Weekly update with the Dean

The book “Teknik och samhälle – de första tjugo åren”, with the history of the 20 first years of TS, will be launched on 26 February. Invitations to the book release party will be sent by e-mail soon.

At the university, there is currently a process for aligning administrative support functions better to the faculties and departments to improve their services to education and research. More information will follow.

On the Dean’s decision meetings there are every week important decisions taken, for example approving research grant applications such as this week’s Robocare project. Please follow the decisions on the updated webpages, in Swedish here and in English here. On the Swedish site, you can see dates for meetings and deadlines and procedures for submitting items, as well as past decisions taken.

This week, top candidates for the position as new head of administration at TS have been interviewed. The candidates have a very high level and good merits, and we are happy to be an attractive employer. When the recruitment process is concluded, of course you will be informed of the result.

Next week, the new FFN (board of research and doctoral education) will convene for the first time. Among other items, they will appoint their vice-chair as well as representative to the central MAU board for research and doctoral education.

Weekly video update from the Dean

The two year traning programme for research leaders will start after summer and is now open for applications, with deadline 1 February. See application instructions and more information here.

The Dean is still open for your ideas on how to develop the faculty and its operations and in particular in regard to collaboration with LTH.

Please be reminded of the recent email from Bengt J Nilsson regarding nominations of really good degree theses for scholarships. The deadline for nominations sent to Bengt is 10 February, see more information here.

The MAU admission board consists of members from all the faculties and the Dean will soon nominate representatives from TS. The admission board makes decisions in questions related to admission for the MAU educational offer on pre-university, bachelor and master levels. If you are interested in working with the development of the MAU admission processes, please contact your head of department. For more information, see here.

As one of the first decisions this decade, the Dean approved to open a PhD position in digitalization of higher education institutions. Please spread this in your network to help ensure we have qualified applicants. The ad is posted here (link updated).

Please enjoy, and spread, the new recruitment film for the two year Strategic Media Development programme admitting students for the first time ahead of the autumn term 2020.

Weekly video update by the Dean, Christmas Special

This week, the Dean does some julpyssel and makes a DIY Christmas gift of the year, namely a mobile box, a cell phone nursery. For DIY instructions, follow the steps in the vlogg. For more information on the Christmas gift of the year, read at the HUI research institute https://hui.se/mobilladan-ar-arets-julklapp-2019/ .

Håkan Wernersson, lecturer in material science at MTM, and his company Akoustos, has recently launched a new invention, a screw that sucks up 87% of the sound and noise that travels through ceilings and roofs in homes and houses. Read more about this new invention in the engineering magazine Ny Teknik https://www.nyteknik.se/premium/deras-nya-skruvar-halverar-storande-ljudvolymer-6978051

The TS administration and Dean’s office has moved back to the newly renovated 5th floor. You are welcome by with questions, comments and Christmas greetings!

Pär Olsson, docent and senior lecturer in materials science at MTM, has received a grant from KKS, the Knowledge Foundation, for a biträdande lektor.

Even Yuanji Cheng, docent and senior lecturer in statistical mathematics at MTM, has received funding from KKS.

Åse Jevinger, senior lecturer at DVMT, has received a large grant from the National Research Center for Public Transports, K2, with funding over three years to research integrated and adaptive public transport of the future.

Thomas Pederson, professor at DVMT, José Font, senior lecturer at DVMT, and guest researcher Cissi Ovesdotter Alm, based on DVMT while on sabbatical from RIT, has received a Stint initiation grant to boost collaboration and exchange for PhD students in Malmö and Rochester.

The Dean wishes all of you a merry, relaxing, unplugged Christmas!

Weekly video update with the Pro Dean

This week, TS pro dean Bengt J Nilsson summarises the programme dialogues held October through November. The programme dialogues are an integral part of the quality framework for education on bachelor and master level, and form an important input to the quality dialogues held at both faculty and department levels during spring. Do listen through this video to get a sense of all the important issues that have been covered during the many programme dialogues these recent months.

Also, the date for the TS graduation ceremony, the end of year celebration, is set to 28th May. Save the date already, and more information will follow soon.

Weekly video update by the Dean

This week, the TS Faculty Board convened and among the decisions taken were the approval of the operational plans for the departments for 2020-2022. Also, preparations for the new governance model starting 1 January 2020 were done, such as appointing members to the Education Board (UN) and Research and Research Education Board (FFN). These boards will operate on the mandate of the Faculty Board from 1 January 2020.

UN will deal with aspects of education and education quality and in particular courses, course plans and education plans. Pro dean Bengt J. Nilsson will chair the board, and the teacher representatives will be Yujing Li and Ulf Hejman representing MTM, and Gion Koch Svedberg and Sara Leckner representing DVMT. The heads of MTM and DVMT will also appoint one person each with management responsibilities for education. Further, Bengt will represent TS in the MAU council for education.

With regard to FFN, the board will deal with aspects of research and research education and quality related issues, in particular research education courses and their course plans. Dean Andreas Jacobsson will chair the board, and the teacher representatives will be Alexei Iantchenko and Martin Fisk representing MTM, and Paul Davidsson and Martin Berg representing DVMT. The heads of MTM and DVMT will also appoint one person each with management responsibilities for research. Further, the vice chair of FFN will represent TS in the MAU council for research and research education.

The Dean has signed an exchange agreement with University Politecnico di Milano and also a major research application by Paul Davidsson and Reza Malekian at DVMT.

Weekly video update by the Dean

This week, TS had a visit by the panel of the ERA19 (external research assessment) and many researchers were interviewed. Thanks to all who contributed and special thanks to Paul Davidsson for the TS coordination, to Romina Spalazzese for DVMT coordination and to Per Jönsson for MTM coordination. When the final assessment is given in February, we will continue to talk about our research strategy.

Annabella Loconsole has been appointed chair of the TS international council and to represent TS in the MAU Council for global engagement. Among other things, she will lead the discussions on the TS strategy for internationalisation.

The new head of department at MTM will be Katja Fridh, currently senior lecturer and docent in construction engineering at LTH. She will start at MTM on 1st March 2020. Big thanks to the recruitment committee.

Weekly video update with the Dean

In this weeks video update with the Dean, you get to briefly meet the new head of TS administration, Suzanne Jacobsson. Also, the Dean reminds you of the TS Teknikdagen next week where high school students will visit and be inspired by lectures by Kristina Allder, Henrik Hartman and Susanne Frennert, and more. Full programme here.

Two more upcoming events is the lunch seminar on 28th November with Miljöbron and the TS Christmas mingle and dinner on 5th December. For information on how to sign up, see calendar invitations in outlook.

Statistics of applications for the spring term is available and we see that Malmö university has a reduction in number of applicants, despite a slight increase in the country as a whole. We need to analyse why we are less attractive among students. Nevertherless, the TS course in C# Programming in Swedish is the one with most applicants, almost 900, and the English version of the same course is among the top three.

The chair of the committee for research education, professor Lars Plantin, has recently presented an overview of the PhD courses at the university. Doctor Åse Jevinger, director of research studies at TS, is the vice chair of a committee working on a university portal of the PhD courses offered.

Associate Professor Martin Berg has released a book, “Imagining Personal Data — Experiences of Self-Tracking”, co-authored with Vaike Fors, Sarah Pink, and Tom O’Dell. For more information, see https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/imagining-personal-data-9781350051409/ .

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, the Dean sums up the awards received by TS staff in connection with the Annual Academic Ceremony last week. Big congratulations to Anton Tibblin who won the Pedagogical Award, to Carl Magnus Olsson who won the Stefan Bengtsson Research Leader Award, and Samuele Sottile who won a PhD travel grant. Also, congratulations to Helena Holmström Olsson who was installed as a professor in computer science.

TS has entered into agreement with Miljöbron Skåne to help connect us and our students with companies in the regions to enable students to do project courses and degree thesis projects together. For more information, attend the seminar to be arranged by Niclas Andersson within short.

Thanks to Bo Peterson, DVMT, Anders Fyhn, ARM and two TS students for arranging the Ada Lovelace day, see a film from the event below.

As next week is höstlov, there will be no video update and also expect the university buildings to be slightly quieter than usual, although students will study as hard as always.

Weekly Video Update by the Dean

This week, the TS Faculty Board met and among other items, it decided on the general mandates and design of the new Board for Education and Board for Research and Research Education. At the next meeting in December, the specific mandate will be defined as well as who will be members of the boards.

