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25 March 2021

From the management

The week after Easter, an organisational and social work environment survey will be sent out. At CEC we have decided to send the survey to you who are employed at CEC, but also to you who are a teacher in the CEC kollegium or a PhD student employed at another department. This as we regard you all to be important parts of our work environment. It is designed in a way that it is impossible to derive an answered survey to a single person, thus you can be sure that your responses are anonymous. The survey is planned to be sent out on 7 April and come from lu [at] sr [dot] artologik [dot] net (lu[at]sr[dot]artologik[dot]net). The aim of the survey is to obtain a picture of the workplace experience at CEC right now, and to form a basis for continued development of the work environment. It is designed to both overlap with the surveys sent out in other parts of the faculty, and to assess changes in areas identified as needing attention in the previous CEC survey (2019). We hope that you take to opportunity to answer, it takes only ten minutes of your time and is a possibility for you to influence our common work environment.

Most welcome to the next CEC Staff day on 14 April!
We will focus on the impacts and experiences of the past year and discuss challenges and opportunities for returning to the office. Ulrika Ahlqvist from Hjärnberikad will make a presentation on how the brain is affected by our work environment and changes to it. An email with a full description of the programme will be sent out separately, but you can already register for the Staff Day.

Register for CEC Staff Day –

Field Work 2021
Now is the time to prepare for this year’s field work. In addition to the outdoor work, field work involves administrative tasks and responsibilities including guidelines and risk assessments. The documentation is currently in the process of being updated and will be published tomorrow. Particularly for this year, with the extra constraints in place, we ask you to plan ahead a good amount of time and to consider what steps you need to take in order to have a successful season. From tomorrow, Friday, 26 April you will be able to find updated guidelines and several forms to fill in, including risk assessments on the CEC Staff pages.
Field work –

Janne Rinne (INES) has been appointed as intermediate (acting) Director of ICOS Sweden by the vice chancellor at LU.

Matchmaking Padlet
Please note the call for applications for university-wide funding to interdisciplinary projects focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development, with deadline 7 May. The call is published on the Research Board’s webpage, below. A padlet for matchmaking with other researchers within Lund University, where you can post ideas or comment on published ideas, is found below. If you have any questions please contact Marianne Hall.
Research Board | Staff Pages -
Please use this Padlet to find collaborators for addressing the call –

Covid-19 update
The Ecology building will on a small scale be opened for students in need of a study room, with the consequence of some more persons at the ground floor. Please bear that in mind when planning a visit. As before, you need permission from your line manager before each time you visit the building, do lab or field work. As before we should all to as large extent as possible work from home. The Swedish restrictions are continuing as before, with the addition that you now must get tested if you have been in close contact with someone confirmed as infected with Covid-19, even if you yourself do not have any symptoms.
Read more about how to order a self-testing kit on the website
If someone you live with or are close to is infected – (in Swedish)

Next week Easter is coming up, with working free days Friday, 2 April and Monday, 5 April. Due to school holidays the admin staff will be a bit diminished also during other parts of next week, and there is no Friday talk on 2 April.


Welcome back!
We welcome Irene Bergstrand back from extended leave. Irene will be able to assist you with matters concerning employment, recruitment, Primula, and queries concerning time reports. 

New year and new obligations for teaching staff to report secondary employment.
All teaching staff, regardless of the scope of their employment, are to report on secondary employment in the first quarter of each year and no later than 31 March. This applies to professors, senior lecturers, adjunct senior lecturers, associate senior lecturers, post docs and lecturers inclusive. Even teaching staff with no secondary employment are to report their status. The deadline is approaching once again! Report your status in Primula –
Other staff categories do not have an obligation to report secondary employment annually but are responsible for ensuring that any secondary employment they do engage in does not compromise trust.
Read more about secondary employment on LU Staff Pages – 
Primula – 

Annual leave for teaching staff
Annual leave for teaching staff (professors, senior lecturers, associate senior lecturers, adjunct senior lecturers, postdocs, lecturers) is scheduled automatically for the summer, in a single block starting from Monday after Midsummer. If you do not want to take your annual leave at this time, you must reach a written agreement with your head of department. No later than 30 April you must inform Per Persson about your nonconforming holiday plans. Information regarding annual leave for teaching staff will be sent out to designated recipients within short. If you belong to the category “teaching staff” and have not received information by 31 March, please contact Irene Bergstrand. 
Irene [dot] bergstrand [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (Irene[dot]bergstrand[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

In the local agreement “Råd och anvisningar till lokalt avtal om arbetstid för lärare m fl” 10 §, you can read about annual leave for teaching staff (in Swedish):
Råd och anvisningar till lokalt avtal om arbetstid för lärare m fl -


CEC Calendar (in English) –

CEC Friday Breakfast Talk
Friday, 26 March 2021 @ 10:15
– Natascha Kljun will talk about Postgraduate education at CEC and how it relates to the Plan of Operations.
Friday, 2 April 2021 – Good Friday (Public Holiday)
Friday, 9 April 2021AI Lund. 

