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.

Conversation about open access research publishing

On October 25, Malmö University Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham and the University Library will organize an afternoon conversation, held in Swedish, about how the University can facilitate the transition to open access publishing. 

When and where:
Thursday October 25 at 13:00-16:00 in Niagara lecture hall B1

The program includes:

  • a presentation by Mikael Laakso from Hanken School of Economics in Finland, who is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication. He will talk about the economics of open access publishing, options for researchers and possible strategies for Malmö University; 
  • a presentation by Beate Eellend, who is Open Access Coordinator at the Swedish Royal Library and who will describe the national strategy for open access to research publications;
  • a panel discussion with Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Society, Per Jönsson, Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, Beate Eellend, Mikael Laakso and Sara Kjellberg, Malmö University Library Director. The panel will discuss current issues around open access publishing with a focus on the situation for Malmö University researchers today and going forward;
  • and a fika pause.

Read more (in Swedish) about the event

RSVP to the event here

Honorary doctors lecture

This year’s two honorary doctors at the Faculty are tech-investor and entrepreneur Hampus Jakobsson and Professor Michel Godefroid from Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Both will hold their honorary doctorate lectures during the week of the Conferment and Inauguration Ceremony. More information below. 

More information about Hampus Jakobsson’s lecture

More information (in Swedish) about Michel Godefroid’s lecture

Claudio Nigro to talk at the Akademisk kvart series

On Wednesday October 3 at 12.30, Claudio Nigro, PhD-student at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, will talk at the Malmö City Library as part of the University’s Akademisk kvart series.

The title of Claudio’s talk, which will be held in English, is Hydrogen versus metals in aerospace and nuclear power plants.

Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, is a major concern for nuclear and space industries. Although it was significantly used in the past, e.g. in airships, and is still seen as an environment-friendly energy source, it has been shown to be responsible not only for numerous dramatic explosions but also the degradation of the mechanical properties of metals leading to drastic failures in hydrogen-rich environment. Hydrogen embrittlement is a hydrogen-related damage potentially occurring in metals in different forms.

Malmö City Library (from the entrance go left and to the 2nd floor), Kung Oscars väg 11

See the lecture series Fall 2018 program

Docent lecture with Martin Fisk

Martin Fisk, senior lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, will hold his docent lecture in Swedish this Friday. The lecture title is The effects of heat treatments on microstructures and mechanical properties in metallic materials. 

When & where:

Friday, September 21 at 13.15-14.15
In NI:B0E15, Niagara building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

See calendar page for more information. 

Welcome to open BIM lecture on September 26

All are welcome to attend an open lecture with Pierre Gullander from Symetri. The lecture (in Swedish) titled Effektiv datahantering i BIM-processdrivna byggprojekt is part of the recently launched CAD verification course at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics.

Offered to a group of recently arrived architects, building engineers and civil engineers, the 8-week course offering is a collaboration between the Department, Ingenjörer utan gränser and Symetri, and is financed by Region Skåne.

When and where:

Wednesday, September 26 at 15.15-17:00
Room OR:D222, Orkanen

For more information about the lecture and the CAD verification course, please contact Rafid Khazal.

Join a national election debate about research politics

Swedish public radio SR’s science show Vetenskapsradion is arranging a national political debate about research politics. It will be broadcasted live tomorrow Friday (August 31) at 14.03 from Kulturhuset in Stockholm. The debate editors have invited you as researchers pose questions for the panel participants. You can either ask your question by sitting in the audience or by emailing in advance to

The debate will be in Swedish. You can of course pose any questions, but here are some basic question areas that the editors have in mind: 

  • Är satsningar på jättelika projekt för forskningsinfrastruktur, som ESS och SciLife Lab, rätt väg att gå för Sverige eller riskerar det att låsa resurserna för mycket och leda till att svenska forskare missar viktiga möjligheter?
  • Ska politikerna ägna sig åt tydlig styrning av forskningen eller ge forskarna och lärosätena fria tyglar att själva hitta vägen till genombrotten?
  • Hur ska forskningen möta akuta samhällsutmaningar som klimatförändringarna och antibiotikaresistensen?
  • Hur beskriver politikerna själva sina visioner för forskningen?

