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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 7 April 2022
Management news
Latest faculty board meeting
The following was addressed at the faculty board meeting on 30 March:
  • information and discussion about Ukraine
  • information and discussion about IT at the faculty
  • information about the overview of research and education in the area of computational science
  • information about the inquiry into the coordination of the Department of Geology, the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science as one joint department, as well as the inquiry into how the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science’s coordination of research programmes and collaboration platforms could be organised in the event of a change in departmental structure
  • information and consultation paper prior to the decision on the scope of the establishment in Science Village as well as financial calculations
  • approval of the rules of procedure and the faculty board’s delegations to the Dean.
New member of the faculty’s nominating committee
Johanna Alkan Olsson, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, has been elected as a new member of the faculty’s nominating committee for the remainder of the term of office (up to and including 31 March 2024).
Read more about the election on the faculty’s internal website
Prizes and awarded grants
SEK 50 million for research on biodiversity and the financial system
The research programme Pathways towards an efficient alignment of the financial system with the needs of biodiversity (BIOPATH), with Lund University as programme host, has been awarded funding of SEK 50 million over a period of four years, starting in September 2022. The funding body is Mistra (the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research). Several researchers from the Faculty of Science are participating in the programme, including Henrik Smith (Professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science), who is leading the subproject Quantifying Biodiversity Impact for Industry and the Financial System.
Mathematician awarded KAW grant for postdoc position
Adem Limani, doctoral student at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for a postdoc position at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. Limani will also receive funding for two years following his return to Sweden.
Read about it on the KAW website
Several staff receive the award For zealous and devoted service of the realm
On 30 March, staff who have been employed in the service of the realm for 30 years, or 25 years when retiring, received the award For zealous and devoted service of the realm. The following people at the Faculty of Science received the award:
  • Petter Pilesjö, Professor at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
  • Viveka Alfredsson, Professor at the Department of Chemistry
  • Salam Al-Karadaghi, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Chemistry
  • Lars-Anders Hansson, Professor at the Department of Biology
  • Torsten Åkesson, Professor at the Department Physics
  • Åse Paulsson, librarian at the Library of Science
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Proposals for doctoral and postdoc projects within the research programme Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability, WISE
Lund University is participating in Knut and Alice Wallenbergs’ new research programme in material science specialising in sustainability. Within the framework of the programme, the University can submit 30 proposals for doctoral and postdoc projects. The University’s evaluation group is accepting proposals up to and including 16 May.
Read more about the programme and how to submit a project proposal (PDF, 357 kB)
Changes to the call for applications for university-wide funding for interdisciplinary projects focusing on Agenda 2030
The University’s Research Board has changed the eligibility requirements for co-applicants. Co-applicants must to be employed for an indefinite term at Lund University or be an associate senior lecturer at Lund University. The call for applications has been updated with the new information.
Read the updated call for applications (staff.lu.se)
Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
Science magazine and SciLifeLab are organising an international essay competition in which recent PhD graduates can win up to USD 30 000 and have their essay published in Science. Your essay is to consist of 1 000 words and focus on your doctoral thesis. The application deadline is 15 July.
Read more about the competition on the SciLifeLab 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
Seminar on the IPCC report Mitigation of Climate Change, 20 April
The strategic research environments BECC and MERGE, together with the thematic collaboration initiative LU Land, invite you to a seminar on the latest report from the UN climate panel, IPCC. Time and place: 20 April from 13:00 to 15:00 via Zoom. The registration deadline is 17 April.
Read more and register for the seminar via the BECC website
Associate professorship lecture in biology, 25 April
Øystein H. Opedal will hold an associate professorship lecture entitled Species interactions in a changing world. Time and place: 25 April from 14:00 to 15.00 at the Blue Hall, Ecology Building.
Webinar on the transfer of research data in Europe, 27 April
The EU project Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS), which Lund University is a part of, invites you to a webinar entitled Hanseatic Science Cloud – European sovereignty over data management processes. Time and place: 27 April from 12:00 to 13:00 via Zoom.
Read more and register for the webinar (halos.lu.se)
Associate professorship lecture in quaternary geology, 28 April
Johannes Edvardsson, researcher at the Department of Geology, will hold an associate professorship lecture entitled Climate, Catastrophes and Cultural heritage – What we can learn from tree rings. Time and place: 28 April from 13:15 to 14:15 at the Baltica room, Geocentrum II.
Staff in the Swedish media
Bird fathers pull the heaviest load during migrations to Africa
Susanne Åkesson, Professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about a new study which shows that it is the males that bear the main responsibility for their young when Caspian terns migrate from the Baltic Sea to tropical Africa. The females invest significant energy early in the season for egg laying, incubating and feeding and therefore take a step back once the migration starts. “What surprised me the most was that the drive to lead is so strong in the males. One example of this was a male who adopted a young tern, allowed it to follow along during the autumn migration,” says Åkesson.
Net increase in carbon dioxide emissions in the northern hemisphere despite colder autumns
Hans Chen, researcher at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed about a new study which shows that terrestrial ecosystems in large regions of North American and Eurasia have increased emissions, despite the regions experiencing unexpected cooling in the autumns since 2004. “We were very surprised, as we had expected to see a net reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in regions experiencing cooling. Instead, we observed similar tendencies towards increased emissions regardless of positive or negative temperature trends,” says Chen.
The war has put a stop to climate projects in the Arctic 
Margareta Johansson, research coordinator at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed about climate projects that have been put on hold following the Government’s call to cease collaborations with state institutions in Russia. “On the one hand you can understand that something must be done, but on the other hand it is tragic, as the climate knows no national borders,” says Johansson.
New book brings together knowledge on groundwater
Charlotte Sparrenbom, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geology, is the editor of a new Swedish book on groundwater called Grundvattenboken, which was celebrated with a book release on World Water Day on 22 March. “Groundwater is an important resource which is not given enough attention. That is what the other 17 authors and I want to change. Previously, there has not been a Swedish standard work on groundwater, so I am of course very happy to be able to present this new book,” she says.  
Researcher interviewed about the invasion of Ukraine 
Viktoriia Meklesh, researcher at the Department of Chemistry, was interviewed about the invasion of Ukraine. Meklesh, who is from Ukraine and still has family there, says she is in shock, and that it is very difficult to watch the news about her country every day about how many people are suffering and how many children are being killed.
Low tide reveals the area around the ancient sea forest
Anton Hansson, laboratory assistant at the Department of Geology, was interviewed about it being a good time to explore the area around the 10 000-year-old forest in the sea off the coast at Haväng. “What you can see from land is probably primarily remnants of human artefacts. If you want to see the forest, you need to go further out and 2-3 metres below the surface,” says Hansson.
How Ukraine got the most fertile soil in the world
Håkan Wallander, Professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about the fertile black soil in Ukraine. Wallander explains that the soil was formed after the most recent Ice Age, when soil material emerged from the melting glaciers and was then spread out by the wind, and that the fertile soils have built up over many thousands of years.
Spruce forest close to watercourses leads to browner water
Emma Kritzberg, Professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about a study which shows that the expansion of spruce forest leads to browner water in lakes and watercourses. Kritzberg’s advice to forest owners is to invest in deciduous forest close to water. “The expansion of spruce forests means that the soil layer has become rich in organic material – humus. In agricultural land and deciduous forests, the organic material is broken down faster and, in contrast to spruce forests, it does not leak out into the water,” she says.
Researcher interviewed about how birds are affected by wind turbines
Martin Green, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about his research on how birds and bats are affected by wind turbines. He also talked about how people can reduce the risk of wildlife being killed by rotor blades.
Biologist has worked on several children’s books about animals
Andreas Nord, researcher at the Department of Biology, was mentioned in relation to the fact that he has fact checked – and participated in the writing of – several children’s books about animals and nature.  
Last but not least
Stay up to date on the war in Ukraine
The University’s Staff Pages have information for staff regarding the war in Ukraine. The website is continuously updated with new information.
Stay up to date on the war in Ukraine (staff.lu.se)
Correction on grants awarded by the sustainable forestry foundation Skogssällskapet
In the previous issue of Insidan, there was a news item about researchers who were awarded grants by Skogssällskapet. Unfortunately, the editor of Insidan Newsletter made an error, as it was only Patrik Vestin who was awarded a grant for 2021/2022. The others were recipients of funding in previous years.
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