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About CEC

The Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC, is a combined physical and virtual centre at Lund University. CEC conducts research, education and communication on environmental sciences and climate research.

The background

The Department of Environmental Science was founded in 2004 at Lund University to pursue environmental science with an interdisciplinary perspective. Graduate studies within the field started in 2006. The Department became the Centre for Environment and Climate Research (CEC) in 2010, in conjunction with the granting of two Strategic Research Areas, BECC and MERGE to Lund University.

Today, CEC has around forty employees and extensive collaborations with scientists at other departments, in conjunction with CEC's activities within environmental science and related interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition, there are about twenty graduate students within Environmental Science, either at CEC or employed at other departments within the Faculty of Science. CEC also manages an extensive research communication and outreach activity.

CEC Components

CEC is involved in research, research infrastructure, education and communication. Read more about the different components of CEC here.

Plan of operations 2015-2016

In order to implement its vision, CEC works strategically with research, education and communication to:

  • support, develop and conduct interdisciplinary research in the fields of the environment and climate,
  • support first-, second- and third-cycle education in the fields of the environment and climate to provide interdisciplinary training for professional agents in the field of the environment and climate,
  • make research findings more visible and create contact interfaces and dialogue with community agents

Read more in the plan of operations.

Download the English version of the CEC Plan of Operations 2017 here (as pdf).



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CEC Vision

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The vision of the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) is to contribute to the development of Lund University as a leading national and international research hub and knowledge agent for integrated environmental and climate research.


Professor Henrik Smith
Phone: +46 (0)46 222 93 79
henrik.smith [at]

Deputy Director
Katarina Hedlund
katarina.hedlund [at]
046-222 3798

Administrative manager
Karin Hofvendahl
karin.hofvendahl [at]
+46 (0)46-222 97 96


Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC

Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund, Sweden

Visiting address
The Ecology building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund