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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 27 January 2022
Management news
By-election for the faculty’s nominating committee 
A new teaching staff representative is to be elected to the faculty’s nominating committee for the remainder of the mandate period (up to and including 31 March 2024). All those entitled to vote at the faculty have been invited via email to nominate suitable candidates no later than 11 February.
Read more about the election on the faculty’s internal website
Prizes and awarded grants
Geologist and biologist elected to join the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 
Raimund Muscheler, professor at the Department of Geology, and Marie Dacke, professor at the Department of Biology, are new members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Read the news item on the academy’s website
Apply for grants and scholarships
Apply for the faculty’s travel and research grants
Researchers, doctoral students, teaching staff and others can now apply for the Faculty of Science’s travel and research grants. The application deadline is 14 February. Please note that doctoral students need to enclose a supervisor’s statement with the application.
Read more and apply for the faculty’s travel and research grants via the Staff Pages
Apply for a writing scholarship
Researchers and teaching staff can now apply for a writing scholarship from the Hasselblad Foundation. The scholarship consists of a one-month stay (throughout the month of May) in Villa Martinson in Jonsered and SEK 10 000. The application deadline is 15 February.
Read more and apply for the scholarship on the foundation’s website
Nominate candidates for the Marcus Wallenberg prize 
The Marcus Wallenberg prize rewards scientific breakthroughs that stand to benefit the forest and the forestry industry. The deadline for nominations is 30 April.
Read more and nominate candidates for the prize – mwp.se
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
Career development for academic staff 
Doctoral students, postdocs and research team leaders can now sign up for a range of career development activities in the spring.
Read more and sign up for the activities on the Staff Pages
Contribute event ideas for Sustainability Week in Lund 
Sustainability Week is an annual event in which the University, the City of Lund and other stakeholders offer a week of activities on sustainability. This year, Sustainability Week will run 2–7 May. You are welcome to suggest event ideas to the planning group no later than 25 March.
Read more about the event on the Sustainability Forum website
Theses of the month
This month’s theses in science
During this month, five new theses will be presented at the Faculty of Science.
  • Marcus Lee, “Phenotypic responses of zooplankton to variable conditions”
  • Linus Hedh, “Ecology and evolution of large-scale bird migration patterns – A natural history and comparative study of the migration in common and little ringed plovers”
  • Guanqun Du, “Versatile Association Behaviour in Mixtures of Oppositely Charged Amphiphiles: From DNA-Like Assembly of Supramolecular Helices to Coacervation in Chiral Surfactant Systems”
  • Albertas Dvirnas, “Methods for barcode analysis in optical DNA mapping”
  • Alfred Larsson, “Structure of Electrochemically Grown Palladium Nanowires”
Search for doctoral theses in the University’s research portal
See forthcoming public defences of theses – lu.se
Staff in the Swedish media
Brittle star fossils from Gotland offer unique insights into evolutionary changes 
Mats E Eriksson, professor at the Department of Geology, was interviewed about a new study in which researchers succeeded in analysing two successive species of fossilised brittle stars. The results show that a marine catastrophe 428 million years ago contributed to a total transformation in the animals’ appearance. ‟We discovered that this is when the modern brittle stars emerged. We have also understood why, because they were evidently affected by the environmental changes. But instead of dying out, they developed new properties which are currently common to all brittle stars”, says Eriksson.
Knowledge about climate stress can counteract conflict 
Lina Eklund, researcher at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed in connection with her search for answers to why so many people have moved from their farms in north-eastern Syria. Eklund uses both satellite data and interviews in her research project. ‟It is important to understand what can be linked to climate change and what are societal differences, so as to equip ourselves better for the future”, she says.
Unique analysis of museum material shows how Skåne’s flora has changed over the past 200 years
Torbjörn Tyler, curator at the Biology Museum, was interviewed about researchers having successfully mapped the development of Skåne’s flora over 200 years. Changes to the landscape, the impact of nitrogen and climate effects have radically reshaped the region’s flora. But the most surprising observation is how early on many of these changes started. ‟Many of the changes we have seen in the past 10 to 40 years, such as the effects of increased nutrient load and the disappearance of wetlands, have in fact been going on for a lot longer”, says Tyler.
Researchers demand international panel on environmental toxins 
Ullrika Sahlin, associate senior lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was among those who wrote a letter to Sweden’s Minister for Environment and Climate requesting support for their proposal to establish an international scientific panel to reinforce protection against toxic chemicals and waste. The proposal will be presented at the forthcoming meeting of the UN’s environment assembly at the end of February.
Heron catches rat in Botanical Garden 
Åke Lindström, professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about a heron which was captured on camera as it devoured a rat in the Botanical Garden. Lindström said he had not previously heard of herons eating rats, but that he is not surprised. ‟Herons are primarily fish-eaters. The classic heron you see is usually standing on a riverbank or in a little stream. However, they are omnivores. They will take everything, from lizards and rodents to worms and snails. Herons are quite partial to eating baby birds as well”, says Lindström.
Researchers investigate whether complex soil structures can increase carbon sequestration 
Edith Hammer, senior lecturer at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about how she is studying the microlife of soil in real time, using a transparent soil-like model, known as a chip. Hammer is investigating the hypothesis that soil with well-developed soil aggregates, with many passages and dead-ends, provides better conditions for carbon sequestration than ploughed land, whose soil structures contain more short cuts.
How organic cultivation offers most biodiversity for your money 
William Sidemo Holm, PhD in Environmental Science at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was interviewed about a new study showing that organic cultivation can benefit biodiversity at a lower cost in areas with few or no natural pasturelands.
Fewer skylarks and willow tits in Västmanland
Martin Green, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about bird species whose numbers are dropping in Västmanland. Green says the main species concerned are those linked to the agricultural landscape, such as the skylark, and those connected to managed forests, such as the willow tit.
Researchers interviewed about carbon farming
Mark Brady and Katarina Hedlund, respectively researcher and professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, were interviewed about biocarbon, and a technique known as carbon farming – a way of sequestering carbon dioxide and storing it in the soil.
Shortage of resources in several of the country’s natural history museums
Niklas Wahlberg, director of the Biology Museum, was interviewed about the Species Databank survey showing that six out of ten museums with natural history collections are in urgent need of increased resources.
Last but not least
Follow the open science project at Lund University 
On behalf of the University’s Research Board, the Open Science at LU project is underway. You can read the project blog to find out what is happening and what events and initiatives are planned both nationally and internationally in the field of open science.
Follow the project blog
New year and new obligation for teaching staff to report secondary employment 
If you are employed as a teaching staff member, you are to report on secondary employment in Primula no later than 31 March, regardless of the scope of your LU employment. Even if you are not engaged in any secondary employment, you must file a report.
Read more about reporting secondary employment on the Staff Pages
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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