The Swedish network consists of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who work actively with support for researcher mobility. The members of the network meet two-three times a year and exchange useful information, share reports from study visits, conferences etc. and get the latest new from the Swedish BHO.

There are thirteen EURAXESS Centres (ESC) in Sweden. They all follow the EURAXESS Declaration of Commitment (DoC), which means providing free personalised assistance in matters related to mobility. Find your nearest ESC in Sweden.  Below you will find information about each university that have a ESC.

The Bridge Head Organisation (BHO) of EURAXESS Sweden is Vinnova; a government agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and the national contact authority for the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Vinnova stimulates collaborations between companies, universities and other higher education institutions, public services, civil society and other actors. The activities also focus on strengthening international cooperation.



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Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden.

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Are you and your university/institute interested in becoming part of the EURAXESS network?

Read more about the Swedish network (in Swedish).





Welcome Services at the University of Gothenburg coordinates the EURAXESS Network Project 2018-2022. The project is funded by Vinnova.

The purpose of the EURAXESS Network Project is to make relevant and present issues within the European EURAXESS network visible in Sweden, and to broaden, expand and develop the Swedish network.

The activities in the project are expected to increase the visibility of Sweden as a research nation and improve the support for researcher mobility.

Welcome Services is in charge of the Swedish EURAXESS portal; a central source of information about Sweden as a research nation. For more information please contact Birgitta Karlén, Welcome Services (

The BHO function in Sweden is shared, and, together with Vinnova, Welcome Services attends meetings, conferences and study visits at the European level, in order to cover the interest in current issues. For more information please contact Karin Hellqvist, Welcome Services (

Welcome Services coordinated the previous EURAXESS Activity Projects, also supported by Vinnova, for the period 2015-2017.


Activities 2020

Network Meeting at Linnaeus University, 20-21 April

Preliminary agenda

Monday, April 20 in Kalmar, 12:00-17:00


Introduction and presentation round

Presentation of Linnaeus University and reception of international researchers / staff

Reports from study visits and conferences

Current information from EURAXESS

Information on FOJO Media Institute, Linnaeus University

7pm Joint dinner


Tuesday, April 21 in Växjö, 10:00-14:00

Working groups presentations

- Migration issues

- Employment packages etc. offered at recruitment / employment

- Career support and preparing for a training

- Digital information (movies, podcasts, etc.)

- Scholars and other non-employed researchers

New working groups

Relevant topics to discuss

Closing and the next meeting


Information Seminar about Career Support in Lund, 28 april

A ”share-all meeting” with focus on Career development in and outside of academia, in and outside of Sweden.

1. Inspiration lecture by Lund Univrsity's supplier of online educations and career programs for PhD:s and postdocs.

2. Exchange of experience of career support.

Nordic Staff Mobility Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland 12-14 May 2020

Program will be published in Februar/March.

Activities that took place in 2019


- Information Meetings in Stockholm, 6 September

Swedish Bankers' Association

Representatives from the Swedish EURAXESS network will attend a meeting with the the Swedish Bankers' Association in Stockholm. The reason for the meeting is the fact that many international researchers have difficulties in opening a bank account in Sweden.

Arbetsgivarverket (Swedish Agency for Government Employers)

The Swedish Agency for Government Employers (SAGE) is a membership organisation for Government agencies. During the meeting representatives from the Swedish EURAXESS-network will discuss obstacles and possible solutions for enhancing international researchers' mobility.


- Network Meeting in Örebro, 27-28 March 2019

During two days 35 participants from 18 universities discussed mobiliy for researchers.

Wednesday 27 March

Introduction and presentation of the participants 
Presentation from Örebro University – Internationalisation at the university 
Presentation from working groups
WS about recruting, welcoming and retaining
Networking dinner

Thursday 28 March 
Information from the Migration Agency 
EURAXESS information
Sum up and new working groups
Next meeting

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Activities that took place in 2018

- Network Meeting in Lund, 19-20 March 2018

During two days 26 participants from 15 universities discussed mobility for researchers.

Monday 19 March 
Introduction and presentation of the new network project
EURAXESS information
Presentations from study visits
Visit to International Citizen Hub in Lund
Networking dinner

Tisdag 20 mars  
Nordic conference in October 2018. Planning and engagement of network members
Current issues for the network
Working groups
Next meeting


- Information meeting in Stockholm, 13 June 2018

The agenda focused on internationalisation and 40 participants from 18 Swedish HEIs took part in the meeting.

Britta Fängström, Vinnova

SUHFs expertgroup for internationalisation issues 
Presentation by Eva Åkesson, chair of the expert group. (SUHF is The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions)

The ongoing investigation of Internationalisation 
Agneta Bladh, Albin Gaunt, Maria Wilenius reported from the Investigation into strengthening internationalisation of higher education and research in Sweden. Presentation and discussion of content.

Financing rules within the MSCA 
Erik Litborn, Vinnova


- Information meeting about Career Support for researchers, 14 September

The agenda focused on researchers career development.

Britta Fängström, Vinnova

Career Support in Sweden. Information from three ESC in Sweden  
Anethe Mansén, Karolinska Institutet
Åsa Thormählen, Lunds universitet 
Karin Lundström och Matts Björklund, Umeå universitet

Report from Career Development Centres – CDC Pilot Program  
Anethe Mansén, Karolinska Institutet. Presentation of the European pilot study within EURAXESS, spring 2018, where KI participated.

REFLEX workshop  
Kathrine Vangen, International Senior Adviser, NTNU Trondheim.

New tools on the EURAXESS web portal  
Birgitta Karlén & Karin Hellqvist, Göteborgs universitet. Presentation of new tools for career development.


- Nordic Staff mobility Conference, 2-3 October 2018

Gearing up for the Nordic Brain Gain.

