Some highlights from my calendar
I just returned from the SRA Assessment at the Swedish Research Council in Stockholm. It concerns the 20 strategic research areas spread over 43 research environments that the Swedish government identified in a 2008 research bill. In this venture, between 2010 and 2014 some SEK 5.3 billion have been allocated directly to the universities.
Linköping University will be in charge of three areas (materials; IT and mobile communications; crisis and security management) and will take part in two together with the Royal Institute of Technology (transport research; e-science). The criteria for all areas is that they have the capacity to maintain a high international standard in the long term, help to address important needs and problems in society, and have links to the Swedish business sector.
The hearing on Wednesday was led by a panel of international scientific experts. The same group evaluates all 43 research environments. I can assure you that we were all well prepared. In May we will receive the results of the assessment, which can lead to the funding being made permanent.
Back at Linköping University my tour of the departments will continue into the new year. This is an opportunity for me to present an analysis of our sector and to discuss our strategy for the future. Equally important is to highlight department-specific successes, challenges and strategies.
We have selected the Tage Erlander Visiting Professor for 2015. Her name is Jill Trewhella, Professor at the School of Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney in Australia. It is especially exciting that her research background ties in to the huge European Spallation Source (ESS) project. The construction of this research infrastructure is proceeding at full speed in Lund. A major challenge facing the facility was solved through research here at LiU. It concerns materials for neutron detection. The research has resulted in boron-based films, which are already in production at a facility in Linköping’s Wahlbeck Business Park. We look forward to welcoming Professor Trewhella.
The 2014 Leaders’ Day in November focussed on sustainable leadership – i.e. being able to and wanting to be a leader for many years. Congratulations to Ulf Melin, Head of the Division of Information Systems at the Department of Management and Engineering, who was named 2014 Leader of the Year, and Christina Ekerfelt, Head of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, who received an honorable mention.
What are the management structures at Swedish universities? Kåre Bremer, former vice-chancellor of Stockholm University, will explore this question on behalf of the Swedish government. His report is due in October 2015.
Now it’s time for some well-deserved holidays. I want to thank all our employees for an interesting and rewarding 2014. And next year we have a lot to look forward to – including our 40th anniversary. No one will miss that! It promises to be a great celebration.
All the best for the holiday season!
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Last updated: 2014-12-19