Letter from the Dean

Last changed: 21 June 2022
Vice Dean Helena Hansson.

Summer, reflection and interdisciplinarity

Relaxing, recharging and reflecting – three things that are so important, for ourselves, and our creativity. Many of us are now looking forward to the summer holidays, an opportunity to slow down and enjoy this beautiful season. And perhaps this will be the time when a new idea on how to cooperate with your colleagues will take root?

This spring, the faculty board spent two days at Krusenberg manor. We held a faculty board meeting, but also learnt more about how the faculty functions. One of the items on the agenda was support for IDA (Interdisciplinary Academy), a joint effort between the NJ Faculty and the SLU Future Food platform. The IDA concept is to have a group of researchers with different academic backgrounds cooperate on an issue they want to research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Anyone at SLU can take part in IDA. One or more themes will be selected for IDA, and the researchers working on those themes will set aside one day a week for 8 months for this task. The aim is to increase knowledge about interdisciplinary research cooperation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about interdisciplinarity; apply for IDA before 24 August.

But before then, enjoy the summer with its slower rhythm, and take the opportunity to relax, recharge and reflect, so important for cracking new, exciting research questions. It’s striking how often funny, creative ideas or solutions to problems you’ve had on your mind suddenly pop up in the most unexpected situations. Relaxing, recharging and reflecting – three things that are so important, for ourselves, and our creativity. And who knows, perhaps it’ll be during a walk through a summer forest, or during an early morning swim in a cool lake, with the morning mist still rising, that the seed of a new idea will start to grow? If that happens, don’t forget to apply for IDA when you return to work: Cross-disciplinary thematic groups at SLU’s Interdisciplinary Academy.

Last but not least, I wish you all a pleasant summer,

/Helena Hansson, professor and vice dean responsible for developing multi- and transdisciplinarity

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NJ Faculty and SLU in the debate
Deputy Dean Pär Forslund, October 2021

Looking forward to an autumn of environmental monitoring and assessment
Vice Dean Richard Johnson, September 2021

Dean's Summer Letter: Dear Colleagues at the NJ Faculty!
Dean Torleif Härd, June 2021

Pandemic – have we learned a lesson
Vice Dean Johan Meijer

Inclusive working environments
Vice Dean Marina Queiroz, March 2021

Of course there is a light in the tunnel
Dean Torleif Härd, December 2021

Corona, online collaboration and multi- and interdisciplinary
Vice Dean Helena Hansson, November 2020

The EU, food strategy and moore research
Vice Dean Göran Bergkvist, October 2020

Well-deserved holidays
Deputy Dean Pär Forslund, June 2020

Times They are a-Changin'
Vice Dean Richard Johnson, April 2020

All the best for 2020: The International Year of Plant Health
Vice Dean Johan Meijer, February 2020

Christmas and the New Year are approaching
Dean Torleif Härd, December 2019

Multi- and interdisciplinary research for complex issues
Vice Dean Helena Hansson, October 2019

Understanding differences makes a difference
Vice Dean Marina Queiroz, September 2019

Biodiversity is NJ's strength
Dean Torleif Härd, June 2019

Realize ideas in the doubling project
Vice Dean Göran Bergkvist, May 2019

More teachers, students and honorably doctors
Deputy Dean Pär Forslund, January 2019

The faculty's areas are more important than ever
Dean Torleif Härd, December 2018

New EMA programmes at SLU despite strained budget
Vice Dean Richard Johnson, November 2018

Student numbers will grow – but not on their own
Vice-Dean Göran Bergkvist, September 2018

Summer longing and initiatives
Vice-Dean John Meijer, June 2018

The pussy bow blouse
Vice-Dean Hanna Bergeå, May 2018

Spring and students
Deputy Dean Pär Forslund, March 2018

Wishing you happy, multidisciplinary holidays
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