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10 February 2022

From the management

Welcome back to the office from Tuesday 15 February!
As of 9 February 2022, most of the Covid-19 restrictions decided by the Swedish government and the Swedish Public Health Agency were lifted. Still, university employees whose physical presence on campus is not required to maintain necessary activities should work from home through Monday February 14, 2022.

Thereafter the University has decided to employ a gradual adaptation towards activities without Covid-19 restrictions, which is to be completed by March 21, 2022. In the case of teaching, assessment and other educational activities, including PhD education, these will gradually adapt already from February 9.

At CEC we welcome everyone back from February 15, 2022. We base this decision on the assumption that it is unlikely that all CEC employees will return at once because of other activities and circumstances, and see therefore no need for special restrictions during the transition period.

If you have questions or concerns or need special arrangements please contact your line manager.

Note that the following recommendations still apply:

·  Get vaccinated

·  Stay home if you have symptoms that could be signs of a respiratory tract infection

·  Those who are unvaccinated should be extra careful and avoid crowded indoor environments

More information can be found on the websites below.

Corona-19 information for staff/PhD doctoral students –

Current rules and recommendations –

Collective information about Covid-19 –

External communication activities at CEC spring 2022

This spring we focus on:

  • Communication related to the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC, report 2 (28 February) and report 3 (4 April).  We are involved in a broader LU-communication network, related to climate change and biodiversity, where we try to coordinate our activites.
  • Webinar or seminar during The Sustainability Week 2-7 May (Probably on the theme Biodiversity and Finance)
  • The Swedish Climate Symposium, different outreach-activities (18 May)
  • Maybe something related to the International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May (new ideas are welcome!)
  • Conference Man-and-the-Biosphere 23-29 May
  • COP15 Kunming, China (no date set yet) – different outreach activities

Apart from this we do ordinary external communication, such as press releases, debate articles, communication related to reports and synthesis, etcetera, as usual.

If you have input or want to know more, please contact anna_maria [dot] erling [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (anna_maria[dot]erling[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se).

Professional media training 26-28 April
Lund University offers camera and media training for researchers who are regularly contacted by journalists and who want to feel more secure in their interactions with the media. The exercises involve you being interviewed by an experienced TV journalist. The next training sessions will take part 26-28 April. Read more and register at LU staff pages.
Training how communicate your research -

How to write popular science texts – CEC Friday Talk 25 February
Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to Miriam Frankel, editor at The Conversation, who will talk next Friday on How to write popular science. Miriam will give concrete advise and tips on how to write for a broader, non-academic audience.
The Conversation

We are hiring – spread the word
We are looking for a communications officer to strengthen the communication within primarly BECC and MERGE.

Kommunikatör vid Centrum för miljö- och klimatvetenskap (

Other news

Updated documents 2022 - Full Cost calculation and Administrative Guide
If you are applying for external funding in 2022, there is now an updated full-cost estimate (Fullkostnadskalkyl) for 2022 on the CEC's internal website that you should use. The new Overhead for 2022 is 37,5%. The Administrative Guide has also been updated for the year 2022. It contains, among other things, the new increased Social fees of 2022.

Full cost application 2022 | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) (

Fullkostnadskalkyl 2022 | Centrum för miljö- och klimatvetenskap (CEC) (


Friday, 11 February at 10:15 – Management information and Friday talk: Human rights and the Agenda 2030 – an uncomfortable alliance. Presentation by Lena Halldenius, Professor of human rights studies at the Department of History at Lund University.

Wednesday, 16 February at 9:00 - Matthew Baldwin (European Commission DG MOVE) gives a talk in ICOS Cities webinar series related to how European cities become climate-neutral by 2030. Matthew Baldwin is European Commission official - Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE leading Mission for 100 Climate Neutral Cities by 2030, supported by the European Green Deal Strategy to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. 30 minutes talk + some discussion.
Please register for the ICOS Cities Talks –

Wednesday, 23 February at 8:30 – 9:30, the seminar series” How to benefit wild pollinators – what does research say?”, co-arranged by LU Land and the County Administration Skåne, invites you to learn more about urban pollinators. Anna Person, researcher at CEC, will tell us more about the ecological requirements of different pollinators, how this in turn affects their ability to use urban parks and gardens, and how cities can be planned and managed to benefit a larger variety of pollinator species. More information and registration link:
Urban pollinators | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) (

