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”Academia needs boosting the purpose perspective”

At the NanoLund Annual Meeting 2020, Camilla Modéer gave her honorary lecture as part of the program. We are happy to be able to show it to all of you who could not attend the event – academic leaders, researchers, and business professionals working with research and development.
Camilla Modéer, Peter Gärdenfors, Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, Heiner Linke and Jan Westberg discussed the topic academia and industry at the NanoLund Annual Meeting. Photo: Kennet Ruona
Camilla Modéer, Peter Gärdenfors, Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, Heiner Linke and Jan Westberg discussed the topic academia and industry at the NanoLund Annual Meeting. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Is there a conflict between, on the one hand, scientific excellence and on the other research utilization, collaboration with the business community and the civil society?

Photo of Camilla Modéer.
Did you miss out on Camilla Modéer’s honorary lecture? Watch it here – link below. Photo: Kennet Ruona

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Dr Camilla Modéer, who in 2020 was selected by LTH for an honorary doctorate, has extensive experience of working in the borderland between research and industry. Her answer to that question is definitely ”no”. She argues that research utilization and the pursuit of the highest scientific level can strengthen one another.

In her honorary doctorate lecture, Dr Camilla Modéer shows that to achieve the best results, attitudes and structures must change, both in academia and business. And universities need to improve scientist’s incentives.

A panel of experts contributes with different perspectives on how research can be even more useful to society:

  • Peter Gärdenfors, senior professor of Cognitive Science, LUCS, Lund University
  • Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, CEO and Founder at MultiHelix AB
  • Heiner Linke, professor and director at NanoLund
  • Moderator: Jan Westberg, Senior Communication Manager, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

About the Honorary Doctorate Lecture

Dr Camilla Modéer is not only a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the first general secretary of VA (Public and Science), but also chair of NanoLund’s External Advisory Council, member of the NanoLund Board. In 2020 she was selected by LTH for an honorary doctorate, and her experience of working in the borderland between research and industry is extensive.

Her honorary doctorate lecture, with the reflections of an expert panel, was held as a part of Nano Lund’s Annual Meeting 2020.

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