Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg unfazed by inconvenient truths
15 november 2021
Like heading a large research programme. That is how Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg describes her role in Sweden’s Corona Commission. As one of eight members, she has been investigating Sweden’s management of the pandemic – and has no hesitation in voicing ...
Algorithm makes it easier to detect sepsis
28 oktober 2021
Each year, nearly 8,000 Swedes die of sepsis, commonly known as blood poisoning. Inger Persson and her team have developed the NAVOY Sepsis algorithm to aid healthcare professionals by enabling the early detection and treatment of sepsis, a diseas...
Mental wellbeing in focus at Uppsala Health Summit
19 oktober 2021
Increasing mental ill health is one of the most urgent public health challenges in the world. The global meeting Uppsala Health Summit, to be held online on 18–21 October, will discuss which preventive measures societies should deploy to better ad...
Less violence but uncertain future in Afghanistan
11 oktober 2021
The civil war in Afghanistan has been one of the world’s longest and bloodiest conflicts. Since the Taliban took power on 15 August, the situation has become calmer, but the future remains uncertain. “One worrisome trend is the restrictions on the...
Celebrating peace and conflict research in Uppsala
05 oktober 2021
Peace and conflict research first began at Uppsala University 50 years ago. We will be celebrating this anniversary with a symposium in the University Main Building on 14 October. Peter Wallensteen, post-retirement professor of peace and conflict ...
Solutions when sustainable energy systems are expensive
29 september 2021
Neighbourhoods and parts of society that are climate-smart are often quite expensive today. As a result, a distinction is made between those who can afford it and those who cannot afford it. The new project “Sustainable or segregated? Energy Commu...
“Links have been identified between perfectionism and mental illness”
07 september 2021
Hello there Alexander Rozental, senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology and author of the self-help book for perfectionists, Bättre än perfekt [Better Than Perfect]. Why do we need such a book?
Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture – a hybrid event this year
03 september 2021
Are you curious about Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard or the chief architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres? You now have the chance to hear them both deliver lectures in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld on 17...
Parental support crucial for better school performance
31 augusti 2021
Interest in studies and effort are important for pupils in achieving high grades, but high grades also require lots of work at home and extensive parental support. Today’s school system benefits pupils with ample resources and an academic traditio...
Why mothers in novels leave their families
22 juli 2021
Mothers leaving their families is not a new theme in Swedish fiction. But the reasons for leaving have changed. It is no longer about lack of gender equality or a desire to work. Instead, they feel suffocated by the nuclear family, by the children...
Equitable access to care: a global challenge
08 juli 2021
The ongoing pandemic has had worldwide repercussions. One is that it has highlighted disparities in access to health care. A group of Uppsala University researchers are seeking to answer the question of how we can attain social justice in the heal...
Helpline important for older people during the pandemic
08 juli 2021
For many older individuals, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of daily anonymous contacts, such as small talk with unknown individuals on the bus or in shops. Calling a helpline can help fill this missing aspect of daily life. This is...
Student achievement rises when grades matter more
28 juni 2021
Compulsory school students earn higher grades when their grades get more weight in the high school admission process. This is the finding of a new dissertation in Economics. Grades improved at all levels, with particularly large improvements in th...
Consensus and continuity determine Swedish foreign policy
10 juni 2021
The Swedish Government was able to undertake and justify Swedish military involvement in Afghanistan in 2002–2014 by describing it as a traditional Swedish contribution while differentiating it from American military operations in the region. Both...
New chair and director appointed for Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament
24 maj 2021
Uppsala University has appointed Cecilia Wikström to chair the governing board of the University’s new knowledge centre for nuclear disarmament and Professor Erik Melander to be the centre’s director. Following these appointments, the Alva Myrdal ...
“We live in the age of garbage”
12 maj 2021
In the quest for a circular economy and a sustainable society, we need to transform our waste into a resource. In the so-called waste package, the Riksdag and the Swedish Government have adopted new legislation that to a far greater extent conside...
Scientific evaluation of matched integration meetings
07 maj 2021
For the first time, a scientific study is to be conducted of an integration activity involving matched meetings between established and new Swedes. The study will be conducted in collaboration between Uppsala University’s Uppsala Immigration Lab a...
Phone app can help traumatised health professionals
04 maj 2021
Can structured tasks in a smartphone app cure post-traumatic stress symptoms? A method that is currently being tested seeks to help health care professionals who, after a hard time during the pandemic, are haunted by upsetting, recurrent flashbacks.
Fewer suicides with less expensive medications for erectile dysfunction
21 april 2021
When medications for erectile dysfunction became less expensive and their use increased, the number of suicides among men aged 50–60 decreased in Sweden. This is the finding of a new study from the Uppsala University.
This year’s Johan Skytte Prize winner announced
15 april 2021
David D. Laitin, Stanford University, is this year’s recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize, known by many as the ‘Nobel Prize in Political Science’. Professor Laitin is awarded the prize for his “original and objective explanation of how politics sh...