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2021 Minerva Leadership award annonuncment

The Future Faculty is proud to present the 2021 Minerva Award to Oonagh Shannon, Associate Professor Experimental Infection Medicine (IKVL).

The Minerva award selection committee's motivation for the choice is: 

Oonagh Shannon is an excellent role model who supports her colleagues both as individuals and as scientists. Her leadership and her passion for science is inspirational to others and she has created a healthy work environment for her team members, whilst retaining the highest level of transparency and scientific integrity. Oonagh Shannon can thus be said to embody the core values of the Minerva Award: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage.

Minerva Ceremony (Digital): April 8th 2021, 2.30-3.00PM

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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After a thorough review process we have narrowed down the number of candidates for this year’s Minerva award from 26 to three. An external committee will now decide who will receive the award which will be announced in March. Book already now the date for the price ceremony, this virtual event will take place on April 8th at 14:30.

We are proud to present the three short-listed candidates below:

maria swanberg

Maria Swanberg is a Senior Lecturer in Translational neuroscience and studies the aetiology of neurodegenerative disorders in the intersection between neuroscience, immunology and genetics. She is heavily engaged in undergraduate teaching as well as postgraduate education and dedicated to make life in academia compatible with life as a whole for both students and staff. As a leader, she puts people before things and is motivated by the development of others’ ambition, competence and confidence.

oonagh shannon

Oonagh Shannon is an Associate Professor in experimental infection medicine with a research interest in bacterial sepsis. She is passionate about education at all levels within the faculty; undergraduate, PhD and peer to peer. She appreciates leadership that encompasses the core values of empathy and scientific integrity, while navigating the highs and lows of academic research. She believes that collaborative leadership in academia can be achieved through communication and trust.

susanne iwarsson

Susanne Iwarsson is professor in gerontology and Head of the Active & Healthy Ageing research group, Dept. of Health Sciences. She is the Coordinator of the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) and the national graduate school on ageing and health (SWEAH). Democratic, creative and constructively critical leadership, distinct communication and efficient management are her guiding stars. Interdisciplinary graduate education, career support for junior researchers, and collaboration beyond academia are at the core of her regional, national and international entrepreneurial engagement.

Click here to see previous year's winners!

Minerva Award winners


Minerva Award: Malin Fex


Minerva Award: Tomas Deierborg


Minerva Award: Pia Sundgren


Minerva Award: Karin Jirström

Minerva Role Model: Joan Yuan


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