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3 June 2021

From the Management

Corona-update – Although the Swedish government has announced that restrictions have eased, including advice that distance education for student is no longer mandatory, we can confirm that the vice-chancellor’s decision from 12 of May is still valid.

The vice-chancellor’s information (read his blogpost from 1 of June below) means that there is no need to plan for any changes to education and examinations until 29 of August when the autumn term begins. In autumn, however, a return to campus will take place. But it must be gradual and made in a responsible way, the vice-chancellor writes. There will still be restrictions regarding the distance between individuals and the size of the groups, etc. A plan for how the return to campus will be implemented will be presented by the vice-chancellor before the summer break. To keep updated, you can read more on the Lund University web.
Read the vice- chancellor’s blog post: “Light at the end of the tunnel”
The University’s handling of the coronavirus | Lund University

We received eight applications from researchers at the Science Faculty for funding of one doctoral studentship, where the doctoral student is admitted to the PhD programme in Environmental Science and is enrolled in the Agenda 2030 graduate school. By midsummer it will be decided who will receive funding.

A gentle reminder that when preparing for this year’s field work, please consider that there are several administrative tasks and responsibilities. This includes employment of field assistants and conducting risk assessments. You can find guidelines and forms, including a new and simplified form for risk assessment, on the CEC Staff pages.
Field work –

Finally, we hope to see you all at the End of term fika on 18 June. Take the chance to came together and fika before we go on summer break!

Apply for summer vacation or other leave no later than 8 June

This regards PhD students, researchers, administrative and technical staff employed at CEC. All leave must be approved in advance by your supervisor/manager, please write that as a comment in Primula. You must take at least 20 days (4 weeks) of annual leave during the year, and you can only accumulate a maximum of 30 saved days including saved days from previous years. For questions, please contact irene [dot] bergstrand [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (irene[dot]bergstrand[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se).

Approving time reports during the summer break

Supervisors who are responsible for staff conducting field work, or for other casual staff who submit time reports in Primula, are to note in LU Box when they are going on holiday and who will step in and approve in their absence. We ask you to do this by 15/6.

For access to the file in LU Box, please contact Lena Söderberg lena [dot] soderberg [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (lena[dot]soderberg[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se), Camilla King camilla [dot] king [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (camilla[dot]king[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se), or from 7 June also Madelene Johnn madelene [dot] johnn [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (madelene[dot]johnn[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se).

Please note! The time reports must always be registered in Primula no later than the 3rd of each month to ensure that salary payments can be made at the end of the same month. Please remind your field workers and casual staff of this. During the summer, the work with the time reports (including approval from the supervisors) need to be ready by specific dates for salary payments to be made on time: Tuesday 8/6, Wednesday 7/7, Monday 9/8.

We’re hiring, please spread the word

Researcher in Environmental Science, PA2021/1680 - – apply by 3 June 2021

Post-doctoral fellow: Uncertainty analysis in chemical safety assessment, PA2021/1555  - – apply by 7 June 2021

Projektassistent inriktning urban grön och blå governance, PA2021/1700 - – Apply by 13 June 2021

Science Communication in the age of Social Media
Hakim Abdi’s presentation from last week’s Fredagsfika is attached.
Science Communication in the age of Social Media (PDF, 928KB, new tab)


CEC Calendar (in English) –

CEC Friday Breakfast Talks

Friday, 4 June 2021 @ 10:15 Yann Clough will present results from the work environment survey 2021 and preside over the election for our new Health and Safety Representatives.

Friday, 11 June 2021 @ 10:15 – Per will present CEC’s suggestions with regard to the assignment from the Faculty. The report to the Faculty is due on 21 June 2021.

Friday, 18 June 2021 @ 10:15 – End of term fika before the summer break

Thursday, 10 June 2021 – SRA workshop series: How to use modelling as decision support.
Read more and register -

30 September to 1 October 2021 - PhD conference on Sustainable Development
The Agenda 2030 Graduate School cordially invites PhD students at Lund University to submit proposals for panels, papers, workshops, and other activities to the Lund University PhD Conference on Sustainable Development which takes place on 30 September – 1 October. Deadline for submission of proposals is 24 June.Details on how to submit proposals and register on conference webpage –

Media training with The Conversation
The Conversation/Miriam Frankel, will hold an online media training event for LU researchers this Monday, 7 June. There are still places left – so take the chance and learn how to write popular science texts!
Register for the online media training (Please do only register if you really plan to attend, only 20 persons will be able to join.)

CEC in the Media

CAP and biodiversity
Henrik Smith was interviewed in Ekot, Sveriges Radio, on CAP (The EU common agricultural policy) and its effects on biodiversity.
Morgonekot: nyheter och reportage 27 maj kl 08.00 - Nyhetsuppdatering från Ekot | Sveriges Radio

How to boost the soil in your garden
Read Håkan Wallander’s advice on how to boost the soil in your garden – published at, Twitter and Facebook, on behalf of “Biologiska mångfaldens dag” on 22 May.
Myllret i marken – så boostar du jorden i din egen trädgård! Fem enkla tips till Biologiska mångfaldens dag | Lunds universitet

Climate change and pollen allergy
Georgina Brennan has been interviewed in Forskning & Framsteg on how clime change can make the pollen season more severe in the future.
Klimatförändringar förvärrar pollenallergi | Forskning & Framsteg (

More about Ylle
Sofia Blomkvist was interviewed in Radio Blekinge on her research about bumblebees and the help she gets from her dog Ylle.
Hunden Ylle letar humlor och bin - P4 Blekinge | Sveriges Radio

Sparse sowing yields can help pollinators – and still give an equally large harvest
William Sidemo Holm has been interviewed in Land Lantbruk (behind pay wall and therefor no link) about how fewer seeds and more sparsity between plants can benefit weeds and pollinating insects – and still get an equally large harvest.

More LU News

LU-gemensamt mejlutskick nr 18, vecka 20, 2021 (PDF 365K, new tab)
LU-gemensamt mejlutskick nr 19, vecka 21, 2021 (PDF 303K, 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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