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Post-doctoral course and mentor program

Are you a PhD engaged in research on ageing and health who is interested in discussing and planning for your continued academic career together with others?

SWEAH's course for junior researchers on ageing and health, from Sweden and abroad, in how to take the next step in their careers is ongoing.

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Objective and content

The main objective of the course is to prepare junior researchers for successful careers as independent senior researchers within the research field of ageing and health. A further aim is to enable participants to develop and deepen an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to research on ageing and health, including international perspectives.

The course is based on the participants’ national and international career planning, reflecting and including strategic preparation for career steps such as associate professor (Swedish: docent), obtaining research funding, etc., based on individual needs and aspirations. Theoretical and practical components address leadership, mentoring, supervision of doctoral students and researchers, principles of research ethics, collaboration with non-academic partners, academic and societal impact, etc. The examination task is a written assignment designed to support individual career development. Workshop 2 includes introduction to the role as a mentee, and participants will have the possibility to sign up for an individual 12-month mentor program starting after completion of the course.

Mentor program

Part of the ongoing course for postdocs is an introduction to the SWEAH mentoring program 2024-2025. The research school once again hires Katarina Billing, who is an experienced coach in such contexts. She is responsible for half a day during the second workshop in the course, where she introduces the course participants to what it means to have a mentor and how one can best use such an opportunity for their personal career development.

We also offer senior researchers who are active within SWEAH the opportunity to act as a mentor for one of the course participants for a year, after they have finished the current course. Potential mentors are invited to a workshop with Katarina Billing online, to prepare them for assignments as a mentor. 

During the year that the mentoring program runs, we also organize opportunities for follow-up and deepening for both mentors and mentees. 


Course syllabus 

The date for the remaining workshop is January 24-25, 2024. In March 2024, there will be an online examination seminar. Participation in all the workshop days as well as in the online examination seminar is mandatory.

For more information, please contact Stina Elfverson by telephone +46 46 222 19 42 or stina [dot] elfverson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se.


Course leader and teachers

Professor Susanne Iwarsson serves as the course leader and teacher throughout the course, including the role as examiner.

Among the teachers are Professor Judith Phillips, Stirling University, Scotland, professor emeritus Boo Johansson, University of Gothenburg, assoc. professor Steven Schmidt, Lund University and consultant, psychologist Katarina Billing, INDEA, Sweden.