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Stockholm Trio inspiring in European context

The Stockholm Trio University Alliance has taken further steps in its development – not least in the European arena.

We three, Stockholm University, the Karolinska Institute and KTH  who make up the the Stockholm Trio University Alliance, have consolidated our collaboration and our visibility over the past year as an internationally competitive higher education environment in a number of different ways. For example, we have developed a clear compass for the future by setting prioritised goals and charted our existing collaborations within research, education and administration.

We held a very interesting seminar on research ethics at the end of May, where researchers from different disciplines sliced and diced concepts, roles and dilemmas.

Before the pandemic struck, the Deputy President, several Vice Presidents and I were able to make a round trip of universities in Britain. Our schedule included visits to Manchester University and University College London (UCL).

The aim was to build new contacts for continued collaboration after Brexit. In addition to being an incredibly interesting and inspiring trip, it has also resulted in a number of collaborations with the University of Manchester for instance, not only for KTH but also for another member of Stockholm Trio, namely Stockholm University. After our visit to UCL, as part of the parameters for Stockholm Trio, a research summit on the theme of Climate Change and Health in the City was organised last week together with UCL, the City of London, the City of Stockholm and Region Stockholm. The summit took place on 15 June as part of the launch of the Cities Partnership Programme. This opens fantastic opportunities for networking and cross border knowledge exchange. Not least concerning how to apply for research funding within the EU research programme Horizon Europe. It is unlikely all the above would have happened without Stockholm Trio.

In early June, our joint representative office was officially opened in Brussels, albeit in a digital ceremony, via a conference on how collaboration within research and innovation can recover and be further developed after the pandemic.

It is very pleasing to report that the seminar and Stockholm Trio University Alliance appear to have attracted a big audience, not least from different networks in Brussels and the rest of Europe.

I am also looking forward to the first round of the EuroScience Policy Forum on 29-30 June, where Stockholm Trio is a co-organiser. The theme is sustainable academia and the event is being held simultaneously in several cities in Europe. Sounds tremendously exciting and it is open to everyone 1st EuroScience Policy Forum discusses the future of academia – EuroScience.

After my year as chair, I will pass the baton to Ole Petter Ottersen at the Karolinska Institute on 1 July.

On that note, I feel it is time for a delightful and relaxing holiday.