Interview: Daniel Fällman

Daniel Fällman is a former senior researcher at Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and a professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Informatics at Umeå University.

In 2010, Daniel Fällman was awarded the ‘Individual Grants for Future Research Leaders’ by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The aim of the five-year program is to support and promote young scientists who have the potential to become future leaders of academic and/or industrial research in Sweden.

Being part of the Future Research Leader's program, what is especially valuable to you?

I am one of 18 scientists from technology, medicine, and the natural sciences participating in the program. It is truly inspiring to have the opportunity to discuss research methods and share experiences with researchers from such different backgrounds over a longer period of time.

What do you consider to be a future challenge for research organizations?

It will be increasingly important to find formats for multidisciplinary collaboration that actually work. Many of the challenges that the research world currently faces cannot be solved by a single discipline. Sweden has a long tradition of participatory methods and is considered to be one of the most creative countries in the world, which gives us the potential to take a leading role and attract international talent.

What role should research institutes play in this?

Research institutes are definitely forerunners in finding multidisciplinary approaches to complex issues and joining together multiple sectors and stakeholders in collaborative projects. This is a role that I think we can further develop and strengthen in the future.

This interview was published in our annual report 2013.