SÅNT ÄR LIVET i Sverige!

Jag heter Liisa Uusimaki och Podden handlar om samtal om livets utmaningar i Sverige, inom olika områden, som utbildning, skolan, vården, kultur och ja, en hel del annat. In English, this podcast ‘Sånt är livet in Sweden!, roughly translated into English is ‘That‘s Life in Sweden!‘. The podcast is about conversations with different individuals reflections and experiences working, or studying in different areas e.g., education, health care, business, community etc. Both Swedish and English episodes are presented.

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Sånt är livet i Sverige! (or That's life in Sweden)

Welcome to this podcast exploring life as an educator, teacher, researcher, author, mentor, supervisor, and postgraduate not only in Sweden but also internationally.  The individuals invited to these conversations are experts from different areas in public or private life, e.g. government, education, health care, business, or community and share a passion, commitment, and love for their work that make each episode truly a unique listening experience. Enjoy. 


Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Agnes Hellström is a recognized Swedish journalist, author, and peace activist. She served between 2016-2022 as the Chair of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, (SPAS) the world’s oldest Peace Organisation, founded in 1883.
SPAS (or Svenska Freds) is part of the  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, whose persistent work led to 122 countries in the UN voting yes to a convention to ban nuclear weapons on July 7, 2017. Their work include to stop arms exports to dictatorships and for many years campaigned for a democracy criterion. On April 15, 2018, a new law came into force where a democracy criterion is included in the regulations for arms exports.
During her time as the chair for SPAS, and lifelong pacifist Agnes was a strong and outspoken spokesperson against Sweden’s NATO membership.
After leaving her position at SPAS, and with her publishers urgings to write about her experiences at SPAS resulted in her book with a provocative title, Fredsfittan or in English the PeacePussy. (Unfortunately, only available in Swedish)
Hellström, A. (2023) Fredsfittan: Natobeslutet som förändrade Sverige. Bazar
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, (SPAS) https://www.svenskafreds.se/om-oss/english/
YouTube clips:
In English
Swedish Peace Activist: Sweden and Finland Joining NATO Would Make the World Less Safe (April 14, 2022, 7:53minb)  #DemocracyNow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mc_IwiAgS8
Fighting Neocon Warmongering in Sweden | With Strong Words | Agnes Hellstrom (Oct 17, 2023, 26:24min) (In English) Pacal Lottaz - 𝗡𝗲𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀
With This Dirty Tactic Sweden Was Fooled To Apply For NATO Membership | Agnes Hellström (Oct 19, 2023, 30:48min) (In English) Pacal Lottaz - 𝗡𝗲𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀
(Please check out Pacal Lottaz websitehttps://neutralitystudies.com)
In Swedish:
Agnes Hellström från Svenska Freds talar om freden i världen. (Oct 25, 2016, 51:34min) 
Föreläsning på Runö Hälsobrunnsgatan 10, Stockholm Denna dag den 24 oktober är FN-dagen,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTKqjJ0MK0Y  (in Swedish)
Almedalen 2018 - Agnes Hellström (Svenska Freds) (Jul 5, 2018, 4:01MIN)
Agnes Hellström, ordförande på Svenska Freds- och Skiljedomsföreningen, pratar om vapenexport och hindren för en skarpare lagstiftning. Intervjuar gör FUF:s Louise Ricknert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u8zPYL2Kys (in Swedish)
(Aftonbladet) Krigsrapporten: S säger ja till Nato – Svenska Freds: ”Förhastat och sorgligt” (16.05.22 • 12:57) Agnes Hellström, Svenska Freds- och Skiljedomsföreningen om Socialdemokraternas ja till Nato.

