Sustainable development: national collaboration
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be realized with strong partnerships and cooperation. A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, national and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre (UN, 2021).
Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University entered in 2019 into the university alliance Stockholm trio with the aim of developing and highlighting the internationally prominent research and education environment that the three universities form in the Stockholm region.
The Center for the Advancement of Integrated Medical and Engineering Sciences, AIMES, is a collaboration between KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet, in partnership with Getinge, with the vision to enhance the exchange of expertise within academia and industry. The center was officially inaugurated on 30 September 2020, in Biomedicum, Solna (and via Youtube).
SciLifeLab is a national resource of unique technologies and expertise available to life scientists, closely intertwined with our community of researchers in areas such as biomedicine, ecology and evolution. We bring scientists together across traditional boundaries and foster collaborations with industry, health care, public research organizations and international partners.
The first virtual workshop between the Stockholm Trio (KI, KTH and SU) and the University of Tokyo was conducted September 16th-18th, via Zoom. The overarching theme for the workshop was sustainable development. It brought together senior academics, young researchers, students, and other staff mainly from Sweden and Japan, but also from India, China, Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, France and Indonesia. Many ideas were brought forward for future, interdisciplinary collaboration between the four universities.
To achieve the SDG health goals we need to recognise the goals and outcomes of other sectors. Since the sustainable development goals (SDGs) were introduced in September 2015, we have read the phrase “we cannot continue with business as usual” many times. It is now common to hear calls to transform the way we work by taking an integrated approach and pursue multi-sectoral partnerships. However, it is still rare for proponents to explain how collaboration between different sectors can happen or what such collaboration looks like in practice.
GlobeLife is a new global health network jointly initiated between Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet. The overall aim of GlobeLife is to strengthen collaboration through research and training in the field of global health both within and between Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet.
SIGHT’s purpose is to promote an interdisciplinary approach, to strengthen and bridge Swedish research and education, and to provide a scientific basis for national and transnational collaborative policy work, in the field of global health. SIGHT is an institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.'