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Research excellence areas

Lund University has one of Sweden’s strongest and broadest research environments and is recognised as one of the world's top research-led comprehensive universities.

researcher holding up a test tube

Over recent years Lund University has achieved major success in obtaining large research grants. Annually, almost SEK 5 billion goes to research across eight faculties. Lund University has also distinguished itself in recent years in the allocations of Linnaeus environments and the Swedish Government’s investment in strategic research areas. These successes are largely a result of the interdisciplinary research carried out and the diversity that our comprehensive university has to offer. 

Strong research fields and innovation environments

Medicine and Health

  • Neuroscience & diseases in the nervous system
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer
  • Stem cell biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthy ageing
  • Infectious diseases
  • Bioimaging and masspectrometry

Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities

  • Cognitive science
  • Economic history
  • Economic demography
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Middle Eastern studies
  • Climate and environment
  • Linguistics
  • Music education

Science and Engineering

  • Materials science and nanotechnology
  • Synchrotron radiation research
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Automatic control
  • E-science
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • IT and mobile communications
  • Transport and logistics
  • Risk and safety management
  • Food
  • Quaternary geology
  • Biodiversity
  • Animal migration patterns 

Cross-boundary collaboration

We know that cross-boundary collaboration at regional, national and global level can help find solutions to the major questions of today and tomorrow. Large parts of our research fit under one of several general areas that closely concern the challenges facing mankind:

  • Life sciences
  • Health and ageing
  • Complex systems
  • Climate, environment and energy economics
  • Advanced materials
  • Economic, social and political systems
  • Human development and the human condition, democracy and human rights
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Innovations and discoveries


Hellmuth Hertz and Inge Edler's 1953 ultrasound method to examine the human heart, which is now employed in other areas, including imaging of the foetus in the womb.

Nils Alvall adjusting the first artificial kidney that he used clinically

Artificial kidney
Nils Alwall’s research and 1946 discoveries on the artificial kidney laid the foundation for the multinational company Gambro, which today makes life easier for 350 000 dialysis patients around the world.

Bluetooth technology
Bluetooth technology, which has its roots at Lund University, has made wireless communication possible and has become an indispensable part of the developments in the IT sector. The first Bluetooth product came onto the market in 2001 and since then some two billion units have been sold, making it the world’s fastest growing technology.

The world's first nicotine medication in 1967 to help people stop smoking. Said to have saved the lives of millions of smokers worldwide.

More innovations from Lund