Malin Parmar is the stem cell researcher whose research was turned into a cartoon on ERC’s initiative; she found that it turned out better and more fun than she could have imagined. However, from the research world, she has had mixed reactions about prioritising a cartoon project.
Moving from South America, learning Swedish and getting your medical degree approved in Sweden represent a major challenge. Mariana Reza Felix and Marcelo Petri recently started a new training programme for doctors with a foreign license to practise medicine, and must adapt their internationally-acquired skills to the Swedish healthcare system. But they will also need to learn to interpret unwritten social codes and understand the thick Skåne accent at the motor vehicle inspection.
More focus on the institutional environment and less on individual researchers in the assessment of research misconduct – and protection for whistle-blowers should be increased.
These are some new points in the revised code of conduct for research integrity – points developed in a process led by Göran Hermerén. The EU Commission is now launching the code as a benchmark for those applying for funding from Horizon 2020
Anette Agardh, professor of global health, has been appointed to lead a project to develop a knowledge platform and a plan for strengthening efforts to counteract sexual harassment at the University. She considers that sexual harassment is a complex issue.
“Many aspects can be related to the occurrence of sexual harassment”, she says and refers, among other things, to the formal structures within academia
Consumers are demanding cheaper clothing while more are becoming aware and reassessing their consumption: second hand rather than “fast fashion”. The sustainability challenges of clothing companies often have to do with long supply chains – and the consumers’ demands. But together, consumers, businesses and politicians can change the fashion industry, according to Johan Jansson, researcher in business administration.
Economy packs of Danish meat and potato chips or venison and hand-picked lingonberries? The new Nordic green cuisine has become one of our most important marks of identity. Eating like a foodie – organic, ethical, modern and innovative food, is a way of acquiring status.
Today’s governance of Swedish higher education institutions is short-sighted, poorly coordinated and much too general and competitive. The separation of direct government funding between education and research has created unnatural boundaries and promoted a culture within academia that underestimates education in relation to research.
“When I see the ideal father role today, I see a copy of the motherhood myth. I am concerned that men are about to end up where many women have been in relation to parenthood, never satisfied and always feeling that they should have done more”, says developmental psychologist Elia Psouni.
What does the origin of life on Earth have to do with malignant tumour cells? In an unusual research project, a geochemist and a tumour biologist have joined forces to explain the emergence of animals in a new way, thereby questioning one of the cornerstones of evolution.
Swedish manhood enters into crisis at irregular intervals; the male role may now be about to change once again in the aftermath of the #metoo protest.
Gender historian Emma Severinsson hopes that the boys of today will learn to show feelings – and gender scholar Jens Rydström adds that men need to get better at talking about problems.
Despite Sweden’s ground-breaking role on paternal leave and gender equality, current male gender roles remain narrow in many ways.