The participating politicians (and party affiliations) are : 

  • Erik Bengtzboe (M)
  • Fredrik Christensson (C)
  • Helene Hellmark Knutsson (S), research minister
  • Niclas Malmberg (MP)
  • Aron Modig (KD)
  • Christer Nylander (L)
  • Linda Snecker (V)
  • Robert Stenkvist (SD)

Don’t miss: Student project exhibition in Niagara on Thursday

Around 60-65 student groups are expected to participate in this year’s student exhibition in Niagara on the first, fourth and fifth floors. Come by on Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm to see projects from students in the programs Information Architect, System Development, Application Development, Game Development and Data Technology and Mobile IT.

Time and place:
Thursday, May 24 at 10 am-2 pm in Niagara (Lobby, 4th floor and 5th floor)

Participating in Almedalen? If so, add your event on

If you plan to participate in an external seminar or some other event during the Almedalen week in early July, please let Magnus Jando know. Malmö University is creating webpage listings of all the scheduled events involving our faculty. Send an email with your event information to as soon as possible.

During this year’s Almedalsveckan, Malmö University is organizing seminars in Öresundshuset. Researchers from Malmö University will also face off against opponents from Lund University in the annual Science slam.

May 18 talk and panel discussion with the Digital Champion of Sweden

Jan Gulliksen. Photo by Kristina Sahlén.

The Transformative Power of Digitization is a lecture (in Swedish) this Friday, May 18, with Jan Gulliksen. Professor in Human Computer Interaction at KTH and Digital Champion of Sweden for the European Commission, Jan ”Gulan” Gulliksen is also a member of the Swedish Government’s Digitalisation Council.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion in Swedish on digital competence and the role of universities in the digital society. In addition to Jan ”Gulan” Gulliksen, the panel includes Charlotta Alegria Ursing, CEO of MINC, Jonas Gallon, regional manager of digital renewal at Region Skåne, Andreas Jacobsson, Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Society,  and Anna Werntoft, CEO of Stratiteq.

Reserve you ticket to the event as soon as possible via the Eventbrite ticket page.

More information (in Swedish) about the lecture can be found here. The panel discussion is described in detail here.

Engineer publishes book on adult developmental psychology

On May 16, Kristian Stålne, researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, is having a release event for his new book titled:  Vuxen men inte färdig: Vuxenutveckling – stadier av komplexitet och mening. (Approximately translated to: Adult but not completed. Adult development – stages of complexity and meaning).

Wednesday, May 16 at 17:00-19:00 in the Niagara building B2 lecture hall, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

Kristian’s book consists of three parts. The first part is a developmental autobiography that illustrates how a developmental journey, with accommodating crises and transformations, can be perceived from the inside. In this section, Kristian also explains why he, as a researcher with a background in engineering, set out to write a book about adult development psychology. 

The second part can be construed as a textbook introduction to the prevailing theories of adult development, with a focus on complex thinking and meaning-making. A central aspect in this is the individual’s capacity to handle increasingly complex issues and for perspective-taking, as well as a gradually developing capacity for self-reflection.

In the third part, Kristian ties the two previous sections together to show how his own personal developmental journey can be understood from an adult development perspective. The section also provides a critical discussion of the said research field. How might these insights have affected the author? In what ways do we as a society support individual development and is development as such even a desirable goal?

The book is written for a broad audience including psychologists, coaches, managers, teachers, human resources-professionals working with recruitment and leadership development, students of teaching and psychology as well as people in general who are interested in psychological perspectives on personal development.

Copies of the book can be purchased at the event for SEK 200 (regular price is SEK 248 for preorders and SEK 298 after release).

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments and sparkling wine will be served. Please RSVP via the Facebook-event or via the publisher’s website.

For more information, please contact Kristian Stålne.

Tuesday: Lunch seminar with Christian Stråhlman

Welcome to the lunch seminar on Tuesday April 24 at 12:15-13:00 in Niagara building room C626. Christian Stråhlman will talk about Negative-Ion/Positive-Ion Coincidence Spectroscopy Applied to X-ray Excited Water Molecules.

Christian will talk about how the negative-ion/positive-ion coincidence technique (NIPICO) has allowed researchers to find and characterize previously hidden excited states in the water molecule. He will also discuss how this synchrotron based technique can be used for future experiments at MAX IV.

We are looking for an interesting speaker for the TS Teknikdag

On November 15 at 1-4pm we will arrange the first TS-specific student recruitment day. It is an inspiration day for secondary school (gymnasium) students in Skåne. The main purpose is to attract girls to our education programs and to raise awareness about what we offer here at TS.

Contacts at local schools
By the end of April we will send out a Save-the-date notice to teachers and vice-chancellors at schools in Skåne. We are sending this out broadly, so it would be great to have any and all of the contacts at schools that you might have. Please send us any contacts ( or If you prefer to send the Save-the-date yourself, we can also provide you the Save-the-date invitation.

Female external inspiration speaker
One of the main points on the November 15 program will be a short inspiration talk by a female technologist, engineer, mathematician, entrepreneur or someone else who can inspire the students. If you know of any external speaker you think would be a good fit for this, please let us know before April 26.

Other ideas or suggestions are of course also welcome. We will give you more information about this in the months to come. Thank you in advance.


Filippa and Daniel

Wednesday: Lunch seminar on atomic simulation environment

Jakob Blomqvist

Don’t miss the lunch seminar with Jakob Blomqvist this Wednesday, April 17 at 12:15-13:00 in Niagara room C:626. The title of Jakob’s talk is The atomic simulation environment – a Python library for working with atoms.

Next lunch seminar will be on April 24 at 12:15-13:00 in C:626. Christian Stråhlman will then talk about MAX –Lab (title to be announced).

Per Jönsson up next in University’s new after work-lecture series

On Thursday, April 19 at 5 pm, Per Jönsson will speak at I huvudet på en professor (In the mind of a professor), the University’s new after work- series.  The subject of Per’s talk is Atomen: vår guide till galaxen (The atom: our guide to the galaxy). Beer, wine, coffee, tea, snacks etc. can be purchased at the event.

When and where:
Thursday, April 19, from 5-6 pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
The Niagara 2nd floor café, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

I huvudet på en professor is a new series of after work-lectures held in Swedish (except the April 25 event). The lectures are about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with a master and a PhD-student and opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

No reservations are necessary for this free event, but you can reserve a ticket via the serie’s Eventbrite ticket site.

The series was launched as part of Malmö University’s 20th anniversary. The series consists of 20 free popular science lectures on a range of current topics.

See the entire series program here

See a short teaser film featuring Per Jönsson

On April 14, join Science Marches On in Lund

About a year ago, an estimated 1.07 million people in cities across the globe participated in the very first March for Science. This year, Skåne will have its very own March for Science, organized by the association Allmänhet och Vetenskap as part of a larger campaign for science called #HurVetDuDet.

On April 14 in Lund, participants will walk between MAX IV and ESS, passing by the site for Science Village. This symbolises Skåne’s dedication and commitment to science in society and politics.

When and where:

Assembly at 13:00 on April 14 at MAX IV (Fotongatan 2 in Lund). From there the march will pass ESS before returning to MAX IV, finishing no later than 15:00.


The theme of this year’s march is Hur vet du det? (In English: How do you know that?) The idea behind the campaign is to infuse this important scientific question into political debates where statements of fact often go misused and unchallenged.

2018 March for Science official statement:

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.


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