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First nordic PhD summit "Health Sciences across Borders"
August 21-22, 2017
Karolinska Institutet

The Nordic PhD Summit “Health Sciences Across Borders” brings PhD students from the Nordics together for two days of interaction and scientific discussions – focusing on Nordic research strengths and how to get the most out of your PhD. The meeting is open to all interested – PhD students, postdocs and faculty!


This interdisciplinary meeting will place your research in a larger perspective, provide ideas for your future career, broaden your network, and with a focus on publishing, innovation and scientific outreach, equip you with tools for disseminating science in today’s world.




  • Plenary sessions with prominent invited speakers on:

    • Strengths in Nordic research across borders

    • Innovation and entrepreneurial collaboration

    • Publishing and disseminating science in today’s world

    • Excellence in Health Research

  • Interactive thematic scientific break-out sessions (6 themes, please see program) with forward looking discussions regarding your research field – including short talks by PhD students, selected from abstracts

  • Career options speed dating & company mingle
    The career speed networking session will demonstrate the varied careers paths that are available to Nordic PhD students once they have completed their training programs. This 1 hour session will introduce different professions, ranging from biotech and science communication, to academia and pharma and provide participants with the opportunity to become more aware of and better informed about career options available within the Nordic counties, as well as to better understand the skills and steps required to move into various exciting career paths.

  • Peer-mentoring circles

  • Poster sessions

  • Possibility to participate in the meeting as a course (1 ECTS) – includes extra tasks & examination

  • Dinner reception, pub & party for continued interaction and networking


  • Camilla Stoltenberg (Director General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway)

  • Rudi GJ Westendorp (Professor of Medicine, Department of Public Health, co-director of Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Olli Kallioniemi (Professor in Molecular Precision Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Director SciLifeLab, Sweden)

  • Jórunn Erla Eyfjörð (Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland)

  • Miia Kivipelto (Managing director, Theme Aging, Karolinska University Hospital. Director of Research, Development, Education and Innovation. Professor, Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, KI, Sweden)

  • Nina Rawal (Head of Life Science at Industrifonden)

  • Vincenzo Cerullo (Associate professor and Head of Drug Research Program Helsinki)

  • Søren Bregenholt (Corporate Vice President for External Relations, Strategy and Sourcing at Novo Nordisk)

  • Bernd Pulverer (Chief Editor of The EMBO Journal)

  • Benjamin Andrew Libberton (Postdoctoral Fellow, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

  • Philippe Grandjean (Head of the Environmental Medicine Research Unit, University of Southern Denmark and adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health)

  • Ayo Wahlberg (Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Thomas Perlmann (Secretary of the Nobel Committee, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)



Sandra Falck (co-chair, Karolinska Institutet)

Torben Sigsgaard (co-chair, Aarhus University)

Lars Holmgren (Karolinska Institutet)

Anna Mourskaia (postdoc, sponsorships manager, Karolinska Institutet)

Matti Nikkola (Karolinska Institutet)

Gretchen Repasky (FIMM/University of Helsinki)

Linda Thörn (conference manager, Karolinska Institutet)

PhD student representatives:

​Jaya Mishra (Copenhagen University)

​Abdelhakim Salem (University of Helsinki)

Iuliia Savchuk (Karolinska Institutet)

Samuel Joseph Windross (Aarhus University)

Download the Nordic PhD Summit poster

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