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25 August 2022

Management information

Welcome back to a new semester and from Thursday, 1 September also to the office! Hopefully you have been able to relax and reload during the summer. When returning to the office, please bring back your screen, chair etc that you have been using at home during the summer. The deliveries of milk and fruit will start soon, and the shared kitchen duties will be starting form next week. In the attachment you can find out what week you are allocated, and it is your own responsibility to change weeks if you need to. Information on what to do when on duty can be found on the fridge in the lunch room. Next Friday, September 2, we invite you back to Friday talk with breakfast in the lunch room.

Good news: The Vice-Chancellor has decided to constitute five profile areas for Lund University. One of these is ClimBioSis (Sustainable solutions in the climate change – biodiversity – social nexus), which involves several CEC researchers. In all, thirty researchers from over a dozen departments at Lund University were behind the application for this profile area.

At this very moment, it is not clear how the profile area will affect CEC. Further information will be given at a Friday Fika in September. Congratulations to everyone involved! Read more here:
The Vice-Chancellor says yes to the ClimBioSis profile area | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) (

The CIG(B) expert review panel is visiting Lund this week and Tuesday 23 August they spent the day a CEC and met with a broad representation of CEC employees.

The investigation concerning CECs activities regarding coordination of major research programs and interdisciplinary collaboration platforms is also about to enter the phase of meetings and interviews with members of staff and associated researchers. There will also be possibilities to provide comments and input via e-mail. The main point of contact is Marianne Hall, welcome to contact her with questions and comments.  

On Friday 2 September in an extended Friday talk Per Persson will give us the overall impression of the site visit of the CIG(B) expert review panel, and Marianne Hall will inform us about the investigation concerning CECs activities regarding coordination of major research programs and interdisciplinary collaboration platforms. Then the floor will be open for questions and discussion.

From September 1 Lina Röjnert and Olof Blomqvist and the Climate-KIC office will move from CEC to the LU Cooperation Office, and we wish them the best of luck. For now, the Climate-KIC activities will remain the same and Öivind Andersson will continue as director.

Anna Ekberg is back at work again after a long absence, working part time until the end of September. Contact Anna if you have questions concerning the work of the CEC board or the general management of CEC stakeholder collaboration.

The administrative support is understaffed at the moment. Recruiting of a new financial officer is ongoing, but until there is a new person in place, Rebecca Malmström is the contact person in all financial matters. The communication has been short of one person since May, but in September Sara Håkansson will start her position. Until then please contact Anna Maria Erling. Please be patient and try to make contact a bit more ahead of time, since you have to count on longer response times than usual. Also, please help your more junior colleagues.

In September we are looking forward to two dissertations in Environmental Science. Please join the joint nailing of Adrian Gustafson’s and Klas Lucander’s theses on 9 September, and dissertations on September 16 and 30.
Nailing of doctoral dissertation in Environmental Science: Adrian Gustafson and Klas Lucander | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC))
Public defence of doctoral dissertation in Environmental Science: Adrian Gustafson | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) (
Public defence of doctoral dissertation in Environmental Science: Klas Lucander | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC))

Cheerful news in the corridors!

Congratulations to Katarina Hedlund and Maria Ingemarsdotter who has been awarded a new EU-project that will start next year. The project SOLO is a coordination and support action to the Horizon soil mission work-programme. The reserachers will improve the understanding of main gaps in our knowledge as well as of causes and consequences, drivers and barriers to soil health in line with the mission’s objectives. The project will run for 5 years and has more than 25 partners.


Welcome back to the CEC offices from 1 September
The renovations are finishing according to plan and from 1 September we will be able to get back into the CEC offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The desks in the current flex-office Mikroben on level 2 will be moved back to the CEC-flex office on level 3 on 1 September and flex office desks will be limited. The meeting rooms in Tundran (Renlaven T108 and Raggmossan T109) are available to us until 25 August when they are needed for educational purposes. The lab space we have had access to in Mossen was available only until August 24.

