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A new look at breakthrough innovation – how women can change the world

2021-10-22 @ 13:30 - 17:00

We are a top 100 University with a unique disciplinary range and cutting-edge research. We have exceptional opportunities to improve people’s lives all over the world by putting knowledge and research findings generated here to good use.

But are our ideas about gender holding innovation back?

To tackle the challenges facing the world, we must make the most of all existent innovative power.  Innovation has for a long time been mainly associated with male-dominated sectors and new technology. How do we make room for a diversity of ideas? How can Lund University contribute to creating sustainable and gender-equal projects and companies? And how do you do to embark on an innovation journey when pursuing an academic career?

Join us in a session for inspiration and enlightenment and meet the women who have taken on the challenge to develop their ideas and research findings to make a difference.

If you can not join us in person, sign up and select Joining online and we will send you a streaming link.

Special guest

Katrine Marçal, journalist for Dagens Nyheter and bestselling author on women and innovation. Her first book Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? has been translated into more than 20 languages. Katrine’s second book Att uppfinna världen: hur historiens största feltänk satte käppar i hjulet became a bestseller in Sweden 2020.


Introduction and moderator

Anna Branten, initiator of diversity initiative The Yes Way, former CEO at Ideon Innovation, writer of the report What do we know about female entrepreneurship and a strong advocate for gender balance within innovation and the startup scene.

Sharing their thoughts and experiences

Isabel Goncalves, Professor Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems, Faculty of Medicine

Lisa Heiberg, PhD in Environmental science, founder and CEO DiaPure

Charlotte Simonsson, Associate professor Strategic Communication and Vice Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, co-founder of ComVal Research

Susanna Whitling, PhD in Medical Science (Speech and Language Pathology), Faculty of Medicine and co-founder of Voice Diagnostics


13.30-14.45 Introduction by Anna Branten, followed by a talk with Katrine Marçal on how we have failed to find, failed to fund and failed to grow game-changing ideas because we are blinded by gender.

14.45-14.55 Short break – stretch your legs and have a fruit

14.55-16.10 Anna Branten talks with our innovators Isabel Goncalves, Lisa Heiberg, Charlotte Simonsson and Susanna Whitling.

16.10-17.00 If you are joining us in person – stay & mingle!


This event is arranged with support from the Interreg-project Science for Society 2.0.

It is also part of Lund University’s Future Week, 18-24 October 2021. View the program (in Swedish) – lu.se/framtidsveckan.

Corona information: We care about the safety and health of all participants. Therefore the Lund University Future Week follows the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s and the government’s decisions and corona recommendations. Events, premises and logistics during the week will take into account official corona recommendations. We encourage everyone who has the slightest symptom of a cold or other illness to stay home.


13:30 - 17:00
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LU Innovation
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