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October 3rd 2019

From the management

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Staff day, especially to those of you who prepared presentations in advance and to you who helped organizing it! Thanks also to Jordan Mertes who took the photo of us all, you find it attached to this newsletter. The day was so valuable – now we know CEC a bit better! However, getting to know CEC better is no quick fix but rather an ongoing process. To proceed the work we would like to get your input: What kind of tools, arrangements or activities do you need to get to know CEC/other researchers and colleagues at CEC better? To make bridging, interdisciplinarity, new meetings and collaborations come true and to foster a CEC-spirit. What to do next? What kind of needs can you identify? If you have a suggestion, please send an email to Karin Hofvendahl.

During the staff day, you also had time for discussions in your thematic research groups. If you have any thoughts regarding how to categorize the research going on at CEC/connected to CEC due to these discussions, please contact someone in the management group, Anna Maria Erling or Cerina Wittbom. We would really appreciate feedback on this. Your input is valuable when we start to look this over later this semester. The goal is, among other things, to find a better way to categorize and present our research at the CEC web pages.

The Swedish Research Council (VR) has given their decision on funding of Research infrastructure of national interest 2021-2024. They are prepared to enlarge the budget for ICOS Sweden compared to the current period. However, they are not prepared to give as much as was asked for. The Management group and the ICOS team are currently discussing the consequences this might have.

Yann Clough and Cerina Wittbom will soon invite all postdocs to discuss needs an get input for the Postdoc Academy at CEC.


We are happy to announce that Anna Maria Erling has been appointed as Communications Manager, and will thus stay at CEC where she has been working as substitute communicator in the last 6 months.

We warmly welcome Cecilia Larsson and Raül López i Losada as new PhD Students in Environmental Science. They will both work with ecological-economic modelling in the project Land4biomass. Cecilia will start on November 11 and her main supervisor is Mark Brady. Raül will start in January 2020 and his main supervisor is Katarina Hedlund. Both of them will have their offices at CEC.

During the next few weeks, CEC is visited by Rachael Dudaniec, who is leading the Landscape and Evolutionary Genetics Lab at Macquarie University, Australia. Rachael is a former member of BECC, who still pursues collaboration with researchers at the Biology Department and CEC, in particular on questions relating to the effects of environmental change (climate, land-use) on gene flow and local adaptation in natural populations. Please find her just opposite to our lunch-room and take a chance to chat with her.

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


On Friday October 18 Terese Thoni is defending her thesis “Making Blue Carbon: Coastal Ecosystems at the Science-Policy Interface” at 9:00 in the Blue Hall, the Ecology Building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund. Read more here


For an updated list of events see the CEC calendar (English version). Below the most relevant during the coming 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 October 4 Katarina Hedlund will talk about How do we store loose and benefit from soil carbon

Next Friday October 11 Chiara Cortinovis will talk about How does nature help us to plan better cities? On October 18 there is no Friday seminar due to a dissertation, see more below.

On Tuesday, October 8, the Administrative staff is on a development day at the Hyltemossa station and cannot handle matters. On Wednesday it will all be back to normal.

On October 16 at 15.00 Terese Thoni will nail her PhD thesis in Environmental Science entitled “Making Blue Carbon: Coastal Ecosystems at the Science-Policy Interface” at the birch tree at CEC, 3rd floor in the Ecology Building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund. Refreshments will be served.

On October 17 at 14:00-15:00 Johanna Alkan Olsson will give her docent lecture with the title "Farmers and scientists in collaboration for a more sustainable agriculture" in the Red room, the Ecology Building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund.

On October 17 at 15:00-16:00 there is a joint PhD seminar between CEC, ClimBEco and LUCSUS on environmental challenges. The seminar is by and for PhD candidates. The topic of this first seminar is ‘Nature-based solutions to societal problems - what are the complexities from different stakeholder perspectives?’ More info and registration here.

Lund University Future Week October 14 - 20

Which countries will be the superpowers of tomorrow? Or will the robots take over? How long will we work for – and on what terms? What will we eat in the future? And what does “transition” actually involve? These are some of the questions that Lund University will be asking during the University’s first ever Future Week 14-20 October. For more information about the week and which events will be held in English, read here. The full program in Swedish is found here. CEC is participating in arranging the following events during Future Week: 

Monday October 14, A vision for a Sustainable Lund University by 2030, a visionary discussions on how to create a sustainable university by 2030, LU Sustainability Forum and the LU Agenda 2030 Graduate School, read more and register here.

Save the date

On November 13-14 there will be a workshop on Introduction to data handling using R tidyverse in a modern software environment. The aim of this workshop, inspired by Software Carpentry framework, is to teach researchers the fundamental skills that will help them be more productive while producing work of higher quality. During this two day workshop, participants learn how to automate tasks using the Unix shell, how to track and share work using version control in Git, and data management and visualisation in R. Read more and register at

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.
Yann Clough, Therese Toni and Åsa Knaggård are three of 171 Swedish researchers who have signed a debate article in Dagens Nyheter with the message that grown ups also should protest governmental inaction on the climate crisis. You can read the article here (only in Swedish).
Markku Rummukainen has been seen in media a lot on occasion of the IPCC special report on the ocean and the cryosphere, which was released the 25th of September. For example Markku was interviewed on the Swedish Radio – Radio Malmöhus and Vetandets värld – and in Svenska Dagbladet (behind paywall) and Expressen.
Sydsvenskan covered CECs workshop in the Botanical Garden during Kulturnatten the 21th of September. Carlos Martinez was interviewed and photographed while helping people to build bee hotels.
Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson's attendance at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York the 23th of September has gained a lot of attention in Swedish media. Ludwig was interviewed by the news agency TT and the interview was published in, for example, Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet och Sydsvenskan. Ludwig was also interviewed in Dagens Nyheter, P1 Morgon and Skånska Dagbladet
Jenny Hansson has been interviewed by Trellebors Allehanda about her life style trying to live as resource efficient as possible (behind paywall).

Thermal cameras

Julia Kelly has recently bought two thermal cameras that can be used on drones to measure surface temperature. If anyone is interested in using them please feel free to contact Julia.

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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