SciLifeLab Group Leader Retreat

June 14, 2022 June 15, 2022


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Aronsborg Konferenshotell
Helgövägen 7
Bålsta, 746 30
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SciLifeLab Group Leader Retreat

June 14 @ 08:00 June 15 @ 16:00 CEST

We warmly welcome all SciLifeLab Group Leaders to take part in the  SciLifeLab’s Group Leader Retreat 2022, June 14-15, at the Aronsborg conference center in Bålsta.

In December 2019, the SciLifeLab Board defined the criteria for being a SciLifeLab Group Leader. Currently, there are close to 250 Group Leaders with a strong affiliation to SciLifeLab research and infrastructure. The Group Leaders are the core of the SciLifeLab community, and are essential to the scientific development of our organization.

This two-day retreat is the first to bring together the expanding SciLifeLab Group Leader community from all SciLifeLab sites. The organizing committee (Anniina Vihervaara, Sarahi Garcia, Prashant Singh, Jean Hausser, Ellen Sherwood, Mats Nilsson and Per Ljungdahl) has developed a program aimed at stimulating interactions and networking between Group Leaders, catalyzed through activities such as speed dating, research discussions, and a sci-hack. In addition, there will be workshops & discussions focused on a broad array of themes tailored for the Group Leader community, e.g. planning a research project and/or improving the impact section of your research application, how research can connect with infrastructure through training activities, SciLifeLab capabilities, the DORA declaration, and more.

The hope is that the retreat will have lasting positive effects by involving everyone in a productive manner. The clear ambition of gathering everyone is that the new contacts made during the retreat will facilitate new collaborations leading to exciting scientific progress. The retreat activities are meant to inspire this!

We highly encourage your participation and hope that you will prioritize this Group Leader Retreat!

On behalf of

Olli Kallioniemi , Director & Mia Phillipson, Co-Director

June 14

08:45Registration and Coffee
09:15Visionary Introduction with SciLifeLab Directors
10:00Networking activity: Speed dating
Coffee Break
11:15Speed dating (cont.)
Spa reserved for SciLifeLab
Planning for Research Impact
Connecting Research with Infrastructure using Training activities:
a brainstorming exercise
How can SciLifeLab group leaders and infrastructures contribute
to the clinical implementation of Precision medicine?
14:15Coffee break
14:45Networking activity: Group Research Discussions
17:30Check in / Free time
18:30Mingle & Dinner

June 15

07:00Breakfast and check-out
Spa reserved for SciLifeLab
09:00Research Excellence through Collaboration:
SciLifeLab Capabilities
09:30Networking activity: SciHack
09:45Coffee break
10:15SciHack (cont.)
Data Centre Compute & Storage for DDLS and infrastructure
From research to innovation and commercialization: how to get funding and support
Developing the Campus Solna research community
13:45Coffee Break
14:05Complex problem solving and creative leadership
15:30Concluding remarks
16:00End of retreat

“Our” premises at Aronsborg

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Group Research Discussions

This session is designed for you to get inspired with new views on your scientific challenge, stimulate your thinking by learning about ongoing research in the SciLifeLab community, and make personal connections in this community, across areas of research at SciLifeLab.

Think about and formulate a research challenge or problem you are presently facing. You will have up to 10 minutes to present your challenge, followed by 15 minutes for feedback and discussions with the other group members. That is 25 minutes of dedicated brain time of four accomplished scientists focused on your challenge.

To make the best of this

  • Prepare and train for your presentation.
    Presentations will be in an analog format, e.g. no slides, no screens, to encourage high-level, conceptual thinking. Flip chart and board markers will be available.
  • Make sure your presentation is accessible to researchers across the SciLifeLab areas.


The overarching idea with this exercise is to enable participants to apply themselves, allowing them to think across disciplines, and perhaps even sparking new collaborations.

How? Identify a problem of interest together with the group members – it could be for example a research challenge or problem brought up in the group research discussions (day 1), or a grand challenge in one of the group member’s research field. Prepare a poster outlining a proposal to solve this problem, leveraging the expertise of all group members. You will have 40 min for this part of the exercise.

