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Faculty Board, Dean, Deputy Dean and Vice-Deans for the term of office 2021–2023

Dean

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Sven Lidin

Who are you?
Born and bred in Skåne. I completed my undergraduate studies at Lund University, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering in 1982. Following doctoral studies and post-doc positions at the Department of Applied Mathematics at ANU in Canberra and at MPI in Stuttgart, I was a research assistant in Lund until 1995 when I took up the position as professor of inorganic chemistry at Stockholm University, where I later became dean of chemistry among other things. I returned to Kemicentrum in 2010 where I was head of department 2015–2017 and, since 2018, I am the dean of the Faculty of Science. I have worked for most of the major research funding bodies in Sweden and as a reviewer of universities and institutes abroad. 

What are the faculty’s challenges and opportunities in the coming period?
To reinforce the role of undergraduate studies. To work on the faculty’s establishment in the Brunnshög district. To adapt to a changed and changing funding landscape.

How can you contribute?
With experience of management work at all levels within Swedish universities and international organisations. With experience of small and large-scale research funding. With unassuming leadership.

Vice-Dean for first and second cycle education and Deputy Dean

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Karin Hall

Who are you?
I have been the faculty’s pro dean for first and second cycle education since 2018. I am a professor of physical geography and I have been head of department and director of studies for the study programme at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science as well as senior lecturer at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).  

What are the faculty’s challenges and opportunities in the coming period?
The coronavirus pandemic is escalating and the faculty’s courses and study programmes are facing unforeseen challenges. The required changes within education are comprehensive and the faculty’s staff are making outstanding contributions. Although there is a heavy workload, we are gaining new skills and insight. Unexpected opportunities are emerging and, in the future, we should take advantage of the newfound advances. We should also renew the contents and structure of our courses and study programmes, develop the exchange between undergraduate and postgraduate education, meet the need for development resources, reinforce learning support, stimulate young people’s interest in science programmes and further develop the subject teacher programme. We should continue to focus on our main task – to provide education of the highest quality in which teaching and research are closely linked and the focus is on student knowledge, learning and future careers.

How can you contribute?
I have solid experience of development work within academia – in particular in the area of education. Having worked for a long time in education, research and leadership in different positions and universities, I can contribute to the faculty’s overall development and primarily to the development of the faculty’s first cycle education. 

Vice-Dean for third cycle education

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Sandra Pott

Who are you?
I was born in Germany, did my PhD in Mathematics at the University of the Saarland in 1996 after a Master in Münster and a research stay at the University of Leeds in England, and then worked in Great Britain from 1997 until 2010, at the Universities of Edinburgh, York, and Glasgow. In 2010, I moved to Lund and became a professor at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Since 2013, I am director of graduate studies and institutional representative in Mathematics (NF), since 2018 also deputy prefect. I live in Lund together with my husband Joachim and our twins.

What are the faculty’s challenges and opportunities in the coming period?
Concerning research education, I think internationalisation is an important topic – both the openness to receive talented researchers from all over the world, and then, once they are here, to have an environment in which research students from different backgrounds can participate fully.

The graduate schools at the Science Faculty are a great resource for PhD students, as is the new collaborative center with the Max Planck Institute in Biology. I would like to continue working with that, and also towards making sure that every PhD student, within a graduate school or not, has excellent possibilities to develop their research and their own research profile.

I am a great fan of the Swedish system of doctoral education, I think that the relatively long period of study really allows people to develop scientifically in a way which is not possible in shorter programs, such as the ones in the UK. The question as to how to use this time well concerns all of us, PhD students, supervisors, and directors of study, and we have to be prepared to explain the value of this to society.

How can you contribute?
I have been a director of graduate studies in two countries and a PhD student in a third, so I hope I can contribute with a useful perspective.

Vice-Dean for research

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Anders tunlid

Who are you?
I obtained my PhD in chemical ecology in 1986 at Lund University and, since 1998, I have been a professor of microbial ecology at the Department of Biology. In recent years, I have led a major, interdisciplinary research programme that is investigating how organic material is broken down and converted by microorganisms in the soil. I have had several management roles within the Department of Biology and I have been on boards for different research councils.

What are the faculty’s challenges and opportunities in the coming period?
External research funding will change in the next few years. The volume of investigator-initiated, small-scale project grants seem to be on the decrease, increasingly the funding is channelled via larger, multidisciplinary programmes aimed at solving the major environmental and climate challenges of the future. It is important that the faculty, together with the departments and research teams, identify how these changes are to be addressed.

