As head of the Grants Office at KI, Björn is involved in the contact between researchers and funders. “The researcher usually wants money to conduct his or her research, but the funder wants something else. We are here to help so in the end, we get the results that were expected from both sides.”
Next to this, Björn is also in contact with other offices at KI, like the Career Service and the library, to bring science out into society. “The best way of doing that is through students, which will be the ones who carry this knowledge out into society for a real sustainable impact.”
Björn’s busy and unpredictable schedule makes him appreciate hobbies that can carry him away for a while. “Except for my work, I have one big passion which is sailing, so the start signal for the ocean race around Gotland every year, that makes me happy.”
As a kid, Björn wanted to become either a veterinarian, like his father, or an astronaut. This curiosity is still there.
“ If I could travel in time, it has to be to the future. It would be great to be able to be on the first trip to Mars.
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This is a piece for the Humans of KI series published in the third issue of Medicor.
Follow the rest of the series from here.
Text: Ayla De Paepe
Interview: Marianna Tampere
Photo: Isabelle Wemar
Published in Medicor 2017#3