Common survey on Covid-19 effects on travel and meetings

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SDSN Northern Europe has developed a survey to track impact from the Covid-19 pandemic on travels and meetings together with members and partners. The benefit of creating a common survey is to enable comparisons of data from different Nordic universities.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, operations at universities have been reshaped. For example, conferences, seminars, meetings and dissertations that were previously planned to take place on site have been moved to digital platforms, postponed or canceled. Some meetings that were previously considered very difficult to implement digitally have now been conducted in a digital way. Covid-19 has also led to reduced travel, with reduced emissions from business trips and thus reduced climate impact. Experiences and insights (both positive and negative) from this transition should be utilized.

The purpose of this survey is to find out to what extent university personnel have replaced physical meetings or activities with digital alternatives. The intention is also to investigate whether digital alternatives have worked well enough, better or worse compared to the physical counterparts, and whether there are activities that have been impossible to implement digitally.

The development of the survey questions have been coordinated by the SDSN Northern Europe secretariat, in a collaboration with:

SDSN Northern Europe members:

  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Lund University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology


  • Örebro University
  • Luleå University of Technology
  • Uppsala University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


If you are a member of SDSN Northern Europe and would like to use the survey for your university or knowledge institution, please contact Network Manager Martin Eriksson.

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