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17 June 2021

Summer greetings from the Director

Summer is here and we will soon leave behind a semester marked by physical distancing and days filled with digital meetings. Tomorrow we will meet for the last Friday Fika of the season and I hope that you will join and take the opportunity to see your CEC colleagues before the summer holidays. Tomorrow I will also tell you about the results from our work with the assignment that CEC, Geology and INES received from the faculty in March. The presentation includes an analysis of the current collaborations between our units and some possible future visions for strengthening the ties between us. If you do not have the opportunity to come, you will be able to see a recorded version of the presentation afterwards.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your great efforts during the past semester. I know that it has not been easy to cope with the restrictions during the pandemic. At the same time, my strongest impression from the first six months as a CEC director is the dedication and high competence of our staff that contribute to the continued development of all aspects of CEC despite the difficult circumstances. Exactly how everything will work when we return after summer, we don´t know at this moment. But very likely we will gradually go back to more activities on campus and physical meetings. I am very much looking forward to seeing you at CEC again when conditions allow, and we are already planning for a staff day where we all can gather.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a wonderful and relaxing summer!


CEC Newsletter and Friday Fika will be back after summer
The first Fredags Fika is scheduled for 20 August 2021 @ 10:15 and the next Newsletter will be sent out end of August.


Yvonne Persson awarded honorary prize by student union LUNA
Study director and student councellor Yvonne Persson is awarded the science student union’s, LUNA’s, honorary prize 2021 for her engagement and encouragement towards the students of environmental science. Congrats Yvonne!
Motivation for honorary prize -
Graduation ceremony for students with award ceremony (Yvonne receives prize from 49,40 min) –

We are happy to announce that Julia Kelly will stay at CEC as a researcher. Julia will continue her work with Natascha Kljun to study the impact of wildfires on Sweden's boreal forest and soil ecosystems, and their feedback on the climate.

In August we welcome Thomas Roiss as a PhD student and Noëlie Molbert as a researcher. Thomas Roiss is a new PhD student in Environment science coming from Austria, starting in early August under the supervision of Maria Hansson. Thomas will be working on a project that will investigate the impact of garden chemicals on wildlife and people.Noëlie Molbert is a new postdoc at CEC from mid-August. She has a PhD from Sorbonne University in France and will be working with Maria Hansson studying hedgehogs and other wildlife in gardens to investigate how exposure to different chemicals in urban environments affect health and biological processes.

Johan Ekroos leaves CEC in the end of July, after more than ten years at CEC. Johan is returning to Finland to work fulltime in his new position as Associate professor at the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Helsinki. We will say farewell at the Friday Fika on 18 June at 10:15.

Also leaving CEC are Jordan Mertes, Izabella Rosengren, Edwin Bywater, Love Frykman, Eva Hedenfelt, Lisa Lorenzi Wall. We wish you all the best of luck!

Charge your electric car on campus

Currently, Lund University has no parking spaces that provide employees or students with the opportunity to charge electric cars. The issue is under investigation. But there are several websites that show you where you can charge your electric car when visiting Lund University. The links to such services can be found on LU’s Staff Pages (Soon to come)

We’re hiring, please spread the word!

Post-doctoral fellow: Uncertainty analysis in chemical safety assessment, PA2021/1555  - - Last day to apply, 20 June 2021


CEC Calendar (in English) –

CEC Friday Breakfast Talks

Friday, 18 June 2021 @ 10:15 – End of term fika before the summer break. Per will present CEC’s suggestions with regard to the assignment from the Faculty and we will say farewell to Johan Ekroos, who is leaving CEC.  

Friday, 20 August 2021 - @ 10:15 – First Friday Fika after the summer break.