Thanks to student representative Mladen, TS will have a strengthened student representation with six new TS students where some of them will be part of the two new boards.

Moreover, the Faculty Board discussed the admittance of new docents and operational plans for the two departments. This correlates with the program dialogues as well as department dialogues and faculty dialogues taking place in the coming weeks.

This week Helena Holmström Olsson will be installed by the vice chancellor. She appeared in the Sydsvenskan earlier this week https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2019-10-15/fest-i-en-vecka-nar-malmo-universitet-installerar-nio-nya .

Also, Kristian Stålne of MTM, was in Sydsvenskan this week, see https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2019-10-15/en-allt-komplexare-varld-staller-krav-pa-okad-mognad .

The vice chancellor has agreed to co-finance research equipment for advanced material science experiments, so called MBE which means molecular beam epitaxy. The equipment will be used at Forskaren, and will complement the instruments at MAX IV and ESS in Lund and thus strengthen collaboration and sustain access to those facilities. For more information on the MBE, talk to Lindsay Merte.

Weekly video update by the Dean

On Tuesday October 15 at the ground level in Niagara, Malmö University is launching Open Day Master’s Fair, a new initiative to showcase the University’s master’s programs. Come by between 11-15. More information:  https://mau.se/kalender/open-day-masters-fair/

Studentcentrum is organizing a half day seminar on preparing high school students for college/university education on November 7. For more information or sign up, see https://www.mah.se/Nyheter/Kalendern/Gymnasieelevers-forberedelse-for-hogskolan–en-seminariehalvdag/

TS Christmas party will be on Thursday 5 December – save the date! More information will follow.

The Dean will meet with the vice chancellor of LTH, Lund Faculty of Engineering, next week. If you have any ideas of issues to discuss or for collaboration between LTH and TS, let Andreas know.

The evaluation of the MAU administration and services, GV (gemensamt verksamhetsstöd) was presented last week. Very timely, the new head of administration at TS, Suzanne Jacobsson will start working 4 November, and will be an integral part of shaping the future administrative support for TS. To read the GV-evaluation and see the presentation, see https://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Medarbetarnyheter/Medarbetarnyheter-2019/Nu-ska-utredningen-diskuteras-i-olika-ledningsgrupper/ .

Maria Engberg invited VIP founder Ed Coyle from Georgia Institute of Technology and Stephen Marshall from University of Strathclyde, heading the first VIP-programme in Europe, to Malmö university for an inspiring seminar. MAU is launching its first VIP courses, see here https://edu.mah.se/en/Course/ME186A. What would you do if you had a VIP-team?

Weekly video update

One of the overarching goals for Malmö University as expressed in Strategy 2022 is “Long-term, nationally and internationally outstanding research which, together with doctoral education, consitutes one third of the university’s activities” . Therefore, this week, TS contact person at the Research Service office, Johan Alling, presents what the Research Service offers in terms of support to researchers.

Research Service services include

  • General information about sponsors and announcements
  • Support and advice during the application process
  • Arrangement of seminars and courses
  • Information on research funding
  • Research Professional – help you find funding opportunities and news all over the world
  • Financial advice
  • Arrangement of language reviews
  • Legal advice and ethical testing
  • Advice about ethical testing
  • Weekly newsletter

For further information and contact details, read more here https://www.mah.se/Staff/Tools-and-Services/Internal-research-information/Research-Support-Office/ .

Enjoy the cinnamon roll day!

Weekly video update by the Dean

This week, the Dean informs about the decision to let professor Per Jönsson and senior lecturer Pär Olsson at MTM proceed with preparing the application for research degree rights in applied physics.

Furthermore, the ERA19 site visit 27-28 November. Outlook invitations will be sent out to those who are called to meet with the external review panel.

Earlier this week, speaker of Riksdagen Andreas Norlén visited Malmö university as part of the celebration of 100 years of universal suffrage in Sweden.

The TS management group met to discuss the processes of course evaluations, course reports and course development.

This time of year the salaries are revised. Make sure to book your salary talk with your boss.

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, the Dean has taken part in the TS fika, mingling together with TS students, staff and some 40 companies. Thanks to Dorota Gorna, Daniel Harju, Karin Fäldt and Joakim Cao for organising the TS-fika.

The Dean has also met with both the University board as well as with the vice chancellor and head of finance to follow up on the TS spending and recruitment according to budget. The main message is that everything is going according to plan.

If you have any ideas with regard to how the faculty and the institutions can develop, let the Dean know.

Professor of applied mathematics at MTM, Alexei Iantchenko, has recently entered a worldwide collaboration on research into cutting edge solutions in geophysical imaging and computational seismology called GMIG. See the map of the GMIG partner universities below or follow the link here.

Weekly video update with the Dean

TS faculty board met earlier this week and informed themselves of issues concerning for example the suggested new policy about how to become a docent, statistics about admission and number of applicants, evaluation of the engineer degree in computer science and mobile it, and discussion about the delegation of authority, the roles and mandates. 

In the coming weeks, the candidates for the position as Professor in Materials Science hold their trial lectures with a presentation of their academic background and envisaged development of research activities in the field of Materials Science at Malmö University.
See the details below. You are all very welcome to attend!

Wednesday, 18 September at 09-10 OR:E439 – Stefano Agnoli (on Skype)

Thursday, 19 September at 09-10 NI:B0E15 – Isabella Gallino

Friday, 20 September at 09-10 NI:A0406 – Maths Karlsson

Friday, 20 September at 13.15-14.15 NI:A0606 –  Samir Lounis

Tuesday, 24 September at 09-10  NI:B0E07 – Denis Music  

Wednesday, 25 September at 09-10 NI:A0306 – Mikhail Zheludkevich

Malmö University Library has been nominated for the prestigious prize of Swedish Library of the Year. Use your chance to vote for Library of the Year here https://dik.se/aretsbibliotek/ And do visit and make use of the university library!

Weekly video update with the Dean

Welcome to new senior lecturer in human computer interaction, Susanne Frennert, and new senior lecturer in physics, Hampus Nilsson!

On 18th September 13-15 in Niagara the annual TS-fika-mingle with students, staff and visiting companies will be held. For more information see https://mau.se/kalender/valkomna-pa-fakultetsminglet-ts-fika/

During the week 14-18th October Malmö University arranges the Annual Academic Celebration. The week ends with the Annual Academic Ceremony where Helena Holmström Olsson will be installed as a professor. She will give her installation lecture during Wednesday 16th October. For more information and sign up, see https://mau.se/en/about-us/Akademisk-hogtidsvecka-2019/ (svenska: ://mau.se/om-oss/akademisk-hogtidsvecka/ )

Women in technology- what is the problem? is a talk given at Storm on 19 September. Staff from TS will be in the panel and you are urged to participate. Sign up and more information here https://storm.mah.se/2019/kvinnor-inom-teknik-vad-ar-problemet/ .

Today at 15.00 there will be farewell cake for Rolf Axelsson at DVMT who will soon retire.

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, the Dean encourages you to participate in the lunch seminars Global Corner to learn more about internationalisation. Find more information on the seminars here https://www.mah.se/Nyheter/Kalendern/Global-Corner–ett-nytt-forum-for-samtal-om-internationalisering-och-globalt-engagemang/

Further, you are encouraged to nominate suitable colleagues to the Award for Collaboration and the Award for Excellent Administrative Support. Both are awarded at the Annual Academic Ceremony on 18 October, and the deadline for nominations is 1 September. For more information regarding the Award for Collaboration see https://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Ledning-och-organisation/Sa-leds-Malmo-universitet/Beredningar/Radet-for-samverkan/Malmo-Universitys-Award-for-Collaboration/ and for the Award for Excellent Administrative Support https://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Ledning-och-organisation/Organisation1/Utmarkelsen-for-sarskilda-insatser-inom-stod-och-service/ .

Next week, Anton Tibblin is the guest in the Digipodd, and talks about flipped classroom och online educational resources. You find the pod here https://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Medarbetarnyheter/Medarbetarnyheter-2019/digipodd-anton-tibblin/

Suzan Boztepe is the TS representative in the nomination committee for the upcoming election of the university board.

And lastly, feel the joy of the building engineers after their boat building and sailing competition.