KIPA events

KIPA organizes a variety of events, which focus on everything post-doc related. Find out here about our professional and social events.

Upcoming events

Webinar: ''Postdocs to Industry: jobs and hiring''

Date: 2020-11-20 | 14.00–16.00

Photo: Wim Klerkx

This event will offer an overview of current positions for postdocs outside academia and tips on how to successfully make it at the interview stage.  

Attendants will have the opportunity to ask questions and listen to advices from professionals from two of the biggest pharma and biotech companies, a very successful and innovative start-up and one of the biggest recruiting agencies.  


14.00               Presentation. Professional Development working group at KIPA.

14.10               Overview of interesting positions for postdocs. KI Careers Service

14.20               CV, skills, interview process, possibilities, job titles.

                         Patricia Torregrosa, Talent Manager Team lead at Randstad. 

14.35               Lotta Jonsson, representing GCTO and MSD. 

14.50               Andreas Johansson. Talent Acquisition Manager at CYTIVA. 

15.05               Lionel Trésaugues. Principal Scientist at Sprint Bioscience. 

15.20               Break.

15.25               Q&A with the speakers.

16.00               End of event.

For registration, click here:

Previous professional events (2018-2020)

Careers Inside Academia 2020 - October 15, 20 and 22

The Careers Inside Academia event is an opportunity to find out what skills are needed  to secure your dream job in academia. 

The event went virtual this year, with three different dates dividing the speakers into the following groups: 

  • October 15th:   Former KI  Researchers working in academia abroad​ 
  • October 20th:    Academic Researchers working at KI​ 
  • October 22nd:  AcademicResearchers from abroad working in Stockholm​ 

​In each session (day), there were 5/6 speakers with diverse backgrounds and positions. 

Each attendee had the opportunity to take part in two roundtable discussion sessions of 30 minutes each. Have a look at the speakers´ bio sketches here: 

28 May 2020: Careers Outside Academia

Sncreenshot of Careers Outside Academia 2020. Photo: Fulya Taylan

KIPA's annual Careers Outside Academia event took place on May 28, for the first time completely online. The event is aimed at helping postdocs prepare themselves for the next step in their careers.

Participants were able to discuss with professionals with previous research experience who are now working outside academia. There were two sessions of informal round-table discussions in small groups of 30 minutes each.

There were 16 speakers with very diverse backgrounds and from different career stages, working at companies and institutions like Cepheid, Vinnova, Novartis, Mabtech, Alecta, Naturvetarna, Sinfonia Biotherapeutics, ECDC, Läkemedelverket, Viaplay, among many others.

Find the biosketches of the speakers below.

28 November 2019: KI Postdoc Association General Annual Meeting 2019

KIPA held its General Annual Meeting on Thursday 28th November 2019 in Biomedicum 1. It was preceded by a Q&A session called ''ask KI'', where attendees had the chance to discuss training, professional development and career planning with members of KI leadership. The meeting highlighted KIPA's activities in 2019 and briefly discussed plans for 2020. Additionally, the new board was elected.

21 October 2019: Career Inside Academia: Postdoc to PI, How to make the leap

The annual event “Careers Inside Academia: “Postdoc to PI-How to make the leap” was held on October 21st, at Biomedicum, Solna campus. First, an overview of the Swedish academic career structure was given by Prof. Lucie Laflamme (Deputy-Chairperson KI recruitment committee). This was followed by a panel discussion with speakers involved in the Recruitment Committees at KI (Prof. Maria Eriksson), Stockholm University (Prof. Ylva Engström), and Uppsala University (Prof. Peter Hansell). 

Next, in round table sessions, emerging principal investigators at KI, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and KTH, shared their experiences, advice and thoughts on building a career inside academia in two 45-minute small group discussions. The event ended with a mingle with panellists, emerging PIs and other participants.

The panellists’ and speakers’ biographies can be found here.

This event was supported by KI Career Service & Junior Faculties!

28 May 2019: Careers Outside Academia

Speakers were divided in 2 categories:

  • Connecting science & society
  • Research and management in the private sector

The speakers biographies in both categories can be found here.

This event was supported by KI Alumni and KI Career service!

17 May 2019: Nature editorial talk

Dr Christine-Maria Horejs, Associate Editor of Nature Reviews Materials (Nature Research) started with an informal interactive talk on publishing in Nature, about how to write an outstanding manuscript (as well as what not to do), how an editor assesses manuscripts, and how they select and handle peer-reviewers.

This was followed by a session on “Career Paths towards Journal Editorial Work”, where Junior researchers had the opportunity to learn what experience and steps are required to transition to working in a journal editorial role.

This event was supported by KI Career service and KI Junior Faculty.

29 Nov 2018: Union Seminar Hosted by SULF and Naturvetarna & KIPA General Annual Meeting

Unions SULF (Sveriges universitetslärare och forskare) and Naturvetarna joined forces with KIPA in November 2018 for an exciting two-part event at Biomedicum on the Solna campus.

