Last week we mobilised all resources in order to carry out this change. We are now facing a new week, with the even greater challenge of creating long-term solutions, in a completely new situation, without having any idea how long the situation may last. This creates a new type of demand, as well as stress, for all of us, students as well as employees. Most important for our students is of course that examinations can be conducted under reasonable conditions.

A few days ago, as I walked through a deserted campus - yes, the President sometimes needs to be present physically, not least for the weekly President's Decisions (rektorsbeslut), that must be signed by hand - the idea struck me that Sweden has been quite alone in offering a certain degree of online distance education at all universities. In many other countries, there are special universities that take care of this, often called "open universities". Despite the closed campus, therefore, we have every reason to remind ourselves that we have the right to call ourselves an open university - we are now in fact opening up our education in its entirety online - and personally I hope that this crisis can, in the long term, also contribute positively to developing our capacity to make better use of digital technology in order to increase the quality of our education.

In addition to digitising our education, we have also, in recent weeks, switched to online meetings, leading to the emergence of new concepts, such as "Zoomfika" or Zoom coffee breaks. It is important to keep up these everyday contacts, now that we are for the most part working from home. It is also important, since we are advised not to travel within the country nor abroad, to keep up our contacts both nationally and internationally. Last week, thanks to eminent support from Karlstad University, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) conducted its General Assembly via Zoom, which provided good opportunities to exchange experiences on how we handle the difficult situation in which we all find ourselves. Our university alliance CIVIS has also successfully held a digital Board of Rectors, across closed borders and quarantines in Europe.

What has been particularly pleasing to me during the past week is of course the initiative by the Chemistry Section at Stockholm University to produce hand sanitiser to meet medical needs, and to gather together other important materials used in health care. Many research groups, even outside the Chemistry Section, contributed. During three days last week, our chemists manufactured more than 2,000 litres of hand sanitiser for the three major hospitals, Stockholm municipality and the ambulance service - and production continues. Both the Natural History Museum and Absolut Vodka have been instrumental in delivering ethanol. Talk about collaboration! Today, news came that SciLifeLab and others, through new funding from KAW, will assist the healthcare system in scaling up testing in the future.

Once again I would like to warmly thank you all for your commitment, and for your patience and altruism, in dealing with this exceptionally difficult situation - we can only manage it together.