren spoke to one of the authors of the book, Philippe Tassin, Professor in Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and a member of the Academy.

Art and science meet in comics form

Methodology Communicating research through comics is a way of bringing together science and art. The idea is to reach out to the general public, says organisational researcher Anna Jonsson.

Researchers impressed by what the reptilian brain can do

Research At Ystad Zoo, researchers from Lund University are studying the behaviour of six alligators in order to learn more about the dinosaur era. They have been surprised by how much the alligators can do.

Lottery proposals rejected by financiers

Funding Lotteries for the allocation of research funding have been tested in several countries. In Sweden, using a lottery system would save resources and increase equality, says researcher Lambros Roumbanis. Financiers that Universitetsläraren has spoken to are sceptical.

How the political parties want to govern higher education and research

Politics What investments do the political parties want to make in higher education and research? What do they wish to prioritise? Ahead of the parliamentary election this autumn, Universitetsläraren has examined the policies of the eight parliamentary parties and interviewed each party’s higher education spokesperson.