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16 December 2021

From the Director

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for all your efforts during the past year. Your invaluable contributions to CEC help us to fulfill our educational and scientific missions, and to make CEC a welcoming and stimulating working environment. Use the break to relax and do things you enjoy, and when we meet after the holidays, we do so with renewed energy to take on 2022.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

My very best wishes,

Covid update 16 December
From today there are extended recommendations for testing upon entering Sweden. From now, everyone entering Sweden is recommended to test for covid-19 as soon as possible after arrival. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated, including those who have shown a negative covid-19 test upon entry.

From 21 December you will probably also need a Covid certificate upon entry from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway). This does not apply to Swedish citizens or permanent residents in Sweden. People who commute to work or who regularly cross the Swedish border to study are recommended to be tested for covid-19 once a week. As before, a Covid certificate is needed for entry from all other countries. Also, it is anticipated to come information about stricter recommendations next week, so please keep updated by accessing the information in the links provided below. More info in the links below (the information on the English pages lags)

Holiday times – staffing and deadlines
Tomorrow, the Biodiversity team will hold their annual Christmas lunch after our Friday fika in the lunchroom on level 3. To avoid overcrowding please use the lunchroom on level 2 instead until they have finished

In the period 23 December – 9 January, there is very limited administrative staff on duty, and they will mostly be working from home. Therefore, there will be no Friday fika or meetings in Teams and no newsletters. Pease see on the link below whom is on duty in the administration.
Contacts during Christmas holidays (

Deadline for submitting time reports, expense/travel claims and invoices
Primula: For payments in January, the deadline to submit time reports and expense/travel claims is 4 January 2022. If you have employees who submit time reports, it is your responsibility to ensure that they receive this information.

Lupin (Proceedo): Please make sure that you have processed all your invoices before you go on leave in December or by the 22 December 2021 at the latest.


At this time of year, there are some people leaving CEC. Two of our PhD students; Maria Blasi Romero, who recently defended her thesis, and Ivette Raices Cruz who defends tomorrow. Postdoc Viktoriia Meklesh has been working with the chemical and physical properties of soil organic matter and the relationship with organic matter decomposition. She will be taking up a new position at the division of Physical Chemistry from to continue her work on soil organic matter in collaboration with Ulf Olsson. We wish you all the best of luck!

And in January we warmly welcome the following persons:
Ciara Dwyer starts as a postdoc. She has a PhD in Geography and Environment from Loughborough University in the UK, and experience working at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Ciara will be working with Henrik Smith and Yann Clough in the H2020 Safeguard project, to develop decision-support tools targeting mitigation of current and future risks to pollinators.
Three new PhD students start their education in Environmental Science in January 2022: Jessica Jennerheim from CEC, Hanna Ekström from the Department of Political Science, and Ida Lunde Hygum from the Department of Geology. Marine Albert is also a PhD student, Agronomist, from INRAE, Tolouse, France working with farmers climate change adaptation. She will stay at CEC for two months and work together with Johanna Alkan Olsson and Helena Hanson to develop a tool to support farmers in management decisions for sustainable farming in a changing climate.

We’re hiring, please spread the word!

Projektassistent på Centrum för miljö- och klimatvetenskap (
Post-doctoral fellow in uncertainty analysis in scientific assessment (
Researcher in Ecology (

Do you want to become one of four new associate senior lecturers at the Faculty of Science, Lund University? You get the opportunity to develop a long-term research activity over six years and to qualify for promotion to senior lecturer. The application deadline is 15 February.
Up to four positions as Associate Senior Lecturer (

The faculty announces four advantageous associate senior lectureships | Faculty of Science (


Tomorrow afternoon at 13:00 please attend the dissertation of Ivette Raices Cruz defending her thesis 'Robust analysis of uncertainty in scientific assessments'. Blå hallen and on Zoom.
Save the event to your calendar and register (

Friday, 16 December @ 9:45 - Friday Management info and fika.

Friday, 14 January 2022 @ 9:45 - First Friday Management info and fika of 2022.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022 @ 8:30 – LU Land Seminar #12: The potential synergy effects of leys – how can we realise these in a future sustainable agriculture?
Anmälan till LU Land frukostseminarium #12 (

7 February 2022 @ 12:00 – Researcher on social media share their tips. Speakers are Hakim Abdi, Magnus Genrup and Louise Bringselius. Contact Anna Johnsson anna_v [dot] johnsson [at] kommunikation [dot] se (anna_v[dot]johnsson[at]kommunikation[dot]se) to sign up.
Researchers on social media share their tips | Staff Pages (

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.

Airborne DNA can contribute to monitoring biodiversity decline
Airborne DNA used to detect insect species has "huge potential" for monitoring decline in biodiversity, according to new study lead authored by Fabian Roger.
Article in The Guardian –

Stress and fungi threaten the green king of the forest
The researchers at Hyltemossa research station explain how weather stress, pests and fungi affect Christmas' most appreciated tree – the spruce. The article was highlighted in several media, for example:
Article in Svenska Dagbladet –
Article in Sydsvenskan –
Article in Göteborgs-Posten –
Article in Aftonbladet –
Article in Tidningen Syre –
Article in Skånska Dagbladet –
Article in Folkbladet –
Article in Motala & Vadstena tidning –
Article in Västerbottens-Kuriren –
Article in Norrköpings Tidningar –
Article in Piteå-Tidningen –
Article in HelaGotlad –

Why cold weather doesn’t disprove global warming
In northern Sweden several cold records have been broken in the last month. Markku Rummukainen explains why the extreme weather of the future will, despite this, be increasingly warmer.
Article in Norrbottens-Kuriren –
Article in Norrländska Socialdemokraten –

Mapping of microplastics found in seals and porpoises for cleaner Baltic Sea
Maria Hansson and her research colleagues map the amount of microplastics in the bodies of seals and porpoises to increase the knowledge on what measures can provide a cleaner Baltic Sea and a better habitat for the sea species.
Article in Barometern –

How to attract pollinators to your garden
Anna Persson shares knowledge and tips on how to attract the important pollinators during the coming garden season.
Video commissioned by Malmö Stad –

Christmas calendar about the life of springtails and other insects
This year's Christmas calendar on the Swedish radio tells the story about the springtail Spero and her small insect friends who happen to accompany a Christmas tree into a human home. Katarina Hedlund is interviewed in a previous radio feature about the life of a springtail (34:25).
Feature in Swedish Radio’s Naturmorgon –

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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