SciLifeLab at Sweden’s networking arena

SciLifeLab engaged in the public arena of Almedalen Week 2023 and co-organized several seminars and discussions with institutions such as Uppsala University, GMS, and NBIS. The goal was to showcase how research and research infrastructure can contribute to addressing societal challenges, thereby ensuring that Sweden maintains its position as a leading nation in life sciences.

During the Almedalen Week, SciLifeLab hosted four events. This annual gathering takes place in Visby, on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. The event brings together politicians, civil servants, industry representatives, and members of various NGOs to discuss current political issues.

A team from SciLifeLab participated in Almedalen Week 2023 to arrange seminars demonstrating how research and research infrastructure can effectively tackle societal challenges, ultimately securing Sweden’s prominent role in the field of life sciences. Additionally, SciLifeLab researchers and experts attended seminars organized by other institutions.

“During the Almedalen week, I’ve made more contacts in my field than during my 1,5 years as a lead for the Planetary Biology Capability at SciLifeLab” said Olga Vinnere-Pettersson after the event.

Based on feedback from researchers and staff, SciLifeLab is planning to participate in the Almedalen week again in 2024.

New tools to secure biological diversity in a changing world – which path should Sweden choose?

Hosts: Stefan Bertilsson and Olga Vinnere-Pettersson

  • Stefan Bertilsson, SLU och SciLifeLab
  • Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Uppsala universitet och SciLifeLab
  • Mikael Dahl, Göteborgs universitet / IVL Svenska miljöinstitutet 
  • Mats Svensson, Avdelningschef, Havs och Vatten myndigheten
  • Mathilda Karlsson, Expert, WWF Sweden
  • Gunilla Rosenqvist, Projektledare, Naturresurser och Hållbar utveckling, Uppsala Universitet

Better healthcare and research thanks to European initiative for large-scale genomic data handling

Host: Bengt Persson

  • Bengt Persson, Prof., Uppsala universitet, SciLifeLab, ELIXIR
  • Richard Rosenqvist Brandell, Prof., Genomic Medicine Sweden
  • Anna Hagwall, Projektledare, Nationell BioinformatikInfrastruktur Sverige
  • Manólis Nymark, Jurist, European 1+ Million Genome project

How can Sweden keep up with the global development within precision medicine?

Hosts: Janne Lehtiö, Päivi Östling, Åsa Johannson and Eva Berglund

  • Acko Ankarberg Johansson, Sjukvårdsminister, Regeringen
  • Richard Rosenquist Brandell, Professor, Överläkare i klinisk genetik, Karolinska Institutet och Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset samt GMS
  • Janne Lehtiö, Professor, Vetenskaplig ledare inom precisionsmedicin, Karolinska Institutet och SciLifeLab
  • Beatrice Melin, Professor , FoUI Direktör, Umeå universitet och Region Västerbotten

Pandemic Laboratory Preparedness – what happened, what are we doing, and what must be done before next panedmic?

Host: Staffan Svärd, Alice Sollazzo

  • Mia Phillipson, Professor, Uppsala universitet och SciLifeLab
  • Johan Lindh, Docent, Sektionschef, Akademiska sjukhuset
  • Karin Tegmark Wisell, Generaldirektör, Folkhälsomyndigheten
  • Jessica Alm, Enhetschef, National Pandemic Center, Karolinska Institutet


Last updated: 2023-08-23

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