SLU Landscape PhD’s Forum

Last changed: 19 October 2023
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SLU Landscape’s PhD’s Forum introduces an innovative setting for Landscape PhD students to exchange experiences, working methods and raise awareness and openness towards the multi-disciplinary wealth and diverse approaches to research characterizing the landscape field.

Four concise statements identify a protocol of the forum.

Who we are
The PhD Forum is an inclusive and non-competitive network of PhD students who collaborate on issues that benefit each participant and the group at large.

What we do
The PhD Forum strives towards an inclusive academic conversation on the issues of landscape architecture and planning as PhD research subject. Through trust we provide to each other a safe space and both a professional and personal collegial support.

How we work
Through a transparent decision making, the PhD Forum seeks to find balance between communication with external sources and internal discussion within its members.

Our vision
To make the forum a self-sustaining and robust culture of collegial support for LA PhD students 

The forum embraces a decision-making based on the consensus of its members. For the management of the forum, three main roles have to be elected and fulfilled at the beginning of each year.

A contact-person/facilitator needs to communicate with the LA steering group and the working group. S/He keeps control of the call for meetings, the overall yearly agenda, and the protocol.

A communicator deals with issues connected both with internal and external communication. S/He keeps control of the webpage updates, the editing contents, and all the information about the forum both on and off the web.

A treasurer needs to communicate with the department and faculty’s economists. S/He keeps track of the accounts and funding, and of the budget for activities.

Roles and contacts for 2019 

Contact person and representative in WG:  

Azadeh Shahrad  


Treasurer, Deputy representative WG:

Frederik Aagaard Hagemann LAPF



Sued Ferreira Da Silva SOL-LA

These roles should be revisited and elected each year. Each role should be held for one year (maximum two).

The “backup” is a support for the elected person, with the responsibility to learn the process of work, be able to step in as a substitute if needed, and more easily take over responsibility when elected.


The PhD’s Forum extends an effort to explore ways to support the growth of a long-lasting PhD community, initiated as the 2018 CFI project, PhD Get Together.


Azadeh Shahrad
Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Research Assistant leave of absence at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Telephone: +4640415409

SLU Landscape
SLU Landscape operates as a cross-institutional network for collaboration and joint profiling of work done in the landscape subject area at SLU. It is one of the largest environments for research and teaching in landscape architecture in Europe.