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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 13 January 2022
Management news
Latest meeting of the faculty board 
At its meeting on 15 December, the faculty board decided, among other things, on the organisational placement of the Lund Institute of advanced Neutron and X-ray Science (LINXS) and approved the revision of guidelines for employment as a professor and promotion to professor at the faculty. The board also approved the syllabus for the Master’s (60 credits) programme in Environmental Health Science. Furthermore, the board was informed about quality management work in first and second cycle education, as well as the total budget for 2022.
New member of the faculty board
The by-election for the faculty board has been completed. Marie Dacke, professor at the Department of Biology, has been selected as a new member for the remaining term of office (up to and including 31 December 2023).
New faculty decision regarding first and second cycle education in light of Covid-19
The faculty’s dean has taken a new decision for first and second cycle education. The decision applies as of 22 December 2021.
Read the decision on the faculty internal website
Biologist involved in popular education and prolifically cited physicist are new honorary doctors at the faculty
Kerstin Johannesson, an evolutionary biologist who readily goes to sea to find answers to the big questions, and Georg Kresse, a physicist with outstanding achievements in computational science, have been appointed honorary doctors at the Faculty of Science.
Read the news item on the faculty website
Apply for grants and scholarships
Apply for university-wide funds for infrastructure
Lund University is calling for applications for funding regarding research infrastructure. The application deadline is 1 March.
Read more and download the application template on the faculty internal website
Apply for STINT funding for educational collaborations with higher education institutions abroad
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) is calling for applications for funding with an aim to internationalise and renew higher education at Swedish higher education institutions primarily in the first and second cycles, but also in the third cycle. Please note that the faculty has internal management rules for applications. Applications are to be sent to Marie Brink (marie.brink@science.lu.se) by 18 February.
Read the call for applications on the STINT website
Find more calls for applications in Research Professional
The Research Professional database contains both national and international calls for applications. Log in using your University account (Lucat ID).
Log in to Research Professional
What's on
Professional development opportunity with our EUGLOH partners
Lund University is a member of the European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH), which invites you to a webinar and various workshops on 15 and 16 February. There is also an opportunity for a staff exchange financed by Erasmus funding during the spring.
Read more and register for the activities via the Staff Pages
Staff in the Swedish media
Common moth has become rare and red-listed 
Eric Warrant, professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about the Australian bogong moth, which has suddenly become so rare that it has been included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. Until a few years ago it was possible to find around 17 000 moths per square metre in the caves where the moths spend the summers. “When you go in the caves nowadays, you find perhaps two or three moths. That’s all”, says Warrant.
Doctoral student gets help from her dog for research on bumblebees
Sofia Blomqvist, doctoral student at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about how she trains her dog to nose out bumblebee nests for the doctoral research project. “I am a classic dog lover and have always thought that we don’t utilise dogs’ capacities to the full. At the same time, we don’t have very much information about bumblebee nests, where they are and what they are like, so my hope is that we will be able to fill in the information gaps”, says Blomqvist.
Visiting lecturer interviewed about halted environmental inspection at factory
Högni Hansson, visiting lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was interviewed concerning an industrialist and a municipal director who put a stop to an environmental inspection at the industrialist’s plastics plant. Hansson says that it is an unauthorised intervention in the exercising of public authority. “It disrupts the whole system, of course. How can you trust a company that should not be discharging things that they are not allowed to discharge, if they ignore questions or ensure that there will be no inspection. The system is based on public authorities doing their job and applying the law, and companies making corrections accordingly”, says Hansson.
Senior lecturer comments on major grant for Lund University and the Marine Centre
Maria Hansson, senior lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was interviewed about Lund University and the Marine Centre receiving SEK 2.2 million in government grants for two research projects in Simrishamn. The projects concern the fishing port of the future and tomorrow’s circular water supply. “The double research grants mean that Lund University can now get further involved in key development areas for Österlen and that we can develop activities in Simrishamn”, says Hansson.
Alaska records highest ever temperature for December
Markku Rummukainen, professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed concerning the exceptionally hot weather in Alaska over Christmas. The highest temperature was 19.4 degrees. Rummukainen says that individual events cannot automatically be connected to climate change. However, there is research that shows a strong link between global warming and an increase in extreme weather events.
Researcher wants to investigate butterflies in nature reserve
Anna Runemark, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about her intention to study genetic variation among the various species of polyommatini butterfly in the Sandhammaren nature reserve. The aim is to understand which type of landscape is required to enable the butterflies to move between areas and exchange genes.
Birds with dark wings tend to fly better
Anders Hedenström, professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about a new study which shows that dark wings can enable more efficient flight for seabirds. The researchers’ explanation is that wing friction is reduced when sunshine makes the upper surface of the wing warmer than the underside.
Naturpanelen answers questions about animals and nature
Susanne Åkesson and Mikael Sörensson, professor and visiting lecturer respectively at the Department of Biology, answered listeners’ questions on the Radio Sweden programme, Naturpanelen. The latest programme covered subjects including a spiny fish and the world’s most common trees.
Airborne DNA – researchers’ new method to map insects
Fabian Roger was interviewed about a technique he developed during his time as a researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Department of Biology. The technique makes it possible to capture and detect insects’ DNA via the air. “Considering the enormous challenge we face – to monitor and map trends for millions of species on Earth – we have a situation in which all tools that can make things easier are welcome. Different methods can also complement each other with their respective strengths and weakness”, says Roger.
Researcher maps microplastics in marine animals
Maria Hansson, senior lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was mentioned in connection with her investigation into the amount of microplastics seals and porpoises ingest and how this affects their health.
Professor interviewed about last year’s major climate events 
Markku Rummukainen, professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, listed three major climate events in 2021. 
Birds’ blood functions like a radiator
Andreas Nord, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about a study which shows that birds can hotwire tiny energy generators in their red blood cells so that the blood begins to produce heat in the winter. “The blood becomes a type of radiator that they can turn up when it gets cold”, says Nord.
Biologist interviewed about aggressive seagulls
Caroline Isaksson, senior lecturer at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about the seagulls that swooped down on people in the centre of Spånga. Isaksson says that gulls may behave aggressively when they nest, as they want to protect their young.
Deficiencies in Lund University’s animal management
Johan Nilsson, research engineer at the Department of Biology, was interviewed concerning deficiencies in animal management in Lund University’s activities involving laboratory animals.
Dean interviewed about work environment situation
Sven Lidin, the faculty’s dean, was interviewed concerning the work environment situation at one of the faculty’s departments, as well as the appointment of a new head of the department.
Last but not least
Stay up to date on the Covid-19 pandemic 
The University’s staff and students are encouraged to keep themselves informed about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The University’s handling of the coronavirus – lunduniversity.lu.se
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