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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 21 April 2022
Management news
Latest dean’s bulletin
Sven Lidin writes about hope and joys in springtime, but also on the war in Ukraine and the importance of helping those who are displaced and about defending basic academic values.
Read the Dean’s bulletin on the faculty’s internal website
What's on
Online course and workshops on creating data management plans
The Library of Science offers a course and workshops on data management and data management plans.
  • The course consists of short instructional videos that will help you create a data management plan for your research project. The course is given via the Canvas learning platform and you can start the course at any time. The videos have a total length of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • The workshops are offered as a supplement to the course. During the workshop, you have the opportunity to get help with specific problems that you have encountered when writing your data management plan.
Read more about the course and the workshops in Canvas
Sustainability Week, 2–7 May
This year’s Sustainability Week offers activities on themes such as nature and water, climate and energy, social sustainability, industry and professional life, consumption, and the present and future in Skåne. The week is organised by Lund University and the City of Lund. Time and place: 2–7 May in Lund.
Sustainability Week website
Meet the Faculty of Science’s honorary doctors, 5 May and 2 June
This spring, you will have the opportunity to meet the Faculty of Science’s honorary doctors from 2020 to 2022.
  • Panel discussion with Lund University’s honorary doctors from 2020 and 2021 will be held on 5 May from 12:30 to 13:45 (in English) and from 14:00 to 15:15 (in Swedish) at Palaestra. The faculty’s honorary doctor Mary Higby Schweitzer, Professor of Molecular Palaeontology at North Carolina State University, will participate in the discussion. Honorary doctors Melissa Franklin, particle physicist at Harvard University, and Thomas Henning, Professor of Astrophysics at Heidelberg University and the University of Jena, will also be present.
    Register by sending an email to constance.holmback@science.lu.se by today, 21 April. Subject to availability, there will be a drop-in option without registration.
    Programme for the panel discussion on 5 May (PDF, 1.1 MB)

  • The Faculty of Science’s 2022 honorary doctor seminar will be held on 2 June from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Lundmarksalen lecture hall, Astronomihuset. Honorary doctors Kerstin Johannesson, Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Gothenburg, and Georg Kresse, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna, will each give a seminar. Following the seminar there will be light refreshments in the foyer. No registration is required.
    Programme for the honorary doctors seminar 2 June (PDF, 1 MB)
Lecture on groundwater – an invisible resource presenting challenges and opportunities, 17 May
The Swedish Research Council and the Department of Geology invite you to the inaugural lecture by Beth Parker, holder of the Tage Erlander visiting professorship. The lecture is entitled “Groundwater: An Invisible Resource Presenting Challenges and Opportunities”. Time and place: 17 May from 14:15 to 16:00 at Pangea, Geocentrum II.
Read more about the lecture on the Department of Geology website
Theses of the month
This month’s theses in science
During this month, six new theses will be presented at the Faculty of Science.
  • Vidar Aspelin, “Modeling of inorganic ions in aqueous solution”.
  • Miriam Heingård, “Exceptional fossil preservation: implications for palaeobiology and taphonomy”.
  • Daniele Gerosa, “Non-Convex Methods for Compressed Sensing and Low-Rank Matrix Problems”.
  • Aivars Cirulis, “Splitting the sexes: The birth and senescence of sex chromosomes”.
  • Niels Koning, “Development of an Asymmetric Synthesis of Glionitrin A and B”.
  • Olive Niyomubyeyi, “Metaheuristic Algorithms for Spatial Multi-Objective Decision Making”.
Search for doctoral theses in the University’s research portal
See forthcoming public defences of theses – lu.se
Staff in the Swedish media
Professor interviewed about new climate report
Markku Rummukainen, Professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed by several media outlets about a report by the UN panel on climate change, IPCC, concerning the opportunities to put the brakes on global heating. “There are many measures in different sectors which can be introduced immediately or during this decade. However, we are falling behind on implementation”, says Rummukainen.
Researcher takes first step towards mass production of fossil-free hydrogen gas  
Kenneth Wärnmark, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, was interviewed about the fact that researchers have succeeded in creating a hydrogen gas production system using an iron complex as a light-absorbing dye molecule. “By linking hydrogen production to a photocatalyst using a common metal such as iron, in the future we will be able to mass produce hydrogen gas cheaply without using any fossil fuels, with sunlight as the only energy source. This will be necessary to achieve a fossil fuel-free society”, says Wärnmark.
Articles in the Lund University Magazine, LUM
The latest issue of LUM includes an interview with Margareta Johansson, Research Coordinator at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, about climate projects that have been put on hold due to the invasion of Ukraine. Birger Schmitz, Professor of Geology at the Department of Physics, talks about the research trip to Russia that was cancelled because of the war. Sven Lidin, Dean of the faculty, was interviewed about the Government’s investment in profile areas. Bo-Anders Jönsson, Professor at the Division for Medical Radiation Physics, was interviewed about broadened student recruitment. Tina D'Hertefeldt, researcher at the Department of Biology, and Kristina Blennow, Visiting Professor at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, were mentioned as co-authors of a Swedish book on invasive plants in Swedish nature entitled “Växtvärk – perspektiv på invasiva främmande växter i svensk natur”. Charlotte Sparrenbom, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geology, was mentioned as the editor and co-author of a Swedish book on groundwater called “Grundvattenboken”. LUM also mentions that Anna Runemark and Stanley Heinze, Associate Senior Lecturer and researcher respectively at the Department of Biology, have been awarded significant grants from the European Research Council, ERC. And, last but not least, Carl-Johan Höberg, doctoral student at the Department of Biology, has written a piece about a new initiative for a circular economy at the University.
LUM’s website
Chemist interviewed about poisoning
Ulf Ellervik, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, was interviewed about poisoning and procedures to detect suspected homicidal poisoning. He wants healthcare staff to be more observant about the possibility of poisoning as the underlying cause of unclear illness progression and for healthcare staff to feel confident in contacting the police if there are any doubts. It is also important that healthcare staff collect and store bodily fluids to be able to carry out analyses afterwards, says Ellervik.
Researcher interviewed about bird feeding
Caroline Isaksson, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about when it is appropriate to feed small birds. Isaksson says it can be good for the birds to receive help to find food in the winter and it is important to offer them a variety of foods.  
Climate professor named as one of the most influential in sustainability
Markku Rummukainen, Professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, has been included in the Swedish journal Aktuell Hållbarhet’s list of Sweden’s most influential people in sustainability. Rummukainen is placed at number 31. The reasons given were: “One of Sweden’s leading climate experts. Our representative on the UN panel for climate change, IPCC, where he participated in the completion of the sixth major report and its dissemination in Sweden and abroad. The main message is that there is an urgent need for climate measures and that many measures are available”.
How eagle owls are protected from electric shocks
Arne Hegemann, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about how electric cables close to the breeding grounds of eagle owls are to be covered in plastic to protect the birds from electric shocks. Hegemann explains, among other things, that electric shocks are behind 40 per cent of all deaths of eagle owls.
Last but not least
New government framework agreement for furniture recycling
There is a new government framework agreement that allows you to purchase or lease second-hand furniture, sell existing furniture or contract circular services.
Read more about the agreement (staff.lu.se)
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)
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