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New collaboration strengthens climate and biodiversity research

Small path in diverse forest. Photo.
The new collaboration will strengthen the national climate and biodiversity research. Photo by Ars Buchatski on Unsplash.

The graduate research schools ClimBEco and the Bolin Centre Climate Research School (CRS) have recently initiated a collaboration with multiple climate-focused intentions. The joint activities will strengthen the course curriculum and network possibilities for the respective PhD students and contribute to the advancement of the climate and biodiversity research front.

 “This is a fantastic way to take advantage of each other’s strengths and we see the cooperation as a catalyst for strengthening the Swedish graduate education on climate and biodiversity nationally. We hope this initiative will contribute to Sweden taking a leading role in moving this research agenda of high societal relevance forward”, says Carmen Prieto and Otto Hermelin, study coordinators of the Bolin Centre CRS.

Both the Bolin Centre Climate Research School at Stockholm University and the Lund University ClimBEco graduate research school at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) offer interdisciplinary research educations focusing on the fields of climate, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Based on this common ground, the graduate research schools now want to benefit from each other by increasing the collaborative activities.

“With this cooperation in place, we avoid reinventing the wheel and can expand our course curriculum by taking full advantage of high-quality courses already in place” says Anna Ekberg, coordinator of ClimBEco. Enrolled PhD students can now apply to and receive financial support for taking part in courses offered through both of the research schools.

The cooperation also opens up for opportunities to create new courses and activities of common interest to both research schools and the respective strategic research areas.

About the strategic research areas

Stockholm University and Lund University are the hosts of the Strategic Research Areas (SRAs) The Bolin Centre for Climate Research, respectively BECC and MERGE, all three of which carry out research of the highest international quality, focused on the areas of climate science, biodiversity and ecosystem services.


For more information about the collaboration and the research schools, please contact the respective coordinators:

  • ClimBEco Graduate Research School, Lund University
    ClimBEco web page 
    Project manager Cheryl Sjöström 
    cheryl [dot] sjostrom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (cheryl[dot]sjostrom[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)
  • The Bolin Centre Climate Research School (CRS), Stockholm University
    Study coordinators:
    Otto Hermelin 
    otto [dot] hermelin [at] geo [dot] su [dot] se (otto[dot]hermelin[at]geo[dot]su[dot]se)
    Carmen Prieto 
    carmen [dot] prieto [at] natgeo [dot] su [dot] se (carmen[dot]prieto[at]natgeo[dot]su[dot]se)