Alumni and networking event at the Harvard Club, New York

Lund University warmly welcomes alumni and friends to the Harvard Club of New York City, 35 West 44th Street, New York. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

During the evening you will get a taste of the Lund University experience. It will be just as exciting, inspiring and enriching as you remember it. Come along to network over refreshments and get a taste of some of the most exciting research areas at Lund University and the future possibilities that lie within them; for example, the strategic research done in the fight against cancer with focus on individual diagnosis and treatment, and ESS (the European Spallation Source) and MAX-lab, which will be the world’s most advanced centres for materials research. Professor Arthur Bienenstock, Stanford University, and Professor Carl Borrebaeck, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Lund University, will inspire you.

Remember happy times, hard work and crazy nights! Come together to reminisce and find out about what Lund University has become today – Sweden’s strongest university and one of the top universities in Europe!

We look forward to seeing you!

Networking event at Stanford, California

In December an alumni event was held in California on Stanford University’s campus. Several members of the Lund University Foundation board were there, including Chair Göran Eriksson, who works in Los Angeles and is an LTH alumnus, and Arthur Bienenstock, Professor Emeritus of Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and adviser to Stanford’s management. Professor Bienenstock also holds an honorary doctorate from Lund University and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (IVA).

Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Lund University Sven Strömqvist spoke about developments at the University and the major investments in infrastructure that are to be made in the near future, e.g. the research facilities ESS and MAX IV, and about the research that these will make possible.

They are unique to Lund and strengthen our position internationally. Nevertheless, we also need to make other investments to complement them. Our research has always been international and our education is becoming increasingly so. We want to become better at working with the community and the business sector and need to strengthen our financing if we are to be able to compete for grants, students and researchers. Our alumni play an important role in this and we welcome all contributions and initiatives from our former students, says Ulrika Nilsson, director of Fundraising and Alumni, Lund University.

The Global Grid Conference, New York

Lund University was a sponsor of the conference The Global Grid Greening the Grid for a Sustainable Future, which took place on 28 October in New York.

The conference was held at Nasdaq and in accordance with tradition we helped to close the stock exchange that day. Afterwards we went out and watched the big screen in Times Square, where Lund University’s logo was displayed for what was probably the first time.

On the evening before the conference, a climate-neutral dinner was held at the Swedish restaurant Aquavit. Researchers from Lund University had been given the task of calculating the energy consumption and Professor Lars J. Nilsson presented the calculations for the climate-neutral dinner:

Our assessment shows that we are about to enjoy a dinner containing about 1 200 calories. But how much does it take to bring this to the table? Doing a life cycle analysis (cultivation, fertilising, harvest, transport, processing, etc.) shows us that it actually takes twice the amount of energy to bring the food to our plates. On the other hand if we had a less environmentally aware dinner with frozen shrimp, beef, pre-baked bread and imported tropical fruit, we would need to put in six times the energy to bring the food to the plate. That difference in energy for one portion lets you keep a modern LED lamp burning for three hours a day for one year.