Equal opportunities - why bother?



On 8 March, Uppsala University Innovation in collaboration with Junior Faculty and the Society for Women Researchers in Uppsala invite you to an online event focussing on women's opportunities to fully engage in solving future challenges.

The untapped potential of women who want to pursue careers in research but find it difficult because of obstacles they face, represents a valuable lost opportunity for society. In research, women’s different ideas, perspectives and approaches are needed to solve the various challenges we face today and will face tomorrow. But why is it so hard to reach equal opportunities between the genders? What are the mechanisms that stop us from creating the diversity that we know drives research excellence and innovation potential? And equally important, how can we find ways around it? Research and the potential societal value of research outcomes will be addressed in this event, which is focused on women's opportunities to fully engage in solving future challenges. 

This event takes place on Zoom and includes four different sessions where all but one are held in English. You can choose to join one, some or all.


Welcome and introduction of today’s organisers; Uppsala University Innovation, Junior Faculty and the Society for Women Researchers in Uppsala.

Kvinnors villkor i akademin – vem sköter hushållsarbetet anno 2021?
Föreläsare: Anneli Häyrén, doktor i företagsekonomi, utredare i jämställdhetsrelaterade frågor vid Uppsala universitet, forskare på Högskolan i Gävle och på Akademin för ekonomistyrning i staten, AES vid Stockholms universitet.
Denna programpunkt hålls på svenska.

Sverige är ett av världens mest jämställda länder. I snart 150 år har kvinnor kunnat studera på universitet och högskolor men fortfarande är andelen kvinnliga professorer vid svenska universitet låg. När når vi jämställdhet? Och vad krävs för att nå dit? Räcker det med siffror som mått på jämställhet eller finns det en kvalitativ aspekt som måste vägas in? Forskningen visar på svårigheter för kvinnor att ta sig framåt i den akademiska världen. Hur uttrycks dessa skillnader i villkor för män och kvinnor? Vi tar oss också en närmare titt på det akademiska hushållsarbetet och vilka effekter fördelningen av detta kan få för såväl kvinnors karriärmöjligheter som för forskningen i sig och dess bredare samhällsnytta. 

Combining academic research and value creation from research outcomes – opportunities and synergies

Meet three researchers who are committed to creating impact with their research in society. Which paths have they chosen and why? What have they learned from their experiences? How can activities aimed at creating value from research outcomes be combined with the pursuit of a research career or even benefit continued research?

Afsaneh Koochek, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Food studies, Nutrition and Dietetics
Afsaneh Koochek has a wide and unique combination of experiences as a clinical dietician, lecturer, scientist, supervisor and project manager from health care settings, academia, and nutraceutical industry. Her research areas of interest comprise developing novel nutritional therapies in combination with physical activity for maintenance and/or development of functional health and health related quality of life in aging populations.

Helena Danielson, Professor in Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, and co-founder of Beactica Therapeutics AB
Helena Danielson’s research has focused on developing and implementing biosensor-based methods for drug discovery. A spin-off company, Beactica Therapeutics AB, exploiting the commercial potential of her research was founded in 2006. In 2019, Helena was awarded the Uppsala University Innovation prize Hjärnäpplet.

Christel Bergström, Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Drug Delivery
Christel Bergström makes use of knowledge of physiological pathways to improve delivery of pharmacologically active compounds to the site of action. With a strong background in pharmaceutics, material sciences, physical chemistry and physiology, her focus is on making use of the right tech with a clinical translation in mind from the beginning. She makes use of advanced computational modelling, develop novel in vitro tools and design new drug carriers in her quest for personalized medicines transforming the current healthcare.

Identify the hidden potential of your research

In this interactive session, we will help you spot the hidden potential in your research. We’ll introduce you to a simple self-test that in a few minutes will help you identify what you create in your research, what potential value it could create beyond academia and for whom.

Finding the assets generated from your work may add value to your research and enable you to build a strategy for their use to the benefit of society.

Creating new solutions to the challenges of both today and tomorrow requires breadth to our perspective and experiences. Therefore it is critical that both women and men have the same opportunities to develop their research-based ideas into innovations.

Link to the webinars

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Senast uppdaterad: 2023-11-29