Archive for Mikael Salomonsson

…works with communications within the SI Alumni Network. Mikael has an educational background in media technology and sinology, has lived in China for several years and is fluent in Chinese. He enjoys travelling to faraway places, but loves the Stockholm archipelago more than any other place on earth.

Invitation: “Passive house – Active consumer”, 5 September in Ukraine

Below is an invitation from Georgii Valdenmaiier and Iuliia Shevchenko who received a grant in 2015 to organise an alumni event. 

Dear SI Alumni,

We would like to invite you to participate in the seminar “Passive house – Active consumer. Energy efficiency in residential sector” highlighting sustainable energy projects in Ukraine. The event is organized by SI alumni Georgii Valdenmaiier and Iuliia Shevchenko with support of the Swedish Institute.

One of the main goals of the event is to continue building the local SI Alumni network in Ukraine. Our ambition is that this event will assist in establishing new contacts, creating awareness about sustainable technologies in daily life, sharing of ideas and experiences of successful projects in Ukraine.  The event will include several short lectures about successive examples of energy-efficient buildings in Europe and Ukraine, ideas and examples of social initiatives and energy cooperatives, financial opportunities for optimizing energy consumption and renovating residential sector.

Are you interested in knowing more about sustainable energy technologies and how to make your home more energy-efficient and sustainable? Come to our event in Kyiv on 5th of September! Read more » >>

Pre-departure gathering held in Indonesia with new students going to Sweden, Alumni Swedia and PPI Swedia


On 30 July the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta invited alumni and students of Swedish universities to an evening of meeting old and new friends at Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta.

With support from the Swedish Institute, this annual gathering of alumni, current and new students of Swedish universities provided an opportunity for learning about, exchanging, and reminiscing experiences studying (and living) in Sweden. 30 July happened to be the International Day of Friendship, too. What a perfect day to hold the gathering! Read more » >>

SI Alumni Profile: Rafaela Ariana Flach

More than 400 SI scholarship holders – students and researchers – completed their scholarship period this semester and became part of the SI Alumni Network. There are now more than 10,000 SI alumni! We asked a few of the new alumni to share their future plans, hopes and expectations with us. This week it’s time for Rafaela Flach to share with us a bit about her future plans!

Name: Rafaela Ariana Flach

Country: Brazil

When, where & what did you study in Sweden:
I was awarded an SI Scholarship to attend the Msc in Science for Sustainable Development programme in Linköping University, between 2013 and 2015.

What’s your plan now?
From September to December 2015, I will contribute as a visiting researcher in the Centre for Development Studies in Bonn University, in a project called “Forests in the Global Bioeconomy: Developing Multi-Scale Policy Scenarios”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

After this, I am headed to start my PhD studies in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, in University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. There, I will investigate climate change impacts on society and ecosystems under different socioeconomic pathways, analysing how impact avoidance is constrained by availability of land and water.

In general, I want to pursue the goal I established when starting my studies in Sweden, to become a sustainability scientist contributing to science-policy engagement in processes related to climate change, water and deforestation. During and after my PhD, I expect to provide scientific assistance to the Brazilian government and international organizations which influence policies and international cooperation regarding these issues.

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Alumni event in Ukraine: Situational Leadership

SI alumni Andriy Byelka and Anton Aloshyn received a grant to organise an event on the topic of “Situational Leadership” in first call for applications to organise an alumni event in 2015. Below is their report from the event!

At the beginning of July Kyiv held one more exciting SI Alumni event “Situational Leadership”. This time participants were involved in the development of their management and leadership skills, along with making new friends and strengthening their network. So how was it….? Read more » >>

Role of transportation in developing attractive, inclusive and healthy cities for people

Below is a report from Aleh Kliatsko and Andrey Edemsky who received a grant to organise an event in Moscow on the role of transportation in developing attractive, inclusive and healthy cities:

Illustration by Anastasiya Andrukovich

In October 2014, the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow organized the kick-off of the local SI Alumni Network. It was a great evening for networking and sharing experiences. During the event there was opportunity to discuss how a local Moscow-based SI alumni network in Russia could be formed. In order to keep the momentum of the successful kick-off meeting and continue building the local SI Alumni network in the Moscow area, a new alumni event has been organized under the title ”Role of transportation in developing attractive, inclusive and healthy cities for people”, highlighting experiences both from Stockholm and Moscow.

The event was organized by SI alumni Aleh Kliatsko and Andrey Edemsky with support of the Swedish Institute and has been held at Scandinavia
Club. Read more » >>