The alumni of CEC and ClimBEco are now in very different fields, some have researched and worked in academia, while others have gone into business or teaching. The alumni celebration on 11 and 12 May was an opportunity to make new contacts that may lead to future collaborations both within and outside the university.
"We had a strong focus on networking and celebrating the achievements of the PhD students over the years. It is the PhD students who have developed these parts of the activities to what they are today," says research administrator Ylva van Meeningen, who organised the event together with Cheryl Sjöström, coordinator of ClimBEco and Natascha Kljun, study director for the research education at CEC.
Cooperation in the future
Organic farmer Kerstin Engström was one of the participants.
"Now that I've left research, it's great to be here. Hopefully we can also start a cooperation between research and my farm in the future," she says.
Current PhD students were also present to meet the alumni. Johan Eckdahl from ClimBEco particularly appreciated the social aspects of the programme.
"I'm in the middle of an intensive writing phase and there's not much interaction. You need to get ideas outside the literature," he says.