Each groups presents their poster 4-5 min in a super-group of 6 SciHack groups. The winning solution from each super-group will be selected, and posted in Upplandssalen. 


Hillevi Englund
Susanne Bredenberg

This workshop will provide practical knowledge around research impact and a useful tool to structure your thoughts. The tool will help you who struggle to make a credible impact plan for your grant applications, and you who have a strong drive to create societal impact but don’t know where to start. The practical exercise will be individual. Preparation: Decide on a new or existing research project to work with during the practical exercise, and start thinking of what the potential long term use of future/existing results could look like.

Jessica Lindvall
Nina Norgren

This workshop will provide practical knowledge around research impact and a useful tool to structure your thoughts. The tDo you as a SciLifeLab groupleader have ideas on how to connect Research with Infrastructure using Training? Are you as an expert within your specific domain engaged and enthusiastic regarding training and education? Do you like to contribute to training and education for the life science community and train the next generation? If it is a yes to any of these question we would like to welcome you to this Brainstorming exercise. Here we want to find engaging ways using Training to further connect the SciLifeLab Research community with the Infrastructure activities.  We believe Training activities, which in the widest sense could mean building a community of trainers across Research and Infrastructure to the ideas of specific course topics where Resaerch and Infrastructure contribute to the activity, is one of the paths to build synergies across SciLifeLab. With this Groupleader retreat at Aronsborg, we take the opportunity to invite SciLifeLab groupleaders i.e. PIs and Heads of Unit to this brainstorming exercise to get the best ideas on the table on how to connect Research with Infrastructure and capitalize on both pillars expertise and training enthusiasm. Welcome!

Åsa Johansson
Janne Lehtiö
Päivi Östling
Eva Berglund

Precision medicine (PM) has potential to significantly improve human health, and is an important part of the Swedish life science strategy as well as the SciLifeLab roadmap for 2020-2030. The vision of the SciLifeLab PM Capability is that SciLifeLab plays an important role in the implementation of PM in Sweden by providing cutting-edge technologies to world-leading PM research and to clinical trials. In this workshop, we will discuss the proceedings of SciLifeLab’s roadmap for PM and collect your input. Topics to be discussed include the definition of PM research, and how the PM Capability can contribute to enable cutting-edge PM research at SciLifeLab.

Per Ljungdahl

SciLifeLab Campus Solna (CS) is a shared extra campus of the Stockholm Trio universities and the largest SciLifeLab site. CS was established twelve years ago and has been a great success. But, what about the future?
In 2019 our IAB pointed out that an active and exceptional research environment at CS is critical to the future success of SciLifeLab, and this notion was reemphasized in their most recent report. Additionally, the IAB pointed out that CS has an important role in educating researchers in the fine art of analyzing biological problems that can only be answered using high data-density approaches.
There are many challenges facing CS and maintaining an exceptional research and educational environment depends on constant input from the community and an active leadership in tune and well-synchronized with the core activities.
After a brief introduction, together we will seek to identify the principles that should be guiding and to establish common goals required to shape a concrete vision for the CS of the future. Specifically, the goals we define should have a steering function, support planning activities, be motivational and useful when evaluating progress.

Katarina Gustafsson

Stockholm university signed the DORA declaration in 2019.  The workshop, lead by Katarina Gustafsson, Excecutive Officer at the office of Science (SU), will focus on how employment of teaching positions and promotion matters are handled at SU, based on DORA. How are these processes prepared and implemented, ie how are experts appointed, what instructions go out to experts, the current premises under which employment committees and promotion committees work, balance between scientific and pedagogical skills. 



13:00Welcome words and presentations
Alexandra Patriksson, SciLifeLab
13:05An overview of the Swedish innovation support system and presentation of Vinnova, including relevant calls and funding opportunities
Lars Hammarström, Vinnova
13:15Presentation of WALP, including your offer to KAW-funded research and researchers
Sandor Albrecht,
13:25Presentation of BII, including your programmes and calls
Matthias Wulf, BII

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