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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 10 February 2022
Management news
Latest faculty board meeting
The faculty board meeting on 2 February featured information on items including:
  • the 2021 financial statement
  • the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s review of research studies in chemistry
  • charting and analysis in view of a decision on the scope of establishment in Science Village
  • quality assurance of research studies
Latest dean’s bulletin
Sven Lidin writes about hopes that the pandemic will soon be over, what is happening at the Science Village office and ongoing coordination of work in the two fields of environmental geoscience and computational science.
Read the dean’s bulletin on the faculty’s internal website
News from the Science Village Office
Morning discussion on division into stages and proposed scope, 16 February 
The Science Village office invites you to this year’s first morning discussion. The discussion will focus on proposed scenarios for division into stages, which will be produced in dialogue with the organisation. Time and place: 16 February, 08:00–09:00 via Zoom.
Read more and register for the webinar via the project office blog
Apply for grants and scholarships
STINT funding for educational collaboration with international higher education institutions – extended application deadline  
The Foundation for the Internationalisation of Higher Education and Research (STINT) has announced funding aimed at internationalisation and renewal of higher education at Swedish higher education institutions, prioritising first and second cycle education but also for doctoral studies. STINT has now extended the application deadline until 25 March. Please note that the faculty has an internal management procedure and that all applications are to be sent to Marie Brink (marie.brink@science.lu.se) no later than 18 March.
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
Webinar: Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE), 18 February
Welcome to a webinar about the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s major investment in the new Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE) research programme. Time and place: 18 February at 09:00–10:00 via Zoom.
Associate professorship lecture in physics, 1 March
Pablo Villanueva Perezwill hold an associate professorship lecture entitled Nobel Prizes awarded in x-ray science: their relevance and implications. Time and place: 1 March at 16.00–17.00 in Rydbergssalen, Department of Physics.
Media training for researchers, 26–28 April
The University offers video and media training for researchers who are regularly contacted by journalists and would like to become more confident in dealing with the media. The training consists of a collective overview on 26 April 10:00–12:00 and a practice session held over a half day on 26–28 April.
Read more and register for the training course via the Staff Pages
LU Conferences: Knowledge for Sustainable Development, 2 May
The University invites you to the second session of the conference on Knowledge for Sustainable Development, to be held on 2 May 08:30–16:30 at the Scandic Star Hotel in Lund. The deadline for submitting an abstract is 6 March. The registration deadline for the conference is 17 April.
Read more about the conference – sustainability.lu.se
Course for doctoral students: New Imaging and Fluctuation Methods: Super-Resolution, Light-Sheet, STED-FCS and FRET-FCS, 30 May–10 June
The SciLifeLab course for doctoral students entitled New Imaging and Fluctuation Methods: Super-Resolution, Light-Sheet, STED-FCS and FRET-FCS is now open for registration. The course will be held via Zoom 30 May–10 June and is worth 3 credits. Register by sending an email to stewen@kth.se.
Read more about the course on the SciLifeLab website
Research seminar: Access Forum, 9–11 November
Lund University is part of the ACCESS platform that aims to promote collaboration in higher education between Sweden and Chile. Every year, a bilateral Access Forum research seminar is held, featuring various workshops. This year’s seminar is entitled Reconnecting for a Sustainable Future and will take place 9–11 November in Chile. Registration is open from 3 May to 30 June. If you are interested in organising a workshop, you need to register no later than 3 April.
Access Forum website
Staff in the Swedish media
Astronomer has mapped the atmosphere of an exoplanet
Bibiana Prinoth, doctoral student at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, was interviewed about her detailed study of the atmosphere of the Jupiter-like exoplanet WASP-189b, which is located 322 lightyears away from Earth. The major discovery in the study is that the exoplanet’s atmosphere contains titanium oxide, a substance whose presence has now been confirmed for the first time around an ultra-hot gas giant outside our solar system. Among other things, Prinoth says that this type of study is a first step in the search for life on other planets.
Ancient ice from Greenland and Antarctica bears witness to mysterious solar storm 
Raimund Muscheler, professor at the Department of Geology, was interviewed about a new study of an enormous solar storm that occurred about 9 200 years ago. What puzzles researchers is that the storm happened during one of the sun’s more passive phases, when Earth was previously thought to be less exposed to such events. Muscheler explains that researchers found traces of the solar storm while studying ice cores drilled from Greenland and Antarctica. ‟These enormous storms are currently not sufficiently included in international risk assessment. It is of utmost importance to analyse what these events could entail for today’s technology and how we can protect ourselves”, says Muscheler.
Researchers demand restitution of Pluto’s status as a planet 
Katrin Ros, doctoral student at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, was interviewed in connection with the demand by a group of researchers that Pluto be classified once more as a planet. Pluto lost its status as a planet in 2006 as it does not meet the requirement of a free orbital path. ‟They find this to be an artificially invented criterion setting the limits in such a way as to exclude Pluto while keeping the large planets”, says Ros.
Wild bees and honey bees compete for food 
Henrik Smith, professor at the Department of Biology and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was interviewed about a new report showing that honey bees compete with wild bees for flower resources, and that more research and knowledge are needed to create the conditions for co-existence between bee-keeping and long-term conservation of wild bees in Sweden. ‟Competition for resources is common in the ecosystem and has played an important role in the development of species and their niches. But in combination with changes to the habitat by humans and improvements in bee-keeping, there is a risk of harm to wild bees”, says Smith.
Biologists answer questions about animals and nature
Susanne Åkesson and Mikael Sörensson, respectively professor and visiting lecturer at the Department of Biology, answer listeners’ questions on the radio programme Naturmorgon. The latest episode dealt with light from fireflies and how common swifts build nests.
Astronomer interviewed about how the world was formed 
Anders Johansen, professor at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, was interviewed about a study showing that Earth went from being a baby planet of ice and carbon to its present size thanks to rock particles only millimetres wide. The result also shows that Earth was formed over a significantly shorter period than previously believed. ‟It probably ‛only’ took five million years, compared with the thirty to a hundred million years posited by the current theory”, explains Johansen.
Last but not least
Giving students tips about digital study technique 
The website Your Digital Study Environment (campusonline.lu.se) gathers information for students about digital tools that they are expected to use at Lund University, along with tips for study technique. The website has now been made easier to navigate, with text in plain language.
Visit the website Your Digital Study Environment
Soon time for this year’s Science, Medicine and Engineering (NMT) days 
Since 1998, the University has opened its doors for a week in March, inviting upper secondary school pupils and their teachers to popular science lectures and demonstrations in science, medicine and engineering. This year’s event will be held 14–18 March.
The faculty is contributing to the Young Researchers exhibition 
The Faculty of Science, together with the Faculty of Engineering, will take part in the Young Researchers exhibition, which is Sweden’s biggest competition for projects in science, engineering and mathematics. As a participating higher education institution, we contribute through our digital stands to making the finalists’ experience even more rewarding, while marketing ourselves to thousands of visiting school pupils from all over the country.
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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