A new list with groups in charge of keeping the kitchen tidy is attached and will be put up on the fridge on level 3. Please find your week and liaise with your group when it is your turn. A full list of duties is already on the fridge in the kitchen but please remember that you are also expected to organise breakfast on Fridays.


We welcome the following people to CEC:
Sara Håkansson will start as Communications Officer at CEC and the Agenda 2030 Research School on 1 September. Sara has previously worked as a journalist at Sydsvenskan and has since moved on to digital communications. She joins us from Midsona. 
Stina Lundkvist will begin to her role as Project manager at the office of Sustainability Forum, starting 1 September. Stina will coordinate the yearly Sustainability week, as well as the accreditations to international environment- and sustainability negotiations that are common for Lund University.

Bowen Zhang will begin a 2-year postdoc at CEC in Per Persson’s research group. Bowen will arrive September 2 and will study the molecular mechanisms used by symbiotic fungi to mobilize and acquire nutrients (mainly N and P) associated with soil mineral surfaces.


Plenty of open and upcoming calls for research funding and travel grants with deadlines in September (young researchers and PhD-students - check especially Fysiografen), October and November. The calls are listed on the new-ish Funding opportunities page on CEC staff pages.
Funding opportunities –

A fellowship program offered by Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) is currently accepting applications for up to 10 months of onsite research in their facilities in Hamburg. The fellowship program is aimed at both outstanding established scholars and promising emergent early career researchers. Applications for 2024/2025 may be submitted until 31 October 2022. Contact Marianne Hall for more information.
LIAS Fellowship application –

Doctoral course: Sustainability impacts and Societal Relevance in Research Proposals, 6 September to 16 December (3 ECTS)

The course is about identifying, estimating and formulating societal relevance and sustainability impacts in writing successful research proposals. The course includes course meetings (online), taking part in the workshop series on the Sustainable Development Goals (on site or hybrid) and examination.
Doctoral Courses | Sustainability Forum (


CEC Calendar (CEC) (

CEC Friday management information and online fika
Friday, 26 August at 10:15 (CEC Teams)

Friday, 2 September at 10:15 (breakfast from 9:45) in Kitchen on level 3 or on Teams - Per Persson and Marianne Hall will provide an update on the two parallel investigations on CEC's organisation

Nailing of doctoral dissertation in Environmental Science: Adrian Gustafson and Klas Lucander, 9 September at 15:00 at the CEC birch.
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Public defence of doctoral dissertation in Environmental Science: Adrian Gustafson, 16 September at 10:00. Blå Hallen, Ekolgihuset.
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Public defence of doctoral dissertation in Environmental Science: Klas Lucander, 30 September at 10:00. Pangea, Sölvegatan 12.
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Laboratory/field-work safety course – Tuesday, 6 September at 8:45
The safety course will be held by Helene Bracht Jörgensen and will take place at the Ecology building, in the kitchen on level 3. It is mandatory to do the course before carrying out any lab- or fieldwork. Line managers and field work supervisors are to make sure their staff taking the course.

Kulturnatten Lund at the Pufindorfinstitute on 17 September
Natascha Kljun and Hakim Abdi from CEC will participate at the events during culture night in Lund on 17 September.
Read more about the event –

The successful LU Land lecture series “Benefitting wild pollinators – what does research say?” continues throughout the autumn on the last Wednesday every month, at 8:30 – 9:30am. This autumn’s first seminar on 31 August will focus on how human land use affect abundance and diversity of wild pollinators. Yann Clough will with his presentation give us an insight on the situation for wild pollinators in Sweden compared to other parts of the world. More information and link to the registration can be found on our homepage: Abundance and diversity of wild pollinators - a result of how we use our land | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) (

