Kristina Edström appointed Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for research infrastructure
6 December 2016
Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry (Ångström Laboratory) and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, has been appointed Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for research infrastructure. She succeeds Joseph Nordgren, Post-Retirement Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, whose term has ended.
Advisers to the Vice-Chancellor are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to work with university-wide issues together with the university management. The adviser to the vice-chancellor for research infrastructure is one of five advisers to the Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University.
“Uppsala University must speak with a clear voice in the discussion of which national infrastructure resources should be prioritised,” says Uppsala University’s Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.
“Former Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor Joseph Nordgren started this important work together with the university management by, among other things, inventorying the University’s infrastructure and participating in the Swedish Research Council’s reference group for collaboration on infrastructure issues.
Now he will be replaced by Kristina Edström and I’m convinced that her broad expertise will contribute to further strengthening the university-wide strategic discussion on how to prioritise and fund national and local infrastructure resources,” says Eva Åkesson.
“This feels like an exciting challenge”, says Kristina Edström. “It is a matter of finding the right processes to be able to work with this issue in its entirety, both locally and nationally. It includes everything from libraries and workshops to large research facilities.”
“We didn’t receive any new funding through the Research Bill and the Swedish Research Council’s new requirement of co-funding of infrastructure will be a key issue, not just for us but for everyone in the collaboration group we have formed together with other major Swedish universities,” says Kristina Edström. “But challenges suit me. I’m something of a problem solver!”