Objectives for EMA

Last changed: 09 December 2016

The concept of mission, vision and overall objectives of SLU’s operational area EMA are described below, in accordance with previous decisions by the SLU Board. It is followed by set intermediate objectives and indicators decided by the EMA Council (Fomar). A guide for the development of programme-specific objectives, have been established by the faculties.

Concept of mission, vision and overall objectives of SLU’s Board

The starting point for activities in EMA is the concept of mission, vision and overall objectives established by the SLU Board in the autumn of 2009.

Concept of mission

‘SLU develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. This is achieved by research, education and EMA, in collaboration with the surrounding community’

Vision

‘SLU is a world-class university in the fields of life and environmental sciences’

Overall objectives of SLU’s operational areas are

  • for operations to be of the highest international class, characterised by strong links between education and research,
  • for research, education and environmental monitoring and assessment to be pursued in collaboration with selected higher-education institutions, sectors and the wider society,
  • for research findings to be known and used in society,
  • to have a strong international dimension, e.g. by strategic collaboration with universities and research institutes abroad,
  • to strengthen Sweden’s position as a knowledge nation and contribute to the development of the sustainable use and management of natural resources,
  • for students and employees to have a work environment and working conditions that are among the most attractive,
  • for the organisation to function well, with distinct leadership and efficient use of resources,
  • for gender equality and diversity perspectives to have a strong position throughout operations,
  • for employees and students to be our best ambassadors.

Overall objectives for EMA

SLU’s objectives of EMA are that:

  • there is a strong link between EMA and other operational areas at SLU
  • operations take the lead in Europe and actively contribute to international development of science-based EMA
  • analyses be provided for decision-making purposes that allow resource use and environmental impacts to be weighed against each other

Success in all above areas is a prerequisite for successful operations in EMA at SLU.

Intermediate objectives for EMA

To make the Board decided, objectives for EMA concrete, the EMA Council (Fomar) has established the following intermediate objectives:

Intermediate objectives under the first overall EMA objective

A strong link between EMA and other operational areas at SLU by:

  • increasing the use of EMA data among researchers (indicator: the number of scientific papers which wholly or partly are based on EMA data)
  • increasing the element of EMA in educations offered at SLU (indicator: the number of undergraduate theses related to EMA)
  • increasing the number of employees combining EMA with other activities (indicator: proportion of employees funded by at least 10 per cent via EMA projects and by at least 20 per cent via another activity area, excluding seasonal employees)

Intermediate objectives under the second overall EMA objective

  • Operations take the lead in Europe and actively contribute to international development of science-based environmental monitoring and assessment by:
    consolidating SLU’s position as the national leading operator in EMA (indicators: the proportion of commissions given to SLU from central authorities out of all of their commissioned environmental monitoring; number of references to SLU’s EMA in the Swedish daily press)
  • increasing the proportion of EMA operations focused on EU and other international arenas (indicator: the amount of EMA funding for internationally oriented operations)
  • increasing the quality of EMA operations when checked against SLU’s internal quality guides (indicator: weighted average number of points scored, according to our quality guides)

Intermediate objectives under the third overall EMA objective

Analyses are provided for decision-making purposes that allow resource use and environmental impacts to be weighed against each other by:

  • increasing the proportion of EMA activities that consists of syntheses and of analyses provided for decision-making (indicator: the amount of funds for commissioned projects)
  • increasing the takers’ benefits of SLU’s EMA (indicator: the amount of funds from external commissions)

Some work is needed before all indicators can be used to assess progress towards the overall EMA objectives.


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