Wandering among the amaryllises and other seasonal blooms of the “Christmas in the orangery” exhibition in Lund’s Botanical Garden is one very satisfied director. Bente Eriksen came from Gothenburg University to her new job in Lund a couple of months ago and has now learnt that the municipality of Lund will support the garden to the tune of SEK 2 million per year.
Meet Per Ödling, Professor of Telecommunication at LTH, who recently gave a lecture for the Hjärntrusten network in Lund entitled “The new digital society is already here”.
Sweden has got its first seven Tesla MRI scanner. The 40 ton scanner had to be lowered into place at the Lund University Bioimaging Centre (LBIC) at Skåne University Hospital. Until now, the most powerful MRI scanners in Sweden that are used on humans have had a magnetic field of three Tesla.
What is the effect on doctoral students’ creativity when they are forced into the academic straightjacket of research studies? What obstacles do they have to cross in order to reach their full potential? According to creativity researcher Eva Brodin, there are many examples of research environments where doctoral students do not have an opportunity to be really creative in their research.
How creative are research studies? What can be done to make them more creative? LUM has met Samuel West, who is not only a doctoral student, but who actually does research on creativity.
The Inter Arts Centre (IAC) in Malmö provides a forum enabling all parts of the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts to conduct research together and create joint projects. Its objective is to find new approaches and to achieve collective results which are greater than the sum of their parts.
What are you used to? This was the question that twenty five eager course participants seized on when they gathered to investigate cultural differences in order to better meet the various needs of international students.
“Really good research is often interdisciplinary”, said Kerstin Sahlin from the Swedish Research Council (VR) at a seminar in Lund on how the land lies for research funding. She wanted to debunk the myth that VR is not good at encouraging interdisciplinary projects. Quite the opposite – a working group has recently been appointed specifically for this type of application, she explained.
More and more research is based on ‘big data’, not only in engineering, medicine and science, but also increasingly in the humanities and social sciences.
These huge quantities of data offer fantastic opportunities, as well as major challenges. How does Lund University deal with these? Do researchers receive the support they need? Are we equipping students to meet the digital revolution?
This month and next month, LUM is exploring some of the research and education that involves big data. We highlight examples and discuss the University’s capacity and the problems presented by e-science.
The huge increase in data in biology and medicine creates new challenges for researchers. Extracting information from databases is the research community’s new day job.