Luleå University of Technology is the coordinator for the Swedish Research School in Tribology where also KTH, Uppsala University and Halmstad University are included. At the moment there are about 40 graduate students in the research school and 34 of them already have a doctorate. 34 tribology courses have been created and implemented within the framework of the Swedish Research School in Tribology of which Luleå University of Technology have had 14 of these. 89 experts from academia and industry (national and international) have been invited as presenters and a total of more than 250 scientific articles and 300 conference papers have been produced.
– The Swedish Research School in Tribology has undoubtedly lived up to the expectations VINNOVA had. I think that the biggest benefit with the research school is that we have seen a national mobilization for the Swedish tribology field. Thanks to the research school, they have been able to show that there is a national competence resource, says Erik Litborn, program coordinator at VINNOVA.
Good conditions for funding
Erik Litborn is asked about the possibilities for the tribology field to receive funding in the future.
– If tribologists continue on this track, and shows that they have a close collaboration between industry and academia, there are generally good opportunities for funding from VINNOVA. I also think you should see the opportunities to receive EU funding through Horizon 2020, since the Swedish tribology research belongs to Europe's best. A national and international cooperation would make it possible to work even more long-term with these issues.
– Perhaps the most important benefit of the research school is the international and national networks the students create for themselves, and that they get to know their own generation of tribologists in the country, says Nazanin Emami, associate professor in Machine Elements at Luleå Univerisity of Technology and the one that has led the research school since 2011.
– All four participating universities has benefited greatly from the Swedish Research School in Tribology and jointly we have decided to continue working without external financial support. Of the four universitites, Luleå University of Technology have had most of the students and courses in the research school. The Swedish Research School in Tribology provides a very good basis for our PhD-students and therefore we continue to invest in it, says Nazanin Emami.