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November 14th 2019

From the management

The management group have discussed the priorities of the two strategic research areas (SRAs) BECC and MERGE, and how CEC and the SRAs can work together with recruitments, developing infrastructure, education, communication and cooperation activities.

To highlight the Philanthropy Day Tomorrow November 15, we would like to thank everyone who by financial support or other means of personal engagement contributed to the research and education at CEC. If you have someone supporting your research or education (eg a private foundation) that you would like to send a special thank you to tomorrow, please feel free to use the attached LU card (in Swedish).

If you missed the presentation of the administration and what support you can get last Friday, or need a recap, please find the presentation here and the contact page here.

Few spots left - Course in first aid and CPR (HLR) in English

Take the opportunity to learn first aid, CPR (HLR) and how to use a defibrillator! On Thursday 21 November, 12:45-16:15, a training course is held in the Ecology building. No prior knowledge is required and you will receive a certificate after participation.  According to a principle’s decision, every 15th employer or at least two people within each workplace (department or equivalent) are to be trained in first aid and CPR. Normally the courses are only available in Swedish, and are swiftly fully booked. We now arrange a course of our own in English, held by Svenska första hjälpen. 14 lucky people have the opportunity to participate. Please sign up to: Irene Bergstrand: Irene [dot] bergstrand [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se () no later than 17 November.


We warmly welcome six new PhD students in Environmental Science to CEC!

Cecilia Larsson and Raül López i Losada will both work with ecological-economic modelling in the project Land4biomass. Cecilia started in November and Raül will start in January. Their supervisors are Mark Brady, Katarina Hedlund and Fredrik Wilhelmsson. Both of them will have their offices at CEC.

Josefin Winberg will also work in the project Land4Biomass, assessing the potential for increased use of agricultural biomass and assessing the biodiversity and ecosystem service impacts of biomass feedstock production at local and landscape scales. Her supervisors are Henrik Smith and Johan Ekroos and she will have her office at Biology. Melanie Karlsson is also supervised by Henrik Smith and Johan Ekroos but will have her office at CEC. She will work in a project investigating the factors that constrain the expansion of organic farming in Sweden. Pedro Rosero will work on modelling effects of eco-evolutionary dynamics on ecosystem services in heterogeneous agricultural landscapes. He is supervised by Henrik Smith and Mikael Pontarp, and will have his office at CEC. Josefin, Melanie and Pedro will all start in January.

Jesica Andrea Murcia López will start as a PhD students in Environmental Science within the Agenda 2030 graduate school. Her work will focus on land use for a sustainable future. Her supervisors are Ola Olsson, Deniz Koca and Lars Eklundh. She will start in the beginning of next year and have her office at CEC.

We’re hiring, please spread the word:

Researcher, deadline Nov 18


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 Friday November 15 there is no seminar due to Lovisa’ s dissertation, se below. Next Friday November 22 Moohammed Wasim Yahia, postdoc at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, will talk on Climate Sensitive Urban Design.

Tomorrow November 15 at 10:00 Lovisa Nilsson will defend her thesis in Environmental Science entitled “Exploring synergies – management of multifunctional agricultural landscapes” in the Blue Hall, in the Ecology Building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund.

Tomorrow November 15 Iryna Herzon, the opponent at Lovisa Nilsson’s defense, will give a presentation about her own research at 15.00, in the CEC lunch room. Read more here.

On Monday November 18 there is a lecture and practical assignment introducing evidence-based decision making and testing meta-analysis using R. Read more here

On Tuesday November 19 there are a few spots left for a writing workshop with The Conversation. How do you write a news article as a researcher? There is now an opportunity to attend a workshop taught by Miriam Frankel, science editor at The Conversation in London. She will give an overview of how to write about your research in a news context. If you can, bring a laptop, as there may be some writing exercises involved! The time slots are 1230-1430 or 1430-1630. Please send an email to lotte [dot] billing [at] kommunikation [dot] lu [dot] se to secure a place at. The workshops are in the Botanical museum room 210, in the Botanical garden.

