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Lena Abrahamsson, Professor of Human Work Sciences at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Melina Granberg, LTU Photo: Melina Granberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Professor to research funding agency

Published: 26 April 2016

Lena Abrahamsson, Professor of Human Work Science at Luleå University of Technology, has been elected as Vice Chairman of Forte.
– It is with honor, says Lena Abrahamsson.

Lena Abrahamsson is a qualified researcher in the field of Human Work Science and has previously served as a suppleant in Forte (formerly FAS). In early 2016, she was elected vice-president, a post that will last for three years.

– My mission means to participate in taking overall strategic decisions on what research we should invest in, says Lena Abrahamsson.

Funds independent research

Forte's focus is health, working life and welfare and funds annually SEK 600 million to research that aims to make a direct benefit to the society.

– Forte funds independent research. It is important that this type of funding is available. Therefore, I believe that it requires work that is a bit more strategically, to work at the policy level. I see this as an exciting challenge.

Importance to the entire university

Lena Abrahamsson has good experience in executive management and board work. She has served on a number of audit committees and during her time as a suppleant in Forte, she participated in one of the panels that decide which applications should be funded. This means that she has a good overview of Forte.

– As vice president I prepare discussions prior to board meetings. It makes me better well-read and this is important to be able to influence and take wise decisions.

– It is important that Luleå University of Technology is represented in the boards of research funders as it gives us the opportunity to influence national strategies in science policy. It is also important that the university is present in this context because we are a major research player in many fields of research. It can also sometimes be good to balance the Stockholm perspective, concludes Lena Abrahamsson.