Steering Board

Last changed: 15 October 2019

This is the steering board for SLU Future Faculty. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Dr Magdalena Bieroza

Chair of the SLU Future Faculty
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Research: I am studying water quality controls in agricultural landscapes. These include mainly changing weather and flow conditions and land management. I focus on understanding pollution pathways of nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen, in order to better mitigate their losses to streams.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • To provide a platform for networking for early career researchers (anyone between PhD and full professorship).
  • To organise networking and training events.
  • To work with other researchers in Sweden as part of the National Junior Faculty.
  • To meet other researchers and socialise.

Dr Maja Malmberg

Vice-chair of the SLU Future Faculty
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Research: I'm fascinated by infectious diseases, in particular the agents causing the diseases and their interactions with the surrounding microorganisms. The overall aim of my research is to address questions in infection biology using high-throughput sequencing technologies. Currently, this is done in two projects; 1) A project in Uganda where the focus is on ticks and tick-borne diseases, and 2) a project on viruses able to cause neurological disease in Swedish piglets.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Create a network for young researchers at SLU.
  • Work towards a career development program at SLU and clearer career pathways.
  • Improve working conditions for young researchers.

Dr Assem Abu Hatab

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Research: Economics and sustainable management of agricultural and natural resources; international food and agricultural trade and trade policy analysis; Demand analysis and commodity markets; the dynamics of urbanization in relation to resource use, agricultural production systems and food security in arid and semi-arid zones in developing countries.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

My overall goal is to contribute to developing active and energetic network of early career researchers at SLU to achieve the following:

  • Provide support and advice to early career researchers at SLU to make strategic career decisions.
  • Enhance career development and mentoring activities for early career researchers at SLU.
  • Encourage and facilitate collaboration among early career researchers.

Dr Maria Vilain Rørvang

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Research: I am interested in how animals perceive and interact with their physical and social environment. My research focus is in particular the motivations of animals and their cognitive capacities, which I aim will ultimately improve the housing systems and management, as well as enhance the enjoyment of humans and animals working/living together.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • To emphasise and highlight the challenges that young career researcher fase
  • To create awareness about these challenges
  • To help provide us with a voice in the university political debates
  • To provide a friendly and open-minded forum for early career researchers

  Dr Tim Horstkotte

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Research: The focus of my research lies on social-ecological systems and the management of natural resources in arctic and boreal multiple-use landscapes. Often related to resilience thinking, my case studies involve reindeer husbandry in Sweden, but also in Norway and Finland.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Collaboration between early career scientist both academically and politically at SLU
  • Clarify future career paths for early career scientist and how to get there
  • Support and assistance of each other in being academically active

  Dr Kristina Karlsson Green

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Research: I work with evolutionary ecology and am currently studying phenotypic plasticity during range expansion of a pest insect. I’m very interested in exploring the possibility to apply knowledge from evolutionary ecology within agriculture, for example in my new project on the evolution of insecticide resistance.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Provide career strengthening activities
  • Pursue questions to improve conditions for early career academics
  • Create support in the working environment, for example through mentoring
  • Increase the networks of early career academics within and across faculties

Dr Eliza Maher Hasselquist

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Research: I’m an ecologist who has a background in natural resource management, and uses tools from stream ecology, biogeochemistry, and hydrology to study the effects of ecosystem management on waterways and their riparian zones in order to ensure high water quality and biodiversity while balancing societal needs for forest products.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Provide opportunities for networking and career development
  • Increase visibility of and appreciation for early career researchers
  • Support early career researchers to understand their future career paths

 Dr Karin Eklöf

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Research: My research is about biogeochemistry of mercury in forest ecosystems. I am interested in the transformation and mobilization of mercury in both soils and waters and how these are influenced by man-made perturbations, such as forestry activities.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Provide arenas for young researchers to meet, find future collaborations, and find support in each other.
  • To work for that SLU take responsibility for earlier career researchers.
  • Provide activities that could strengthen career development among earlier career researchers.  
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