Crosstalks – Where great minds meet

News   •   Feb 26, 2013 15:21 GMT

Crosstalks is an ambitious international academic forum that is being broadcast in the innovative format of a talk show. The programme gathers the brightest minds to share their knowledge and insights on the basis of world-leading research.

A global and interactive production
Unlike traditional TV channels, Crosstalks is not limited to certain countries: it is a global meeting place where people from around the world will be able to pose their questions directly to scientists and others who are involved in influencing global development. Both talk show and website are in English.

Crosstalks is sent directly from the two partner universities – KTH and Stockholm University – four times a year at The three-hour, live broadcast is divided into different parts with three participants in the studio and additional participants online via Skype.

The website allows people from around the world to comment on the questions discussed and to interact with each other and the programme participants. The content will be made available after the broadcast allowing for continued discussion. This will give visitors the opportunity to contribute with their own knowledge and perspectives, sharing their ideas and proposals.

"Knowledge Society Globalization and the trend towards greater mobility imposes new requirements on universities. The number of students looking beyond national boundaries to study has increased significantly over the last ten years worldwide. The number of incoming students to Sweden has tripled since 1999 and represents more than eight percent of all students in Sweden. We want to help highlight globally relevant research and education for this group," says Peter Gudmundson, President of KTH.

"The investment in a joint academic talk show broadcast over the Internet is a way to gather and combine the attraction that exists in Sweden, Stockholm and at our universities. The intentions of Crosstalks also fit well with the City of Stockholm’s vision for 2030. Education and research at the universities, not only in Sweden but also in other countries, have come to have a broader role in society. This initiative is a way to present this internationally," says Kåre Bremer, former Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University (November 2012).

About Johanna Koljonen, Host
Johanna Koljonen is a broadcaster, writer and critic. She hosted P3 Kultur and Jättestora frågor med Johanna Koljonen on Swedish national radio 2009-2011, and co-produced a short series on the history of aids in 2012. On television, she most recently co-created and hosted TV-cirkeln, the public service after show for the drama series Game of Thrones. In long-form on-stage conversation for the Swedish Film Institute and the Stockholm International Authors Stage, she has interviewed artists ranging from Umberto Eco and Amos Oz to Elliot Gould and Susanne Bier.

Born in Helsinki, Finland on 1978 she moved to Stockholm, Sweden in 1999. She currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Johanna has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and graduated with a First. She received the Swedish Grand Journalism Award together with Sofia Mirjamsdotter for the twitter initiative #prataomdet, which inspired thousands of Swedes to share and discuss negative sexual experiences. In 2011-12, she served on the Swedish Government Committee on Literature and Literacy.

Press contacts
Annika Engström, KTH, +46-70 777 68 90
Linda Carlsson, Stockholm University, +46- 70 329 76 63
Tomas Axelsson, Executive Producer, +46-73 626 87 06

For contact with Crosstalks guests, please see