Video update with the Dean

Our Vice Chancellor has decided that the main option for the spring semester is to continue with digital education and examination, however the possibility to ask for exemptions is still available. For further instructions including templates and deadlines, consult emails sent on 20 October.

The department dialogues with the management of MTM and DVMT together with TS management were held earlier this week. These provide an important update on the planning that is being done for the coming three year period as well as follow up on aspects discussed during the quality dialogues in spring.

On Friday, 23 October you are all invited to a pedagogical seminar over lunch about Learning support and accessible teaching. See your calendar for the invitation.

Claudio Nigro, doctoral student at MTM, defends his dissertation entitled Phase-field modeling of stress-induced precipitation and kinetics in engineering metals, today at Chalmers! For further information, see your calendar invitation.

Earlier this week, the Vice-Chancellor promoted Martin Berg to full professor of media technology. Congratulations Martin and congratulations TS!

Congratulations Ulf Johansson, service technician at Niagara, who receives the Award for efforts in support and service this year, and thanks for the fantastic support your offer us! Read more about Ulf here,

Lastly, enjoy watching this film where a handful of TS researchers present their research

Video update with the Dean

Thanks for joining us on the TS competence development day 30 September. You can watch the presentation below. It is imperative that you all submit your course reports for the spring semester to Bodil or Kristina by 16 October, and that we implement the new process this semester.

This week, IoTaP arranges the digital IoT2020 conference with over 360 participants from both industry and academia worldwide. Among the speakers are both our own researchers and PhD students as well as renowned persons such as Prof Dianne Cook of Washington state university and Prof. Shahram Dustdar of TU Wien. Topics for the conference included Edge computing, AI, cybersecurity and digital twins.

Next week, the TS faculty board will convene. Among the items on their agenda are the Step 1 programme suggestions from both computer science and media technology, and heads of departments will present the operational plans for the coming three years.

This year on 23 September we did a virtual TS-fika on Zoom for new students. We had about 80 students who attend the drop-in sessions with student representatives from each of bachelor and engineer degree programs. 

Next Friday, October 16, Malmö University launches a virtual master’s program fair on

Congratulations Alberto Alvarez Uribe, doctoral student at DVMT,  who received a travel grant from Reidar Peters fund for internationalisation.

Congratulations Veronica Dahlberg och Alexander Liderås, media technology students, and their teachrs, who were awarded by Grafiska Yrkenas Främjande – Society for Promotion of Graphic Professions for the best thesis this year.

Congratulations Martin Berg at DVMT for receiving 4 miljoner SEK in funding from Forte for the project ‘Working with Algorithmic Colleagues: Expectations and Experiences of Automated Decision-Making’!

Congratulations Christina Titti Bjerken at MTM for receiving 350 000 SEK from VINNOVA for an application together with RISE to strengthen the Global Product Development.

Video update with the Dean

TS, and in particular MTM, is preparing for the 8th October hearing regarding the doctoral education rights in applied physics.

Last week, the Israeli ambassador visited Malmö University and due to his particular interest in innovation and technology, a meeting was arranged for the ambassador to meet TS teachers and researchers working with the master programme in Innovation for change in a digital society and at IoTaP. See clips from the visit in the IoTaP-lab where Romina Spalazzese, Daniel Spikol and Johan Holmberg introduces some recent research projects in the film.

The first big meeting regarding the civilingenjörsutbildning was held earlier this week and external reviewer Jesper Andersson, LNU, presented his report. You can watch his presentation here

Today, TS researcher Maria Engberg is participating at the Researcher Square (Forskartorget) at the Swedish Book Fair and she contributes with a digital lecture entitled Digital Reading — is it better or worse? To view the lecture, click here

Video update with the Dean

Already two weeks into the semester, the Dean is very impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm that teachers and staff show our students! 

The Vice-Chancellor has extended the decision that we will be working mainly digitally until the 18th January, and thus we will have a new round of submitting requests for exemptions for labs and examinations to be held on campus. The deadline for this is 18 September. We will also mostly work from home and continue to keep in touch and take care of each other as much as possible under these circumstances.

The TS Faculty Board met on Tuesday this week. Some items discussed were the  agenda for global engagement, TS financial situation and the board made decisions regarding resource distribution for the coming years and some minor changes in the TS education board.  The faculty board also talked about “civilingenjör”. This discussion will continue on 22 September a meeting about preconditions for Malmö university to start a civilingenjör degree programme will be held.

Both departments at TS have recently had meetings with the Vice-Chancellor about Strategy 2022. Your input during these meetings are very useful in the continued strategic management of the university.

The TS Competence Development Day which is held on 30 September is an important day for teachers at TS to join. The focus is on the implementation on the new process for course evaluation and course reports. For more information see calendar invitations.

Video update with the Dean

Welcome to a new semester! At least the first half of it will mean digital teaching and examination, as well as working from home. There are of course exceptions from this main rule, and to those of you who will from time to time work on site, at our campus: please, be sure to follow the guidelines from the Public Health Agency, as well as the ones issued at Malmö university. Guidelines and updates on policies are found here

Initial reports on the admittance statistics for TS indicate that all seats, including those created by our government and provided to us by our university management, have been filled. However, we must of course await all registration in class before any conclusion about the enrollment on a semester such as this could be reached. Here is a link to an article about the extra funds for education that we received around midsummer

This semester we will address the the recommendations from our ERA19 panel and how to design a faculty-specific roadmap or strategy for the development of the research at TS. The question lies at the heart of our Faculty Board, but will of course be discussed in more groups and boards than that, for instance, in the next meeting of the Board of Research and Doctoral Education. The extended executive summary of the ERA19, titled Preconditions, Processes, Performances for High-Quality Research is available here If you prefer a paper copy, please contaxt Sandip Kaur at the faculty administration to get one.

Liz Hofmann is the new studentombud for TS at Studentkåren Malmö. She will represent TS students in various meetings and boards, handle student errands and work with ways of having student voices being heard, such as through the implementation of the new course evaluation process. Liz has been in contact with programme responsible teachers and will join upprop, and if you would like to invite her to your course or discuss any student related matter with her, find her contact information here We look forward to working with Liz and wish her all the best in her role at TS.

Lastly, during this semester the video updates will be published every second week. Feedback and suggestions for the updates can be shared directly with the Dean.

Weekly video update by the Dean

Today, we held an extra decision meeting at the faculty with exemptions from the Vice-Chancellor decision to start next semester with digital education and examination. We handled some 27 documents comprising and granted over 60 requests for exemptions based on TS courses for the first half of the fall semester.

There are of course loads of practical issues for each course that remains to be solved, but with this decision in place, it is my hope that a foundation in terms of clarity for the start of the fall semester is laid, thereby providing all the teachers with the necessary means for targeting appropriate solutions to all practical problems.

For the specifics, please see the Dean’s decision meeting box-folder here

At the TS faculty board today, the decision was taken to forward the application for research education rights for the subject area of Applied Physics to the vice chancellor. This is an unusually important strategic step in the further development of our university faculty. Special thanks to Per Jönsson and Pär Olsson along with their colleagues at MTM for their hard work on this important step.

Meeting minutes from the faculty board can be found here

The Rudolf W Palm grant for 2020 was awarded to Titti Bjerken of MTM and Nancy Russo of DVMT with 25 000 kr each for the projects:

Both projects will also be co-financed with the same amount from the Faculty, meaning that both Titti and Nancy will receive a total of 50 K sek for their project. Congratulations and best of luck to you!

Jakob Sandman, an alumni of the engineering degree programme in Product Development and Design has designed the first ear plugs made of recycled plastic, read more about this astonishing product innovation and learn more about the  crowdfunding that enables the production here

Weekly video update by the Dean

The Government announced on May 29, that universities can prepare for a gradual return to on-campus teaching. As a result, the Vice-Chancellor decided on some changes to the directional decision for the autumn semester on June 3.  Please note that the main alternative for teaching and examination is still to do it digitally for the first half of the autumn semester.  

At TS this means that we continue working with exemptions as we had already been instructed to, following the process that was introduced to you by pro-dean last week. 

