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New challenges at Almedalen

Tent full of people in 2014

Just like last year, LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun welcomes all to the university’s seminars, where researchers will shed light on the challenges facing the welfare state. The agenda includes addiction, segregation, healthcare and fossil-free fuels.

Last year’s Almedalen Week attracted large crowds to LiU’s tent in the garden of the Clarion Hotel Wisby. Topics included the school system, migration and elderly care. This year the discussion shifts to four new social challenges.

”We say that innovation is our only tradition, and since we have worked closely with the surrounding community ever since our founding in 1975. For us it’s a natural step to explore the challenges facing our welfare,” says LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun.

Professor Markus Heilig, who recently returned home from the United States to build up a centre for neuroresearch at LiU, will take us to the frontlines of addiction research, and what happens in our brains when we can’t resist the craving for drugs.

Peter Hedström, professor and director of the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) at Campus Norrköping, will discuss how computers can help us understand the mechanisms behind segregation and xenophobia.

Researchers from the HELIX VINN Excellence Centre, Malin Tillmar, Elisabeth Sundin, Birgitta Sköld and Lena Högberg, will explore the latest research on healthcare as a business. Deregulation was supposed to foster innovation and female entrepreneurship, but this didn’t eventuate, according to the researchers.

The afternoon will be rounded off with a viewing of the film on LiU’s Creation Story, and a circular medley where Mats Eklund, professor of Environmental Technology and Management and Martin Karlsson, researcher in molecular biotechnology, along with a number of regional companies, will show how producers of alternative fuels such as rapeseed, ethanol, biogas and electricity can benefit from each other in order to advance the shift to fossil-free vehicle fleets.

The programme continues into the evening with the traditional alumni gathering.


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