LU Land breakfast seminars continue every first Wednesday each month, at 8:30 – 9:30 with start 7 September. Our next seminar highlights the potential for multifunctional energy crops to reduce nutrient leakage, erosion and flooding, and increase carbon sequestration and biodiversity. Please find the program and a registration link on our homepage: LU Land Breakfast seminar #16: Multifunctional bioenergy production - can we improve the environment by producing energy on agricultural land? | Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC)

Researchers’ night – 30 September to 1 October
Welcome to present your research and/or attend the Science Slam in Vattenhallen during 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 6September.
Forskarfredag –

Mötesplats Biosfär – from research to innovation, from innovation to transformation 10-12 October 2022 in Kristianstad & Umeå
LU Land is part of the organization team that arranges the first national biosphere conference that aims to strengthen the link between knowledge development, practice and policy. Welcome to join us to explore opportunities to develop practical solutions for the implementation of the Agenda 2030. More information and registration (DEADLINE for speed talks and posters TODAY, 25 August): Mötesplats Biosfär Webb EN: Mötesplats Biosfär (

Sustainable Teaching & Learning in Higher Education - Principles & Practices
A seminar series during autumn 2022 – Johanna Alkan Olsson from CEC is one of the speakers on 27 October at 13:00.                         
Sustainable Teaching & Learning on Higher Education: Principles & Practices | Avdelningen för högskolepedagogisk utveckling (

Influence the development of Prisma
VR Formas and Forte are trying to improve the functionality of Prisma, including how you can import your publications and work with the application text. You can provide feedback om their development suggestions by answering the short survey in the link below no later than 28 August.
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Log in information to newspapers

CEC subscribes to these newspapers:
Dagens Nyheter -

Sydsvenskan -
Aktuell Hållbarhet -

All CEC staff can use the online versions. Contact lena [dot] s%C3%B6derberg [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (lena.söderberg[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se) or any other admin to get the log in information.

CEC in the Media

Several CEC- researchers have appeared in the media this summer – the topics have been the hot summer, the drought in Europe, climate change, a clearcut in Norunda and a lot of other things!

The most important voices for the climate
Aftonbladet has had a serie of debate articles this summer about the climate change. Many researchers from Lund University have contributed to the series, from CEC Johanna Alkan Olsson, Markku Rummukainen and Henrik Smith.
Politiker måste våga minska privatbilismen (
Tvärbromsa nu – för att rädda mångfalden (

Clearcut in Norunda gives unique information on the effects of harvesting
Uppsala Nya Tidning, SVT Nyheter and Vetenskapsradion has paid attention to the clearcut that has taken place in Norunda this summer. The clearcut gives unique information on the effects of harvesting. Anders Båth, Irene Lehner and Natascha Kljun have all been interviewed.
Här mäts effekterna av avverkning – nytt unikt forskningsprojekt | SVT Nyheter
Avverkning blir till ovanligt experiment om skog och växthusgaser - Vetenskapsradion Nyheter | Sveriges Radio
Här mäts de galopperande klimatutsläppen – Upsala Nya Tidning (

“Politicians, take the climate crisis seriously!”
More than 1,900 scientists and researchers have signed an opinion piece asking why politicians are not doing more for the climate and why science is not being listened to. Many LU, BECC and MERGE researchers are among the signatories, and also colleagues at CEC.
Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar (

“Might be the worst drought in 500 years”
Johanna Alkan Olsson has been interviewed in TV4 Nyheterna about the drought in Europe this summer.
Forskarlarmet: Torkan i Europa kan bli den värsta på 500 år -
Så kan du spara på vattnet: "Kanske inte bygga swimmingpool" -

All about bugs in ”Sommarlovsmorgon”
Johan Kjellberg Jensen has made an excellent effort to explain to children why it is important that there is a diversity of insects and plants in nature in the tv-show Sommarlovsmorgon.

