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Graduate school on aging and health continues

Published: 21 September 2021

Luleå University of Technology has a new representative in the management of the national graduate school on aging and health, SWEAH. Gunilla Isaksson, head of the Department of Health, Learning and Technology, recently became a partner representative.
"It is a valuable network to be part of", she says.

A total of twelve higher education institutions are included in the graduate school.
Luleå University of Technology also has a research representative in SWEAH, Karin Zingmark, professor of nursing.
"The fact that we are part of the graduate school means that we can be involved and influence the content and structure of the graduate school, including the courses that are offered. This is a very current area. There are many who are involved in the topic of aging and health", says Gunilla Isaksson.

A collaboration

The graduate school started in 2014 and had funding from the Swedish Research Council for a total of eight years. Recently, the decision was made that the graduate school should continue. From 2022, SWEAH will be funded by the higher education institutions that are partners in the collaboration.
These are Lund University, Karolinska Institutet, University of Gothenburg, Linköping University, Örebro University, Linnaeus University, Umeå University, Dalarna University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Kristianstad University, Luleå University of Technology and Jönköping University.
Doctoral students and postdocs who are part of SWEAH often have a background in medicine and health sciences, but also in social and behavioral sciences, humanities, law, demography, technology or architecture. The graduate school offers interdisciplinary courses in aging and health.

Former participants

One of those who has been involved in SWEAH is Catharina Melander, today senior lecturer in nursing at Luleå University of Technology.
"I have been involved as both a doctoral student and a postdoctoral fellow. As a postdoctoral fellow, I have, among other things, been able to develop my network and my career. As a doctoral student, it meant being part of a larger context where I got to develop myself, deepen my knowledge and create an important network for the future", she says.

Broad network

Mascha Pauelsen, university lecturer in physiotherapy, has also participated as a doctoral student in SWEAH.
"The absolute best thing about SWEAH was the broad network I got of doctoral students from many different disciplines and universities. Being able to look at and turn on one's subject (elderly health) with so many different glasses is really enriching both as a research student and as a human being", she says.

On 19-20 October 2021, SWEAH will hold a scientific conference that summarizes the work done so far, where both current participants and alumni talk about their research.
The last day to register for the graduate school is 30 September.