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The University’s new forum “Industrisamtalet” continues with talks on working conditions

Press release   •   Mar 11, 2019 13:37 UTC

Photo: Stefan Esassy

Representatives for the industry and researchers from the University of Gävle continue with their talks. Now, the focus is on increasing employees’ well-being and performance.

Gert Frick, director at Volvo Cars Sweden and an expert on Lean, will be one of the representatives when the industry and the University meet for the second time on 27 March. The meeting will focus on Human Lean, a leadership aimed to be supportive and which takes an active part in developing employees, as well as on the special advantages and challenges of flexible working.

“Despite the fact that the industry is becoming more automated than ever before, the human effort in production remains important, and our University carries out internationally-acclaimed research on how to improve occupational health by organising work differently,” says Joakim Helmbrant, coordinator for external relations at the University of Gävle.

Catharina Hegrelius. Photo: Anna Sällberg

“Many regional companies are facing major changes to which the University of Gävle can contribute with solutions through educational programmes and research,” says Catharina Hegrelius, specialist on external research funding.

Håkan Flink, operation development coordinator for skills supply, ABB Power Products in Ludvika

In January, the first meeting focused on upskilling and on challenge-driven research and innovation and gathered CEOs and managers from, for example, Sandvik, Ovako, Monitor, Lantmäteriet and Rottneros.

“We are facing extreme skills shortages already today. We need to take responsibility and do everything we can to remedy this situation. For this reason, we accepted the invitation for Industrisamtalet without hesitation,” says Håkan Flink says, operation development coordinator for skills supply at ABB Power Products in Ludvika, and one of the participants in the first meeting.

The purpose behind Industrisamtalet is to give companies and the University opportunity to discuss how they with joint efforts can enable skills development to strengthen each other.


Date: 27 mars, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 16:00
Location: University of Gävle, Krusenstjernasalen

For more information, and for expressions of interest:
Joakim Helmbrant, coordinator for external relations at the University of Gävle.
Phone: 070-377 89 05


Industridagen 2019

Industridagen 2019

The University of Gävle co-hosts Industridagen 2019, where Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm will be one of the participants. On 30 September, one of the major events in Swedish industry will come to Gävleborg. Region Gävleborg, Sandvik AB and the University of Gävle will co-host the event which for the first time is held in Gävleborg.

On the following day, 1 October, the University of Gävle arranges its own seminar with the companies participating in Industrisamtalet.

För mer information:
Joakim Helmbrant, coordinator for external relations at the University of Gävle.
Phone: 070-377 89 05

Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: Anna Sällberg

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.