Published: 2021-09-10 13:58 | Updated: 2021-09-15 15:14

Learn to write for the public and contribute to The Conversation

Are you a researcher who wants to use your expertise to improve the global public discourse and understanding of current affairs? Then the news platform The Conversation might be the right vehicle. Since the turn of the year, KI has a collaboration with The Conversation that also includes training sessions on finding the news potential in your own research and writing for the public. Sign up for the fall sessions now to secure your seat.

The Conversation is a politically unaffiliated news platform where academic researchers write their own news articles, analyses and op-eds within their area of expertise. The site’s editors offer significant support in shaping the articles, and also arrange workshops for researchers who want to contribute. These aim to improve the participants’ ability to see the news potential of their expertise and to write short, quality pitches that can be turned into promising stories.

Participate in a workshop

Sign up for one of The Conversation’s workshops by sending an email to the-conversation@ki.se. This fall, we offer two training sessions – October 21 (last day to register is October 7) and November 23 (last day to register is November 9). Both sessions are held on Zoom at 1.30 pm to 4 pm CET. The maximum number of participants is limited to 20 people. Preference is given to researchers with a PhD or doctoral students at the end of their education. If you have enrolled and are unable to participate, please let us know asap so that we can offer your seat to another person.

Write for The Conversation

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, please contact KI’s communications office at the-conversation@ki.se. Please include a short description of your expertise, what topics you are interested in writing about and contact information. KI’s research editors and press officers help editors of The Conversation find suitable experts on hot topics. If you give us a heads up about your interests, we should be able to quickly match you with an editor when the right topic comes up.

You can find more information about writing for The Conversation at the staff portal under Communication tools and support: News platform The Conversation

Published: 2021-09-07 18:45 | Updated: 2021-09-15 09:52

Easier for users to find the right core facility

During the autumn of 2021, the Infrastructure Council has decided to carry out a pilot project launching a single point of contact function, SPOC, for issues concerning research infrastructure. The purpose of this project is to simplify for researchers at Karolinska Institutet and to use university resources in a more effective way.

The investment is part of KI's strategy for research infrastructure, which among other things identifies the need for simpler contact routes and guidance for core-facility users. The idea is that the SPOC function should be able to direct researchers to relevant facilities, tools, and services that can assist with analysis methods to answer their specific questions.

Further, the SPOC function should have knowledge about – and be able to direct to – relevant competence within the university administration or other authorities for guidance regarding regulations, permits etc as relevant for the use of research infrastructures.  Core facility staff will also be able to use the SPOC as a resource for information.

The pilot project will start in mid-September and run for three months. The pilot will then be evaluated, with the aim of launching a permanent SPOC function in the spring of 2022.

The SPOC function will be open during office hours and can be reached on spocinfrastructure@ki.se. If needed, it will also be possible to schedule a personal meeting.

Contact the SPOC

Welcome to ask your questions so that we can develop the SPOC function for research infrastructure during the pilot period!

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Published: 2021-08-27 14:01 | Updated: 2021-08-28 13:10

New system makes it easier to find information about research at KI

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More transparent and easily accessible information about our research. Photo: John Schnobrich on Unsplash

Researchers and other employees, as well as external users, need to access information about ongoing and completed research at KI more easily. Improved visibility and availability of research information is included in Strategy 2030. The Steering Group for Information Management at KI has now decided to procure a Research Information Management System (RIMS).

The RIMS system simplifies management of research information and, through its coordinating function, also makes the information more transparent and easily accessible to both internal and external stakeholders. The procurement of a KI RIMS will start this autumn and the implementation phase is expected in early 2022. At the end of the year 2022, KI RIMS will be in operation.

Prior to the decision on the procurement, a project team has charted the needs of researchers and operational support functions; described the current situation of today's research information, processes, and systems, and listed the measures needed to establish a coordinated and efficient management of research information.

Invitation to information and dialogue meeting 

Prior to the implementation phase, it is important that the dialogue on needs, benefits, risks, and potential obstacles continues. Hence, the project team will invite all employees to an information and dialogue meeting during the autumn. After a presentation of RIMS and of the planned procurement project, all attendees are encouraged to put forward their questions, thoughts, worries and ideas regarding RIMS.

Research information refers to information about research at KI and the context in which it is carried out. For example, this may include: 

  • researchers (CVs, research area, organisational affiliations, assignments, distinctions) 
  • intellectual output (publications, patents, posters, presentations) 
  • organisational structures (departments, research groups, centres) 
  • projects (members, grants, partners, media reporting) 
  • infrastructure (tools, technologies)

Research information does not include underlying work materials, knowledge, and research data.

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Published: 2021-08-25 17:15 | Updated: 2021-09-15 09:54

Contribute to the development of core facilities

To develop and quality-assure core facilities available at Karolinska Institutet, the Infrastructure Council has decided to conduct two user surveys in the autumn of 2021. Now is your chance as a researcher to make your voice heard.

Karolinska Institutet's vision – to drive development of knowledge about life and work for better health for all – requires an increasing use of cutting-edge technology and functional research infrastructure where core facilities are an important part. To continuously develop core facilities at KI and aim for highest quality and relevance for researchers at KI and Region Stockholm, KI’s Infrastructure Council has now decided the following:

  • To conduct a targeted survey to users of core facilities with support from KI and Region Stockholm. The survey is aimed at users of the core facilities during the period 2019-2020, and users will be identified from applications for funding in the core-facility call in spring 2021.
  • There will also be an open survey in November 2021, which all researchers within KI and Region Stockholm can respond to. More information about this survey will be published later this autumn.

Anders Gustafsson, Vice president and chair of KI's Infrastructure Council, hopes for a high response rate:

"I am urging everyone affected by the topic of these surveys to take the chance to influence how KI works to further develop our core facilities, for the benefit of both users and those who work in the core facilities," he says.

About KI's Infrastructure Council

The role of the Infrastructure Council is to coordinate resources and investments within KI, in relation to Region Stockholm as well as to national and international initiatives. Infrastructure Council reports formally to the Faculty Board and focuses for the moment mainly on research infrastructure.

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KIB Webinar: Researchers – publish open access with prepaid APC:s

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KIB Workshop: Publish and share your data

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Do you need to publish your data? In this workshop, you will get an overview of what to do. We will cover the process of how to publish your data if it will be available as open access, as well as what to do if you have sensitive data which cannot be made openly available. We will also discuss your options regarding where to store and share your data.

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Research documentation is an important part of the research process, how can you otherwise prove that your results are correct? In this workshop we will discuss and learn what should be documented, why it is important and where this documentation should be done.

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