Research Day - High Tempo and Informative

International collaboration and speed-dating formed part of the content on ISTUD's (Intercultural Studies) research day, during which 20 research projects were presented.

Jenny Åberg in the library delivering her short research presentation
Jenny Åberg in the library delivering her short research presentation

In one short hour, twenty researchers, who were allotted no more than three minutes, presented their research at the University Library in Falun on Tuesday. It was a concept that the research profile Intercultural Studies had tested out two years ago with good results, explains Vera Nigrisoli Wärnhjelm, Senior Lecturer in Italian.

"The idea is that you give no more than a slight insight into your research and not go into detail," she further explains.

Research Day - or Forskardagen in Swedish - is a chance for active researchers in the research profile Intercultural Studies (ISTUD) to talk about their work while also offering ideas and inspiration.

One presenter on the day was Jenny Åberg, Doctoral Student in Political Sciences: in her three minutes, she managed to discuss how different types of regimes affect democracy.

"It's a challenge to present your research in three minutes but fun at the same time. And you get the chance to hear what other researchers are doing," states Jenny Åberg.

The day included group presentations of examples of international collaboration. One such presentation was led by Nathalie Andersson and Liselotte Kihlbom, who talked about Nordplus, which is a language project that universities in Sweden and Falun are involved in.

Liselotte Kihlbom and Nathalie Andersson are Lecturers in Swedish as a Second Language

"We work together with two schools in Finland, and the aim of the project is to have students in at the schools meet in digital meeting rooms so that they can improve their Swedish language skills, make contacts and develop networks," explains Nathalie.

How did it feel to talk about your project during the research day?

"Really good. It was the first time for us to talk about our project for others outside our subject area," explains Nathalie Andersson.

After all presentations had been given, the participants and the audience had the chance to speed-date so that they could learn more and perhaps gain some inspiration, as well as make new contacts.

Research that is part of the research profile Intercultural Studies (ISTUD) centres on human interaction within and between cultures, societies, and institutions, and on knowledge and understanding about how individuals, groups, organisations, and societies relate to cultural, social, and institutional contexts.


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