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Policy and research development

The theme touches on questions of policy driving national and international research agendas. The aim is to offer a space for discussions on foreseeable developments in national and international research policy agendas with respect to sustainability and the SDG's, and updated information on available research funding.


These workshops will support collaborations oriented towards the SDG's within large research proposals, as well as increasing awareness of EU and national sustainability requirements in applications. 

You will find materials, e.g. Power Point presentations, summaries, and other outcomes from the workshops gathered in LU Box -

This year's workshops within the theme

11 May: How can we develop research ideas and influence research policy related to the SDG's?

The workshop will be an opportunity for both junior researcher who want to take the next step in their academic career as well as the senior researchers who want to develop the research politics within Lund University to discuss possible pathways for development. The subject will be presented through two shorter presentations and two workshops focusing on external as well as internal factors influencing research related to SDGs in relation to where we are now, how the processes are structured for influencing (important for junior researchers) as well as giving insights in where we are heading (important for senior researchers) will be dealt with and give you tools and networks for influencing research policy related to the SDGs.

The workshop is arranged in collaboration with the Strategic Research Areas BECC, MERGE and LUCC.

Read more and register at


26 October: Finding opportunities for solving real world problems

The SDGs will increasingly guide funding agency activities, and need to be considered now, by everyone, regardless of the focus of research. How do we navigate these calls and be forward thinking in order to write the grants? How do we develop transdisciplinary collaborations within and outside academia and create innovative solutions, as opposed to feeling restricted by policy? Invited speakers will share their vision of trends in the funding agencies, particularly concerning innovation calls. The workshop will include two sessions of breakout rooms: one on funding opportunities, one on collaboration opportunities, to find and create prospects to address the SDGs in upcoming grant calls, as well as to engage with funding agency activities.  

The workshop is arranged in collaboration with the Strategic Research Areas StemTherapy, MultiPark and MECW.

More information will be provided shortly.

Information and registration at

StemTherapy -
MultiPark -


Target group

Workshops will mainly target researchers, doctoral students and research coordinators/ administrators from the Strategic Research Areas, but the workshops will be open to all staff within Lund University. 


Project manager

Helen Avery

helen [dot] avery [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se

Project coordinator

Cerina Wittbom

cerina [dot] wittbom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Communications officer

Izabella Rosengren

izabella [dot] rosengren [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se