Wednesday 2 March at 8:30 – 9:30, LU Land invites all interested researchers and societal actors to yet another breakfast seminar. This time, we will discuss “The role of organic farming in developing the sustainable agriculture of the future”. More information and registration link: LU Land Breakfast seminar #13: The, role of organic farming in developing the sustainable agriculture of the future | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC)

Thursday, 3 March 2021 - SRA workshop series: Modelling in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Read more and register -

Wednesday, 30 March 2021 - SRA workshop series: Infrastructure – how to connect different infrastructures within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
More information on how to register will be available soon-

Grand Seminar: The "IPCC AR6: Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability"-report in a Swedish context
The seminar is co-organized by the national Strategic Research Areas BECC and MERGE, together with the Thematic Collaboration Initiative LU Land and LUCSUS. The aim of this event is to highlight the recent IPCC report and, in the light of a coming report from the Swedish National Expert Council for Climate Adaptation, discuss its implications in a Swedish context. The seminar will be in English, but you are welcome to ask questions in Swedish.
Date & Time: Wednesday, 9 March at 13:00 – 15:00
Venue: Zoom (link will be sent out to all who have registered the day before the seminar)
Grand seminar: The recent “IPCC AR6: Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability"-report in a Swedish context society –

Support and information for Horizon Europe applicants
The CEC “Support for applications to Horizon Europe” page has been updated with a News section. Here you will find information about new call drafts – the first drafts for 2023-24 have arrived, planning grants, etc.

The first Swedish Climate Symposium! Crown princess Victoria of Sweden will attend the opening.
CEC are proud and happy to inform you that the first Swedish Climate Symposium, arranged by BECC, MERGE, SMHI and Bolins Center, will take place in Norrköping 15-18 May. Invitation is attached! Abstract submissions (talk or poster): no later than 25 February (New date!). Registration: no later than 15 March. The event will gather leading Swedish climate researchers and the idea is that it will be arranged every two years. “The conference is a unique opportunity for climate scientists to interact, reflect, and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for the future. The Symposium will highlight the main conclusions of the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC and its consequences for Sweden. In a series of topical parallel sessions, a broad spectrum of expertise in climate sciences is presented, including modelling, experimental and field work, the role of paleoclimate science, observations, impact studies, mitigation strategies, interactions with biological diversity and ecosystem services, and the economic and governance aspects of climate change. Media, politicians, and societal actors will be able to meet and interact with scientists during devoted sessions, with emphasis on the climate in a Swedish context.” Please visit the conference website:

New report on nature-based solutions
Nature-based solutions – what is the new concept about? Our colleagues Helena Hanson, Johanna Alkan Olsson and Lisa Lorentzi Wall share a new report on the idea of using nature to solve environmental problems.
Report on CEC’s webpage –

Event ideas for the Almedalen Week 2022?
Almedalen Week is a meeting place for dialogue, exchange and unexpected meetings which is intended to contribute to the societal development, taking place annually in Visby, Gotland. This year Lund University is planning to attend the Almedalen Week (3-7 July) on the theme of Democracy and wish to highlight the broad range of activities at the university. Do you have event ideas on the topic and wish to attend? Contact Ulla Boström Hjorth, ulla [dot] bostrom_hjorth [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (ulla[dot]bostrom_hjorth[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se), no later than 18 February.
About the Almedalen Week –

CEC in the Media
If the articles are behind pay wall, you can find them and read them in Retriever Research/Mediearkivet. Log in with your LUCAT-id.

Researchers demand international panel on environmental toxins
Almost 2,000 researchers from 85 countries have started a call to demand an international panel to strengthen protection against hazardous chemicals and waste. About a hundred Swedish researchers, including Ullrika Sahlin, have signed a letter sent to the Minister for Climate and the Environment calling for support for the proposal to set up the  international scientific panel. The proposal will be presented at the forthcoming meeting of the UN Environment Assembly at the end of February.
Article in Forskning & Framsteg –
Article in Aktuell Hållbarhet –
Article in Örebronyheter –

Wild bees and honey bees compete for food
In a new report, by Henrik Smith and Sandra Lindström, the researchers state that honey bees compete with wild bees for flower resources, and that more research and knowledge is needed to create conditions for coexistence between beekeeping and conservation of wild bees in the long term in Sweden.
Article in Epoch Times -
Report on the CEC webpage –

Pictures and videos during your time at CEC – GDPR
During your time at CEC there will be pictures taken and videos shot at staff meetings etc. If you do not wish to appear in photos, videos etc. please notify anna_maria [dot] erling [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (anna_maria[dot]erling[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se) orstina [dot] johannesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (stina[dot]johannesson[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)Information about data protection at Lund University –

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