News from the University management 1 July
On the management’s agenda
“Prepare for the Government’s collaboration initiative”
“In June, the government launched a new strategic collaboration initiative. The idea is to join forces to address and solve the important societal challenges that we face. Another aim is to strengthen Sweden’s global innovation capability and competitiveness”, writes Torbjörn von Schantz in his blog. He considers that the SEK 40 million initiative is good news for the University. ”As yet, no call for applications has been announced, but it is important even at this stage that we prepare for these applications, so that we, together with our collaboration partners, are in a strong position. We are therefore planning to form groupings from the faculties and operations that, with support from the Research, External Engagement and Innovation division, can coordinate expertise in the University with partners in the various areas”, writes the Vice-Chancellor.
The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts is a goldmine
“Art, music and theatre are important disciplines that complement the more traditional academic faculties. Therefore, it is a great benefit to both Lund University and the city of Malmö (where the faculty’s activities are located) to be able to offer such study programmes on a university level”, writes the Vice-Chancellor in his blog. The Art Academy is in urgent need of finding new premises, but, in the longer term, the objective is to gather all activities of the faculty in one place. Several options are currently being discussed and the cooperation with the City of Malmö is going well. “I'm certainly not averse to moving the entire faculty to Lund – what a boost this would be for the University and cultural life in Lund! I have also received indications that another city in Skåne would welcome the faculty with open arms. No wonder. It is a unique faculty that any city would want to get their hands on. But I think the students and the organisation are best served staying in Malmö with its big city vibe and proximity to other art and culture institutions. [...] We will therefore fight for our faculty to stay in Malmö”, writes the Vice-Chancellor.
Intense spring with LERU and U21
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg writes in her blog about an intense spring filled with important meetings with LU’s priority international networks LERU (League of European Research Universities) and Universitas 21. One U21 meeting included plans for a U21 initiative concerning linguistics, tentatively known as the Global Research Alliance in Language (GRAIL), and another meeting was about the climate, at which several LU researchers participated. The latter was held in connection with another meeting with representatives from the World Bank and the UN, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “I had the pleasure of speaking with the Secretary General in a bilateral meeting, discussing cooperation between the UN and U21”, writes Eva Wiberg. She will now step down from her position as Director General of U21, but will continue to work with the network in her role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Read more on her blog
LU has signed cooperation agreement with Ericsson
As part of the drive to strengthen the University’s external engagement, the University management has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Ericsson. ”It is very satisfying that we now have such an agreement in place with a partner that we have appreciated for a long time. The intention is to follow this with several similar agreements with our important partners”, writes Torbjörn von Schantz in his blog.
Packed programme in Almedalen Week
It is soon time for Almedalen Week and this year LU is hosting more events than ever. In addition, our researchers are taking part in numerous debates, discussions and seminars organised by others. Read more about LU’s programme, and who is taking part, on the Almedalen webpage
LU’s 350th anniversary is approaching
Time flies and Monday 19 December is fast approaching – the date the jubilee year will be inaugurated with ceremonies and celebrations. The inauguration will begin with a ceremony in the auditorium of the University main building when the full 350th anniversary programme will be revealed, providing a foretaste of what is to come in the 13 months of jubilee celebrations. Read more about the anniversary
The importance of having correct contact information
The University needs correct contact information for all its employees, students and others active at the University in order to disseminate information in the event of an emergency. During the winter and early spring, a working group has developed a procedure to enable the University to have correct contact information. There are two reasons for having this information. The first is to facilitate the rapid dissemination of information in emergency situations. The second relates to IT security, in that it is crucial that information reaches the right person, for instance in the resetting of passwords. Registering your private contact information is, of course, entirely optional. Read more on the Staff Pages
MAX IV inaugurated
Few people can have missed that MAX IV Laboratory has now been inaugurated. This was carried out in a formal ceremony in the presence of the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, and the King of Sweden. The MAX IV website has films and photos of the inauguration
Higher education news
EU wants research production to be freely accessible in 2020
“All publicly and privately financed research in Europe is to be open access from 2020. This is the proposal of the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. The EU’s Competitiveness Council, the Council of Ministers for research, innovation, industry, internal market and space policy supported the proposal last week”, writes SUHF in its international newsletter. The Competitiveness Council considers that all publications and data should be accessible, unless there are special reasons, such as security or integrity issues. If all research published in Europe becomes free of charge, it would have a considerable impact on the current system in which a fee is charged for access to publications. Read more in SUHF’s newsletter (Swedish)
A national evaluation of research quality is needed
“A national evaluation of research is required in order to raise the quality of Swedish research. Such an evaluation would make it possible for higher education institution managements and research groups to compare their activities with equivalent activities at other higher education institutions, and also internationally. This would mean research funding could be used more effectively”, writes the General Director of the Swedish Research Council, Sven Stafström, in an opinion piece in the magazine Tidningen Curie. He considers that it is the management and research staff at Sweden’s higher education institutions who must promote a strong and vibrant culture of quality, but that an external driving force is also required. “I am convinced that a national evaluation of Swedish research would be such a driving force”, he writes.
New barometer to provide an overall view of Sweden as a research nation
The Swedish Research Council has produced a new Research Barometer that provides an overall view, and a source of facts, on Sweden’s strengths and weaknesses as a research nation. This is complemented with a selection of online interactive figures. “The 2016 Research Barometer confirms that Sweden’s investment in R&D continues to be among the highest in the world. The number of researchers, publications, citations and international collaborations also show that we are a successful research nation. However, in the private sector R&D investment has fallen and there are other countries showing stronger growth in terms of highly cited articles”, writes Sara Monaco, an analyst at the Department of Research Policy and project leader for the Research Barometer.