Rikard Landberg is taking over as Head of Division of Food and Nutrition Science by January 2018 as professor Ann-Sofie Sandberg turns 67 in March. And he is looking forward to this new role.
– It feels good and and it’s a natural consequence from me being recruited to Chalmers. I have been preparing for this the passing year and have had time to get my research group settled in before I now make plans for the whole department, says Rikard Landberg.
Rikard Landberg has been a professor in Food and Health at the department of Biology and Biological Engineering since 2016 when he was recruited from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with the position of Head of division in sight. A quite complicated task.
– Ann-Sofie has built this area of research from the bottom up at Chalmers and she is the body and soul of the division which I am now to develop, says Rikard Landberg.
– She has also developed a very large network at Chalmers and in Gothenburg through her many important positions throughout the years. So, it's with a great deal of humility that I take over from Ann-Sofie.
Ann-Sofie Sandberg is confident that Rikard Landberg will develop the division in the right direction.
– I’m stepping down from the position as Head of division with mixed feelings, naturally. The division has been my baby. But I have worked with Rikard during the last year and he’s well prepared for the task. I really feel that the division is in good hands! And I am hoping to get to spend more time on my own research, says Ann-Sofie Sandberg.
Rikard Landberg will focus on sharpening the research and the education of the division even more, and he wants to make Chalmers famous for its food and nutrition division worldwide.
– I will also study how we work internally to make sure that all coworkers have a distinct aim and that they get adequate input and feedback on their work, says Rikard Landberg.
– It’s also very important that we recruit and incubate good young researchers.
Furthermore, he wants to focus on establishing interaction with the other actors in the region, for example with Sahlgrenska.
– Not that many places in Sweden have Food and Nutrition, Microbiology, Medicine and Systems and Synthetic Biology in the same area and I want to take advantage of that, says Rikard Landberg.
– Right now we are learning how to create a toolbox for personalized nutrition that may lead to personalized dietary guidelines. Chalmers has a golden opportunity to contribute to the absolute front of this area.
Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg