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First selection for profile areas completed with 11 applications to be summoned for interview

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On 15 March, 24 notifications of interest had been submitted. These submissions have now been evaluated by me, in collaboration with the deans. The assessment was based on Lund University’s criteria for the profile areas.

During the late autumn and winter, all researchers at the University were invited to submit notifications of interest in becoming profile areas. The criteria concern the research, the researchers, external engagement and education. We have reviewed the current situation for all the areas, but also assessed their ambitions.

Prioritisation of the notifications of interest was discussed in the Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council with all the deans, both on 31 March and on 13 April 2022. On the basis of these prioritisations, the proposed profile areas were divided into two groups: group 1, to be summoned for interview for a more in-depth assessment and group 2, which will not proceed.

The notifications of interest contained many exciting ideas for new and unique research, external engagement and education. The notifications of interest also showed clearly how many world-leading research teams there are at Lund University.

On 30-31 May and 1 June 2022, representatives of the proposed profile areas will be interviewed for a more in-depth assessment by a panel. The panel will consist of the deans, student representatives, external professors and myself.

We have chosen not to publish which profile areas who have been chosen for the next phase. This is because the process has not yet been completed and that we want to give those who have produced interesting proposals, which are not selected to next phase, an opportunity to decide for themselves if, when and how they inform about this. But also because we want to keep this phase internal and publish more when we know more (the university websites and blogs are open to everyone, even people outside the university).

/Per Mickwitz

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Första urvalet till profilområde klart, elva ansökningar går vidare

Elva av de 24 intresseanmälningarna som inkommit kommer att gå vidare till nästa fas och kontaktpersonerna kommer att bjudas in till intervju.

Bedömningen har utgått från Lunds universitets kriterier för profilområden. Kriterierna gäller forskningen, forskarna, samverkan och utbildning. För samtliga områden har den nuvarande situationen och ambitionerna utvärderats.

Prioriteringen av intresseanmälningarna har diskuterats i rektors ledningsråd med alla dekaner både den 31 mars och den 13 april 2022. Utifrån rådets prioriteringar har de föreslagna profilområdena delats in i två grupper: Grupp 1 som kommer att kallas till intervju för fördjupad bedömning och grupp 2 som inte går vidare.

Intresseanmälningarna innehöll många spännande idéer till ny och unik forskning, samverkan och utbildning. De visade också klart hur många världsledande forskningsgrupper det finns på Lunds universitet.

Den 30–31 maj och den 1 juni 2022 kommer företrädare för de föreslagna profilområdena intervjuas för fördjupad bedömning av en panel. Panelen består av dekanerna, studentrepresentanter, externa professorer och mig.

Vi har i dagsläget valt att inte publicera namnen på de som har gått vidare. Detta på grund av att processen ännu inte är avslutad och att vi vill ge de som har tagit fram intressanta förslag, som inte går vidare, en möjlighet att själva bestämma om, när och hur de informerar om detta. Men också för att vi vill hålla denna fas internt och publicerar mer när vi har vet vilka profilområden som går vidare (universitetets webbplatser och bloggar är öppna för alla, även folk utanför universitetet).

/Per Mickwitz

April 27, 2022

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Revised timetable

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The timetable for Lund University´s processing of notifications of interest in becoming a profile area has been revised on 18 March 2022, see the updated version under Timetable.

The management rules have aslo been updated, see the new version.

Although we have not received any certain information yet, we foresee that the deadline for the universities to submit their applications will be postponed, which is why we have updated our internal timetable.

The main change are new dates for the panel meeting to evaluate the notifications of interest. This will give the university management and the deans more time to discuss which potential profile areas to invite to the interviews. The related dates have consequently been changed.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Trollås, Research Services.

March 18, 2022

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Lund university received 26 pre-notifications for profile areas

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February 15th was the deadline to make pre-notifications with the preliminary title and a contact person of proposed profile areas. We received 26 pre-notifications. Based on the preliminary titles, the 26 proposed profile areas that are being developed cover the breadth of the university very well. They contain many expected topics in which Lund University has a strong track-record, but also some welcome surprises. These 26 pre-notifications constitute a great base for the next steps in the process.

Next the full notifications of interest in becoming a profile area at Lund University are to be developed by the teams that have submitted their pre-notifications. The deadline for the notifications of interest is March 15th at 14.00. In order to make sure that everybody has the information they need, to complete their notifications of interests, we will in early March have an information and discussion meeting with all 26 contact persons that have submitted pre-notifications. See timetable.