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Meet Associate Professor Anne Farewell, an American scientist researching antibiotic resistance and part of the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance (CARe) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden where she has been since 1999. Anne was named Excellent Teacher at GU in 2014 for her commitment to and activities in education, educational research, and resource design. She is particularly interested in active learning and course design that integrates the work as researchers with undergraduate education.
Anne Farewell
Gothenburg Women Scientists is a non-profit organisation - see https://gowosci.se/
The goal of the organisation is to identify and visualize structural gender inequalities in the scientific community and work towards correcting them by:
creating a network and facilitating mentorship for women scientists
encouraging and inspiring young women in scientific interests
shedding light on gender inequalities in science
Gothenburg Women Scientists is a non-profit organisation.
500 Women Scientists - https://500womenscientists.org/
The mission of 500 Women Scientists is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible and transform society by fighting racism, patriarchy, and oppressive societal norms.
Kvint, K., Palm, M., & Farewell, A. (2020) Teaching about antibiotic resistance to a broad audience: a multidisciplinary approach, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Volume 367, Issue 14, July 2020, fnaa111, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnaa111
Park, KS., Svennerholm, K., Crescitelli, R. et al. (2023) Detoxified synthetic bacterial membrane vesicles as a vaccine platform against bacteria and SARS-CoV-2. J Nanobiotechnol 21, 156 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12951-023-01928-w
Dimovska Nilsson, K., Grandén, J., Farewell, A., Fletcher, J. (2023) Interrogation of chemical changes on, and through, the bacterial envelope of Escherichia coli FabF mutant using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. Surface and Interface Analysis SPECIAL ISSUE ARTICLE. https://doi.org/10.1002/sia.6905

Monday Mar 04, 2024

Dr Birgit Schreiber is a winner of the Noam Chomsky research achievement award 2022, an author of several fascinating books such as Professionalisation of Student Affairs in Higher Education across the Globe she co-authored with a colleague.  And she finished (and is about to start again) 4 years of Women in Leadership in Higher Ed training programme, as well as the Student Affairs Development program (https://helm.ac.za/about/team/  relating to Student Affairs. Her books and training programs are most definitely of interest to Higher Ed educators, administrators, and staff.
All the above-mentioned books include a section on coaching, which is the topic of today’s podcast. This is an interesting conversation since coaching good coaching is a powerful and an impactful tool to help and support colleagues in higher ed. Coaching that specifically focuses on the educator, their work, and their careers are covered but also individual coaching that has a more tailored focus.
Contact Info:
Dr Birgit Schreiber (PhD)
Africa Centre for Transregional Research, Freiburg University
Editorial Executive: Journal of Student Affairs in Africa  JSAA  https://upjournals.up.ac.za/index.php/jsaa
Vice President: International Association of Student Affairs and Services  IASAS  iasas.global
Higher Education Leadership Management HELM www.usaf.ac.za
Professionalisation of Student Affairs in Higher Education across the Globe https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15360695/2023/2023/183
 Student Affairs Development program https://helm.ac.za/about/team/

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

In this episode meet Professor Ralph Peeker, an extraordinary individual living an extraordinary life. 
Ralph Peeker is a musician marking 50 years as a professional in the field on April 1st. Alongside his musical career, he serves as the Chief Physician and Professor of Urology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden, celebrating his 50th semester in the role 2024. Notably, he is acknowledged as an Excellent Teacher, a distinction he considers more challenging to achieve than the professorship. He ardently supports his students and colleagues across all levels of their work. Ralph anticipates retiring from his professional commitments in three to four years, aiming to focus more on music.
Below some of his acclaimed musical contributions in Sweden followed by publications in Urology.
Sommarnatt (Summer night) 1980 by Snowstorm – a major first hit for the band, and a Swedish classic, that still today can be heard in pubs and major music events all over Sweden. A bit of an Aussie sound from the 80s like e.g. Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel) and AC/DC ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiVJI5tBXkw (The original version).
Eurovision 1987. Sweden’s entry,  Boogaloo (in Swedish Fyra bugg och en coca-cola) the singer was Lotta Engberg. Ralph Peeker was one of the backup singers, and guitar player.
Farrelly, & Peeker, R. (2022) 50 Years with clean intermittent self-catheterization–a Scandinavian perspective Scandinavian Journal of Urology 56(2), 166-167 https://doi.org/10.1080/21681805.2022.2046151
Stenmark F, Brundin L, Gunnarsson O, Kjölhede H, Lekås E, Peeker R, Månsson M, Richthoff J, Stranne J. (2023). A randomised study of TURP after intraprostatic injection of mepicacaine/adrenaline versus regular TURP in patients with LUTS/BPO. Scand J Urol. 24 (58), 46-51. doi: 10.2340/sju.v58.7798. PMID: 37614207.
Swärd J, Bohlin K, Henrikson O, Lundstam S, Peeker R, Grenabo Bergdahl A. (2023) Long-term efficacy of selective arterial embolisation of renal angiomyolipoma. Scand J Urol. 31 (58), 86-92. doi: 10.2340/sju.v58.12318. PMID: 37909895.
Svanvik T, Carlsson Y, Peeker R. (2022) Response: Implementing research activities, an earmark of placenta accreta spectrum reference centers. Int J Gynaecol Obstet.159(1) 332. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.14382. Epub 2022 Aug 11. PMID: 35950715.

