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British Ambassador visits KI to learn more about COVID-19 research

Ole Petter Ottersen

The British Ambassador to Sweden, Judith Gough, visited Karolinska Institutet on Walpurgis Eve to discuss the COVID-19 research being led by Lars Engstrand at Karolinska Institutet and SciLifeLab in collaboration with KTH and with primary funding from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

“This is a good opportunity to see what Karolinska Institutet and Lars Engstrand’s team are working on. The coronavirus pandemic underlines the importance of scientific exchange, and Sweden and the UK have a track record of delivering innovative science together,” said Judith Gough.

Strengthen the countries’ scientific collaborations

The British government aims to connect researchers and research institutions in Sweden with British researchers and educational institutions in order to increase and strengthen the countries’ scientific collaborations.

“Karolinska Institutet has been actively working to deepen its cooperation with the UK. In January, we organized a seminar at the Swedish Embassy in London where we hosted talks on research funding. Now new opportunities are being created,” says Ole Petter Ottersen, President, Karolinska Institutet.

Karolinska Instuttet collaborates extensively with numerous British universities in several areas. The British institutions with which Karolinska Institutet’s researchers have the most co-publications are University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, King’s College London and Imperial College London, among others.

Photo of Ole Petter Ottersen, President at Karolinska Institutet. Photographer: Erik Flyg