Honorary doctorate lecture about how research can be even more useful to society

Dr Camilla Modéer is one of three persons whom LTH in 2020 has selected for an honorary doctorate. On 28 September you are welcome to listen to her honorary doctorate lecture, in which she will show that attitudes and structures must change, both in academia and business. Universities need to improve scientist's incentives, she will argue.

– Publicerad den 18 September 2020

A panel of experts will contribute with different perspectives on how research can be even more useful to society. Photo of nanostructures by D Jacobsson.

Is there a conflict between, on the one hand, scientific excellence and on the other research utilization, collaboration with the business community and the civil society?

Dr Camilla Modéer, who in 2020 was selected by LTH for an honorary doctorate, has extensive experience of working in the borderland between research and industry. Her answer to that question is definitely "no". She argues that research utilization and the pursuit of the highest scientific level can strengthen one another.

In her honorary doctorate lecture, Dr Camilla Modéer will show that to achieve the best results, attitudes and structures must change, both in academia and business. And universities need to improve incentives for scientists.

A panel of experts will also contribute with different perspectives on how research can be even more useful to society: 

  • Peter Gärdenfors, senior professor of Cognitive Science, LUCS, Lund University
  • Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, CEO and Founder at MultiHelix AB
  • Heiner Linke, professor and director at NanoLund

Moderator: Jan Westberg, Senior Communication Manager, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

 

When: 11:00–12:00, 28 September 2020

How: Digital participation. Rememeber to register no later than one hour in advance.

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The lecture and panel discussion will be held in English and are open to everyone. The event may be of particular interest to academic leaders, researchers, and business professionals working with R&D.

Dr Camilla Modéer

Dr Camilla Modéer

Dr Camilla Modéer is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, since 1995 and has been a Senior Advisor to the Academy since 2012. 

She initiated and established the Swedish NGO Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA, (Public & Science) and was Secretary General from the start in early 2002 until 2011. Between 1991 and 2001 she was Director of Research, Education and Innovation policies in Sveriges Industriförbund (Federation of Swedish Industry).

Camilla Modéer received her engineering and research training at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is and has been a member of several boards of companies, universities (including LTH), public agencies and organizations in Sweden, and of several EU and European committees.

Since 2011 she has been a highly appreciated advisor to NanoLund, in different formal roles. Today she is both chairperson in NanoLund's External Advisory Board and member of the Board.