After we have received the notifications of interest on March 15th a process of assessing the notifications and discussing them with the faculties and the Lund University management, will follow. This process will involve judgement of the individual notifications, but also an assessment of which combinations of profile areas are seen as best serving Lund University as a whole. After the notifications have been submitted the process will be characterized by dialogue and interactivity. Some potential profile areas may be asked to combine their notifications and some might be asked to complement their notifications of interest.

From what we know today, Lund University will be allowed to include 5 profile areas in our application. Meanwhile, until we decide which 5 profile areas to include in Lund University’s application, up to 10 of the suggested profile areas will receive some support to develop further and consolidate their work.

Finally, as I wrote in my previous blog post (at the national level the funding of profile areas has moved forward), the Swedish government has given the Swedish Research Council and the other major research funding agencies the task to further develop how funding of profile areas could be implemented. This work might change the time schedule, the number of profile areas Lund University can include in the application, the specific criteria for profile areas or the weight of the criteria. We are following this process closely and we might adapt our process when we get more information. However, before the deadline for the notifications of interest to become profile areas on March 15th we do not foresee any changes in the process at Lund University.

Per Mickwitz

February 17, 2022

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At the national level the funding of profile areas has moved forward

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On January 13th the Swedish government (U2022/00168) gave the Swedish Research Council and the other major research funders (Forte, Formas and Vinnova) the task to further develop how funding of profile areas could be implemented based on their proposal from 2021 (U2021/02882).

On January 18th the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) organized an information and discussion meeting about the task. The general sentiment was that the new task provided surprisingly little direction for how the financing of the profile areas should be developed. The general feeling was that there was now more uncertainty about criteria and the evaluation process, than before the government had given the task. At the same time, it was also said that senior civil servants had repeatedly stated that since the parliament has already decided on the profile areas (when the Research bill was adopted) it is only the details that have to be agreed upon.

One issue that was specifically discussed at the SUHF meeting was the time schedule. The task to the Research Council and the other funders states that they should report on their task by June 1st 2022. The task states that the allocation of funding to profile areas should be possible to implement 2024 (“Arbetet ska inriktas på att möjliggöra ett införande från 2024.”) But at the same time the task also states that the proposal should be linked to the budget proposal 2025 and to the next Research bill in 2024. To summarize, the time schedule is at the moment very uncertain. It seems unlikely that it will be possible to allocate funding to the universities based on their profile areas in the state budget for 2024. But since we do not yet have any more precises information about the time schedule, we will continue with the adopted timeline (see Table 4 in the management rules) until we get some more clarity.

At Lund university we are following the work by the Research Council and the other funders and will actively take part in meetings organized by them and by SUHF. When we get additional information, we will adjust the process and the time schedule at Lund university based on this. But the information that we have at present does not yet give us any reason to change how we proceed.

/Per Mickwitz

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Uppdrag att vidareutveckla en modell för kvalitetsbaserad fördelning av forskningsanslag. Regeringsbeslut U2022/00168, 2022-01-13

Kvalitetsbaserad resursfördelning – förslag till ny modell, PM, 2021-05-31

January 25, 2022

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Thematic discussion forum about AI and Digitalisation 17 and 31 January

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AI Lund has been asked to help out with this process by organising thematic forums in the domain of AI and digitalisation. For this purpose we have booked two meetings in January, i.e. January 31, and January 17.

The 31 January meeting had as most 40 participants and started with an overview of the 20+ pitches that have been made. Some were presented at the January 17 meeting, and some have been sent by mail later. The pitches were grouped into four clusters/tentative themes for LU profile areas that were discussed in breakout rooms with the outcome summarised below.

There are already many ideas and suggestions for such profile areas in different areas related AI and digitalisation.

• AI for a healthy life (medicine/life science)
• AI and human society (social/political science, humanities)
• AI and sustainability (environmental science/climate research/global health)
• Cognition, interaction and systems (AI technologies)

January 24, 2022

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Thematic Discussion Forum: Food – 1 February

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Existing food systems contribute significantly to the major global environmental and socio-economic issues. Sustainable food systems are therefore fundamental to achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030 with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An urgent and concerted action for food systems transformation is needed at national and international levels by all key stakeholders across the entire food value chains.

Lund University, with its breadth and excellence, has the possibility to become an important part of this transformation. Lund University’s activities in research, education and external collaboration cover the entire food value chain and the entire spectrum of humanity’s interaction with food – from the cellular level to the experience of eating, health and well-being. This opens new possibilities for interdisciplinary scientific collaboration, technological development, and innovation.

LU Food Faculty and the Northern Lights on initiative would like to invite you to an open discussion on the possibility of initiating a proposal for a profile area in food.

The discussion forum will take place on 1 February, 12:00-14:00, on Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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LU Food Faculty, the all-embracing umbrella of activities in the food system at Lund University, promote research collaborations across faculty boundaries within food related research, innovation, education, and co-creation with external partners. LU Food faculty is setting the agenda addressing societal challenges related to the food system and being the point of orientation for external partners and other stakeholders.