9-10 September 2021 - ClimBEco summer meeting ”Food and…everything else”. At this ClimBEco meeting we will take the lens of food to consider some of society’s most grand environmental challenges. For current ClimBEco students.
ClimBEco summer meeting 2021 homepage

14 September 2021 @ 13:15 - 14:15 - Joint PhD seminar “Can we manage nature with nature?” Welcome all PhD and advanced master-level students to register.
Joint PhD seminar calendar event

Apply for a Theme at the Pufendorf IAS 2022 – Deadline 14 September 2021
Researchers at Lund University are now invited to apply for the opportunity to establish a Theme at the Pufendorf Institute starting in the spring of 2022. The application must be received by the institute no later than September 14th, 2021. The decision will be made on November 24th.
Call for application, Theme 2022 
Read more on the Pufendorf IAS website  

Submission deadline of abstracts for PhD Conference on Sustainable Development - 24 June
All registered PhD students at Lund University are eligible to submit proposals to the PhD Conference on Sustainable Development, with the deadline of 24 June. The conference takes place on 30 Sep-1 Oct:
About the PhD conference and how to submit proposals –

Present your research at Vattenhallen Researchers’ Night – 24-25 September
Give pupils from upper secondary school and other interested visitors a glimpse of the research life by participating in Vattenhallen Researchers’ Night. Register your participation via email to stefan [dot] zamudio [at] vattenhallen [dot] lu [dot] se (stefan[dot]zamudio[at]vattenhallen[dot]lu[dot]se) before 6 September. More information in the enclosed invitation (Swedish and English version).

CEC in the media

Research results on how to improve soil health gets additional attention
Katarina Hedlund is interviewed on the research results showing that changed crop rotation can improve soil health and make agriculture more climate-smart. All articles and media features are in Swedish.
Article in Sveriges Natur –
TV features with Katarina Hedlund on regenerative agriculture and how to improve soil health –
Report based on research results –

Time to fundamentally change our relationship with the sea
Maria Hansson was among the 78 researchers highlighting the World Oceans Day through a debate article. The researchers emphasize the need for all of us to consider the challenges of the marine environment.
Debate article (in Swedish) in Göteborgs-Posten –

Beehives don't solve the crisis of the wild bees
Trying to help the bees by setting up hives can do more harm than good. Lina Herbertsson is interviewed on how to best improve the conditions for the wild bees.Article in Forskning & Framsteg (in Swedish) –

Climate lunch on how to use the forest
Markku Rummukainen
joined a climate lunch arranged by Klimatklubben in collaboration with the Federation of Swedish Farmers – LRF, where the future use of the forest was discussed.
Watch the forest talk (in Swedish) on YouTube –

Blog post on the objectivity and power dynamics of science
Hakim Abdi
shares blog post on the objectivity of science and the power dynamics between visiting scientists from the Global North and locals in the Global South.
Blog post in science magazine Curie –

Four pollinator zoos open in Skåne this summer
Maj Rundlöf and Georg Andersson
, affiliated with BECC, explain the purpose of the four miniature ecosystems, developed in collaboration with SLU and Kiviks musteri, where pollinators are expected to move in this summer.
Article (in Swedish) on

Book tips for the summer holidays
Researchers, among them Lina Herbertsson, give tips on popular science books to read during the holidays.

Article in (Swedish) in Forskning & Framsteg –

Updates from the research stations
Do you want continuous updates from the research stations Hyltemossa and Norunda, to not miss out on when the Hyltemossa staff e.g. built a 12 metres mast for undercanopy turbulence and flux measurements? Follow updates on Twitter.
Twitter account of Hyltemossa research station (and mast build update) –

Twitter account of Norunda research station –

Agenda 2030 Graduate School on LU’s YouTube channel

Agenda 2030 Graduate School
Presentation of the Agenda 2030 Graduate School

A recording of the event organized during Sustainability Week.
Learning to save the world? Educating beyond textbooks for sustainability

More LU News

LU-gemensamt mejlutskick nr 20, vecka 22, 2021 (PDF 287K, new tab)
LU-gemensamt mejlutskick nr 21, vecka 23, 2021 (PDF 207K, new tab)

Invitation to research fellows 2021 (PDF 153K, new tab

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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