Inspiring alumni meeting in San Francisco

16 February 2015

Inspiring conversations at the alumni meeting in San Francisco. From the left: John Severinghaus, Lars Johansson, Anna Zorzet, Barbro Osher, Karl Mettinger and Lena Sivik.

In connection with the scientific conference AAAS in San José, Uppsala University organized a meeting for alumni and friends in San Francisco 12 February. More than 60 guests visited the lectures and the subsequent mingling.

The event was organized on initiativ of Uppsala University’s Alumni Chapter for the US West Coast, who together with American Friends of Uppsala University and other local organizations invited alumni and friends to the meeting.

The more than 60 guests were offered an extensive programme including talks by Sweden’s General Consul Barbro Osher and Uppsala University researchers from the ReAct network, and a subsequent mingling session.

The evening was opened by Lars E. Johansson, chairman of the US West Coast Alumni Chapter, who welcomed everyone to the offices of K&L Gates where the event was held.

‘It is so inspiring to meet researchers from Uppsala University, and we hope that this can inspire more alumni to get involved there in the Bay Area’, says Lars Johansson.

Sweden’s General Consul in San Francisco, Barbro Osher, talked about the proactive work being done in collaboration between Swedish and American interests in the Bay Area.

‘Swedish universities play an important role in our work. Our collaboration strengthens Sweden’s position in the Bay Area and it is important also for alumni to support their universities’, says Barbro Osher.

Uppsala researchers Diarmaid Hughes and Anna Zorzet from the ReAct Network gave presentations on antibiotic resistance and the urgent matters that Uppsala researchers are involved in. Two of Uppsala University’s honorary doctors, Professor John Severinghaus and Professor Jack Kirsch, also took part in the event.

Representatives from Uppsala University also talked about the opportunity of supporting for instance the ReAct Network and the work against antibiotic resistance through gifts and donations. Find out more on Uppsala University’s website.