Monday Feb 19, 2024

Meet Rakel Zetterlund, a former Canadian ECEC Teacher who now resides and works as an International Service Officer at a university in Amsterdam. Today's discussion revolves around Rakel’s recently completed Master Thesis in Education for Sustainable Development from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The focal point of our conversation is "Understanding Eco-Anxiety: The individual lived experiences of undergraduate students aiming for a hopeful future."
In this talk, Rakel shares the experiences and challenges that many young undergraduate students encounter today, stemming from both the pandemic and climate change. Eco-anxiety, as defined by the World Health Organization (2020), refers to heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, along with obsessive thinking directly linked to environmental changes.
Driven by personal experiences of anxiety and the observed increase in anxiety, stress, and depression among undergraduates within the university setting over several years, Rakel embarked on this master's journey. The decision to delve deeper into this subject was fuelled by a desire to better understand and find ways to support students facing these issues.
This is such an important topic please make sure to share widely, discuss, debate but most importantly ENJOY and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES / Liisa

Monday Feb 12, 2024

I am welcoming back to the podcast distinguished Swedish Skyttean Professor of Eloquence and Political Science Li Bennich-Björkman. (She was on the program May 2023).
A brief recap and background.
Li Bennich-Björkman was the first female professor in political science at Uppsala University here in Sweden and the first female holding the prestigious Skytte chair, which is the oldest professorship in political science in the world going back to 1622 (Skyttean Professor of Eloquence and Government). She has a passion for history and especially about the Baltic countries Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.
In today's Sånt är livet i Sverige or That's life in Sweden!,  Li shares her thoughts about Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech in Higher Education. She explains the equal rights being a PhD student here in Sweden to other academic staff. She also speaks of current concerns about Putin and Trump. 
Simply a fascinating academic to listen to.
For more information about this brilliant academic please note the references below.
Researcher Profile:
Li Bennich-Björkman https://www.katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=xx3449
Li Bennich-Björkman: Academic freedom fighter  (22 May 2018) https://www.uu.se/en/news/article/?id=13548&typ=artikel#:~:text=The%20Skyttean%20Professorship%20is%20probably,an%20internationally%20renowned%20political%20scientist.
Bennich-Björkman, Li., & Sergiy Kurbatov (2019). When the future came: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of national memory in post-Soviet history textbooks. Ibidem-Verlag
Bennich-Björkman, Li (2017) Post-Soviet Developments: Reflections on Complexity and Patterns of Political Orders. Debatte, ISSN 0965-156X, E-ISSN 1469-3712
Bennich-Björkman, Li (2017) Academic leadership: Embracing uncertainty and diversity by building communication and trust. Handbook of research on leadership and creativity, 419-434
Bennich-Björkman, L. (2017) Sörja ett liv, leva ett annat: om flyktingens mörker och ljus (‘Mourning one life, living another: on the refugee’s darkness and light’) Appell Förlag, Sverige.

Monday Jan 22, 2024

Meet Professor Danny Liu, a Higher Education Teaching and Learning Whisperer a fitting description of this brilliant young man. In this episode hear him talk about his work providing and supporting fellow academics in professional experience workshops sorting out the benefits, myths, challenges, and future of Artificial Intelligence.
Not only does Danny support his fellow educators but more importantly to Danny is being known as an educator where students are at the centre of his work. 
Danny is a Professor in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio at the University of Sydney. Below you find his Linkedin contact and references to great reads.
Danny’s Profile
Humberstone, J., Zhao, C., Liu, D., Elizabeth, M. (2023). Stimulating music educator worldview change through a pedagogy of provocation, critical thinking and peer-review. International Journal of Music Education.
Wilson, S., Arthars, N., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Kalman, E., Liu, D. (2022). Reconnecting relationships through technology. Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. Sydney, Australia: ASCILITE.
Kay, J., Bartimote, K., Kitto, K., Kummerfeld, R., Liu, D., Reimann, P. (2022). Enhancing learning by Open Learner Model (OLM) driven data design. Computers & Education. Artificial Intelligence, 3, 100069 1-18.
Humberstone, J., Zhao, C., Liu, D. (2020). Nurturing Vulnerability to Develop Pedagogical Change Through MOOC Participation and Public Blogging. In Janice L. Waldron, Stephanie Horsley, Kari K. Veblen (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning, (pp. 591-617). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
Arthars, N., Dollinger, M., Vigentini, L., Liu, D., Kondo, E., King, D. (2019). Empowering Teachers to Personalize Learning Support: Case Studies of Teachers' Experiences Adopting a Student- and Teacher-Centered Learning Analytics Platform at Three Australian Universities. In D. Ifenthaler, D-K. Mah, J. Yin-Kim Yau (Eds.), Utilizing learning analytics to support study success, (pp. 223-248). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
Liu, D., Bartimote, K., Pardo, A., Bridgeman, A. (2017). Data-driven personalization of student learning support in higher education. In Alejandro Pena-Ayala (Eds.), Learning Analytics: Fundaments, Applications, and Trends: A view of the current state of the art to enhance e-Learning, (pp. 143-169). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

