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Newsletter: INSIDAN, 5 May 2022
Apply for grants and scholarships
Apply to the SFF programme to broaden your expertise
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SFF) is calling for applications to the Strategic Mobility programme, which offers researchers the opportunity to spend 4-12 months working in another sector, on an exchange basis. The application deadline is 6 September.
Read the call for applications on the SFF website
Apply for funding to work on your research application
The interdisciplinary network SASNET (Swedish South Asian Studies Network) is announcing grants to support the University’s researchers in their work on writing research applications. One requirement for obtaining a grant is that the intended research project is to be connected to South Asia. You can apply for the following funding:
  • A grant to write a research application. The application deadline is 31 May.
  • A planning grant for submission of a major research application. The application deadline is 10 June.
Read more and apply for a grant via the SASNET website
Nominate candidates for the Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award
The organisations UArctic and Arctic Circle are now accepting nominations for the Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge and support work that contributes to preventing, reversing or mitigating the effects of climate change in the Arctic. The prize is worth approximately SEK 1 million and can be awarded to individuals, groups and organisations. The deadline for nominations is 17 May.
Read more and nominate candidates for the Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award – uarctic.org
Nominate candidates for the World Laureates Association Prize 
The World Laureates Association (WLA) is now accepting nominations for the following two prizes, which aim to support outstanding researchers.
  • WLA Prize in Computer Science or Mathematics
  • WLA Prize in Life Science or Medicine
Each prize is worth close to SEK 15 million and may be shared between up to four researchers. The deadline for nominating candidates is 1 June.
Read more and nominate candidates – wlaprize.org
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).
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What's on
Activities in view of applying for an ERC Starting Grant
Research Services invites you to three activities intended for researchers planning to apply for an ERC Starting Grant.
  • Introductory workshop. Time and place: 30 May from 09:00 to 15:00 via Zoom. The registration deadline is 23 May.
  • Extra session – get started on your application and get feedback on your CV. Time: 10 June from 09:00 to 12:00. The registration deadline is 23 May.
  • Training camp – get feedback on your draft application. Time: 2 days at some point between 22 and 26 August. The registration deadline is 23 May.
Read more and register for the activities on the Research Services blog
Three different HALOS events in May and June
The EU project Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS), in which Lund University participates and which focuses on infrastructures (MAX IV, ESS, DESY and European XFEL) for research and innovation in life science, invites you to three different events:
Associate professorship lecture in Biology, 3 June
Johanna Sjöstedt, researcher at the Department of Biology, will hold an associate professorship lecture entitled “Effect of disturbances on aquatic bacterial communities”. Time and place: 3 June from 09:00 to 10:00 in the Blue Hall, Ecology Building.
SANORD Annual Conference, 5–7 December
The Southern African – Nordic Centre (SANORD) invites you to its annual conference, which will be held on 5–7 December at the University of Limpopo in South Africa. If you are interested in attending the conference, you are welcome to apply for Lund University’s travel grant by 15 June. Contact Per Svensson, par.svensson@er.lu.se, for application instructions.
Read more about the conference on the SANORD website
Read more about the travel grant on the Lund University staff pages
Staff in the Swedish media
New study on space dust reinforces the theory on Earth’s formation from pebble accretion 
Anders Johansen, professor at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, was interviewed in many media outlets about a new study showing that cosmic dust played a crucial role in the formation of our planet. This reinforces Johansen’s ground-breaking theory, launched last year, according to which Earth was formed from pebbles that were sucked together into a celestial body over millions of years. “Using advanced computer simulations, we can establish that the Earth was formed by a combination of pebbles and dust from supernova explosions in the outer solar system, and dust from the inner solar system that contained a lot less dust from supernovas,” says Johansen.
How to increase the diversity of animals in your garden 
Marie Dacke, professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about how we can attract animals such as hedgehogs and pollinating insects to our gardens. Dacke’s tips included creating a varied garden with habitats suited to various species. She also explained how to help the endangered hedgehog and what aspects are important when creating bee hotels.
Chemistry researcher has produced spherical LEDs thanks to a simple vapour reaction 
Kaibo Zheng, researcher at the Department of Chemistry, was interviewed about a new study in which researchers succeeded in producing large-scale spherical LED surfaces, which was previously a technical challenge. The experiment, which was enabled by a simple chemical reaction, could be crucial to significantly reducing the cost of LED production. “Certain flexible LED products have already shown up on the market. But these are often made out of optoelectronic semiconductors. Our approach is based on a simple chemical vapour reaction that could significantly reduce the price of these products in the future,” says Zheng.
