In late May–early June, Lund University will hold a Nobel Symposium in Physics and Chemistry where newly discovered super-heavy elements will be discussed. The possibility for a Nobel Prize looms on the horizon, but the road ahead is not straightforward and competition between countries and researchers is fierce.
As soon as the guns fall silent in Syria, the people will begin to rebuild their country and their lives – this is the strong conviction of Tareq Emtairah, a reader at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE). For that reason, he and his colleagues are starting visionary workshops in which exiled researchers and Lund University researchers will sketch out an outline for a sustainable future.
“Do you want to see what a box jellyfish sees and experiences when it rides a roller-coaster?”
Synchrotron radiation helps vision researcher Emily Baird create three-dimensional images of how insects see the world. In the future, this could lead to sighted drones that navigate through the air like insects, without being remote controlled from the ground.
Curiosity and the desire to learn are strong driving forces behind Almut Kelber’s research and her work as Pro Dean for research at the Faculty of Science.
15 per cent of the population – almost one in seven Swedes – suffer from digestive problems in the form of bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhoea. But since these problems are not life-threatening, and the status of the digestive tract is low, medical researchers and funders have shown only moderate interest. Now this seems to be changing.
“Yes, academic life is uncertain and competitive. However, that’s the case even for those who don’t have families. I don’t think it’s any harder to have children if you are a researcher than in any other line of work.”
Kimberley Nicholas is a researcher from California who came to Lund with a passionate commitment to climate issues and strong interest in food and wine.
“What nature gives us is what makes life worth living”, she says.
She was in Paris for the climate conference that generated hope for the future, and she is successful in sharing her thoughts and research through social media.
Professor Stina Oredsson and the owner of the women’s underwear store Kvinnligt under, Carolina Le Prince, have together created a calendar of partially nude women. This unusual way to raise money for cancer research resulted in SEK 235,000.
Within 100 years, approximately half of the 6,000 languages in the world will become extinct. A window to the past is currently being opened in Lund, where you can listen to languages that are no longer spoken thanks to a special resource for digital language documentation.