Saturday Dec 23, 2023

In this final episode for 2023 we meet Dr. Nina Ahuja a Canadian award-winning medical educator, bestselling author, and keynote speaker, Nina is on a mission to transform and empower healthcare providers to thrive as resilient and compassionate leaders who deliver excellent patient care.
Nina shares her reason for writing her book Stress in Medicine: Lessons Learned Through My Years as a Surgeon, from Med School to Residency, and Beyond that led to development of the ADMIT model. A model that Nina continue using to manage her personal experiences of stress. 
Her special interest in supporting leadership in healthcare has led her to put together an inter-professional online community for healthcare professionals that she will launch in January 2024. She welcomes interest to learn more about the online community on her website at www.docsinleadership.com.
This is a conversation about how we can recognize, manage and prevent stress and burnout before it happens.
Enjoy this 50 minutes long podcast, PLEASE share, discuss, debate and most of all ENJOY.
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year 2024. 
Ahuja, N. (2020) Stress in Medicine: Lessons Learned Through My Years as a Surgeon, from Med School to Residency, and Beyond. Amazon. 18 November 2020

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Considering 6 days till CHRISTMAS EVE, I truly appreciate the generosity of time provided by this episode's distinguished guest Professor Pasi Sahlberg former Director General at Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture/CIMO.
It was as always, an absolute pleasure to speak with Professor Pasi Sahlberg. The topics we covered included, for example, the need for a paradigm shift, reinventing Australian schools, and reevaluating the benefits of international assessment instruments such as PISA. Pasi shared his thoughts about AI, ESD, SDGs, and of course his thoughts about the purpose of schooling and much, much, more.   
Please make yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this 40-minute conversation, of course, please, SHARE WIDELY, DISCUSS, COMMENT, AND DEBATE.
pasisahlberg.com (Personal)
Sahlberg, P., Cobbold, T., & Senior, C. (2023). A Better and Fairer Start for All. Australian Government Principals Association (AGPA). The University of Melbourne. https://www.vpa.org.au/common/Uploaded%20files/VPA/Reports/AGPPA%20Report%2023_DA2-2.pdf
Teacher Magazine (2023)
ChatGPT and the future of learning
Listen to episode no. 6 of Talking Teaching podcast where we are building hope in the Australian education space: "Equity, Funding and the National School Reform Agreement." https://lnkd.in/eQAP_rfK Glenn Savage

Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

In this episode, I have the pleasure of welcoming back Marika Andersson to the podcast with whom I spoke with on 10 Dec 2021. Marika is an outspoken Principal who is known for her no-nonsense and hands-on approach to her work. She continues gaining attention in Sweden for her work in a segregated area in Göteborg, known for its high concentration of ethnic minorities, high unemployment rates, gang-related issues, and criminal activities. Throughout the episode, Marika discusses real solutions to address the escalating gang violence in Sweden, while expressing her opposition to new laws proposing harsher punishments for individuals under 18. Despite facing challenges and encountering resistance, particularly in the form of hate mail, Marika's unwavering commitment to improving the lives of young people remains steadfast and resilient. 
Recommended research articles by Marika,
Hirsh, Å., Liljenberg, M., Jahnke, A., & Karlsson Pérez, Å. (2023). Far from the generalised norm: Recognising the interplay between contextual particularities and principals’ leadership in schools in low-socio-economic status communities. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/17411432231187349
Mette Liljenberg, Åsa Hirsh, Anette Jahnke & Åsa Karlsson Pérez (2023) School principals’ perceptions of autonomy and control in low-SES communities - navigating local school administration on the front line, Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, DOI: 10.1080/20020317.2023.2254677

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