On Tuesday November 19 at 10-12 Julia Kelly will give her Half-time seminar in Environmental Science Can thermal imagery improve ecosystem respiration modelling and upscaling?  in Atmosfären, Geocentrum II, INES, Sölvegatan 12.

On Tuesday November 19 there is a KSLA seminar titled "Rewilding as a New Paradigm for Nature Conservation?" in Stockholm. The seminar is chaired by CEC:s Wallenberg guest professor Togias Kümmerle. REad more and sign up here  If you are interested but can't make it to Stockholm it will also be possible to watch the seminar live online.

On Wednesday November 20, there is a CEC Fellows seminar: Understanding Media, with Anna Maria Erling who will give us insights into the world of Media and how it works.

On Thursday 21 November there is a first seminar of the exhibition Sensing Nature from Within. The co-exhibition of the Agenda 2030 Graduate School and Moderna Museet Malmö holds its first seminar on the theme On the Affinity Between Human and Mountain by philosopher Jonna Bornemark, artist Hanna Ljungh and moderator Pella Larsdotter Thiel. Free admission but limited number of seats. More info here.

On November 25 at 10:15-12:00 Johan Falk will give his Half-time seminar in Environmental Science Impact of combustion aerosols on cloud formation - An investigation into ice and cloud condensation nucleation properties of combustion particles at IKDC, room DC:567, Sölvegatan 26.

On November 29, there is a CEC Fellows concept seminar on Capacity Building, with five short presentations to straighten out the concept of Capacity Building as a research perspective. Register before November 21.

Save the date

On December 2 there is a LERU Seminar: Diversity Opportunities.  The rectors of LERU (League of European Research Universities) have adopted a position paper on equality, diversity and inclusion. Lund University invites you to a seminar and discussions with experts and participants from LERU. Read more and register here.

On the December 5 there will be a full day of discussions about agricultural policy formulation and implementation, with focus on how environmental ambition could be improved – and made more evidence-based – in the ongoing reform of the EU:s Common Agricultural Policy. The event consists of a morning session with presentations from researchers and stakeholders, and an afternoon workshop with the aim to determine future research and communication avenues and collaborations. Read more and sign up here.

On December 5 there is a joint PhD seminar on environmental challenges underway. The first joint seminar on October 17th went very well and was attended by PhD students from CEC, LUCSUS, IIIEE and ClimBEco. In the second seminar for this CEC’s William Sidemo Holm together with PhDs from LUCSUS and IIIEE will discuss on the topic of ‘valuing nature’. Current PhDs and advanced masters students welcome to register here.

On December 10 there will be a CEC Christmas party in the evening. More info to come.

CEC in media

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.

EU farm subsidies to oligarchs and maffia

Mark Brady was interviewed in Svenska Dagbladet on the EU farm subsidies and how they have been exploited by oligarchs in Central and Eastern Europe.

More bugs leads to increased crop production

Henrik Smith was interviewed in ETC (behind pay wall) on a major international study that shows that biodiversity leads to an increase in crop production.

Another type of forest management would provide greater values to society

Mark Brady has been interviewed in SkogsaktuelltNatursidan and Extrakt about a new study that shows that continuous cover forestry,wold contribute to greater welfare and wellbeing for society in general, compared with current methods that mainly benefit the forest industry.

What do researchers say about Greta?

Markku Rummukainen was interviewed in Sveriges Radio on what researchers say about Greta, when it comes to scientific correctness. Listen here (only in Swedish).

Terese Thoni’s dissertation gives broader view of blue carbon

She recently defended her thesis Making Blue Carbon: Coastal Ecosystems at the Science-Policy Interface in which she has investigated the blue carbon ecosystems in relation to the political climate negotiations. Read more about the work of Terese Thoni in the CEC news article.

Do you have a great idea?

Do you have a really good idea? An idea which could go far and perhaps become a new product, a new service or a new working method in the future? Or an idea to make something that already exists so much better?

Together with Sparbanken Skåne, LU Innovation will award a total of SEK 300 000 to future innovations. All students and employees at Lund University are welcome to participate. Apply by 8 December! Find out more here.

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 or stina [dot] johannesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se. See more information about data protection at Lund University.

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