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KILU Newsletter, week 5, 2020-01-31


Kenneth Wärnmark granted funding for tomorrow’s energy systems

Kenneth Wärnmark (Centre for Analysis and Synthesis) has been granted a total of SEK 5 million by the Swedish Energy Agency. He received the funding for a project on iron-based materials that enable production of solar fuels on a large scale.

Emma Sparr has received a grant for interdisciplinary research environments from the Swedish Research Council

Emma Sparr (Division of Physical Chemistry) has received a grant for interdisciplinary research environments from the Swedish Research Council. The collaborative project “CASCADE - cause or consequence in Alzheimer disease?” involves scientists at the Department of Chemistry (Emma Sparr & Sara Linse) and scientists at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry, Gothenburg University (Jörg Hanrieder & Henrik Zetterberg). The project aims at deepened understanding of how changes in molecular factors like protein solubility, protein solubilization, protein modifications as well as protein-lipid interactions influence amyloid aggregation processas in vivo and in vitro.


Ulf Ellervik (Centre for Analysis and Synthesis) was interviewed in Svenska Dagbladet about a case in which a person may have died from arsenic poisoning. Read the article (subscription required).

Ulf Ellervik wrote an article about Swedish Christmas food from a chemical perspective. Read the article. Ulf Ellervik was also interviewed in Sydsvenskan about what makes us get that Christmas feeling. Read the article (subscription required).  

Ulf Ellervik was interviewed in Aftonbladet about a much-discussed washing method that uses deionised water and does not require detergent. “There is no supporting scientific theory for water quite suddenly gaining new dissolving properties just because you have taken away ions. This is a technique that lacks a scientific basis”, he says. Read the article.  


Seminar: Conversion between singlet and triplet states in the strong and weak
coupling regimes, February 6

A seminar given by Karl Börjesson, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg.

Time and place: February 6 at 15.15 in lecture hall B, Kemicentrum. 

Meeting: CryoEM at LU 2020, February 11

Lund University has started to build an infrastructure for single particle cryoEM. In order to start providing support to Lund University researchers interested in single particle cryo-EM, a meeting for existing and potential users will be arranged.

Time and place: February 11 at 09:00-11:00 in Bengt Borgström, BMC D15.

Register for the meeting by sending an e-mail to: Kajsa M Paulsson, by February 4 at the latest.  

Read more about single particle cryoEM -

International day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11

A group of researchers at the Department of Chemistry invites you to a variety of activities to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February. The "Read for Women in Science" day’s programme includes a workshop on the Python programming language, seminars and inspirational talks. Join in and wear red on 11 February. See the programme (PDF).

Women in science seminar
Several women scientists working at KILU, including Susanna Horsefield, Sara Linse and Charlotta Turner will give inspirational talks about being a woman in science. Red cake and coffee/tea will be served during the seminar.

Time and place: February 11, 15:00 – 16:15, Kemicentrum lecture hall B.
Pre-registration required to: with "Red for Women in Science" as subject in the e-mail.

Python workshop
Workshop on the Python programming language. Beginners, with little or no prior experience in python are welcome to register for a one day workshop (20 available spots).

Time and place: February 11, 10:00 – 15:00, Kemicentrum.
Pre-registration required to Tinna Palmadottir.  

For more information about the movement “Read for women in Science” visit the Facebook page “Red month for women in science”.


Discover new Scifinder N

SciFinder-N provides access to one of the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry, chemical engineering, food, biomedicine and related sciences.
The new database includes all content from the previous SciFinder version with new additional features. It contains the PatentPak modul, which can quickly localize chemical information within patents, and chemical reactions are documented in greater details.
If you have used Scifinder before, use your current SciFinder username and password to login.
Read more about SciFinder-N on the library website.

Access to The food science database – FSTA

The food science database, FSTA, is now available via Web of Science.

Publisher agreement with Wiley

Researchers at Lund University can through an agreement publish open access, free of charge, in Wiley journals. The agreement includes both the publisher's pure OA journals and hybrid journals.
Read more about the agreement.

Access to journals from the publisher De Gruyter

The library subscribe to many journals from the publisher De Gryter, we have for example access to the  journals “Zeitschrift für Kristallographie - Crystalline Materials” and “Holzforschung”.


Infrastructure Funding from LTH and the Faculty of Science

Each year, the two faculties release a call for applications for funding of large infrastructure projects, both new and upgrades to existing infrastructure. The Faculty of Science has allocated 20 MSEK this year, with a minimum application amount of 250,000. LTH has allocated 10 MSEK, with a minimum of 500,000. Applicants apply directly to their faculty, for more information see the following:

Faculty of Science


Application deadline: April 1.

Upcoming workshops: Applying to VR and Formas

KILU is looking to organise workshops with information, tips and advice on how to apply for funding in the annual VR and Formas calls. These are aimed at younger researchers (“Forskare”/”BUL”/”UL”), although will be open to all. More information will be sent out shortly, but you can already register your interest in attending by emailing Louise Howes.

ERC Funding in the new EU Funding Programme, Horizon Europe

The EU’s current funding programme, Horizon 2020, is ending at the end of this year, and a new programme will be launched next year. The current set up of ERC grants (i.e. Starting, Consolidator, Advanced, Synergy) will be continued in Horizon Europe, however due to the transition period between the two programmes, there will be some differences in 2021-2022:
- All calls for 2021 grants will be shifted so that the first calls (usually the Starting Grant) will open in January 2021 instead of summer 2020. A clear timetable for all grants has not yet been published, but the Council expects that the timetable will return to normal by mid-2022.
- There is unlikely to be a Synergy grant in 2021. The next Synergy grant is planned for 2022, with the call opening in summer 2021.
- Some changes to the ERC panel structure are planned, see the ERC website for more details.

These are preliminary details and subject to change.

Deadline reminder

-ERC Consolidator Grant: 4 February 

-Crafoord Research Grant: 7 February 

-VR Consolidator Grant: 18 February 

-VR International Postdoc: 18 February

-Swedish Energy Agency – Basic Research: 26 February 


Regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Asia

Lund University is following the information and recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) regarding this matter.
Learn more at the Staff Pages

Reporting secondary employment

All teaching staff, regardless of the scope of their employment, are to submit a report annually on secondary employment. Teaching staff who have no secondary employment are also to submit a report. Reports on secondary employment are made in Primula. Reports on secondary employment for 2020 are to be submitted during the first quarter of the year, however, no later than March 31.

Read more about secondary employment on the Staff Pages.


Welcome Days for new staff members

New employees can now sign up for the Welcome Days to be held in the spring. The Welcome Days are 11 March (in Swedish) and 25 March (in English). For information and registration, visit Kompetensportalen.

Improve your research presentation and participate in this year’s Researchers’ Grand Prix

Do you want to be better at summing up what is important about your research and receive help and support to present your results? If so, perhaps you would like to take part in this year’s Researchers’ Grand Prix. It is a competition in which you are to present your research in a way that is as easily accessible and engaging as possible – in only four minutes.

This year’s competition will be held in Helsingborg on 24 September. Individual coaching will be given in August and September, with a possible start-up meeting in June.

The researcher who wins the University’s competition will progress to the national final in Stockholm in late November.

Your presentation can be in English or Swedish, depending on which language you feel most comfortable with.
Read More at Staff Pages



LUBIRC Breakfast Seminar – Kim Olofsson

Tid: 2020-09-04 08:30 till: 09:30