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Knowledge in collaboration - how research creates values in society

Course organizer 
Pauline Mattsson,

Johan Flygare

Target group
PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine
Learning activities are held at different locations each time. If the format needs to change into a digital course due to covid restrictions, the information will be posted here, and information will also be given in the welcome letter for the course.

Time and language
The course is only given in English.

Courses spring 2022:
Week 12
Week 13

Courses autumn 2021:
Week 46
Week 47
Week 49

Please note - Compulsory attendance all 4 days!

Length of course 
The course is give  part-time with 4 days compulsory teacher-led activities and one full day of assignment work. The course equals one full week (approx. 40 hours work). Attendance and active participation in all parts is required to pass.

The overall aims are to learn to reflect on the importance of academic research in society at large and how academic research can help solve society's challenges. 

Number of participants

Learning outcomes: 
On completion of the course, the students shall be able to:

  • describe and reflect on the concepts of collaboration, utilization and innovation in relation to academic research.
  • analyze and then deliver a time and recipient-adapted "pitch" that effectively describes the potential benefits of a research project.
  • reflect on potential for more collaboration and value creation today, and how to continue to contribute to increased cooperation and creation of values ​​in society.

Procedure and forms of instruction 
Learning Activities: In order for each student to learn how to increase their interaction with society, the course contains several interactive learning activities that call for self-reflection and group reflection. This includes situations where students will learn to convey the importance of their research, argue and describe how their research has the potential to generate a greater value. Other activities involve case studies, simulation of real situations as well as discussions with entrepreneurs. During  group exercises students will train to receive and provide instant feedback effectively. Finally, the students will work with the written self-reflection in which they reflect on opportunities for collaboration, utilization and innovation now and in the future. This self-reflection shall be integrated into the student portfolio.

Grades are Pass or Fail. For a Pass on the course, the students must:

  • actively participate in all components of the course 
  • give and take constructive criticism with fellow course participants
  • submit an individual written self-reflection to be integrated into the PhD student portfolio

Required reading
Articles for required reading will be made available in connection with the welcome letter. Printed copies of teaching materials are conveyed during the course. Recommended additional literature is listed in the LibGuide of the course.


Application form 

Apply now for spring courses 2022! Last day for application is September 17.

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