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The Pedagogical Award

2019, Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander

Department of Physics

Award winners Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander standing outside and smiling.

Motivation for the award:

Taking a pedagogical perspective, Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander have developed software that supports students’ understanding and provides rapid feedback that drives the learning process forward. The software prompts the students to become learning resources for each other, as discussions and troubleshooting are part of what the program offers. It also encourages the students to adopt a more active way of working. Furthermore, it supports lecturers so that they can give rapid feedback on assignments and more clearly measure the progress of students as the course continues. The software has been developed in open-source code to allow both university lecturers and upper secondary school teachers to use, modify and disseminate the program. It has been used very successfully on a number of courses, including the Physics Programme, the Medical Physics Programme and in Teacher Education Programmes at the University of Gothenburg, and Engineering Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. The course directors, calculation exercise instructors and students who have worked with the software feel that it has made a very positive contribution to learning and understanding the course material.”

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2018, Kristina Luthman

Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Motivation for the award:

Professor Kristina Luthman has had a significant role in establishing medicinal chemistry in Gothenburg. Luthman has also contributed to ensuring dermatochemistry began as a subject at the University of Gothenburg. With a leading medicinal chemistry programme at the university, the pharmacy and prescriptionist programmes were established as important professional programmes. Through her dedicated work in several significant working groups and committees, Luthman has had a major influence in how both these programmes have been designed since their start, which is also true for courses in organic chemistry. Today, Luthman is a leading medicinal chemist in Europe and she has maintained a large amount of research activities over many years. In addition, in Luthman we see a very appreciated teacher, by both students and colleagues, who has shown great professionality in how she tackles her mission within undergraduate education. With a student-focused approach, she has created a balance of requirements and fairness, contributed with important expertise and eagerly driven development of her subject for the benefit of many programmes at the University of Gothenburg.

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2017, Michael Axelsson

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Michael Axelsson was awarded the Faculty of Science’s Pedagogical Award for his long-standing efforts as a pioneer, trendsetter and driving force for IT-based teaching in biology at the University of Gothenburg.

Since 1998, Michael has developed his own, the entire department’s and later the faculty’s and university’s understanding of IT-based education. Michael uses a wide-ranging of interactive IT-based teaching and, early on, he began using recorded material in his instruction. Michael has also built up an ALC room at the department and is pushing to spread its use with colleagues."

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2016, Gunnar Almevik

Department of Conservation





2015, Kerstin Wiklander

Department of Mathematics






2014, Anne Farewell

Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology







There was no award in 2013.


In 2012 Maria Sundin from Department of Physics received Gothenburg University's Pedagogical Award


In 2005 Anne Farewell from Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology received Gothenburg University's Pedagogical Award.


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