The Pedagogical Prize

The prize is awarded annually to individual teachers, teacher teams or administrative personnel who have undertaken significant educational initiatives related to pedagogical development or renewal work within Karolinska Institutet’s programmes at first cycle, second cycle or postgraduate levels.

The prize winner is selected by the Committee for Higher Education based on proposals from a special prize committee, which also includes a representative from the Committee for Doctoral Education. When selecting the prize winner, the prize committee looks specifically at the following factors:

  • Educational innovation (innovations, development and improvement work)
  • Educational impact (local, national, international)
  • Educational leadership

Candidates for the prize can be nominated by teachers, students, doctoral students, and other staff working at KI. From 2013, KI’s educational prize also includes educational efforts in postgraduate education. The prize committee therefore also welcomes nominations regarding efforts within KI’s postgraduate education.

The prize can be shared among up to 3 winners. A member of the prize committee cannot be awarded the prize.

The prize is awarded at KI’s Installation Ceremony held in Aula Medica in October each year. The total prize money is SEK 175,000, which is transferred to the institution(s) where the winner(s) work.

Prize winners 2023 - Lena Engqvist Boman and Terese Stenfors

The prize committee's motivation:

Lena Engqvist Boman, at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), has throughout her professional career contributed to developing teaching and learning in healthcare; the last 20 or so years at Karolinska Institutet (KI), where she has made significant contributions to medical education. Already in the mid-1990s, she was involved in starting the first Swedish initiative to bring together clinical assistant professors and lecturers  with combined employment at Karolinska Hospital and The Red Cross University. The purpose was to build up support for both supervisors and students via the activity, and to act as a link between the university and the clinic.

Later, Lena Engqvist Boman has participated in several KI-wide contexts to develop teaching and learning at different levels. As an example, during the period 2004–2018, she held assignments as educational developer for all KI's education programs at first level and advanced level. At the Regional Cancer Center Stockholm-Gotland (RCC). Lena has since 2014 been developing and carrying out training on learning for health care personnel and other actors in cancer care.

Lena Engqvist Boman has not only acquired deep knowledge in teaching and learning through theoretical and empirical studies over the years, but also has an excellent ability to translate theory into practice through situationally adapted didactics. Lena has also had a great impact on individual learning amongst students, patients, colleagues and teachers.

Terese Stenfors, at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) and the Unit for Teaching and Learning (TL), has for almost 20 years worked with pedagogical work and development of teaching in parallel with her research and other assignments. Her pedagogical leadership is reflected, among other things, in that she has carried out numerous pedagogical improvement projects in collaboration with various professions and educations, which have contributed to increased pedagogical research links to several of KI's educational programs and often also resulted in publications. She has run several central projects at KI, including the development of the entire course and program evaluation system that is now used for all courses and programs at first and second level. Because of this, it is for the first time possible to follow the students' experiences of their education over time and between different programs. Terese Stenfors has also contributed to KI's education with involvement in several postgraduate programs and schools, and has received external funding for a brand-new graduate school in medical pedagogy in collaboration between KI, Stockholm University and Linköping University. In addition to this, she has, among other things, initiated a network for educational research and development, which enables the participants to learn from each other and exchange experiences.

Previous prize winners

2022 - Björn Meister

2021 - Lars-Arne Haldosen

2020 – Eva Broberger

2019 – Anna Kiessling

2018 – Lena Nilsson-Wikmar

2017 – Ewa Ehrenborg

2016 – Dulceaydee Norlander Gigliotti

2015 – Rune Brautaset

2014 – Robert Harris and Lars Henningsohn

2013 – Gunnar Nilsson

2012 – Hans Gyllenhammar and Annika Östman Wernerson

2011 – Margaretha Forsberg Larm

2010 – Anna Josephson

2009 – Matti Nikkola

2008 – Annelie Brauner and Thomas Cronholm

2007 – Kent Fridell och Johan Wikner

2006 – Aino Fianu Jonasson och Lene Martin

2005 – Jörgen Nordenström

2004 – Åsa Nilsonne and Göran Sandberg

2003 – Sari Ponzer

2002 – Gunilla Johnson and Hans Rosling

2001 – Anders Bergendorff, Eva Mattsson och Li Tsai

2000 – Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg, Annika Sääf-Rothoff and lärargruppen bakom CAL

1999 – Helena Bergström, Ester Mogensen and Jan Ygge

1998 - Ingrid Lindquist och Karin Röding and Carl Johan Sundberg