WELCOME TO THE

INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2021

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Welcome to a week of lunch seminars, including an afternoon focusing on international opportunities and
global inspiration for all students and staff at SLU. 

The seminars will be online via Zoom. Link to registration.
Make sure to register!

Lunch Seminars 19-23 April:

Monday 19/4 Lunch Seminar 12-13pm:
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Global opportunities for students at SLU (focus MFS)

Lunch seminar 12-13 pm
Global opportunities for students at SLU (focus MFS)

The scholarship programme Minor Field Study, (MFS) enables students to do field research in low-income countries as a basis for a degree project. Get inspired by previous MFS scholarship students, find out how to become a Sida alumni and get in-depth knowledge in how development cooperation contributes to a more sustainable future. The seminar will conclude with a presentation of ongoing research project in low-income countries accessible for interested students.

Hosts: Jenny Larsson, Mobility team - Ioannis Dimitriou & Sara Gräslund, SLU Global


Guest Speakers:

Tuesday 20/4 Lunch Seminar 12-13pm:
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Study abroad – the plus of Erasmus +

Tuesday 20 April (lunch seminar 12-13 pm):
Study abroad – the plus of Erasmus +

There are excellent exchange opportunities for SLU students within the Erasmus+ scholarship programme. Meet our Erasmus+ ambassadors to get inspiration and learn more about the different possibilities of studies abroad.
Moreover, learn about the network ELLS and the student association ELSA.

 

Hosts: Emma Capandegui, Gabrielle Lagerkvist. Mobility team


Guest Speakers:

Wednesday 21/4 Lunch Seminar 12-13pm:
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Internationalisation at SLU

Wednesday 21 April (lunch seminar 12-13 pm):
Internationalisation at SLU

Internationalisation at home highlights everything international that we do at SLU. Most importantly, it allows all students to experience international higher education, even those who are not able to study abroad. The SLU student unions and the University Library will present activities and events they arrange for students within the area of internationalisation. The seminar will conclude with a discussion on how we can improve and develop inclusive activities for students.

 

Hosts: Dana Rocklin, Jenny Larsson Mobility team

Guest Speakers: 

Jennifer Salomonsson and Anita Boffano – librarians at SLU University Library, will highlight various examples of Library’s activities and services promoting encounters between students from different parts of the world.

Ida Segesten - International committee, Ultuna Student Union, will introduce the International committee and give examples of different student activities organized for international students at SLU.

Felizia Wallin – International committee, Veterinary association, will talk about the Union’s involvement in International Veterinary Students’ Association and how IVSA helps veterinary students interact globally. Moreover, you will get an idea of what international veterinary students exchange at Ultuna, SLU looks like. 

  

Jennifer Salomonsson

Librarian at SLU University Library

Felizia Wallin

International committee, Veterinary association,

Wednesday 21/4 Afternoon Seminar 13-15pm:
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Going global – get inspired by our global SLU alumni

Wednesday 21 April:
Going global – get inspired by our global SLU alumni

(Afternoon seminar 13-15 pm):

Get inspired by SLU alumni who have been working globally! How did they make it happen? What are the key challenges and what are the most rewarding aspects of an international career? In a panel discussion, a number of SLU alumni will share their experiences and views. After the panel discussion, stay with us for a virtual mingle where you will get the opportunity to talk with the panel participants!

Meet the Panel!
After the panel discussion, stay with us for a virtual mingle in wonder me where you will get the opportunity to talk with the panel participants, including other participants from the international week.

Hosts: Karin Bennmarker, SLU Alumn - Ioannis Dimitriou, SLU Global - Geir Löe, Mobility team

Moderator: Ylva Hillbur, Pro Vice-Chancellor, international relations

Guest Speakers:

Oskar Bynke graduated from SLU in 2002 with a Master´s degree in Agricultural Economics. During his studies Oskar was awarded the SLU -Cornell scholarship and studied at Cornell University for one year. After the studies, Oskar worked in the wine business with distributors of Diageo and Moet & Hennessey in New York City, where he led a sales team in Metro NYC, one of the largest wine markets in the world.
Over the last decade, Oskar and his business partner, have succeeded in placing Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard on the global Riesling map. The company has recently acquired another 130 acres of planted property with a commitment to advancing sustainable viticulture, biodynamics, thought leadership, and wine country tourism.

Ylva Henriksson is a food scientist and agronomist with a passion for sustainable, innovative and delicious foods and beverages. Ylva has a double MSc degree in food science and agriculture and has experience from various project management and leadership positions. Ylva graduated from SLU in June 2020.
During her studies, Ylva was Vice President at Ultuna Student Union, ULS, for one year, and she also went on an Erasmus mobility Exchange to Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Ylva now works in the UK, as a liquid R&D lab technician at Diageo, a multinational beer and spirits company.

