Weekly update with the Dean

This week we continue to work with the consequences of conducting education, research and other activities by distance. Note that right after the vlogg was produced, the Vice-Chancellor made a decision that the university will stay closed until the end of the 2020 spring term. For the most recent information, follow the updates on the staff web here.

Senior lecturer Romina Spalazzese at DVMT has received an Avans-grant from KKS (the Knowledge Foundation) of 3,3 million SEK. Avans aims to develop education programs at master level with relevance for the industry. It can be one or two year master educations or educations leading to a professional qualification such as civil engineering. Congrats Romina and her team!

In this week’s, decision meeting four applications to VR were discussed and signed in order to be submitted for review. Also, Håkan Wernersson, teaching at the engineering degree programs at MTM, was been promoted to senior lecturer in product development and innovation. Congrats Håkan and MTM!

In autumn, the Vice-Chancellor will initiate a research leader development programme with 16 research leaders from across the university. After a careful review, the TS FFN as well as the TS management group, ranked the six applications from TS researchers and the Vice-Chancellor has selected Maria Engberg and Henrik Hartman to join the programme. Congrats Maria and Henrik!

The TS graduation ceremony (avslutningshögtid), originally planned for May, will be postponed until after summer. Watch out for a calendar invitation for the new date.

We welcome and briefly introduce Jeanette Dareblom as the new head of TS administration. She will come to APTs at the departments and units to introduce herself further and to get to know you better.

This weekend Friday and Monday are days off due to Easter and we wish everyone Glad påsk!

Weekly update by the Dean

This week, the blog is presented in written and read out as text to speech.

As we continue to work on a distance, we want to remind all staff to learn and share tips and trix regarding distance learning, examination and work. One good starting point is this site at our staff pages https://staff.mau.se/first-page/puffs/distance-teaching-and-work/.

Also, there is a TS Canvas page where ideas are shared called Distance learning and examination. If you cannot find it in your Canvas-environment, contact Henrik Hartman at MTM to be let in. 

Earlier this week, Jeanette Dareblom had her very first day as our new head of TS administration. She has received her work equipment and as the rest of us is now working and undergoing the introduction programme prepared for her from home. We aim at introducing her through this blog next week.

See also the staff news item about TS staff working from India and USA.

The Vice-Chancellor has recently made a decision with regard to the mandate of the new Lärarförslagsnämnd (LFN), literally teacher suggestion boards, or our academic recruitment board. At TS we are in the process of identifying possible members of the LFN and we urge you all to contact the Dean if you have suggestions of candidates. Click for more information about the decision and the mandate.

For the fifth year, The Stefan Bengtsson Research Leader Award will be awarded to a researcher at Malmö University who have made significant efforts to develop research at Malmö University and helped create an inclusive, creative and collaborative international research environment. We at TS are proud that two of the previous award winners were nominated by us and are employees at our faculty! In 2018, Daniel Spikol was honored with the award and the year after 2019, Carl Magnus Olsson was honored. This year is the last time the prize is awarded and now it is time to nominate a candidate again who hopefully can take home the prize a third time! To be considered, the nominee’s doctoral degree must have been awarded a no more than ten years ago. Now you get the opportunity to nominate researchers for the prize, SEK 25,000. E-mail your nomination to TS_dekan@mau.se no later than Sunday 10 May, together with a brief nomination letter.

Weekly video update with the Dean and TS studentombud

This week, the update also includes a message from Mladen Dimitrov at the Student Union.

The election to the University Board is over and from TS Professor Helena Holmström Olsson is a teacher representative and Jörgen Ekman is one of the reserves. Read more about the University Board and the result of the recent election here.

As a faculty and as a university, we seem to be adapting to the new conditions of distance education. There are still questions marks to be straightened out, but on the whole we are picking up where we left off, and planning for the rest of the semester as well as for the rest of the year is ongoing.

To ensure the legally required opening of all official mail, we need you as an employee (if you do not have the possibility to empty your physical mailbox yourself) to grant authorization to Malmö University to open any mail addressed to you as an individual. Due to the ongoing corona virus outbreak, many of you work from home and have no opportunity to empty your physical mailboxes. Malmö University is legally restricted from opening mail addressed to an individual, i.e. where the name of the employee is at the top of the address on the envelope. To ensure that official documents and other university related mail is not left unopened, Malmö University needs authorization to open any mail addressed to individuals. Anyone who does not authorize Malmö University to open their mail, will themselves be subsequently responsible for emptying their physical mailboxes and for the handling of their incoming mail. If you grant authorization to open your mail, you will get a scanned copy of the mail forwarded to your e-mail address. After scanning, your physical mail will be placed in your physical mailbox, as Malmö University has no legal authority to dispose of it. See emails from fullmaktpost@mau.se 24 March and Peter Winther 27 March, for practical information.

If you have any paper exams in your possession from before the decision about moving into distance-based education and examination, please contact study administrator Bodil Sterner to arrange a handover. 

There is still time to apply for the Rudolf Palm grant until Sunday 5th April, by sending an email to your Head of Department.  

Weekly video update with the TS management

For this week where all of TS, along with the rest of MAU and universities across Sweden, are transitioning to online teaching, examinations and collaboration due to the circumstances of the corona-pandemic, the TS management has co-produced a video update for you to express their gratitude for all the fantastic work you are doing.

Dean Andreas Jacobsson introduces by praising the way everyone at TS raises to the occasion and informing that TS management has set up a Corona-adjusted organisation to deal with the current extreme circumstances.

Vice Dean Bengt J Nilsson further reminds all course and programme responsible as well as examining teachers about the decision by the Vice Chancellor that all teaching and examination is to be conducted online. Any necessary deviations from the course plans need to be decided by the Dean upon request by the Heads of departments.

Head of TS administration Thomas Strandberg acknowledges the brilliant achievement that is being done to adjust to the situation and how we can learn from these new ways of working also in the future.

Head of MTM Katja Frid appreciates the strong evidence of collegial support and determination that she has experienced these past weeks. She urges everyone to find time for recreation this weekend.

Head of unit at DM2 Henriette Lucander adresses ways we can cope with this stressful situation and has seen you all acting according to this quote “Start by doing what is necessary and then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (Francis of Assisi)

Head of unit at DM3 Johan Holmgren commends the collaboration and solidarity among colleagues in this new reality. Share experiences and ideas and help each other out. His film is recorded using Open Broadcaster Software, available here https://obsproject.com/.

Head of unit at DM1 Maria Engberg encourages you all to stay in touch with each other and maintain a work community. Find ways of staying social using digital media channels such as zoom fika breaks or similar.

Assistant head of MTM Henrik Hartman is impressed with everyone’s ability to transition to online teaching on such short notice. Use resources such as Yammer as well as fellow teachers and students to learn and share experiences.

Head of DVMT Bo Peterson asks you to focus on giving the students good education considering this confusing and uncertain situation, instead of too much focus on the valid question of avoiding cheating. Let’s aim for good enough.

In addition, the Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham personally sends her regards to all TS faculty and staff. If you have not yet read her message from earlier this week, please do so here https://medarbetare.mau.se/startsida/medarbetarnyheter/rektors-kommentar-om-corona/ (Swedish), https://staff.mau.se/first-page/staff-news/kerstin-tham-proud-of-solution-oriented-employees/ (English)

Also, we continue to remind to you keep updated via the Corona page on the staff portal https://medarbetare.mau.se/startsida/puffar/covid-19/ (Swedish) and https://staff.mau.se/first-page/puffs/recommendations-regarding-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ (English)

Weekly video update: Corona

This weeks video update is held by Maria Engberg, head of unit at DM1, DVMT, on behalf of the Dean. The topic is Corona and the main message is to

There are no decisions or plans to close the university, like has been done in Denmark and Norway. The recommendation is to be prepared to teach and meet through digital channels. Prepare yourself by installing zoom on your computers and look at this webinar for more about using zoom.

Weekly video update with the Dean

Warm welcome to Katja Frid, new head of department at MTM, who started this week. Get to know her favourite view in Malmö by watching the short interview with her.

TS college of supervisors, Handledarkollegiet, reminds and encourages all doctoral supervisors and examinators to participate in their meetings. The TS college of supervisors is led by Åse Jevinger, director of TS research studies.

Yesterday, 5th March, an important email with information regarding the Corona-virus was sent to all TS staff. Keep yourself informed of any development in the MAU Corona-policy here https://staff.mau.se/first-page/puffs/recommendations-regarding-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/.

Congratulations to Reza Malekian who has been promoted to full professor in computer science.

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week’s video update with the Dean was shot at the Young Researchers semi-finale held at Niagara 27 February. Thanks to MTM for hosting the event and we do look forward to see the young researchers here as students in the future!

Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, the Vice-Chancellor has decided on special travel recommendations. For all duty travel abroad, staff need to inform their boss. Make sure you have the travel insurance card from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency) with you. Also, follow any updates from the university, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden. For more information, see https://staff.mau.se/first-page/puffs/recommendations-regarding-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

In March and April, the Communication department welcomes all researchers to join two media training workshops. The first workshop on 16 March will inspire researchers to reach out through social media https://medarbetare.mau.se/din-anstallning/kompetensutveckling/sa-nar-du-ut-som-forskare-i-sociala-medier/ and on the 20th April the workshop will focus on interview and camera training https://medarbetare.mau.se/din-anstallning/kompetensutveckling/medieutbildning-intervju–och-kameratraning/

The election of teacher representatives to the University Board will be during 2-16 March. Please make sure to vote! More information here https://medarbetare.mau.se/ledning-och-organisation/sa-leds-malmo-universitet/#universitetsstyrelsen

The TS course board, whose mandates stretches from 1 March 2020, is now appointed with Steve Dahlskog, senior lecturer at DVMT as chair. Other members of the board are Carina Ström Hylen, Gion Koch Svedberg, Nina Taslaman and Ulf Hejman.

Malmö university invites prospective students to an Open House on 12th March. Several teachers and students from TS are involved in this important student recruitment event. For more information, see https://mau.se/utbildning/traffa-malmo-universitet/#oppet-hus .

The Rudolf W. Palm fund is open for applications with regard to the 2020 grant of 50 000 kr. See more information in the blog post about it or in your e-mail.

MTM research at the Max IV laboratory

In this video, MTM researcher Christian Stråhlman presents his research idea for which he has applied for a research grant to further understand the photo-chemistry of the atmosphere through measuring negative ions. The video is produced by Christian himself in the MAX IV laboratory in Lund during some current research experiments that he is doing there together with an international team of researchers. Please let yourself be fascinated and impressed by the research facilities available, learn more about how using synchrotron light can separate the atoms in a molecule into positive and negative ions, which can be led into a positive and a negative spectrometer, and see what components Christian finds in a box.

Proposals for Rudolf W. Palm grant by 5 April

The Rudolf W. Palm Foundation was one of the funds transferred from Lund University to Malmö University in conjunction with the new university status. The criteria for receiving Rudolf W Palm Foundation funding are strongly aligned with education at the Faculty of Technology and Society and any purposes that are prioritised by the faculty management. The Faculty Dean would like to see proposals to be submitted to the grant committee for consideration. The grant total is SEK 50 000 for 2020.

Employees at the Faculty of Science and Technology are welcome to send proposals to their Head of Department. The proposal should include the aim of the proposed project and how it will be of importance to the faculty, the main-applicant and co-applicants, as well as an overview of how any funds will be spent.

Please send your proposals to your Head of Department, Katja Frid (after 1 March, and Mats Persson before end of February) at MTM or Bo Peterson at DVMT, no later than Sunday, 5 April 2020.

Previous years, the Rudolf W. Palm grant has been awarded to the following projects:

2019 Portable telescope for education and collaboration and Vertically Integrated Projekt: Establishing VIP teams at Malmö University

2018 Vault! Learning through creativity: a parkour based educational model and application.

2017 Towards a pervasive gamified learning system for increasing student engagement and lowering the dropout rate in Computer Science

2016 Light microscope

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, the Dean informs you about some issues from the Faculty Board meeting. Kristina Allder is new as teacher representative and Mats Syde as union representative in the board. The chair of the Faculty Board, Per Warfvinge, was assigned to initiate an external review of the possibilities for establishing civilingenjörsutbildning at Malmö university. This is a question of great importance for TS and more information will follow.

Further, the board was informed of the financial result of 2019, where TS had a negative result of -3,9 million SEK. The main reason for the negative numbers is unforeseen increases in costs related to teacher overtime, student assistants and booked classrooms. Further analysis will be done to ensure that the right measures can be taken for this years budget.

Please remember that you should unbook any un-needed classrooms two weeks in advance. So if you have booked a classroom in Kronox, and you find that it is no longer needed, do unbook it to avoid the cost and to free the room for other users.

Also, remember to update your IdService contact information, find it here https://idservice.mau.se/Secure/EduroamAccounts.aspx . Make sure your contact information, such as office room number, is correct.

In order to find the right classroom, auditorium, office or meeting room, try to use Mazemap. You can also use Mazemap to indicate a location and send a link to someone. Link to Mazemap for Universitetsholmen campus area https://use.mazemap.com/#v=1&zlevel=1&center=12.991572,55.609587&zoom=15.5&campusid=94 . Link to Mazemap for Sjukhusområdet campus area https://use.mazemap.com/#v=1&zlevel=1&center=13.002306,55.586327&zoom=14.7&campusid=95

For the Malmö University’s annual ceremony, we are now welcoming proposals for honorary doctor 2020. An honorary doctorate is an expression of the faculty’s appreciation of outstanding efforts within any of the faculty’s areas. This can apply to both research efforts relevant to the faculty and to recognition and visibility of ongoing or future valuable collaborations. Furthermore, it can be about academic efforts as well as recognition for people working outside the academy. See the email from Susanne Lundborg for further details, and send your nominations to her.

There is a new I digitaliseringens framkant podcast available, and this time Susanne Frennert tells about the use of robots in health care . Listen here https://medarbetare.mau.se/startsida/medarbetarnyheter/digipodd-robotar-omsorg/ .

Weekly video update with the Dean

A reminder to all course responsible teachers, do send your course reports to the study administration. Course evaluations and course reports are integral to our quality enhancement model.

TS has recruited the first ever full professor, in this case in materials science. We welcome Mikhail Zheludkevich to start his appointment at TS. Thanks to head of MTM, Mats Persson, Professor Thomas Arnebrant at HS, and the TS appointment board for their work on this recruitment.

Save the date 30th September for the TS competence development day, and don’t forget to sign up for the TS book release party of 26 February. See your calendar invitations.

Next week, among all our activities, there will be a meeting of the Faculty Board as well as an external review dialogue meeting for the BSc degree programmes in Media Technology.

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, the Dean asks all of you to contact your head of department when you encounter negative consequences of the days of IT-problems.

The TS economy for 2019 seems to be mostly in balance. The university has a result of -2,9 million SEK, compared to the annual turnover of 1,7 billion SEK. For TS, the result -3,9 million SEK, where 2,7 million is education related and 1,2 million is research related. Annual manpower of MAU has increased by +54,9 during 2019, and roughly 20% of that manpower is employed at TS. The level of approvals for research applications for MAU was 20% for 2019, and 27% the year before.

TS decision meetings continue to sign off research applications, in total ten so far, and at least three more on Monday.

Both UN and FFN, the boards for education and for research and doctoral education, had their constitutional meetings this week. Follow this link to read the minutes when they are published https://medarbetare.mau.se/ledning-och-organisation/organisation/fakulteten-for-teknik-och-samhalle/ .

Student recruitment films on a number of our degree programmes are currently in production by our new media producers. Follow the MAU channel and that important part of our student recruitment strategy here https://www.youtube.com/user/MalmoUniversity.

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.