Information and programme


- Network Meeting in Karlstad, 27-28 November 2018

During two days 25 pqrticipants from 14 universities discussed mobility for researchers.

Tuesday 27 November   
Introduction and welcome speech by vice-chancellor Johan Sterte
Welcoming international staff at Karlstad university
EURAXESS information
Reports from Nordic Staff Mobility Conference in Lund 2-3 October
Study visit at RIMS (Risk- och Miljöstudier) Risklab med Floodville-spel och ”Robotar som hjälpmedel för friska och sköra äldre människor”
Networking dinner

Wednesday 28 November   
Information from Kammarkollegiet (the public authority and a governmental (state) insurance company) regardning insurances for international staff
Working groups presentations
Next meeting


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Open EURAXESS – To strengthen the effectiveness and optimize the services of all partners in an innovative and open EURAXESS network

General information

Project coordinator: CERTH


  • All 40 EURAXESS countries (BHOs) are represented in the project consortium, through 34 beneficiaries and 7 Linked Third Parties resulting in a wide coverage of the EURAXESS network.
  • 9 Work packages, 38 Tasks
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting date: 1st September 2018
  • Budget: 3.350.000 Euro, funded under the call HORIZON 2020 SwafS-24-2017: Transnational operation of the EURAXESS Service network


Objectives of the EURAXESS TOP IV project:

  • To support the set-up of the EURAXESS Career Development services;
  • To expand the Dual Careers (DC) services over a wider geographical range of the network;
  • To support the EURAXESS Network to develop new services oriented to a better connection between academia and industry;
  • To target non-academic sectors to be regular EURAXESS services clients;
  • To further intensify the services provided by the EURAXESS network and to expand new services through activities such as trainings, seminars, networking, study visits;
  • To enhance the attractiveness of the EURAXESS network and to collaborate with other networks;
  • To provide a technical platform for integrating EURAXESS portal with existing useful and relevant data and tools;
  • To bridge the EURAXESSWorldwide representatives with EURAXESS Service Centres;
  • To bridge more researchers from third countries and diaspora researchers with ERA;
  • To provide a technical platform for integrating EURAXESS portal with existing useful and relevant data and tools;
  • To facilitate the further evolution of the EURAXESS network dealing with challenges arising from the current and future development in ERA.


Sweden takes part in TOP IV by participation of University of Gothenburg (UGOT), Welcome Services, and will be engaged in the two following Work Packages:

  • WP3: Social Integration Initiatives
    Apart from UGOT, several HEI:s from Sweden will be involved in the task Task 3.1: Dual Career Services for the partners of mobile researchers. This Task is focused on the development and dissemination of Dual Career services and a Dual Career guidebook will be published.
  • WP9: Future of the EURAXESS Network. Task 9.5: EURAXESS after 2020.

Expected Impacts of EURAXESS TOP IV project

  • To train enough researchers and to strengthen the skills development and careers of researchers across borders;
  • To promote attractive employment conditions and gender balance in research careers; enhance mobility of researchers;
  • To ensure that leading academics, researchers and innovators reside and work in Europe and to attract a sufficient number of highly skilled third country nationals to stay in Europe”;
  • To create a better match of existing talent and R&I needs and capacity in European research institutions and businesses;
  • To contribute directly to the Horizon 2020 objective of cross-national and international circulation of researchers.
  • 48 Bridgehead Organisations (BHOs) and more than 500 Service Centres (ESCs) and Local Contact Points (LoCPs) with around 1.100 EURAXESS staff at European level providing targeted information and qualified hands-on assistance to mobile researchers;
  • At least 20 major stakeholder organisations and networks outside EURAXESS, involved in the researchers’ career and mobility issues in Europe as well as abroad: researchers’ associations, employers (HR departments of universities, research centres and industry), research funding agencies and scientific;
  • Diaspora organisations;
  • Around 1 million incoming and outgoing researchers from Europe as well as stakeholders (academia, private sector, industry) visiting the EURAXESS Portal each year seeking information for the new or enhanced services.


EURAXESS TOP – Advice for Researchers and Networking Opportunities in Europe

TOP is the acronym for "Enhancing The Outreach and effectiveness of the EURAXESS network Partners". The objective of the EURAXESS TOP projects is to strengthen the EURAXESS Network.



Within the EURAXESS initiative, the Swedish network has been engaged in European projects that aim to strengthen the network and services that EURAXESS offers to researchers and research managers.


EURAXIND – lncreasing industry engagement with the EURAXESS Network

EURAXESS Sweden (project managers at Welcome Services, University of Gothenburg) was involved as a third project partner in EURAXIND, 2016 - 2018.

A key part of the EURAXIND project focused on identifying specific stakeholder needs around the transition researchers make from academic to other employment sectors. The information was gathered through four audience specific-surveys:

  • Survey of researchers in research performing organisations
  • Survey of intersectorally mobile researchers
  • Survey of institutional practice
  • Survey of employers’ needs

The results from the surveys as well as a project report is published on EURAXIND website

Contact Welcome Services, University of Gothenburg for more information.


Career Development Centres pilot program

A large pool of very strong applicants applied for the Career Development Centres pilot program showing that the EURAXESS Network is relevant and ready to take on the challenges of career development in our current era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

Fourteen EURAXESS Centres from different countries were chosen in a pilot programme for assessing the requirements for fully-functioning CDCs, in order to support the continuous professional development of researchers/talents thus enabling them to access and benefit from a wide range of employment possibilities. Sweden was represented by Karolinska Institutet.

The EURAXESS centres can play a key role in further developing employability by providing unified services dedicated to this field across Europe. The practical results and documentation that will come out of the pilot program will be available and disseminated to all the network members. More information is provided on the EURAXESS Extranet.