The activities of the Faculty of Science are highly research-intensive: research and graduate studies absorb 80% of its financial resources. About 500 graduate students work within the faculty, and several departments bring together engineers and natural scientists in the form of centers. The Centre for chemistry and chemical engineering, e.g., is the largest research unit for chemistry in Scandinavia, and the Department of Physics (Fysicum) includes eight divisions in the Faculty of Science and five in the Institute of Technology.
Research in natural sciences is traditionally international. This is also the case with the faculty in Lund. To conduct their accelerator experiments, physicists travel to CERN in Switzerland, DESY and GSI in Germany, and to Stanford and Brookhaven in the USA. Geologists comb the Arctic and Antarctica for fossils and rocks. Astronomers go to the Canary Islands and to Chile, to use the most powerful telescopes. Physical geographers make their way to African deserts to check their satellite data. And naturally visiting researchers and graduate students come to Lund from all corners of the world, attracted by the experts and the facilities that have achieved international prominence. "Reserch from Pole to Pole" show some examples of the research activities at the Faculty of Science in Lund.