A Few Words (blog)

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!

Integrating ‘Sustainable Development’ into higher education teaching in the life sciences.

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.

A scholarly approach to teaching in higher education.

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.

Effective supervision and training of research students in the life sciences.

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.

A promotion of sorts.

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.

A regularly (but not frequently) updated list of books I’ve enjoyed.

It is somewhat 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 from now on. Lately I am reading around 50 books a year, mostly fiction, some non-fiction and popular science. These … Continue reading A regularly (but not frequently) updated list of books I’ve enjoyed.

This much I have learned – How to ask for funding for your research.

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.

How my research is funded.

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.

So that was 2019.

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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