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Knowledge in collaboration - how research creates values in society

Course weeks spring 2023

Week 12
Week 13

Course weeks autumn 2022

Week 41
Week 50

Please note - Compulsory attendance all 4 days.

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. 



Length of course 

The course is given full 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 

The application period for compulsory courses spring 2023 is 7 June 2022 until 11 September 2022. You can also still apply for autumn courses 2022 if there are spots left or if we have a shorter waiting list for the course.  We will admit continously to vacancies autumn 2022.

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