Håkan Spjuth, Head of External Relations
Håkan Spjuth is the Head of External Relations at Karlstad University. External Relations consists of the Grants and Innovation Office (GIO), Student and Alumni Relations, and Professional Services.
He is also the CEO of KaU Holding AB and KaU Innovation AB. Håkan Spjuth is the Chairman of the Board for Sting Bioeconomy, an incubator focused on startups and innovation in the bioeconomy field. As well as being the Head of External Relations, Håkan Spjuth is coordinates several of the University’s external activities and initiatives, for instance:
- Part of the management team for the Innovation Office Fyrklövern
- Coordinator of the strategic partnership with Region Värmland regarding research and innovation, the Academy for Smart Specialization
- Part of the steering group for Digital Well Arena, the Vinnväxt program regarding digitalization of health care services in Värmland led by Compare.
Sofia Andersson, Research Advisor
Sofia works primarily with research administrative processes, research quality assurance and open data. She is the project manager for the University initiative to develop guidelines, infrastructure and support for research data management and open data. Sofia is responsible for the development of the Research Handbook and contributes to the quality assurance of research administrative processes. Sofia is also part of the Quality Council at Karlstad University and coordinates the evaluations of research at the University. She is also the organisation supervisor for Prisma.
James Lees, Research Advisor
James supports researchers with advice on funding calls and the application process, and also organises and delivers competence development training. He has a focus on European funding and wider (non-academic) research impact, and works particularly with KAU’s PhD students and early career researchers. James is a lecturer and examiner for the Innovation Office Fyrklövern PhD course 'Impact and Utilisation of Research', and also the project manager for an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project (TRANSPEER) which aims to enhance the wider employability of early career researchers. In addition, he acts as an advisor for two projects (SKÖN and UtvInd) commissioned by Vinnova to investigate options for evaluating wider impact in Swedish HE research.
Éamonn McCallion, Research Advisor
As a research advisor Éamonn engages with researchers and supports them with a wide range of tasks. In his role he works with the EU funding landscape with a focus on the Research and Innovation Framework programme Horizon 2020. Éamonn works with the development and delivery of the CTRIVE® programme with his colleagues. CTRIVE® is a professional competence development programme for researchers. He is currently the Work Package Leader and regional coordinator for a Horizon 2020 project DigiTeRRI. Eamonn also works with facilitation of specific workshops around leadership and group development within the wider external relations context.
Lovisa Stedt, Research Advisor
A research advisor with main focus on national funding but provides support also around national, Nordic and European research funders. Responsible for the internal process and support around applications to the KK Foundation. Participates in a working group for collaboration on clinical research between Karlstad University and Region Värmland.
Erica Åkerberg, Research Advisor
Research advisor supporting university management and researchers, with a focus on collaborations and specific agreements, such as The Academy for Smart Specialisation. Supporting with opportunities for external funding, initiatives for collaboration and application processes within ERDF-funding. Also involved in supporting new research- and innovation projects within the Vinnväxt- initiative Digital Well Arena. Project leader for Karlstad University in its role as Advisory partner within the project Inside Out EU. Coordinates on behalf of Karlstad University internal nominations to the program Teaching Sabbatical organised by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.
Patrik Bångerius, Innovation Advisor
Patrik provides support to researchers, students and university staff regarding their innovative ideas. He assists in verification of the ideas as regards uniqueness, utilization, market relevance, prototyping and testing. Patrik is part of the team at Innovation Office Fyrklövern and in charge of the Verification Council. Patrik is a member of the board of Paper Province, Kau Holding Company, Kau Innovation AB and chairman of Drivhuset. He participates in the following projects: Social Impact Innovation Support (Vinnova), CRE8® Europe (Erasmus+) och DigiTerri (Horizon 2020).
Fredrik Östlin, Innovation Advisor
Fredrik supports Karlstad Universities researchers, students and employees with innovative ideas. He helps them primarily to get their ideas verified regard to uniqueness, application, possible market, prototyping and testing. He is also a part of the daily work in the Innovation Office Fyrklövern where he coordinates the PhD-course 'Impact and Utilisation of Research', the Licensbanken.se and is the stand-in as Karlstad University representative in the Verification Council for verification funding.
In Digital Well Arena, the Vinnväxt program regarding digitalization of health care services in Värmland led by Compare he takes an active part in innovation cases, support and scaling.He is also part of the steering group for Business Navigator Scaleup that connects external competence to SME-companies, where his focus is to utilise competence in the academia.
Lotta Utterberg, Research Administrator
Lotta works with research administrative processes. This includes development and updating of the Research Handbook. She handles tasks in Prisma and administers matters handled by the Research Ethics Committee. Lotta guides nominations through internal an prioritization process for, e.g., the Wallenberg foundations. Lotta is also part of the working group of The Academy for Smart Specialisation.
Anna Eriksson, Financial advisor
Working as a financial advisor regarding external research funding, mainly EU-funding and its financial legal framework. The work includes both the pre- and post-award stages. Also developing internal routines and processes within the field. Anna works partly at the Grants and Innovation Office and partly at the Financial Office and has a close collaboration with the research advisors and the financial officers at the institutions. She also works directly in H2020 projects and in applications where Karlstad University acts as the coordinator. Anna participates in the working group of Academy for Smart Specialisation.
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