Week to address future opportunities and challenges for universities

The future is both enticing and uncertain. During the science week The University of the Future, Lund researchers and specially invited speakers will look at this concept from every angle. This includes turning the spotlight on the potential and challenges of the major research facilities.

How should education and research be developed to keep up with the times? The science week The University of the Future, 16–22  October, takes a comprehensive approach to this issue through a series of events. On one evening, 19 October, at Skissernas Museum researchers from various disciplines will use history as a vantage point as they discuss how the University is to face future challenges, from funding to digitisation to globalisation.

The Lund University Sustainability Forum will organise a seminar where the University’s students and staff will discuss how to work together to make the University more sustainable. Debatt i Lund’s jubilee special will also on 18 October address the theme and ask questions about how universities are to cope with challenges such as reduced contact hours for students, and international breakthroughs for Swedish researchers.

A number of events mentioned above will be organised in Swedish but there are activites that are either held in English or can be attended by English-speaking participants. Download the program to explore and continue to learn more about the week further down:


Download the Science Week Program The University of the Future, 16-22 October (PDF)

Important research infrastructures
The research facilities are on their way of making Lund University an internationally prominent infrastructure centre. They are establishing a foundation for new networks, groundbreaking research and fruitful collaboration but, at the same time, they raise important issues, crucial to the University’s continued development.

A number of international speakers are invited to the symposium The Infrastructures of the Future on 17–18 October to offer a broad perspective on large-scale infrastructures and how they affect their surroundings, research, and affiliated universities.

“Can a comprehensive university and areas developed for a long time be maintained, when individual investments devour major resources? The question is completely open to debate. We have invited speakers who have managed these types of facilities and are working on research policy, to hear their views on the matter”, says Thomas Kaiserfeld, professor of the history of ideas and sciences.

The second day of the symposium will illustrate how the University can strengthen the societal benefits of its research in the future. Nanomaterials have already revolutionised information technology and are expected to do the same for medical diagnostics, energy supply and other areas.

The prospects for materials science at Lund University, MAX IV and ESS are good for establishing a foundation for new technology, but the resources for product development are limited.

Together with the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Region Skåne, nanoresearchers at Lund University want to build a vibrant environment around the research facilities and reduce the gap between basic research and production.

“The conference will clarify why it is necessary to invest in an ecosystem, all the way from basic research to companies, and the benefits it can provide”, says Heiner Linke, professor of nanophysics.

In addition, the Humanities Lab is celebrating its 10th anniversary and, on 19–20 October, will highlight how the organisation has changed the research; meanwhile, the two fully-packed theme days at the Vattenhallen Science Centre on 21–22 October will focus on the materials science conducted at ESS and MAX IV. Both these activities can be attended by English-speaking participants.

HumanitiesLab celebrates 10 years. Join as researchers show experiments and equipment.

Other events during the science week The University of the Future:

  • Jubilee Mingle at Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel will open its doors to everyone who would like to meet and mingle with the people who have been involved in the 350 jubilee this past year. Open to everyone. Date: 16 October I Time: 17:00-19:00 I Place: Grand Hotel, Lund
  • Inauguration of the Ravensbrück Archive. We invite you to take part in the inauguration of the unique Ravensbrück Archive, which contains 500 translated and digitalised interviews that were conducted with survivers of the Holocaust in 1945, as well as other documents and personal artefacts. Date: 20 October I Time: 14:00-16:30 I Place: Main University Building, Paradisgatan 2, Lund
  • Unveiling the Jubilee Sculpture. A sculpture made by Charlotte Gyllenhammar in honour of the 350 jubilee will be unveiled to the public. Date: 21 October I Time: 14:00-14:30 I Place: Lundagård, Lund
  • Exhibition: From Microcosmos to Cosmos. Explore photographs depicting everything from the tiniest objects made visible using synchrotron light to gigantic phenomena out in the cosmos that can only be seen through a telescope. Open all the time. Date: 16-22 October I Place: Grand Hotel, Lund
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