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October 15th 2020

From the Management

Congratulations Ullrika Sahlin, who will be the Faculty of Sciences’ representative in the LU Futura Think Tank in 2021.

The LU Futura Think Tank web site

The ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on our professional and social activities. However, with a rise of Covid-cases in several Swedish university cities and with an increasing number of colleagues and students at the work place, it is important to continue to keep your distance at all times.
Stay at home if you feel unwell, wash your hands and keep your distance during meetings and in the lunch room!

Guidelines on how to protect yourself and others in the Public Health Agency’s  web site

LU Sustainability Forum becomes permanent with extended mission

The Vice-Chancellor has today decided to establish Sustainability Forum as a permanent organization at LU and the current mission has been extended to include questions related to education and student engagement!* This strengthens possibilities for Sustainability Forum to work with long-term, strategic, university-wide support and administrative coordination of research, education, student engagement, communication and cooperation for sustainable development. Good news for CEC, since this naturally includes our core areas of climate, biodiversity and ecosystem services! For CEC researchers and students, it also means that there will be continued access to all the Sustainability Forum arenas and events for communication and networking where many of you have been active over the last couple of years. If you have questions about Sustainability Forum, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jenny Hansson, Cerina Wittbom or Anna Ekberg.

* The final decision about allocation of resources will be on the agenda for the University Board meeting on the 23rd of October.

CEC During Work on Tuesday 20 October

Welcome to an informal CEC During Work at 15.00, Tuesday 20 October on the wooden deck outside the cafeteria (ground floor, Ecology building)!

Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be served. If you would like to join the DW, please sign up by sending an email to Camilla (camilla [dot] king [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (camilla[dot]king[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)) at the latest Monday 19 October at 12.00 (subject line: “DW”). If the weather should not be on our side, i.e. not allow us to meet outside, we will cancel.

New contact person for travel expense reports

Administrator Camilla King is the new contact person for travel expense reports and expense reports at CEC. You will find her in D320, next to Irene Bergstrand.

More information in the CEC Staff pages

School holiday

The week of October 26 – 30 there is a school holiday, and the administrative staffing will be reduced. For urgent questions, please contact the administrator on call advertised outside the office of Karin Hofvendahl if you cannot reach the person you are looking for.


For an updated list of events see the CEC calendar (English version).

CECs Friday talk is via the Teams group ”CEC” at 10:15. Online events for everyone at CEC are using Teams. You should have received an invitation to the team “CEC“ – if not, use this link to join it or use the code: 293u3aw in the “teams” panel to the left.

Tomorrow October 16, the CEC Friday breakfast talk is cancelled. Instead, you are encourage to attend the CEC PhD students’ annual meeting. This is a great opportunity to get to know about the research carried out at CEC, and to give feedback to the students.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us: Micaela (paola_micaela [dot] mafla_endara [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (paola_micaela[dot]mafla_endara[at]biol[dot]lu[dot]se) ), Ivette (ivette [dot] raices_cruz [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (ivette[dot]raices_cruz[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se) ) & Maria (maria [dot] blasi_romero [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (maria[dot]blasi_romero[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se) )

Please, register to get the zoom link at

More information about the CEC PhD students´ annual meeting in the CEC calendar

Next Friday October 23, is the election for the preparation of proposals for health and safety representatives within the protection area: 17.8-Center for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC (incl. Environmental Science, BECC, MERGE). Ekologihuset + field stations Norunda & Hyltemossa.

Read about the election in the CEC calendar at

Introductory seminar on October 22, with PhD student Dmytro Perepolkin about Environmental models in waterfowl management under uncertainty. The seminar will be both a physical meeting in Röda Rummet and on Zoom (send an email to Ullrika Sahlin to get a link).

More information in the CEC calendar at

CEC in media

If the articles are behind pay wall, you can find them and read them in Retriever Research/Mediearkivet. Log in with your LUCAT-id.

Debate article on urban planning

Johanna Alkan Olsson, and seven fellow researchers, have written a debate article in Sydsvenskan on urban planning. They point out that that the Covid-pandemic means an opportunity to reorganize and do better within urban planning so it becomes possible to achieve the UN’s sustainability goals. Green spaces and less cars are two crusial issues.

Read the debate article at

Interview on the risk of waste dumping

Martijn van Praagh was interviewed in Expressen on the risk of waste dumping, on the occation of the scandal with Think Pink and all the waste they have dumped in the nature.

Read the article at

Interview on the difficulties to protect corn from birds

Maria von Post was interviewed in Lantmannen (unfortunately no link) on the difficulties when it comes to protect newly sawn corn from birds.

More LU news

See the attached newsletters.

Brexit - new trade rules after New Year

From January 1st 2021, new rules will apply in the trade between the EU and the United Kingdom. Regardless of how these rules will be constructed, new bureaucracy will be added which will complicate and delay border crossings. We do not yet know what rules will apply, but one way to reduce the consequences of disruptions in these deliveries may be to purchase a buffer of important goods to guard against delayed deliveries after the turn of the year.

Graduate School co-workers get substantial funding for research for Agenda 2030

Congratulations to Kristina Jönsson who is part of the project "Transformative partnerships for sustainable development", and to Ester Barinaga who is part of the project "Special-purpose money: Complementary digital currencies and the sustainable development goals", who have received money from Formas in the call for research focused on the 2030 Agenda.

Read more about the news at

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 Erling or Stina Johannesson.

anna_maria [dot] erling [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

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

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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 Tuesday the same week.

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