With Nobel Week behind us, a period during which the world’s attention is firmly on Stockholm and the year’s Nobel laureates, my own attention is now turning eastwards, towards Hong Kong. Together with Chair of the Board of Karolinska Institutet, Mikael Odenberg, I shall for the first time be visiting our overseas establishment – The […]

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, who is held in Tehran since April 2016, and who is a prominent researcher in the field of disaster medicine, appealed last month against the death sentence received on 21 October 2017, after 19 months of imprisonment. The facts suggest that Dr. Djalali has been sentenced to death for peacefully exercising his […]

Together with the Rector at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy and the Rector at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, I as the Vice-Chancellor at Karolinska Institutet, have written a letter to Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Head of the Judiciary, Iran. We express our deepest concern over the detention of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali who could now face the death […]

In English below Just nu pågår diskussioner om var den europeiska läkemedelsmyndigheten (The European Medicines Agency), EMA, ska placeras efter det brittiska utträdet ur den europeiska unionen. Sveriges regering satsar för att EMA ska flyttas från London till Stockholm med placering i Hagastaden, Stockholm. Sverige och ytterligare 18 av EU:s 27 medlemsländer har ansökt om värdskapet. […]

In English below Min första månad som rektor för Karolinska Institutet har gått väldigt fort och jag har fått möjlighet att möta studenter, doktorander, forskare och lärare samt ledningspersoner för att lära känna min nya arbetsplats. Jag har även fått lära mig att medierna har ett visst intresse för vårt universitet och de senaste dagarna […]

Tuesday and Wednesday this week the head of our Grants Office, Björn Kull and myself, joined vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors and heads of grants offices (or equivalent) from the 12 largest research universities in Sweden (or in other words what i usually known as Huvudmannarådet) to Brussels. We met with representatives from the Permanent Representation of Sweden […]

Alexander von Gabain has brought a global perspective and laid a solid foundation for KI’s innovation and commercial outreach Alexander von Gabain’s contract as deputy vice-chancellor for Innovation and Commercial Outreach is soon coming to an end and last week a very pleasant reception in our wonderful “Gammelgården”, gave us a chance to honor his […]

This week I am in China together with a delegation headed by the Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson. It is very satisfying to experience how strong the Karolinska Institutet brand is in China. Collaboration Mobility and collaboration has been two coherent themes at many of the meetings. A lot of […]

Last Friday I took my bicycle over the Solna bridge to Gävlegatan, to a part of our university that I have not had the chance to visit before: The Aging Research Cente, ARC. I met with Johan Fritzell, ARC Director, Kristina Johnell, Martin Lövdén, Laura Fratiglioni and Maria Eriksdotter, Head of the Department of Neurobiology, […]

Today, we were many people all over the world who marched for science. For us at Karolinska Institutet it was a matter of course to take part in the March for Science in Stockholm. Taking part in this event, I hope to send a signal that I consider this topic of great importance. When scientific […]