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November 28th 2019

From the Management

Congratulations to you who received funding from Formas last week!

The CEC Board have today decided on the CEC Plan of Operations for 2020, which will be made available at the CEC web page shortly. Thank’s to all of you who contributed in the process. The Board also decided on the budget for 2020, as well as new boards for MERGE and ClimBEco.

Save-the-date for the CEC spring conference, 23-24th of April 2020. CEC will arrange a spring conference in collaboration with BECC, MERGE, the Sustainability Forum, Climate-KIC and the research schools ClimBEco and Bioeconomy. The conference will take place at Sparbanken Arena, Lund, and will include different events targeting researchers, PhD students, students, CEC personnel, alumni, stakeholders and the public. CEC personnel are welcome to contribute with ideas and participation for the event, and above all to attend the conference – so book the days in your calendars already now!

We hope to see you all at the CEC Christmas dinner on December 10, but don’t forget to sign up this week!

In December last day for approval of time sheets, employments, travel bills etc. in Primula is already on Sunday 8 December. Time sheets should be handed in no later than Monday 2 December. Please inform your hourly payed staff about this exception in December. The reason for this is the salary payment is already on 23rd December. In addition, the handling of and payment of travel expenses could be delayed due to illness. We ask for your understanding.


We warmly welcome Stefan Doerr from Swansea University (UK) as a BECC guest researcher visiting CEC next week. He will give a seminar and participate in meetings and workshops, his host being Natascha Kljun.


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 29 Juliana Dänhardt and Johanna Alkan Olsson will give a talk on LU Land & Urban Arena Testbeds. Next Friday December 6 Miklas Scholz  from the Division of Water Resources Engineering will talk on Ecosystem services of nature-based solutions within the urban water environment.

Tomorrow, 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.

On December 2 there is a one day workshop about pesticide risk assessment of chemical mixtures and bees in the conference room at the ground floor of Ecology building. Read more here.

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 December 3 Henrik Smith gives a Bolin Centre Seminar on Managing biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing world at 14h00–15h00,in the  Högbom Hall, Geoscience Building, Stockholm University or watch live at:

On December 5 at 10:15 to 11:45 there is a LUCSUS Seminar: Landgrabbing in Cambodia with Emma Johansson, at LUCSUS in Wrangel, room 117, Biskopsgatan 5,

On December 5 Stefan H. Doerr and Cristina Santín from Swansea University (UK) will give a seminar on Burning planet: are wildfires increasing and what is their impact on the global carbon cycle?. The seminar is at 13:15 to 15:00 in Pangea, first floor Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 12.

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, no later than Dec 2.

CEC Christmas dinner is on December 10. This year we will host our annual Christmas dinner in-house, serving a vegetarian buffé of seasonal delicacies to entice your taste buds. Additionally, we welcome those who want to share a favourite dish from their own culture to bring it along (does not have to be vegetarian). The dinner will take place in the large lunch room on the second floor of the Ecology building, starting at 17.00. Please sign up here before 1st of December

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.

Now you can read about and watch the LU Futurasamtal, arranged by the academic think-tank LU Futura at Lund University, about biodiversity, land use and climate change as a heated political issue that was held on November 5. Henrik Smith and Markku Rummukainen participated, together with Linda-Maria Mårtensson from SLU and Lena Åsheim from LRF. (Only in Swedish)

Markku Rummukainen has been portraited in Studio Ett, Sveriges Radio, in a reportage serie about Swedish climate scientists. (Only in Swedish.)

Aktuell Hållbarhet has mentioned that Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson is going to participate in COP25 in Madrid and will go there by train together with Kajsa Fernström Nåtby from the Swedish Ministry of Environment.

Do you – in the last minute – want to go to Madrid
and participate in the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25? Roger Hildingsson has some LU accreditations left! Contact him as soon as possible if you want to go.

Sustainability Week 2020

The Sustainability Week 2020 will take place the 20th to 25th of April 2020 and it is time to come up with good ideas how CEC can participate. If you have any good suggestions, please contact Anna Maria Erling, or Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson.

Nice news about Elsevier

Next year you will not only be able to read all Elsevier journals but also publish open access without paying. Read more on the link.

Request from the Ecology building reception

The Ecology building reception staff (a.k.a. librarians) often have to help external visitors that need to be at a meeting or conference somewhere in the Ecology building but don’t know where or who to contact. Finding information about this can be quite difficult and often the person in question is already late. If you are the organizer of a meeting or conference in the Ecology building with external visitors, please send an email to biologibiblioteket [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (the biology library/reception) a day before with the important times and locations. This way we can direct your visitors to the right place quicker.

See LU events on the LU Staff Pages

There is a new feature on the Staff Pages. You can now see events organised by Lund University in a calendar on the front page of the Lund University Staff Pages. See the calendar on the Staff Pages

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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