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A sustainable university – new demands in the light of Agenda 2030

A university for sustainable development? Lund University’s Strategic Plan states that we must take a major social responsibility and meet the global challenges. The goals in Agenda 2030 also place new demands on research, education and collaboration, which will require brave and transformative action from the University. This highlights a need for an open and inclusive discussion on how to set these changes in motion: How can we both improve our own capacity as a major university and support students in becoming drivers for positive social change? What obstacles stand in our way and how do we overcome them?

New Lund University think-tank looks to the future

Kick-off for LU Futura in August 2018. Photo: Kennet Ruona With research at eight different faculties, Lund University has a unique opportunity to look at future problems from all possible perspectives. LU Futura, the University’s new think-tank, will take an interdisciplinary approach to important future issues.

Large-scale land acquisition in Africa affects farmers’ ability to produce their own food

landgrabbing In order to avoid water conflicts and to stimulate food production in sub-Saharan Africa, large-scale land acquisition should be regulated and focus on food production. These are the conclusions of a new doctoral thesis from Lund University in Sweden.

Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C?

Luis Mundaca Efforts to combat climate change tend to focus on supply-side changes, such as shifting to renewable or cleaner energy. In a Special Issue in the Energy Efficiency Journal that follows the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ˚C, researchers argue that demand-side approaches can play a crucial role given the aspirational target outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Lund University invests in graduate research school about Agenda 2030

sdg Lund University invests SEK 64 millions in a graduate research school focusing on societal challenges and Agenda 2030. The graduate research school, which will fully expanded include around 20 PhD students, is the first of its kind in Sweden. Sustainability Forum and Centre for Environmental and Climate Research have received the mission to administer the graduate research school.

“The world can still achieve ambitious climate targets”

sunset The lead author of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees, released today, is available for comment. Luis Mundaca is a professor at the International Institute for Indutrial Environmental Economics at Lund University.

Using AI to improve refugee integration

AI Using machine learning and optimisation to find refugees’ new homes can significantly improve their chances of finding work within three months, according to new research.

Organic farming methods favour pollinators

Pollinator Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. An extensive 3-year study from Lund University in Sweden has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the pollinator decline. This beneficial effect is due to both the absence of insecticides and a higher provision of flower resources.

New Formas Project: Save the basin! A multiplayer game about water shortage

Virtual Reality Lab at Lund University FORMAS has granted funding for a new and highly topical science communication project on water shortage and the challenges of drought in both Sweden and Jordan . The project will be executed by the Lund University Virtual Reality Lab at Design Sciences at LTH, in collaboration with Vattenhallen Science Center.

Scientists lack vital knowledge on rapid Arctic climate change

arctic Arctic climate change research relies on field measurements and samples that are too scarce, and patchy at best, according to a comprehensive review study from Lund University in Sweden. The researchers looked at thousands of scientific studies, and found that around 30% of cited studies were clustered around only two research stations in the vast Arctic region.

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