Karin Röding elected board member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

Jun 09, 2015 | Global

Karin Röding, Vice-Chancellor of MDH, is a new member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien, IVA). IVA’s aim is to promote the technical and economic sciences and the development of Swedish industry and commerce. Below, Karin will answer some questions about the appointment.

IVA was founded in 1909 and is thus the oldest academy of engineering sciences in the world. IVA is working for the good of society and to promote the technical and economic sciences as well as the development of industry and commerce. IVA has 1300 Swedish and foreign members, including decision-makers as well as specialists and researchers from the industry, academia and administration. King Carl Gustaf is the highest patron of IVA and participates actively in its work.

Hi Karin, congratulations!

1. How come that you were elected?

I was elected into IVA’s section Education and research XI. I think I was elected due to my extensive and varied experiences in these areas.


2. What made you accept the appointment?

It is both an honour and a pleasure to be given the opportunity to join new networks. I also think that I have something to contribute.

3. What aspect of IVA’s work do you think is most important?

It’s an important meeting point where representatives from different organizations and sectors come together. We have far too few such cross-boundary meeting places in Sweden. They are needed to influence the development of society in a beneficial manner.

4. What issues will you take up within IVA?

The role of higher education in Swedish innovation systems, in particular the importance of the university colleges. I will emphasize that excellent research is carried out outside of the old universities as well.

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