Read more: LU Food Faculty | Food@LU

Northern Lights on Food has been established to bring together food scientists and researchers across disciplines, from both academia and industry, to utilize and develop MAX IV and ESS. MAX IV and ESS will provide tools with unsurpassed spatial, chemical and time resolution that will lead to unprecedented understanding of food structure, processing, health, and taste. The knowledge generated, the unique environment around the facilities, and the skilled experts associated to these unique and world leading infrastructures together with food sector stakeholders provides an unique opportunity to develop an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food system.

Read more: Northern Lights on Food — LINXS

 

 

January 19, 2022

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Upcoming thematic discussion forums in January and February

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As a part of the development of potential profile areas, Lund University is organising thematic discussion forums.

The starting point for the profile areas is research, but the aim is for complete profile areas to be formed during the process. They are to be intertwined knowledge environments involving strong research, education, and external engagement. A key aspect is doing something different and being able to state the conditions and ambitions for this. In addition, the profile areas are to be able to demonstrate the intended effects of external engagement (societal impact).

Some of the discussion forums are facilitated by KIA-consultancy (internal consultants within Lund University) as a way of stimulating the discussions about possible profile areas at Lund University. But there are of course other ways to develop ideas for profile areas.

If you are planning to arrange an open thematic discussion forum, you are welcome to advertise the forum on the blog. Please contact Tina Trollås, Research Services (tina.trollas@fs.lu.se).

The thematic discussion forums that are planned so far during January and February are:

January 13, 2022

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Cancelled: Sustainability – discussion forum about profile areas

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Cancelled

Lund University Sustainability Forum is now welcoming interested researchers to an open discussion forum among “critical friends” to facilitate for the exchange of ideas and finding collaboration partners.

January 3, 2022

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Thematic discussion forum about “Cognition” 20th January

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Thematic forum: “Cognition” 20 January

The forum will give you an opportunity to discuss possible profile areas, exchange ideas and information and eventually find possible collaboration partners

The discussion forum will take place on Tuesday 20 January, 13:00-15:00. Place for the workhop is to be decided.

Our goal is to arrange a physical meeting, if due to corona restriction it is not possible it will be replaced by a zoom meeting.

Registration is closed: Thematic discussion forum: “cognition” 

December 23, 2021

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Thematic forum: “Materials” 18 January

Thematic forum: “Materials” 18 January

The forum will give you an opportunity to discuss possible profile areas, exchange ideas and information and eventually find possible collaboration partners

The discussion forum will take place on Tuesday 18 January, 13:00-15:00, Lokal.

Our goal is to arrange a physical meeting, if due to corona restriction it is not possible it will be replaced by a zoom meeting.

Registration for Thematic discussion forum: “Materials” is closed.

December 20, 2021

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Discussion meeting on a possible profile area in Computational Science

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You are all invited to a discussion about a possible profile area within computational science. Computational science is to be broadly understood as doing (not specifically natural) science while using computational methods, including doing research on methods and software.

The goal of the meeting is to enable a group to move forward with a suggestion of such an area.

The meeting will start with a short introduction, followed by short presentations of 5-10 minutes about possible concepts of such a profile areas.

If you would like to give a short presentation, please advise one of the organisers.

Date: 12th of January 2022

Time: 15:15-17:00

Place: Over Zoom

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Philipp Birken, Anders Irbäck, Leif Lönnblad and Oxana Smirnova

December 17, 2021

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Open discussion forum with no pre-set theme 14 December

As a part of the development of potential profile areas, Lund University will organise one or two open discussion forums with no pre-set theme. These discussion forums will be facilitated by KIA-consultancy (Internal consultants within Lund University).

The first open discussion forum will take place on Tuesday 14 December at 14.30 to 16.30 on-line via Zoom.  

When you register, we would like you to indicate your possible interest in one or several profile areas with some key words.

The forum will give you an opportunity to discuss possible profile areas, exchange ideas and eventually possible collaboration partners (depends on the participants).

Registration for: Open discussion forum with no pre-set theme 14 December (registration is now closed)

If the first forum is assessed as useful, the second forum will take place in the beginning of January.

During January arrangements will be made for a couple of thematic forums. Right now we are gathering input from the faculties about possible profile areas.

The discussion forums facilitated by KIA-consultancy are a way of stimulating the discussions about possible profile areas at Lund University, but there are of course other ways to develop ideas for profile areas. During later stages of the process all notifications of interest to become a profile area at Lund University will be treated the same way, regardless how they have been developed.

December 4, 2021

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