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CEC and ClimBEco alumni come together for celebration and networking

Alumni gathered outside the university building. Photo.
Alumni from CEC and ClimBEco, gathered outside the university building in Lund. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg

Fifteen years ago, the first doctoral students began their education at CEC. Since then, there have been 240 PhD students from CEC and ClimBEco, the research school hosted by CEC. This week, about 60 of them gathered for a joint alumni celebration with networking, workshops and lectures at AF-borgen in Lund.

The alumni of CEC and ClimBEco are now in very different fields, some have researched and worked in academia, while others have gone into business or teaching. The alumni celebration on 11 and 12 May was an opportunity to make new contacts that may lead to future collaborations both within and outside the university.

"We had a strong focus on networking and celebrating the achievements of the PhD students over the years. It is the PhD students who have developed these parts of the activities to what they are today," says research administrator Ylva van Meeningen, who organised the event together with Cheryl Sjöström, coordinator of ClimBEco and Natascha Kljun, study director for the research education at CEC.

Cooperation in the future

Organic farmer Kerstin Engström was one of the participants.

"Now that I've left research, it's great to be here. Hopefully we can also start a cooperation between research and my farm in the future," she says.

Current PhD students were also present to meet the alumni. Johan Eckdahl from ClimBEco particularly appreciated the social aspects of the programme.

"I'm in the middle of an intensive writing phase and there's not much interaction. You need to get ideas outside the literature," he says.

A man and a woman in a workshop. Photo.
Hakim Abdi, CEC, and Maria Wittemann, Gothenburg University, in a workshop. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg
Posters with the programme. Photo.
The alumni event program. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg
A woman with a coffee mug with people in the background. Photo.
Alumna Johanna Birgander from Skåne County Administrative Board. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg