I would like to take this opportunity today, the first official day of the autumn term, to welcome everyone back after what I hope has been an enjoyable summer. Finally, an autumn start without restrictions.
The Faculty Board started its work this term with an internship already on 18 August, to discuss changes and change needs. We all see a changing research and funding landscape and of course our undergraduate education needs to change with our research.
We also believe that a period of unprecedented growth in the university sector may be replaced by unchanged or reduced funding. This, combined with a highly uncertain environment of political and financial turmoil and increased politicisation of the university sector, means that we now need to rethink and think anew - but also redesign and modernise our operational structure. During the autumn, the change work within the faculty will continue, especially the process related to our establishment at Science Village, but also with other change work that needs to be done.
Welcome to Future Science
In order to actively involve all of you in the faculty's departments and activities in discussions about the future of our activities, I and the faculty management would like to invite you to seminars and discussions on the theme Future Science. Here you will have the opportunity to meet people who have great insight into research strategy issues.
The date and time this autumn are:
- 27 September at 16:00 -17:00
- 25 October at 16:00 -17:00
- 8 November at 16:00 -17:00
- 6 December at 16:00 -17:00
We start with Tim Ekberg, Head of Planning at Lund University, on 27 September. The seminar will start with me also giving an overview of what is happening at the faculty and in our activities right now. More information and an invitation will be sent by email in a few days.
Lund University has been around for 350 years and has survived many major changes. Our resilience is based on our ability to take care of very long-term academic values, but also on our ability to adapt to what is new.
Welcome back to Lund University and to the Faculty of Science. Here it is as it has always been – changing.
Sven Lidin, Dean