Friday 26 March @ 13:00 William Sidemo Holm will defend his Thesis “Effective conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes” help us to turn this defence into a memorable event for William. More information can be found in the CEC Calendar.
CEC Calendar (English)

Wednesday, 7 April 2021 @ 8:30 – 9:30 – LU Land Frukostseminarium - Invasive alien plants – challenges and interventions. More information in the CEC Calendar.
CEC Calendar (English)

Wednesday, 5 May @ 17:00 – 19:00 – An opportunity to present at Sustainability Week
Science Student Union (LUNA) is arranging an event for Sustainability Week with focus on environment/sustainability/climate change. Four researchers/PhD students will get an opportunity to present their research and compete for the best presentation. The research presented should in some way connect to environment/sustainability/climate change, it should be in English and no longer than 15 minutes. Are you interested in presenting at the event? Sign up by sending an email to LUNA with a short explanation about yourself and your research. Deadline is 26 March.

Ordf [at] luna [dot] lu [dot] se (Ordf[at]luna[dot]lu[dot]se)

Applications open for undergraduate studies in environmental science
The application is open for the undergraduate studies in environmental science with the deadline 15 April. Please spread the word to anyone interested in contributing to a sustainable future and share the new animated videos as a glimpse into the programmes:
About the Bachelor programme in Environmental Health (in Swedish) –
- About the Master programme in Environmental Science – with four specializations in natural science (in Swedish) –
- The undergraduate studies in environmental science and how to apply (in Swedish) - on the CEC webpage

LU Research Portal
Do you want a sneak peek of the new look of the Lund University Research Portal? The central LUCRIS managers arrange a preview of the portal on Friday 23 March 9.00 and on Thursday 1 April 16.00. There will also be time for questions. You can find the zoom-link and more information about the new display of the Research Portal on the Staff Pages. No registration is needed.
Staff Pages –

Lund Council Environment Award
The award is presented for efforts that results in long term and positive effects for the environment in Lund. If you want to nominate a person or an initiative, the deadline is 31 March 2021.
Nominate a candidate on the Lund Council website –

CEC in the media

Knowledge needed to protect soil biodiversity
Katarina Hedlund comments new article published in Science, in which an international group of researchers call for global action to develop knowledge and strategies to protect soil biodiversity.
Article in magazine Extrakt (in Swedish) –

New European Parliament vote in favor of carbon dioxide tariffs
Markku Rummukainen comments the new European Parliament vote in favor of carbon dioxide tariffs and says it can help speed up the climate adaptation in industries and consumption within the EU.
Article in Sveriges Natur (in Swedish) - 

The world's most common bumblebee is becoming increasingly common
The buff-tailed bumblebee is the most common bumblebee in the world and long-term data shows increasing dominance. The bumblebee benefits from warmer climate and researchers now question if the increase occurs at the expense of other bumblebees. Lina Herbertsson, Sofia Blomqvist and Anna Persson have co-authored together with additional research colleagues.
Article in –

Satellite research featured in astronomy magazine
The research of Hakim Abdi, in which he analyses data from ESA’s and NASA’s satellite programmes to understand the earth’s ecosystems is highlighted in the magazine Populär Astronomi.
Printed article via Twitter account of Hakim Abdi – 

The climate of Lund in year 2050
Markku Rummukainen
is interviewed in the student magazine Lundagård on what the climate in Lund (and Sweden and the world) will be like in year 2050.Article in Lundagård –


The reporting of spring’s first bumblebee gets continued attention
The project of Anna Persson and her colleagues asking for the public’s help in reporting the first bumblebee of the spring gets continued attention, now in a follow-up interview in Swedish public radio.
Interview with Anna Persson in Swedish public radio P4 Malmöhus -

More LU news

LU-gemensamt Mejlutskick nr 9, v10-2021 (PDF 287k, new tab)
LU-gemensamt Mejlutskick nr 10, v11-2021 (PDF 229k, 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)or stina [dot] johannesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (stina[dot]johannesson[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

Data protection at Lund University.

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karin [dot] hofvendahl [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (karin[dot]hofvendahl[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)