The Division of Reproduction

Last changed: 06 April 2010

The Division of Reproduction's Mission Statement "We are committed to excellence in research and training through open communication and attractive research possibilities. The latter is generated in partnership with national and international stakeholders and researchers, developing and using cutting-edge concepts and methodologies, to enable our staff and students to compete and achieve high visibility in the Swedish, EU and global arenas"

About us

The Division of Reproduction at SLU is one of the largest university institutions, devoted entirely to animal reproduction. We are six full professors, several associate and assistant professors and about ten postgraduate students of which some are residents. Scientifically we deal with reproduction in a range of domestic and wild mammals, from the herd or population level to the single molecule. We put a lot of emphasis on postgraduate training, stress the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and acknowledge the importance of a global approach to research on animal reproduction. Thus, we have a large network for research cooperation nationally and internationally (see list below). Furthermore, the staff of the division hold board positions at the Centre for Reproductive Biology in Uppsala (CRU European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR and the European College for Animal Reproduction (ECAR Eight of the staff members are also Diplomats of ECAR, and several holds certificate and diplomas in different Swedish and European specializations.

We have published 180 full papers listed in the Thomson Reuters database during the last five years. During the same time period 6 colleagues have been awarded their PhD in the division and there are currently 12 PhD students at the division. Some members of the division act as editorial staff for various journals. More than half of our annual turnover for research (currently about 19 MSEK) originates from external funds.

The division has always had a close and fruitful partnership with industry and governmental bodies, especially within the livestock segment of our activities. This is reflected in two adjunct professors and one adjunct senior lecturer from such partners.

The research approach at the division is well-aligned with current SLU research strategy, in which some of the research topics at the division are prioritized by SLU. In addition, staff from the division are centrally placed in some of the common strategic initiatives by SLU such as the Future platforms and Research Schools. Also, the division´s research approach fits well in the current faculty strategic plan.

Our research activities – to which our postgraduate training is linked – are schematically described in the figure below.

An over-view of the research activities at the Division of Reproduction. Shared and common methods and concepts are at the center at the division, we then apply those in different species and environments to approach scientific issues within different areas of animal reproduction.

Our approach

The division's inter-disciplinary approach to scientific research is conducted, wherever possible, through national and international alliances. This strategy is reflected in the number of PhD students we have educated from various countries and the number of international post-docs and guest researchers whom we have hosted. We attract post-docs, temporary guest researchers and visitors through our website, the list of ECAR specialists and also by undertaking extramural activities that advertise the division, as well as through conferences workshops and networking. We are actively exploring the possibility to develop our partnership with society further by recruiting more adjunct professors/senior lecturers. We recruit PhD students by offering projects for final year students to undertake as an appetizer, through our contacts and collaborators in other institutes and universities, and through our industrial partners. The balance of tenured staff versus PhD students and longer-term post-docs is important for providing continuity in the techniques we are able to offer. We support visitors and PhD students through our applications to various national and international grant-awarding bodies and have achieved a good success rate in many calls. The extramural financial support for our current research is shown in the table below.

The division endeavors to develop and maintain good relationships with stakeholders in the community. We are striving to become more visible, both via conventional research avenues (publications in international peer reviewed journals, conference presentations etc) and through publicizing the student projects undertaken by our final year veterinary students. In addition, we are reaching out to the relevant stakeholders using popular scientific presentations at their meetings and via their communication portals, and to the wider community in the form of popular scientific articles and broadcasts. As well as attending conferences to present our own results, we are considering hosting workshops and even international conferences in the near future.