Both unions started by discussing postdoc working rights in Sweden, addressing topics like differences between a salary and a stipend, health, social welfare and unemployment. In the second half, KIPA hosted its General Annual Meeting and recapped events and progress made in 2018, before introducing the new candidates for the board of 2019. The event was finished with one of life’s great equations: beer plus pizza.

11 Oct 2018: Careers inside academia. How do postdocs make the leap?

This event was designed to give postdocs insight into the expectations and requirements needed in order to take the next step in their careers. The event took place in Andreas Vesalius Lecture Theatre (Solna Campus) and consisted of three parts:

First, a panel discussion of speakers involved in the recruitment and funding of junior scientists and researchers, including Prof. Jan-Ingvar Jönsson (Secretary General for Medicine and Health, Swedish Research Council/Vetenskapsrådet), will give an overview of what key features they look for. We will also discuss how the new Ordinance of Higher Education (SFS 2017:844) is changing the postdoctoral training and employment.

Then, round table sessions with principal investigators who have been trained at or outside KI and staff scientists who will share their experiences, advice and thoughts on building a career inside academia in two 45-minute small group discussions. The event ended with a social mingle session.

The event was co-organized by KIPA with KI Junior Faculty and sponsored by eLife and Karolinska Institutet.

25-27 Sep 2018: Workshop on presentation skills for postdocs

In September 2018, Nina Jensen of KIPA and the KI Career Service ran a workshop on improving presentation skills through the excellent Kai Vornberger and Martha Winata of ‘Get Sandwich Speaking’. Postdocs were shown how to create and deliver an engaging, clear and memorable presentation. As good presentations skills are rare, valuable and highly transferable, the goal of this workshop was to teach key techniques for creating and delivering a presentation that can be understood, remembered, and enjoyed by non-experts.

The workshop was split into two parts: a theory and a hands-on session. Both sessions will include content creation and delivery.

30 May 2018: Careers Outside Academia

KIPAs yearly ‘Careers Outside Academia’ event took place on May 30th in Medicinska Föreningen Aula. During round-table sessions, professionals with previous research experience who are now working outside academia discussed their careers. Speakers at the round table sessions were divided in three different categories:

Aligned with academia

Patrick Blomquist, KI Innovation, Project Manager.
Björn Kull, Head of Grants Office at Karolinska Institutet.
Eva Bjur, KI Grants Office, Administrative Officier.
Amelie Plymoth, KI Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Lecturer/Researcher.

Away from the lab

Sara Borniquel, Nordic BioSite, Sales Representative - Molecular Biology.
Nils Ekstrom, IQVIA, Senior Consultant – Real World Evidence.
Emma Wiltshire, European Centre for Disease prevention and control (ECDC), Expert Public Health Preparedness.
Federica Santoro, Uppsala Monitoring Center, Communications Officer.
Lorenza Capantini, PCG Solutions, Customer Success Manager & Product Specialist
Mats Rosenlund, IQVIA, Senior Principal and Scientific Director.
Eleni Kopsida, IQVIA, Business Analyst - Real World Evidence.

Research & Management in the private sector

Anna De Geer, Pfizer, Health Economics Manager at Pfizer.
Hovsep Mahdessian, Bayer, Scientific Advisor (MSL), Cardiovascular.
Mira Ernkvist, Roche, Country Medical Lead.
Domenico Palumbieri, Pharem Biotech AB, Chief of Laboratory.
Vanessa Caldeira, Bactiguard AB, Technical Product Manager.
Marijke Sachweh, Cobra Biologics, Senior Scientist.

Previous social events 2018-2019

22 March 2019: KIPA After Work

The first KIPA After Work of 2019 in Biomedicum. Representatives from Woman in Science and KICC were present so that people could learn more about their work and how to get involved.

21 Sep 2018: KIPA After Work

An awesome apéritif with drinks, cheeses, pasta and nachos. Held in NEO Lunch Room, Blickagången 16, Campus Flemingsberg.

8 Jun 2018: KIPA After Work

An awesome apéritif with drinks, cheeses, pasta and nachos. Held Center for Molecular Medicine, Campus Solna.

9 Mar 2018: KIPA After Work

The first KIPA After Work: an awesome apéritif with drinks, cheeses, pasta and nachos. Held in Neuroscience department in Campus Solna.

KIPA events in previous years


KIPA general annual meeting (Dec 5, 2017)

Inside academia professional development event. From postdoc to PI. How to make the leap? (Nov 2, 2017)

'Glitter and Glam' KIPA party (Sept 22, 2017).

Outside acedemia professional development event (May 31, 2017).

Seminar series on leadership and project management inside and outside academia - Round table discussions (Febr - May 2017).


KIPA annual meeting 2016 (Nov 24, 2016)

Professional development event “From postdoc to PI. How to make the leap?”, in collaboration with Junior Faculty (Oct 18, 2016).

'The summer is not over' KI postdoc party (Sept 23, 2016).

Career options after postdoctoral training - Round table discussions and social mingle with former postdocs (May 26, 2016).


Seminar Leadership in Academia 2015 event, associated with the KIPA General Annual Meeting and Best PI at KI Award Ceremony (Nov 19, 2015)