SIRAP provides a venue to meet friends - from different countries and of various ages. Such contacts help overcome many problems. It is important to have a social circle outside the research labs.
SIRAP has many Swedish members: some have lived overseas, while some are wholly domestic yet interested in our English-language activities and internationalism. Many of us, both Swedish & otherwise, have the hope to better introduce Sweden to people who wish to know more.
SIRAP is a social club that strives with minimal bureaucracy to bring together international and Swedish researchers with other local residents. The association is built on active participation. SIRAP volunteers do their best to help, but we also hope to have fun. SIRAP is not a public organ of the Swedish State. We are a voluntary mutual aid organization, with the impetus to action being the question "Are you doing the best you can with life in Stockholm?"
Monthly SIRAP Club evenings are the central organizational activity to bring members and newcomers together. The key purposes are to have fun, meet some new people, and learn something new. We first have some food and informal socializing; next is a short general-interest seminar or research presentation of about 20 minutes, followed by questions / discussion. We then exchange 'nuggets' of information: tips and money-saving ideas on living in Stockholm (bring some ideas). Finally, we break for additional snacks and drink.
Other activities include trips, lectures and informal gatherings. Some members take part in self-funded hobby-related activity circles. We inform members by email of special potentially interesting activities in the Stockholm region and elsewhere. All activities are in English. Membership is free and open to all.
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