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Meet tomorrow’s talent!

Welcome to the second WASP Virtual Job Fair on December 7th 2021, where leading companies meet and discuss their research and future career opportunities with Sweden’s top talents in AI and autonomous systems.

The aim is to strengthen exchanges between academia and industry by connecting industry representatives with WASP PhD students and postdocs. Participants will be able to interact in short one-on-one meetings about future career paths. Panels and speakers will share experiences and ideas on how Sweden can be attractive in a tough international competition.

The WASP Virtual Job Fair is a two-part event, starting with a mix of talks and panel discussions, wrapping up with an optional match-making session.

Registration for the first part of the event is open until December 5th 23:59. Registration for the matchmaking meetings has closed. 

Register for the Event


Session I – 9:30-12:00

Welcome and Aims for the day
Danica Kragic, WASP Co-director for external relations, Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
What is WASP and who are the second generation of academic talent graduating from the WASP Graduate School? Also, Danica will talk about the aim of the Job Fair and our expectations for the day.


Life after PhD in Sweden
Joakim Nivre, Professor, Uppsala University
Explore industry or keep climbing the ladder in academia – or maybe even both? Reflections and views about the opportunities for PhD graduates to make a career in Sweden.

Joakim Nivre is Professor of Computational Linguistics at Uppsala University and Researcher at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). He holds a Ph.D. in General Linguistics from the University of Gothenburg and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Växjö University. His research focuses on data-driven methods for natural language processing, in particular for morphosyntactic and semantic analysis. He is one of the main developers of the transition-based approach to syntactic dependency parsing, described in his 2006 book Inductive Dependency Parsing and implemented in the widely used MaltParser system, and one of the founders of the Universal Dependencies project, which aims to develop cross-linguistically consistent treebank annotation for many languages and currently involves over 120 languages and nearly 500 researchers around the world. He has produced over 280 scientific publications and has nearly 20,000 citations according to Google Scholar (November, 2021). He was the president of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2017.


WASP Research Arenas as a link to a career in Academia and Industry
Johanna Björklund, Project manager WARA Media and Language
Jesper Tordenlid, Project manager WARA Public Safety

WASP Research Arenas are forums for research cooperation and networking between academia and companies – who benefit and how does this relate to recruitment?




Panel Discussion – Challenges and Opportunities after the Ph.D.
Moderators: Danica Kragic, Amy Loutfi, Daniel Axehill, Johanna Björklund
Participants representing WASP alumni, WASP assistant professors and Swedish industry
Names TBA


12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Lunchbreak with streamed videos from Swedish AI start-ups

Session II – 13:00-15:30

This session is exclusive for WASP PhD students, WASP postdocs and companies.

Meetings one-on-one according to personal meeting schedules. Each industry representative can book up to 10 individual meetings. After you have registered, please read the instructions stated on the conference webpage for attendees on how to book meetings. All meetings must be booked by November 26th at the latest.

Throughout the session a support room with WASP staff will be available if any questions would arise.

Conference Webpage for Attendees


Anna Knutsson

(On parental leave) Coordinator

Natalie Pintar

Communications officer, strategic communication, public relations
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