Here you will find occasional posts from me about new scientific publications, experiences I’ve had as a scientist, and the books I’ve read. I want to give some insight into what it’s like working as an academic scientist here in Sweden, as things can be quite different to the career paths in the US and the UK, about which we can read so much on the typical science-focussed careers pages. I expect to be posting quite infrequently, so be sure to subscribe or follow this blog to be alerted when I post something new!
It is unusual for me to read a book in its year of release, so don’t come here looking for timely recommendations. I’ll aim to update this list at the end of every year. I read around 50 books a year; the vast majority are fiction, but there is some non-fiction and popular science. The … Continue reading A regularly (but not frequently) updated list of books I’ve enjoyed.
Sustainable development “Sustainable development” (SD) describes a shift in societal attitudes and behaviours, and in industrial practice and norms, towards a more sustainable way of life. In other words, it is the way in which we increase the sustainability of our lifestyles. Sustainability can be defined as a way of living well within our means, … Continue reading Integrating ‘Sustainable Development’ into higher education teaching in the life sciences.
Introducing fundamental concepts of higher education Constructive alignment One of the most significant developments in teaching in higher education (HE) over recent decades has been the embrace of constructive alignment (Biggs & Tang, 2011). This concept was formalised by John Biggs (2014), and is based on earlier pedagogical works by Tyler (1949) and Shuell (1986), … Continue reading A scholarly approach to teaching in higher education.
Practical aspects of doctoral student supervision in Sweden Doctoral education in Sweden is undertaken within a precise framework of third cycle learning outcomes in accordance with the Bologna Process, which ensures comparability of qualifications throughout the European Union. The Swedish framework is built on the Högskolelagen of 1992, while the education provided must follow KTH … Continue reading Effective supervision and training of research students in the life sciences.
After a lengthy multi-phase assessment process, in the spring of 2020 I was appointed as Docent in Biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. “Docentur” is not something I was familiar with before I started working in Sweden, so I’d like to explain what it means for those of you who may … Continue reading A promotion of sorts.
Acquiring your own independent line of research funding is key to the beginning of an academic career, whether you will pursue fellowships, the tenure track, or something else. Having your own research funding shows that you can lead a project, and that you have good, big ideas. But funding applications are very different from probably … Continue reading This much I have learned – How to ask for funding for your research.
Here you can read about the different sources of funding that support my research at KTH Glycoscience, including the goals and timelines of each funded project. The paragraphs below are taken directly from my successful funding applications, and lay out my plans for each research project. Check my academic publication record to see how each … Continue reading How my research is funded.
I am not a frequent reader or reviewer of non-fiction. For more regular and more insightful reviews of popular science books, follow the Read More Science blog by Sarah Olson, who champions scientific literacy. I am an avid reader and a professional scientist, but I very rarely read non-fiction in my free time. I prefer … Continue reading Women in Microbiology.
Towards the end of 2019 I received the exciting news that a project of mine would be funded by Formas, the Swedish research council that supports work in the broadly defined area of sustainable development. Shortly after receiving the notice of funding, I was contacted by Elin Viksten, a reporter for the Swedish language online … Continue reading Talking hydrogels with Elin Viksten at Extrakt.
I started this webpage in September 2019, so this will be my first ‘year in review’ post. Hopefully I can keep doing something similar in the years to come. But how to summarise a year of one’s professional life? And how much personal detail to discuss here, on what is ostensibly a science/work-focussed site? For … Continue reading So that was 2019.
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