"At Örebro University, there’s a positive work culture with mutual respect."

Portrait of Robert Brummer.

Robert Brummer is professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and leads the Food and Health strategic initiative at Örebro University. ”I really like the international culture in my research group,” he says.

Professor Robert Brummer, a physician and researcher in gastroenterology and nutrition, left Holland to assist in setting up the medical school at Örebro University almost fifteen years ago. Today, he is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and leads the university’s strategic initiative, Food and Health.

The best thing about living in Sweden is respect – and having nature within an arm’s reach.

How did you end up at Örebro University?

”I was recruited to assist in setting up a medical faculty, as Örebro University’s ambition was to start a medical school. I already had extensive experience with the pedagogical model, problem-based learning, which is in use at the medical school today. I had also devoted myself to interdisciplinary research and had held many management assignments. So, it was a good fit for the challenge.”

What is the best thing about working at Örebro University?

”There’s a very positive work culture here, based on mutual respect. I’d say a good balance between bottom-up and top-down management. The fact that we can profile ourselves in Food and Health is something unique for a broad-based university. I strongly like the international culture in my research group.”

What is the best thing about living in Örebro?

”I live outside Örebro, in the countryside. The combination of looking out over Sweden’s second-largest lake, Lake Vättern, having moose and other animals passing wandering outside my window at home and having a small boat within walking distance from my front door, well it’s hard to beat. I appreciate the respect that we show for one another here in Sweden. And of course, having nature so close – and my grandchildren not too far away.”