‘The high points are when our researchers are granted funding,’

Gabriella Olshammar and Marie Emanuelsson are research advisers – their job is to keep the wheels turning

Our main task is to support researchers when they apply for external funding. But we also support working groups and the faculty management, says Gabriella Olshammar.
Her colleague Marie Emanuelsson adds:
‘You can say that we help grease the machinery by informing about, preparing and managing research matters.’

THEY PROVIDE their services via personal meetings and e-mail. A large part of their work consists of keeping track of application processes and supporting researchers to make their applications as strong as possible. They also interact with other parts of the University, research funders and even other higher education institutions.
‘The high points are when our researchers are granted funding,’ says Emanuelsson.

SHE HAS A Master’s degree in forestry and a doctorate in forest ecology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå. She has previously worked as a research secretary at the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Olshammar has a different background. She started out in the field of conservation of built heritage and has a doctoral degree in urban planning from Chalmers University of Technology. Before becoming a research adviser, she was a conservation research assistant.
‘I love talking to individual researchers about their grant applications. It’s so exciting to hear them talk about what they do and witness their genuine passion,’ says Olshammar.

THE MOST INTENSE part of the spring semester is over since the national research councils’ yearly application deadlines have passed. This will give Emanuelsson and Olshammar time to look into other things.
‘We want to figure out how we can apply for funding not only for research but also for education at the first- and second-cycle levels,’ says Olshammar.