KI Alumni mingle in Tokyo
On 30 October KI, KTH and SU invited alumni to a reception in Tokyo. The dinner event featured a panel discussion with researchers from each university, moderated by Anders Gustafsson, Dean of Research, Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet has in collaboration with Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology signed a strategic partnership with the University of Tokyo. The strategic partnership agreement, signed in September 2017, aims to increase mobility of students and researchers, joint research projects and faculty development programs such as pedagogic training and research supervision.
In October members of the faculties of KTH , Stockholm University (SU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) were in Tokyo to meet with the faculty of UTokyo to discuss topics such as “Healthy aging” and “Sustainable materials”. Conditions in Japan and Sweden are quite similar and the two countries face similar future challenges: a developed economy, strong technology sector, high targets for environmental and security issues, and the problems presented by an ageing population.
Research is fun
A panel with representatives from all three universities, Assistant Professor Per Nilsson, KI, Professor Håkan Fischer, SU and Professor Jeanette Hällgren Kotaleski, KTH, and moderator Professor Anders Gustafsson, KI, asked them a few questions about their work at UTokyo. When Anders Gustafsson asked the panel if research is fun the answer was unanimous YES! As Håkan Fischer said “Research makes me happy and helps us understand the world”. When asked what the panel had in common, since they were a very diverse group Jeanette Hällgren Kotaleski answered “What we have in common in the brain is that we want to understand the brain”. An answer that shows how easy and complex research is.
Peter Gudmunson, professor and former President of KTH summed up the discussion with “great opportunities comes with collaborations like this”. After the panel discussion the alumni continued to network and enjoy the kanelbullar as evening turned to night in Tokyo.
A taste of Sweden
Almost 80 alumni from the three Stockholm based universities met up at the beautiful Courtesy restaurant in Roppongi for networking, research news and for some traditional Swedish food. The cook at Courtesy made Swedish classics such as Swedish meatballs, Jansons frestelse, salmon and kanelbullar. A taste of Sweden in the heart of Japan!