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Future Digileaders ’21

Future Digileaders is a yearly event for selected early career researchers interested in the broad area of digitalization who identify as women or are non-binary. The event consists of a career workshop with talks, panels, and sincere discussions. We cover professional development and provide opportunities to meet inspiring role models and to network with each other.

Link to application for Future Digileaders 2021

Future Digileaders ’21

19 October 2021, 13:00 – 18:00 (1 pm – 6 pm) CEST (UTC+2)


13:00  Welcome & introductory words by Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor City of Stockholm

13:15. Keynote talk by Luigina Ciolfi – “Navigating multidisciplinary waters without a compass (and live to tell the tale)”

Professor Luigina Ciolfi

Luigina Ciolfi, is a Professor in Human-Computer Interaction, School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork (Ireland). Her specialities are human-computer interaction, user-centred design, CSCW, participatory design, technology for cultural heritage, teaching and training, project management, event organisation and academic writing.

14:00  Break

14:10 Ice-breaking activity

14:30 Panel A: Navigating academia and industry
with Mary L. Gray, Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy, Sahar Tahvili and Moira McGregor

15:20  Break

15:30  Panel B: What to expect from an academic career?
with Maryam Elahi, Naveen Bagalkot, Emily Öhman and Sonja Buchegger

16:20  Break

16:30  Panel C: Leadership and re-thinking the academic life
with Batya Friedman, Luciana Benotti, Narges Ahmidi and Johanna Rickne

17:20  Break

17:30  Networking

17:55  Closing

18:00  End of day

The event is a part of Digitalize in Stockholm 2021, an annual conference and meeting place for global thought leaders and rising stars engaged in transformation through digitalization in academia, industry, government and civil society. The Digileaders also have the opportunity to take an active role in the Digitalize in Stockholm conference, promoting interactions with researchers and industry players.

After these events, we expect that the Future Digileaders will:

  • gain insights into the joys and struggles of becoming and being faculty and awareness of a broad range of career paths and strategies one can choose from
  • have shaped values and practices that should be promoted in a good research environment
  • establish new connections to research and industry leaders and a network of international peers
  • understand the potential of digitalization research in a broader societal context, a peek into different areas of digitalization research, as well as knowledge about state-of-the-art research challenges and advancements.


Further career networking opportunities

Once travel restrictions are lifted, participants will be welcome to apply for a visit to the Digital Futures cross-disciplinary research centre in Stockholm, Sweden. The program will include research visits to KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) and excursions to industry to establish networking opportunities in Stockholm.

Organising Committee

Chair Marianela Ciolfi Felice, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Airi Lampinen, Stockholm University

Claudia Núñez-Pacheco, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Fatemeh Rahimian, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Asreen Rostami, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Yvonne Stuerz, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stacy Vallis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology



Links from previous years:

Article about Future Digileaders 11 Nov 2020

Website of the 2019 edition

KTH media coverage of Future Digileaders 2019


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