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January 23rd 2020

From the management

The Management group discussed the post graduate education in Environmental Science with the director and administration involved. The program in developing well, and the students are actively taking part in the development. The format of the yearly Spring meeting in being changed to promote more interactions between students and supervisors, and joint seminars on Environmental challenges are being held. A workshop on supervision of interdisciplinary PhD projects will be held on 6 March, our PhD supervisors are invited to attend. To facilitate further collaboration and involvement, the PhD students in Environmental Science are given the opportunity to use one of the meeting rooms at CEC as a shared office every Friday.

The ClimBEco annual winter meeting took place this week at Elite Hotel Ideon in Lund. An ambitious group of ClimBEco PhDs, related staff and guest speakers spent one and a half days deliberating on the meeting theme, which was Climate Negotiations. This included insights from the recent negotiations at COP 25, role playing in our own mock UN climate negotiations, and ending by turning the focus inward to explore how climate change impacts us as researchers and humans, as well as getting tools for impactful, effective climate action. The ClimBEco staff thank all participants for their engagement and enthusiasm and their willingness to contribute!

The vice chancellor gives praise for the activities performed by Agenda 2030 graduate school last year, both in terms of the general interest shown and for the lessons learned regarding interdisciplinary collaborations. You can read more about it in one of his latest blog post (in Wwedish only).


In February we welcome Theresia Widhalm as a PhD student in the project DrivenByPollinators, her supervisors being Yann Clough, Magne Friberg and Björn Klatt. She will share office with Maria Blasi Romero.

To give room to new persons, some colleagues has changed office. Veronica Hederström is now sharing office C320 with Viktoriia Meklish. More changes are on their way, you will be updated on the way.

We’re hiring, please spread the word:
5 postdoc positions financed by BECC, deadline Feb 16
Researcher in Environmental Science, deadline Jan 31


For an updated list of events see the CEC calendar (English version). Below the most relevant events during the coming two weeks.

CECs Friday breakfast fika is served from 9:30 to 10:15 in the CEC lunch room and most Fridays a presentation starts at 10:15. Tomorrow on January 24 Deniz Koca will present the Bioeconomy research school. Next Friday January 31 Deniz Koca will present the ASSIST Learning Hub.

Save the date for a Workshop on incorporating Arctic grazers to earth system models in Lund 24th – 25th February. Last day to apply is 24 January 2020.

CEC in media and news

Below you can find a few examples. You can find the total coverage here, but only in Swedish. To read the full newspaper articles for free, search in the Media Archive available via the LU Library portal here.

Therese Thoni was interviewed in the magazine Syre on how blue carbon can both help mitigate climate change, and be a risk if politicians see it as a “quick fix”.

More research is needed about the Arctic's environmental change, states Hakim Abdi and his co-authors in a new study referred to by SR Vetenskapsradion.

Mark Brady was interviewed in Lantbruksnytt about CAP and how the subsidies effects Swedish agriculture. Watch the interview here (in Swedish only). In another interview in Lantbruksnytt he suggests a reformed CAP where the farmers who make the greatest efforts for the environment receive the most compensation. Watch here (in Swedish only). 

Good to know

Answers to many of your questions regarding your employment is found on the LU Staff pages. If there are special adaptations for CEC you find them on the CEC Staff pages. There you can also find answers to many questions regarding for exampel purchasing, booking of meeting rooms, full cost application including templates and guidelines. Please familiarize yourself with these webb pages.

Reminder - Procedure for health promotion, medical care and medication

As of 1 July 2019, the Human Resources at the central administration at LU is responsible for the final approval of all matters concerning compensation for health promotion, medical care and medication. This means you, once they have reported the matter in Primula, are to send the documentation to LU’s HR division instead of leaving it to CEC. Send your documentation together with the original receipt via internal mail to: Human Resources, Internal mailing code 31, and labelled “For review” (sektionen HR, HS 31, märk internposten med ”Granskning”). Read more about the benefits at the LU Staff Pages

New rules regarding representation/entertainment 

From January 1st we have new and clearer rules for representation/entertainment at LU, which means how to handle meals and gifts on work meetings, courses and conferences. More info on the LU Staff pages. On this site you will find an updated document with the rules – only in Swedish for now. A translation will come soon. If you are unsure about how to handle meals or gifts, please ask Åsa-Katrin Erlandsson!

The new rules make it easier to determine what is classified as entertainment and what is not. One of the aspects that has been made clearer is that it is always the purpose which determines how an event is to be classified. If, for example, the purpose of a meeting is to establish contacts with a research team at another university, this is classified as external entertainment, regardless of the proportion of external and internal participants. It is therefore particularly important that there is clear documentation of the purpose.

When you are on duty and are offered food, drink etc. you also need to know the items to which taxation of benefits apply. The general rule regarding benefits, for example in the form of meals – breakfast, lunch or dinner – is that the tax liability lies with the individual. However, the benefit in entertainment contexts is exempt from tax. Everything that falls outside the entertainment category is liable to taxation of benefits. This applies, for example, to lunch and dinner at external courses or conferences and at work meetings.

Library manager retires

Åse Paulsson, the Biology library manager, will soon retire. We are pleased to invite you to her leaving 'fika' on Friday February 28th, 15:00 outside the library in the Ecology building. Cake and coffee will be served. Please fill in the Doodle so that we know approximately how many that will show up. Deadline for registration Friday November 14th. If you would like to contribute to a gift, you may swish Frida on 073-908 45 34, write Åse in the message, or stop by my office in the library. A card will be available for signing later.

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] setarget="_BLANK" or stina [dot] johannesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] setarget="_BLANK". See more information about data protection at Lund University.

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