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October 18th 2019

From the management

We congratulate Terese Thoni who successfully defended her pdh thesis in Environmental Science “Making Blue Carbon: Coastal Ecosystems at the Science-Policy Interface” today. Read more here

This week it was made clear the CEC will get access to more facilities in the Ecology building already in the beginning of the next year. These are very good news for CEC, since we get larger premises and premises that are relatively well assembled, and this in the near future. The new facilities are on floor 2, in the mid-section, where the Biology prefect office is situated today. As a consequence, CEC will leave the new offices on the ground floor (Sipporna) that has just been finalised and moved into. In addition the CEC office for undergraduate studies at the ground floor will be co-localised with the corresponding office at the Biology department, also at the ground floor. And there will be a new lunch room for everyone at the 3rd floor, in the same way as on floor 2. The lunch room will be constructed during the winter and CEC staff on both floor 2 and 3 will have easy access to it. The current CEC lunch room will be turned into even more offices for CEC.

The Management group and staff from the undergraduate education have discussed how to develop the education in 2020, and Will allocate more resources to the planning of the master programs, and also continue to work on the quality measures according to the faculty strategy.

For those of you having your office in the Ecology building, you will soon get an updated version of the list of kitchen duty weeks in your mailbox, and it will also be posted in the kitchen.

New offices

The following persons are now found in CECs new, temporary offices at the ground floor: Ullrika Sahlin, Johanna Alkan Olsson, Helena Hanson, Carlos Martinez Avila, Emma Johansson, Ivette Raices Cruz, Linda Lundmark, Dmytro Perepolkin. The offices are located opposite the café, adjacent to the large conference room.Mikael Pontarp has moved to an office in the Biology Department on floor 2.

We’re hiring, please spread the word

Postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Science, PA2019/3177 Closing date for application 10.Nov.2019
Two Doctoral Student positions in Environmental Science, PA2019/3191 Closing date for application 10.Nov.2019


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

Today there was no Friday seminar due to Terese’s dissertation. Next Friday October 25 Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson will talk on Like a bridge over troubled water – how Sustainability Forum can help YOU.

Today on October 18 at 16:00 in the University building Natascha Kljun is one of the professors to be installed at Lund University, read more here Professorinstallation.

Tomorrow, Saturday October 19 – Sunday October 20, there is Forskarhelg i Vattenhallen, where Ullrika Sahlin and Rasmus Bååth give the show “Bli mästare i osäkerhet” (Become a master of uncertainty). The event is part of the Lund University Future Week. For more information about the week and which events will be held in English, read here. The full program in Swedish is found here.

On October 24, there is a LUCSUS Seminar: Max Ritts and Mike Simpson - Smart Marine Spaces and Modalities of State Power

Save the date and register for the symposium: DRI-MEE - Drying and rewetting, integrating modelling and empirical environments, 7-8 Nov. Participate in an initial survey before the workshop and register before 1 Nov.

Save the date and register for a KSLA seminar titled "Rewilding as a New Paradigm for Nature Conservation?" on the 19th of November in Stockholm. The seminar is chaired by CEC:s Wallenberg guest professor Tobias 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.

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.

Biodiversity leads to increased crop production
Lantbruksnytt, Natursidan and Aktuell Hållbarhet have reported on a new international study that shows that a diversity of different pollinators and other beneficial organisms in an agricultural landscape leads to an increase in crop production. Georg Andersson and Henrik Smith, who are two of five researchers at CEC who have contributed to the study, have been interviewed on the study.

Criticism of the CAPs Direct Payments

Mark Brady was interviewed in Land Lantbruk about the effects of the direct payments, a part of the CAP subsidities. Competitive farms must be able to grow, he says.

Henrik Smith among the most cited

Henrik Smith is one of the most productive and cited researchers (place 9 of 100) within environmental science in Sweden, accordning to a ranking made by the magazine Fokus. Read the whole list here.

How to make decisions under uncertainty

Ullrika Sahlin was interviewed in LUM about how to handle uncertainty, the topic of a crash course she held during the Lund University Future Week together with Åsa Knaggård.

Is climate change responsible for violent conflicts?

Hakim Abdi has been referred to in Ensia in an article on whether climate change is to blame for conflicts around the world today.

Good to know

New CEC playbill/poster templates can be found at the Staff pages. CEC´s playbill templates consists of four different versions for creating playbills, programs and posters that can be used for advertising and hosting events.

Lund University offers Swedish language courses for university staff (SFU) with rapid progression, in cooperation with Scandinavian Languages at the Centre for Languages and Literature (SOL). Depending on your previous knowledge of Swedish you can take courses at five different levels. More information and registration. Leave your application to Karin Hofvendahl for signature.

Curious about art? The Lund university art union Lundensia has members from all faculties and is known as an active art union. We arrange several activities such as excursions, lectures and art expeditions. As a member you take part in the annual art lottery. The annual member fee is 250 SEK. As a new member gift you will receive a graphic sheet by Helena Bergenrud. If you want to join, please contact minna [dot] ramkull [at] forbrf [dot] lth [dot] se (Minna Ramkull). You can also visit our webpage (in Swedish): Lundensias hemsida.

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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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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