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Finding opportunities for solving real world problems - October 2021

This SRA Sustainability workshop was hosted by StemTherapy Tuesday 26th October 2021

09:00 - 13:00 Tuesday 26th October 2021 (including lunch at 12:30)

Venue: Belfragesalen, BMC D15 for a limited number of participants. Additional participation via zoom as per above

Hosts: Claire McKay & Johan Flygare, StemTherapy

Co-hosts: Martina Svensson, MultiPark & Ronny Berndtsson, MECW

Contact person: Claire [dot] McKay [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Claire[dot]McKay[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

*Limited seating at BMC D15. Priority given to persons belonging to SRAs.



  • To inspire PIs and the next generation of young scientists to approach their research with the importance of the SDGs in mind.
  • To offer up to date information on developments in research agendas and raise awareness of sustainability requirements in funding applications.
  • To support the formation of collaboration and innovation oriented towards the SDGs within research proposals.
  • To network between SRAs.
  • To strengthen sustainability knowledge, innovation capacity and transdisciplinary potential.

Target audience:
Open to all at LU. Priority given to researchers within SRAs: Principal Investigators, Postdocs, PhD students, Researchers and Engineers, Grant Managers, Coordinators and Administrators


Final program

09:00              Welcome address  – Claire McKay, Research Coordinator, StemTherapy

09:10:             Introductory discussion: How to formulate projects for achieving the 2030 Agenda whilst strengthening your research, preparation for grant applications, collaborations and innovation:

Murat Samanci, Innovation Specialist, United Nations Office for Project Services

Martina Kvist Reimer, Executive Vice President of Red Glead Discovery

Sophie Hydén Picasso, Business Developer, LU Innovation

Maria Johansson, Project leader, LU Collaboration Office (Samverkan)


09:25:            Keynote speaker: Max Parknäs, Vinnova. Title: “The SDGs as an accelerator for innovation

09:55             Case studies of SDG projects within the SRAs:             

Iran Augusto Silva, PhD student (Wagner group), Lund Stem Cell Center & StemTherapy, preliminary title: “Green tissue processing for preclinical and clinical histology and immunohistrochemistry

Lina Rosengren, PhD student (Lexell group), MultiPark, “On the road to life satisfaction in persons with PD: How rehabilitation can ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Pinar Dinc, Researcher, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science and Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies & MECW Conducting an interdisciplinary research project: Fighting Insurgency Ruining Environment (FIRE)

10:30              Break & coffee

10:45             Interactive break-out sessions*

10:45              Break-out session 1: Collaboration and partnerships

11:20              Break-out session 2: Innovation

*Both break-out sessions will be in small groups in break-out rooms, chaired by:

Murat Samanci, Innovation Specialist, United Nations Office for Project Services

Martina Kvist Reimer, Vice President of Red Glead Discovery

Sophie Hydén Picasso, Business Developer, LU Innovation

Max Parknäs, Sustainability Coordinator, Vinnova

Maria Johansson, Project leader, LU Collaboration Office (Samverkan)


11:55             Plenary session – discussion on break-out outcomes led by invited speakers and chairs

12:25             Concluding remarks

12:30             Lunch and mingle (lunch will be provided if the workshop takes place in-person)

13:00              Departure



A synthesis/handout of the main take home messages from the plenary session will be sent to all particpants after the workshop in the form of:

      • Match-making toolbox (how to find internal and external collaborators, stake-holders, how to tailor one’s research projects to grant calls in the context of sustainability)
      • Collaboration check-list (building partnerships, establishing trust, teamwork and maintaining individuality)
      • Innovation check-list (using current resources innovatively, how innovation and sustainability go hand-in-hand, how to make impact and measure it)