IPBES new report

Henrik Smith has commented on the new report on biodiversity från IPBES in Forskning & Framsteg.
”Det går inte att hävda att man inget visste” | Forskning & Framsteg (

Aftonbladet also talked to Henrik about the report.
IPBES rapport: Hälften av havens koraller har dött – Klimat – Aftonbladet live

Climate change or just a coincidence?
Many news papers have published an article by TT with Markku Rummukainen on the hot summer, for example Sydsvenskan, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Nyheter24, Göteborgs Posten etc.
Värmen – klimatförändring eller tillfällighet? | SvD

More research is needed about the consequences of extreme temperatures
Markku Rummukainen has commented in Dagens Nyheter on a new report, stating that more research is needed when it comes to extreme climate scenarios.
Rapport: Forska mer om katastrofer och extrema klimatscenarier - DN.SE

Arctic warming up four times faster
Markku Rummukainen has commented on a new study that found that the Arctic is warming up four times faster than compared to the Earth as a whole.
Arktis värms upp fyra gånger så snabbt - Vetenskapsradion Nyheter | Sveriges Radio
Arktis värms upp fyra gånger så snabbt - Sameradion | Sveriges Radio
Nyheter från Vetenskapsradion 12 augusti 2022 - Vetenskapsradion Nyheter | Sveriges Radio

Future summers in Skåne will be both warmer and wetter
Markku Rummukainen has been interviewed on the future summer weather in Skåne. The article was published in Sydsvenskan, Helsingborgs Dagblad and Landskrona-Posten.
Framtidens skånska somrar blir varmare och blötare – HD

Climate change and extreme weather
Studio Ett has interviewed Markku Rummukainen on the correlation between climate change and this summers extreme weather in Europe.
Så hänger klimatförändringarna ihop med extremvädret i Europa - Studio Ett | Sveriges Radio

Markku has also been interviewed in SVT Nyheter about heatwaves around the world.
Värmeböljorna sprider sig över världen | SVT Nyheter

And about extreme weather related to climate change.
Klimatforskaren: Extremvärmens kaskadeffekter blir värre med klimatförändringen - Vetenskapsradion Nyheter | Sveriges Radio

And the heatwave in Spain.
Ellen driver restaurang i Spaniens extremhetta: "55 grader i köket" - P4 Östergötland | Sveriges Radio

And the heatwave in France.
Rekordhetta i Frankrike | SvD

When Vetenskapsradion Klotet summarised the major climate events of the spring, Markku was also invited as a guest.
En ödesmättad vår för klimatet 22 juni 2022 - Vetenskapsradion Klotet | Sveriges Radio

The climate and the Swedish election
Markku Rummukainen was interviewed in ETC about the climate change and the political party’s election campaigns.
Partierna offrar klimatet i Almedalen | Dagens ETC

How to help plants and animals in the garden
Anna Persson has been interviewed in Sydsvenskan on the best ways to favor biodiversity in private gardens.
Så räddar du djurlivet i trädgården: ”Vanlig känsla att naturen finns någon annanstans” – Sydsvenskan

Trees in cities provide a cooler climate
Helena Hanson explained in Vetenskapsradion how trees in cities can provide cooler climate
Träd ger städer svalare klimat - Vetenskapsradion Nyheter | Sveriges Radio

Researchers and politicians discussing the climate at Swedish Climate Symposium
The magazine Syre is reporting about a debate during The Swedish Climate Symposium where both researchers and politicians took part. Syre is quoting Katarina Hedlund among others.
Tuff klimatdebatt inför valet: ”Tror inte indierna tycker synd om oss” - Syre (

The situation today for the world’s species
Henrik Smith was interviewed in Vetenskapsradion on biodiversity loss during a theme week in May.
Nu startar temaveckan om biologisk mångfald - P1-morgon | Sveriges Radio

Finally, don’t miss the new anthology on the values of forests from Mittuniversitetet. Markku Rummukainen is one av many authors and has contributed with the chapter “Skogen kan bidra mer till klimatmålen”.
Antologin om Skogens värden (

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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