Climate project on pause due to war
Margareta Johansson, research coordinator at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed in many media outlets about how climate research in the Arctic is affected by the suspension of collaboration with Russian researchers. It is impossible to gain a holistic picture of the Arctic without looking at Russia, which has the largest land mass in the Arctic region, says Johansson.
Researchers have found a new way of creating exotic magnet structures using laser light 
Claudio Verdozzi, senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, was interviewed about a new way of creating tiny nanometre-sized magnet particles, known as skyrmions, using ultrafast laser light pulses. “Our results are of great interest to enable the production of more energy-efficient technical components. Our study shows that light can be used to manipulate localised magnetic excitations in very short time-scales. This is something we hope to be able to study further in collaboration with researchers at the research facilities ESS and MAX IV in Lund,” says Verdozzi.
Researchers want help finding the first bumblebees of spring
Anna Persson, researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was interviewed about her wish to receive reports from the general public about the first bumblebees of spring. Persson explained that she wants to find out when bumblebee queens wake up in various parts of the country and whether there are differences between the countryside and urban environments.
Chemist explains how we perceive scents
Ulf Ellervik, professor at the Department of Chemistry, was interviewed about how our sense of smell works and what determines whether we find a scent pleasant or not. “We can learn to like or dislike any scent. However, certain smells seem more difficult to appreciate. For example, most people react strongly to smoke from a fire and rotting meat, which could lead us to suspect a hereditary element, as these are things that can be dangerous to humans,” says Ellervik.
How the cuckoo gets other birds to take care of its young
Staffan Bensch, professor at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about brood parasites such as the cuckoo and the African cuckoo weaver, which lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species. Bensch explains that the greater the resemblance between the brood parasite’s eggs and those of the host bird, the likelier it is that the egg will be allowed to remain in the nest. However, the host birds have strategies to reveal the intruders – they can change the appearance of their eggs faster than the brood parasites can, and discard any eggs they don’t recognise.
Debate: “Agreement with notorious publisher hits research”
Helena Filipsson, professor at the Department of Geology, wrote an opinion piece together with twelve other researchers about the new agreement between Swedish university libraries and the Swiss publisher MDPI. According to the researchers, the agreement drains the Swedish research budget while undermining the legitimacy of research. “The Minister for Education cannot simply look on as this is happening”, they wrote.
Half as many insect species in certain parts of the world 
Björn Klatt, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed in many media outlets about a new study showing that the biodiversity among insects has dropped by 50 per cent in certain regions over the past 20 years. This is the result of a combination of temperature changes and changes in land use. “This means that we must change something. We cannot go on like this,” says Klatt.
New member of the Climate Policy Council
Henrik Smith, professor at the Department of Biology and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, was mentioned in connection with his appointment by the Government as a new member of the Climate Policy Council. “I hope to be able to contribute with knowledge about the interaction between climate change and loss of biodiversity, i.e. that climate change leads to loss of biodiversity while its impact on ecosystems can lead both to increased climate change and a reduction in nature’s ability to withstand climate change,” says Smith.
Thousands of starlings flew in formation over Krankesjön
Sören Svensson, professor emeritus at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about enormous flocks of starlings that came in over Krankesjön lake in early April. Svensson, who has been studying starlings since the 1980s, spoke about their life, their wintering habits and their ability to imitate the songs of other birds.
Climate professor interviewed about new oil and gas projects 
Markku Rummukainen, professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, was interviewed in connection with several companies publishing information about new investments in oil and gas, despite exhortations from the UN Climate Panel, IPCC, for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. “Already existing fossil infrastructure and projects correspond to excessively high emissions, if the climate goals are to be achieved. New fossil projects have a fairly short-term economic basis. Security policy can also play a role to some extent. Regardless, they risk becoming bad long-term business deals when renewable energy, new technology and other solutions continue to emerge with climate transition,” says Rummukainen.
How wind power can be adapted to protect birds of prey 
Martin Green, researcher at the Department of Biology, was interviewed about how to reduce the risk of birds of prey being killed by the blades of wind turbines. Among other things, Green says that birds of prey can be protected by carefully considering the location of the wind turbines and adapting their operation.
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)
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