Ulla Andrén graduated from SLU as agricultural economist in 1982 and has ever since had a strong international commitment. Ulla has worked with agricultural and rural development projects, based in Zambia and Mozambique, but also at Sida HQ. In 1998 she became Chargé d’Affaires at the Swedish Embassy in Guinea-Bissau and worked extensively with mediation in the conflict in the country. During 2005-2011 she held positions at Sida HQ as Head of Division and Department working with Reform Cooperation in Eastern Europe and Partner Driven Cooperation. Between 2011-2014 she was the Swedish Ambassador to Mozambique. Currently she in in charge of regional development cooperation in Africa at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Abeba.
Ulla has also been active in different civil society organizations and is a founding member of the Swedish chapter of Transparency International, where she also has been the Chairperson.

Sara Lysholm is a veterinarian and graduated from SLU in 2017. She developed her interest for international work during her last year at SLU, when she was awarded a Minor Field Study scholarship by SLU, a Sida-funded scholarship programme. This enabled her to go to Botswana to collect data for her MSc thesis, studying a viral disease that affects goats and cattle. Shortly after graduation, she started working as a PhD student at SLU. She is currently researching infectious diseases in sheep and goats in Zambia and Tanzania. She has spent several months in remote areas in Zambia collecting data for her PhD research. 

Sunil Abeyasekera received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey in 2013. In 2016, he started the Master of Science in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management program at SLU. Between the studies, Sunil has achieved experiences from different areas of work and internships; internship in Prague for the Institute of Experimental Botany, a placement in New Zealand for Dow Agrosciences and a Key Account Manager at Syngenta Bioline, to mention just a few.
During his studies, Sunil took part in many international engagements, such as pursuing an internship at SEI (Stockholm Environment Institute), Events and Social Media Coordinator at SIANI (Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative). In 2019, Sunil was funded by the SLU Erasmus+ Internship mobility program for an internship at Danone in Amsterdam, working within their responsible sourcing and human rights team. Sunil was also employed as a research assistant at the department of Ecology at SLU.
Sunil now works for Proforest as a Project Manager, working with companies to identify and address human rights and environmental risks within their agricultural supply chain.

Oskar Bynke

Oskar and his business partner, have succeeded in placing Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard on the global Riesling map.

Ylva Henriksson

Ylva is a food scientist and agronomist with a passion for sustainable, innovative and delicious foods and beverages.

Ulla Andrén

Ulla Andrén is in charge of regional development cooperation in Africa at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Abeba.

Sara Lysholm

Sara Lysholm is a veterinarian and graduated from SLU in 2017. She is currently researching infectious diseases in sheep and goats in Zambia and Tanzania.

Thursday 22/4 Lunch Seminar 12-13pm:
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International opportunities for staff at SLU

Thursday 22 April (lunch seminar 12-13 pm):
International opportunities for staff at SLU

Mobility and exchange programs offer opportunities for teachers and PhD students to develop professionally and personally through international experience. We aim to inspire and show the possibilities that SLU offers within our strategic partnerships and projects. We will also discuss how you can start a new international collaboration, and what funding is available for staff.

Hosts: Emma Capandegui & Geir Löe & Dana Rocklin, Mobility team 

Guest Speakers:

Anja Pedersen, Teacher at the Department of Clinical sciences.
Tells us about her experiences from staff exchange in the United Kingdom.

Erik Alexandersson, Researcher at the Department of Plant Protection Biology.
Will talk about working with our ELLS partners to organise an international summer school.

Andis Zvirgzdins, Doctoral Student at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre.
Alumni from the Euroforester MSc programme. Tells us about his experience with the Erasmus exchange in Romania during his PhD studies.

Friday 23/4 Lunch Seminar 12-13pm:
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Students, make your teamwork work! – working and communicating across cultures

Friday 23 April (lunch seminar 12-13 pm):
Students, make your teamwork work! – working and communicating across cultures

Communication skills, and more specifically the ability to work in a team and solve problems, is listed as one of the key skills that SLU seeks to develop in its students. So how do we get there?

This interactive discussion will explore how looking at culture from different perspectives – in terms of background but also disciplinary and academic cultures – might help us improve the way we communicate with each other. You will get to share your views and consider tools that might be useful when engaging in group work with other students.

Host and speaker: Natalie Jellinek, Educational developer & International project coordinator, Unit for Educational Development, SLU.

 


Natalie Jellinek is an Educational Developer at SLU’s Unit for Educational Development; her focus is on curricular integration with an emphasis on internationalization, intercultural competence and linkages to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is responsible for the coordination of several international partnerships within her unit, including a collaboration with Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and one with Universidad Mayor de San Simón i Bolivia. Natalie is as a child of Uruguayan parents who has lived and worked in Uruguay, Sweden, the United States and Brazil.  She currently also serves as Educational Developer at Karolinska Institutet’s Unit for Teaching and Learning (UoL).

 

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