24 November 2022

Linköping University has been awarded SEK 3.75 million from Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova, to take on the role of project leader for the EURAXESS Sverige network. The aim of the network is to attract international researchers to Sweden in order to facilitate mobility and overcome the obstacles that can often arise.

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The new role starts on 1 January 2023 and will last for three years. The University of Gothenburg has most recently held the role.

EURAXESS Sverige is linked to an initiative from the European Commission – EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion – the aim of which is to improve mobility opportunities for researchers in Europe and contribute to their career development.

EURAXESS Sverige currently comprises 34 institutions of higher education, where LiU was one of the first to join, in 2012. The participating universities collaborate to promote issues related to how to improve and simplify the processes of attracting and recruiting international researchers. Higher education institutions that have signed a letter of commitment become certified EURAXESS centres, offering information and support to international researchers and institutions in the reception of visiting researchers and international personnel. There are currently 16 EURAXESS centres, one of them being LiU.

During the coming three years, in its role of project leader LiU will focus on internal and external collaboration with the society around us, and making the benefits of EURAXESS better and more widely known.

Has significance for the choice of final destination

LiU’s project leader for the network is Therese Lindkvist, international coordinator at the International Office. She points out the EURAXESS is highly significant when international researchers choose to come to Sweden.

- Sweden is a small country in a global perspective, and must make its presence felt in all areas that are important for international researchers when they choose where they will conduct their research.
- We can best achieve this by collaboration, and uniting to eliminate the obstacles that may act to prevent a researcher coming to Sweden. EURAXESS will be an invaluable player in the way forward.

LiU’s vice-chancellor, Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, is sure that the role as approved project leader for the network will give LiU the opportunity to develop and promote its profile, and raise Sweden’s international reputation as a knowledge-based nation. This is fully compatible with several goals of the LiU internationalisation strategy, which is, in turn, firmly anchored in the LiU vision and strategy for 2030.

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion

The EURAXESS network has been established in 43 European countries, with more than 600 EURAXESS centres.EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union, member states and associated countries, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.

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