How can you contribute?
The dean for research will be the chair of the newly established Research Board. The board is to monitor and prepare matters concerning the funding of more expensive infrastructure, participation in major research programmes and collaboration with MAX IV and ESS. The board will also assist in identifying candidates for excellence programmes for early-career researchers. The responsibilities of the dean for research also include the Academic Appointments Board. It is important to develop better processes, in collaboration with the departments, to identify areas for new teaching positions and to increase their appeal through attractive starting packages and good career support.

Members of the Faculty Board

Teaching staff with research expertise

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Jessica Abbott
I am a senior lecturer at the Biology Department, and do research on the evolution of sex differences and sex chromosomes. As a member of the board at the faculty of science, I hope to continue to contribute to efficient but well-supported decision-making. I am also particularly interested in popularization of science, and equality and gender issues. I plan to support faculty-level initiatives within these areas.

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Mikael Calner
I am a professor at the Department of Geology. I am passionate about the faculty and the University and I want to take part in influencing our future. I can contribute with enthusiasm for new opportunities and work to ensure that active scientists are provided with an increased undisturbed scope for education, research, innovation and external engagement. I believe my breadth as a member of teaching staff/researcher with experience as director of third-cycle studies and as head of the Department of Geology would benefit the work of the board.

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Sofia Feltzing
My research is based on gaining an understanding of how the Milky Way was formed. I am happy to participate in academic leadership. I have experience from boards and committees and I am a Master’s programme director. I am Sweden’s representative on the European Southern Observatory Committee of Council.  I would like the faculty to further develop the career structures and increase the proportion of teaching staff salaries from direct government funding. The establishment at Brunnshög is an important issue.

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Peter Samuelsson
I have recently been promoted to professor of theoretical physics at the Division of Mathematical Physics, Department of Physics. My research area is a theoretical description of quantum mechanics phenomena in condensed-matter systems. I hope to be able to contribute to the board’s work within areas such as the establishment of the activities at Science Village Scandinavia and the collaboration between the faculty and the Faculty of Engineering.

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Emma Sparr
I am a professor at the Department of Chemistry and my research concerns the physical chemistry of biological membranes. I am interested in strategic issues concerning research and education, research policy and interdisciplinary research. The faculty management’s most important task is to work for the best possible conditions to enable high quality research and education. It is also important to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations. I hope to be able to contribute to this work with my commitment and experience.

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Tatyana Turova Schmeling
I am a professor of mathematical statistics working at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences since 1997. I have significant experience of research collaborations, work in appointment committees and councils within the Swedish Research Council. Combined with my professional skills as a mathematician to carry out and apply pure logic in all situations, this would contribute to the development of our faculty at the highest possible level.

Other staff

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Ola Gustafsson
I work as a research engineer in the Department of Biology’s microscopy unit. This is a job in which I have the opportunity to help researchers, students and industry to produce and microscope samples. I can contribute to the work at the faculty both with my experience from a technical/administrative perspective and through input from my experience with industry.

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Karin Hofvendahl
I am the administrative manager at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC. My qualifications are in biochemistry and I have a PhD in microbiology. I can contribute to the work at the faculty with many years of broad experience in management and administration at the university-wide level, combined with my experience of how an interdisciplinary centre like CEC operates.

General representatives

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Carl-Magnus Andersson
I obtained my PhD in organic chemistry at Kemicentrum at the end of the 1980s and, subsequently, an associate professorship in pharmaceutical chemistry at Uppsala University. I have varied experience, both as a lecturer and as a research leader in a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which I believe would make me useful in my role as public representative on the faculty board.

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Elena Zukauskaite
I am the science director of the regional collaboration to close the gap between schools and academia (FoU Skola) at the Skåne Association of Local Authorities. I have a PhD in economic geography with a specialisation in geography of innovation from Lund University. I have a good understanding of school and municipal activities and can contribute to the work at the faculty through discussions on relevant issues from the perspective of schools and municipalities.


The tasks of the Faculty Board and the Dean

The Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is the highest decision-making body at the Faculty of Science, and has overall responsibility for:

  • Education, research, innovation and external engagement
  • Quality and development
  • Faculty library
  • Organisation
  • Finances, Human Resources, administration and communication matters

Read more about the Faculty Board

The Dean

The Dean has the overall responsibility for the Faculty of Science and leads strategic work.

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