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2017-10-24

Discussing the role of Informatics in the age of digitalisation

The Swedish Information Systems Academy (SISA) is a collaboration between researchers and teachers within Informatics and Information Systems at Swedish universities. During the SISA annual conference, which was held this year on October 18–19 at Halmstad University, participants from 20 different universities discussed education and research within their field.

Maria Åkesson at Halmstad University is the chairman of SISA during 2016/2017:

– The main topics at this year’s conference were the role of Informatics in the age of digitalisation, how gender perspectives can be integrated in higher education and the collaboration within SISA on educational programme management. We also shared our experiences of PhD education evaluation and discussed the national guidelines for tenure and promotion for positions within Informatics.

Every year, SISA gives out two awards during the conference:

The Börje Langefors prize for best PhD thesis 2017 was awarded to Malin Granath at Linköping University for the thesis ”The Smart City – how smart can IT be? Discourses on digitalisation in policy and planning of urban development”.

The 2017 SISA prize for best pedagogical achievement was awarded to Ilia Bider, Martin Henkel, Erik Perjons and Stewart Kowalski at Stockholm University for the initiative ”Apprenticeship simulation for acquiring modeling skills – a holistic view on the Information Systems field”.

The 2017 SISA prize for best pedagogical achievement

Erik Perjons and Ilia Bider (prize winners), Stockholm University, and Jonas Sjöström (nominee), Uppsala University. (Not in the picture – Christina Keller, chair of the prize committee).

The next SISA conference will be held at Luleå University of Technology in 2018.

Text: LOUISE WANDEL

Photo: MARIA ÅKESSON

The Börje Langefors prize for best PhD thesis 2017

Malin Granath (prize winner), Linköping University, Sadaf Salavati (nominee), Linnaeus University, and Jeremy Rose, chair of prize committee, University of Skövde.

Updated 2017-10-24