Hence, any exemptions from digital teaching or examination should still be submitted to the Heads of department by Monday 8th June 11.00, then evaluated as a whole, and will be decided by the Dean on Friday 12th June. The revised decision is attached, and you can read more about it here

Congratulations to the TS researchers who were granted research funding from the Crafoord Foundation:

In total, MAU sent 37 applications of which 14 were granted. TS is proud that six of them were from our faculty!

A couple of weeks ago, you were informed about the 10 MKR donation received for hiring a PhD-student in materials science, read more about it here

A gentle reminder about the TS summer-zoom-event to be held on 17th June at 15.00. The programme will be distributed next week.

Weekly update by the Pro-Dean

This weeks vlog was recorded before the press release by the Swedish Government on Friday afternoon.

Many of you have seen that the Government today decided to open universities from the 15th June, but with measures taken to follow the recommendations by the Public Health Agency. Right now there is an ongoing analysis of the decision on the university and on the faculty of TS. We will get back to you with information as soon as there is a clear understanding of how this will affect our work at TS and MAU and what the consequences will be for teaching and examinations in the coming months. Unfortunately, we cannot answer questions about this right now, before the evaluation by the university is ready. As such, until further notice, we will continue to work with the process for exemptions and continue to work digitally and from home. If there are questions from students, please inform them that we are working on the analysis and will get back to them with what practical and other consequences this will have. The TS management will reach out with new information in due time. In the meantime, please continue to follow the updates here, see English and in Swedish

On Monday this week, pro-dean Bengt J Nilsson invited TS staff for a meeting regarding the recent decision to extend digital teaching and examination until 8th November. In addition to teaching and examination, the student introduction was discussed, as well as IT-support.

There is a possibility to ask for exemption from digital teaching and examination. Any course responsible may forward a description of why any teaching or examining elements cannot be conducted digitally with retained quality and progression, to their Head of department for the Head of department to forward these on 8th June. All TS requests for exemptions will be evaluated before the Dean can make decisions on 12th June.

The TS templates for exemptions can be found here For information about the decision and exemptions, see English and in Swedish

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, the Vice-Chancellor has made the decision that we are to plan for continued digital teaching as well as work from home until November 8. To read the specifics of the decision as well as to follow any further updates, make sure to regularly read the information posted in the links in the text below and

On Monday 25 May 13:15, pro dean Bengt J Nilsson invites all of you to an open discussion meeting about teaching and exams. Do join the meeting and feel free to email him your questions ahead of the meeting. This meeting will also be important for threshing what may be the exceptions TS may ask to make from the vice chancellor decision of digital teaching and examination.

The TS Quality dialogue with the university management was held Wednesday this week. In general, the university management is very happy with the progress and development at TS. The main action points from the quality dialogue with the university management are:

  • Applied physics – TS will soon submit the application for research education rights
  • Increased focus on international research applications – TS will continue to develop and increase research applications, especially those for funding from outside Sweden
  • Strengthen the student influence – the Student union and TS will continue to work towards strong student influence

Weekly video update with the Dean

This week, an agreement of a donation of 10 million SEK over the next 10 years for developing TS research in material sciences, was closed. This is the biggest donation of this kind that Malmö university has ever received. Big thanks to Martin Fisk and Pär Olsson for their very fruitful work on this, and good luck the coming decade!

The Vice-Chancellor has decided that all first terms of education programmes taught in English will be delivered by distance during the whole autumn term, ie until 17 January 2021. We expect decisions concerning all other courses and programmes starting this September to follow soon. Continue to follow the updates with regard to corona policies here

Earlier this week, the TS faculty board met, on zoom that is. The main items discussed were issues related to TS finances, the possibilities of starting a civilingenjörs-education at TS, as well as information about CompAS, the Computational Atomic Structures research group conducting world leading fundamental research.

At the same time, the University board had their meeting, and they decided on the principles for the educational offer at MAU in the future. The principles are available here (in Swedish). Of course, we at TS will use this document as guiding principles for how we will develop our educations for the future.

We are aiming at celebrating the TS graduation ceremony on Monday 12th October, if we are back in business then.

Big congratulations to Doctor Dimitris Paraschakis who successfully defended his dissertation last week!

Weekly video update with the Dean and the ERA19 coordinator

This week, the Dean decided about the TS Teacher Review committee (Lärarförslagsnämnd, LFN, previously called Anställningsnämnd, AN, or recruitment board). The board will work to ensure quality in the recruitments and promotions of academic staff and appointment of docents and therefore has a strategic role in the development of the faculty. The LFN prepares decisions taken by the Dean or the Vice chancellor. TS LFN will consist of a chair and four members, and have four reserves. Announce your interest or nominate a colleague for the LFN by sending an email to the Dean at by the 10th May. If you have expressed your interest before, please do it again now.

The vice chancellor grants funding for pre-studies related to the Corona pandemic. The studies can be within technology and science, as well as within medicin, health, social science, pedagogics or the humanities. The pre-study is expected to be used as a basis for application of more external funding. If you want to apply for the funding, note that the deadline is 25th May. The aim is that ten studies are granted funding during July, and the studies can be done during the fall and reported in May next year. See more information here or in the email from your head of department earlier this week.

The vice chancellor has also included summer courses in the decision to teach and examine by distance learning. This means that no activities will be allowed on campus until at least 30th August. More information about the start of the autumn term will follow.

On Friday 8th May at 13.15, Dimitris Paraschakis will defend his thesis. The public defense will be streamed, and next week you will receive an email with the link to follow the event along with instructions for how to submit questions.

Paul Davidsson was the TS-coordinator for the ERA19, External Research Audit. In this video he sums up the strengths and areas of development for TS research, as expressed by the ERA19-panel in their final report. Visit for more information, or find the reports directly by this link to box.

On 17th June, the traditional TS summer event will be held in an untraditional digital manner. Save the date and more information to come.

Weekly video update with the Dean

The Dean reports that the university management is carefully monitoring the situation with regard to corona and when and how to re-open the university. As soon as decisions are made, you will be informed.

In October the Annual Academic Ceremony will be held and a staff will be awarded for their impact in different categories. One such is the Samverkanspris, or award for collaboration. For more information on the criteria and how to nominate see

This week the Vice chancellor invited all staff to a digital lunch meeting where she launched the final report of the ERA19 panel including the recommendations for continued quality development of the research at the university. For direct access to the reports, see here and to watch the lunch meeting again, see here

On Thursday we had our quality dialogue with DVMT, covering quality aspects of  education, research education and research with a particular focus on ERA19 the department and faculty levels. Next week we will hold the dialogue with MTM. These dialogue meetings are an integral part of the quality assurance system at our university. Take the opportunity to ask your head of department for a report from the meeting!

Also, the TS management group, TS LG max, met this week and one of the highlights was the discussion on the Lärarförslagsnämnd, LFN or the teacher review committee. Next week you will receive more information about TS LFN and how to nominate yourself or a colleague.

Please see the news item about Mats Persson doing training with his building engineering students in Beijers park

Weekly video update with the Dean

The government released the Vårändringsbudgeten earlier this week and it includes increased spending for the higher education sector. It is too early to know exactly what will be the consequences or expectations on TS in this regard, but it is likely that we are asked to increase the number of students at the foundation year programme (basår).

TS sees an increase in student application numbers for studies starting in September. All our engineering degree programs has a substantial increase in number of applications. This also goes for the media technology programmes and the IT and Economy programme.

The current corona-situation makes it difficult to know what to expect in terms of student numbers. In particular, due to the global insecurities right now, it is hard to forecast what effect this will have on our new master degree programmes as they are in particular targeting international students as well as Swedish students.

On the 8th May, doctoral student Dimitris Parachakis will defend his doctoral dissertation. His nailing event should have been held today, but instead he makes his dissertation public and announces his defence in this vlog. For more information on his defence and link to the dissertation in Diva, see here

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

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 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 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

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 (Swedish), (English)

Also, we continue to remind to you keep updated via the Corona page on the staff portal (Swedish) and (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

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