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In Lund we are increasingly concentrating on interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research. Collaborations within the University have developed as an answer to the question of how researchers can solve the increasingly complex problems permeating society. Evidence that our efforts have paid off is the awarding of the Swedish Research Council's Linnaeus funding of around SEK 900 million to 14 research environments at Lund University. This means that Lund is the university with by far the most Linnaeus environments in Sweden.
The aim of the Linnaeus funding is “to increase Sweden’s international competitiveness” by guaranteeing strong research environments from all fields between SEK 5 million and SEK 10 million annually over a ten-year period.
Universities and other higher education institutions nominate strong research environments within the fields that they prioritise in their strategies. With the Linnaeus funding, direct government funding is distributed directly to the selected research fields instead of centrally to the higher education institutions.
Direct government funding has been awarded in this way twice (in 2006 and 2008). In 2006, Lund was awarded an impressive eight out of a total of 20 Linnaeus grants. In 2008, Lund was awarded six of 20 grants. The Linnaeus grants are awarded jointly by the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Research Council. Applications are evaluated entirely by international experts.
At the Laser Centre, research is being carried out in cooperation between the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine. This research concerns the investigation of both the micro- and macro-cosmos with applications within environmental studies and medicine for example, such as the diagnosis and treatment of tumours.
Funds are dedicated, among other things, to supporting researchers at the Nanoscience Building at Lund University. The purpose is to renew research through investment in six fields, among them materials chemistry, biophysics, nanoelectronics and nanoelectromechanics.
This group aims to identify which variations in the human genome are
responsible for disorders of the inflammatory processes and the
metabolism, in order to develop new forms of treatment for diabetes.
NRC is an interdisciplinary environment which includes medics, scientists, engineering researchers and humanists. The researchers aim to develop multi-channel electrodes that can be surgically inserted in the brain and spinal cord to study basic learning mechanisms in animals and humans. The long-term objective is to be able to use the knowledge to improve quality of life for people with functional disabilities, neurodegenerative diseases and chronic pain.
Hemato-Linné is a shared investment in stem cell research aiming to understand healthy and diseased blood formation.
Lucie is an interdisciplinary research environment with leading researchers in innovation, economic geography, business administration, psychology, economic history and research policy. The group investigates the dynamic in a globalised knowledge economy.
Research is carried out in an interdisciplinary manner within the field of chemistry. The group is investigating the interaction between molecules.
This group is investigating how individuals/households/families behave when economic and demographic conditions change. Among other methods, this is done through analysis of the period from the start of the 1900s to the end of the 1960s when Sweden was transformed from a mainly agrarian society to an industrial nation and a developed welfare state.
This group works to develop new treatments for diseases that originate from disorders in the brain, such as Parkinson’s and Huntingdon’s disease. The Linnaeus support is used to develop a strong, creative and interdisciplinary research environment, through new appointments for researchers who are recent PhD graduates, among other things.
This group works to develop competences aimed at understanding and coordinating complex subsystems so that they function even better together in large systems. The research can involve systems in the field of technology (e.g. a car) or within medicine, biology and economics.
This group studies the migratory movements of animals – from the very tiniest animals to large birds and turtles. The knowledge is important for both health and environment since changes in nature and in the landscape affect the migratory patterns of animals, which in turn can have repercussions on various ecosystems.
Researchers here study the interplay between thinking, communication and learning. Researchers in the field of cognition, linguistics, speech therapy, psychology and neurophysiology work together, with the new Humanities Laboratory as a central resource in their research. The aim is to investigate how people, especially children, acquire concepts and learn to understand the words in a language. The rapid processes at work when people comprehend spoken language in a dialogue are also to be investigated.
Lucid is to research sustainable development on the basis of knowledge and action. Instead of just producing knowledge about our planet and the problems it is facing with regard to climate change, water shortages and depletion of biodiversity for example, Lucid also wants to get this knowledge to lead to action. This will be done by setting goals and creating political strategies and action plans, for example. The project includes the subjects of human ecology, philosophy, political science, sociology of law, social geography, economic history, physical geography and ecosystems analysis.
Researchers here are working to better understand how the ecosystem affects the climate and vice versa. Today’s climate is exposed to strong influences from constantly increasing percentages of greenhouse gases. The imbalance in the climate system manifests itself in floods, droughts, effects on flora and fauna, storms and melting icecaps, as a consequence. Researchers from many different subject areas – from microbiology to atmospheric physics – are gathered in LUCCI to cooperate on these issues.