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April 4th 2019

From the management

Well done everyone who submitted your application today, or are about to submit in the coming weeks! A lot of hard work resulting in interesting applications, please have a look at the board in the CEC corridor for an overview.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the discussions on CECs policy on business travel! The management group will work out guidelines to facilitate the interpretation of the LU policy. The management group this week also discussed and submitted a contribution to the faculty’s reply on the Swedish Government Official Report on how the Swedish universities could be governed in the future. CEC has focused on the suggestions on how collaboration will be evaluated, and are mostly positive to those.

The management is aware of that there is a shortage of office space at the moment, due to a major recruitment of new personnel. Side effects are that sometimes the lunch room is crowded, meeting rooms are booked or we’re out of cups. There are continuous discussions going on with the Biology department about office spaces in the Ecology building, and other alternatives are also taken into consideration. We are working for an optimal long term solution for CEC, as well as a short term solution that is as good as possible. However, there are no quick fixes, and we ask for your understanding and cooperation. We will after the Easter holidays send out a survey on work environmental issues. This is something that should be done on a regular basis, but we also take the opportunity to use it as a measure of the current situation. The survey will be send out to staff employed at CEC, and we hope you take the time to answer it.

You are most welcome to join us in the discussion of the vision and strategy for what CEC will become in 10 years. The Faculty of Science will perform an overview of CEC, with the purpose of securing a long term stable organization and financing. The management group are looking forward to the overview, and this discussion is part of the preparations. The purposes of the meeting are both to stimulate a broad discussion about CEC’s vision and strategy, and to stimulate and facilitate meetings between different parts of CEC with the purpose of strengthening the common picture of CEC. Read more about the Staff Meeting on April 26 and register no later than April 12. Hope to see you there!

Easter holidays are coming up, thus parts of the administrative support and teaching staff will be on vacation, mainly during the week April 15-19. Friday April 19th and Monday April 22th and public holidays, and the Ecology building is closed. Also the next newsletter will be delayed due to Easter, and the next issue will be sent out on April 25.

Important about invoices – new compulsory e-invoicing from April 1st

This applies to all employees at the University who make purchases, including in shops with a specific purchase order (thus to be invoiced). From 1 April 2019, all purchases within the public sector are required by law to be electronically invoiced (e-invoicing) according to a new European standard. The default when purchasing is to use Proceedo, and all suppliers in Proceedo are informed about the new legislation. In cases when using Proceedo is not possible, for example if buying supplies in a shop asking for an invoice, these new rules has to be taken into consideration. Read more here (in English) or here (in Swedish). For further questions ask Åsa-Katrin Erlandsson.

People

We warmly welcome Micaela Mafla Endara as a new PhD students in Environmental Science. Micaela’s project is on Microplastics in soils – Investigation of potential effects on soil microbiota. Her main supervisor is Edith Hammer at Biology, and she has her office there.

Administrator Lena Söderberg is from now on the contact person for travel and expense reports. Lena’s office is next to Irene Bertrand’s office in the CEC administrators corridor, and you can leave your reports in the mailbox by her room.

Dates

CECs Friday breakfast fika is served from 9:30 to 10:15 in the CEC lunch room. At 10:15 there is a short information from the management group which most Fridays is followed by a short seminar. Tomorrow, April 5 there is no seminar, but fika is served from 9:30 and the management group gives a short information at 10:15.

Next Friday April 12 guest professor Tobias Kuemmerle will introduce himself and his research with the talk “Land-use change and the decline of jaguars in the South American Gran Chaco”.

Friday April 19 there is neither fika nor seminar due to a public holiday.

On Wednesday April 10, there is a coordination meeting with environmental and climate researchers, at 9:00-11:00, at DC:467, Ingvar Kamprad Designcentrum.

This event is to facilitate discussion and dialog to promote new contacts and collaborations between researchers in the broad subject areas of environmental and climate research, with the take-off in Formas call "A Fossil Free Welfare Society and Negative emissions". Read more and register here before April 7.

On the same day, April 10, CEC hosts a seminar about “Stadens natur” as a part of the Sustainability week at Skissernas museum (in Swedish), and afterwards you are all welcome to join an after work in the restaurant at Skissernas. The seminar is between 13:00 and 16:30, and the AW starts at 16:30. Read more about and register for the seminar here. There is no need to register for the AW.

On April 11 at 14.00  - 14.45 there is a CEC methods seminar in the small meeting room opposite to the CEC lunch room. We will discuss Erica L. Thompson and Leonard A. Smith (2019). Escape from model-land. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2019-23, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The site for The CEC method seminar series website is found here. We put papers discussed at previous and future meetings.

The Sustainability week will be held April 8-13 on the theme “Transforming our World”, focusing on the global goals and Agenda 2030. Four areas in great need of transformation will be highlighted: Food, Cities, Work/Life and Stories. See the full programme: https://www.hallbarhet.lu.se/hallbarhetsveckan-2019

On April 25 at 13:15 Klas Lucander, PhD student in Environmental Science, will give his half time seminar in "Pangea", Geocentre II. Read more here.

On April 26 there is a CEC staff meeting discussing the vision and strategy for what CEC will become in 10 years. Read more here, and register no later than April 12.

Save the date - Nordic ICOS Symposium 24-25 October in Gothenburg on “Sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the Nordic countries”

23 October Excursion to the Skogaryd catchment including Mycklemossen mire

24-25 October: Symposium on ongoing greenhouse gas research gases and societal relevance of ICOS data

More information to come at www.ICOS-Sweden.se

Good to know

There is a new LU internal course on Sustainable development, open for all employees. It consists of 14 short films, mostly in Swedish and some in English, with participants from different parts of the university. For example Ecological sustainability (by Yann Clough), Sustainable purchases and Chemical safety. You reach it in Kompetensportalen (log in with Lucat id). Sustainability Forum has taken part in developing and producing the course.

There is some useful new information on digital meetings at the LU web. Teams, Zoom and Skype for business are freely available for all staff and students.

If you need a receipt for your travel bill, having travelled with Skånetrafiken using their mobile app, you should select “Skicka kvitto” after having bought the ticket, read more here.

You can get statistical service and advice each week by an expert from CEC och Biology, more info here.

Do you know anyone thinking about studying this autumn? Please spread the new film about our educations in environmental science, see the education pages on the CEC web. Oscar and Isabelle, alumni from CEC and currently working as environmental consultant and environmental inspector tell more about why studying environmental science is a good choice. (The film is in Swedish.)

CEC in media

Henrik Smith and Markku Rummukainen have, together with other colleagues at Lund University, written a debate article about how it’s both necessary and possible for society to start adapting to climate change.

Lina Herbertsson and Johan Ekroos have participated in the radio program Vetandets värld, P1, where they talked about how pollinating insects are threatened by habitat loss and less places where they can find food and hibernate. Listen to the radio program (in Swedish) ”Var går gränsen för arternas försvinnande?” or read more here (in English).

About the newsletter

The CEC newsletter is sent to employees and those that are associated with CEC. The newsletter is sent out on Thursdays every second week. If you have anything you would like to add to the newsletter, please send your information to Karin Hofvendahl, no later than Monday the same week.

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223 62 Lund, Sweden

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