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News from Linköping University


Artificial intelligence reveals new materials


Artificial intelligence is helping researchers in their search for new useful materials. Researchers at LiU have discovered 90 previously unknown materials, which they predict can be created in the laboratory.

Technology and aging – where to?


Sensors that are swallowed or woven into clothes. These are two of a wide range of technical solutions that may be reality for the elderly and the personnel who care for them. Because technology will play an increasing role – this was the conclusion of the Aging & Society conference.

Intestinal diversity protects against asthma


Children who develop asthma or allergies have an altered immune response to intestinal bacteria in the mucous membranes even as infants. This new study also suggests that the mother’s immune system plays a role in the development of asthma and allergies in children.

Efficient organic solar cells with very low driving force


Researchers at LiU, together with Chinese and American colleagues, have developed organic solar cells with a significantly lower driving force and faster charge separation than previous cells. The results have been published in Nature Energy.

SEK 11 million for research in health and welfare


Four research teams at LiU have been awarded a total of SEK 11 million from the FORTE research council. These include a team working on a project looking at what mental ill-health means to young people, and another analysing how easy people can obtain assisted conception.

Students teach Swedish to those newly arrived


“Language is the key to success in Sweden,” says Semir Abdulkader.
He is studying at LiU to become a nurse, and one of several students with non-Swedish backgrounds who are helping newly arrived young people to learn Swedish.

Training for newly arrived scientists


The Swedish government has given Linköping University the task of starting supplementary education in biomedical laboratory science for people with higher education qualifications from abroad.

Feng Gao awarded ERC Starting Grant


LiU researcher Feng Gao has been awarded one of this year’s ERC Starting Grants by the European Research Council in stiff competition with other applicants. He will use the money, nearly EUR 1.5 million, in his work to develop new materials for light-emitting diodes.

Genes that underlie dogs’ social ability are revealed


The social ability of dogs is affected by genes that also appear to influence human behaviour, according to a new study by scientists at Linköping University in Sweden.

Research to the people on Researchers’ Night


How do we deal with men subject to violence, what myths surround open data and what do we actually mean by ‘typically Swedish’? These were some of the topics at European Researchers’ Night, when LiU researchers met the public at cafés and other venues in Linköping and Norrköping.

Feral chickens spread light on evolution


Different genes are involved during the adaptation of a domestic animal to life in the wild than when a wild animal becomes domesticated. This is the conclusion of a study led by LiU.

LiU alumnus appointed vice-chancellor in China


Zhong Zhihua has been appointed vice-chancellor of Tongji University in Shanghai, which has for several decades been ranked among the leading technological universities in China.

Johannesburg looks to biogas


South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, wants to reduce its impact on the climate, solve its problems with waste and become an environmentally sensitive city. Representatives of the city have come to Linköping and met Professor Mats Eklund in their search for ideas and knowledge.

Biogas – worth fighting for


“We must tell the world that we could achieve 50% of the EU’s environmental objective for the transport sector using biofuel”. Willy Verstraete, professor emeritus from Ghent, Belgium, issued a call to arms to the participants of the ATBEST biogas conference in Linköping.

Three days of Julia Kristeva


The famous psychoanalyst, linguist, philosopher and feminist Julia Kristeva has her own dedicated conference. This year it will be held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 October, with researchers from a number of countries coming together to discuss her work and ideas. Co-organisers include LiU’s Department of Culture and Communication.

Up and down in global rankings


Linköping University has climbed to place 21 in a ranking of universities less than 50 years old, but has fallen in another ranking.

Researchers’ Night – a public service


On Friday 30 September it’s time for European Researchers’ Night in Linköping and Norrköping, where a selection of LiU’s research will be presented to the public.

The next


Linköping University has opened a test version (beta) of its new website. “We want everyone to have access to the new website, even during the development phase. This will give us a few months to gather responses and to test the website before it is launched at the turn of the year,” says Director of Communications Mariethe Larsson.

Help in understanding a parent’s suicide


Talking about suicide is associated with such strong stigma that young people whose parents have taken their own life must turn to strangers, for example people they meet on the internet, to ventilate their grief.

International conference on aging and the elderly


The global population is becoming increasingly older, while the experiences of the elderly are becoming increasingly diverse. This will be discussed at an international conference on aging to be held in Norrköping, 6-7 October 2016.

Many visitors at opening of student accommodation


New student accommodation in the Irrblosset development of Linköping has been opened. At the same time a work of art in the form of a façade painting, dedicated to Linköping University and its 40th anniversary in 2015, was unveiled.

Predicting the severity of multiple sclerosis


Cells in the immune system of patients with multiple sclerosis behave differently from those of healthy individuals. Researchers at LiU have exploited this difference to develop a method that can predict disease activity in multiple sclerosis.

More frequent discovery of research misconduct


The Macchiarini affair in Sweden has directed the spotlight onto research misconduct. LiU researchers Solmaz Filiz Karabag and Christian Berggren show in a new study that the problem is also serious within the social sciences.

Major EU grant for research into regional innovation


Together with six other European institutions of higher education, Linköping University has been given the go-ahead for a project designed to reinforce the role of the universities in innovation and regional development. The total grant is approximately SEK 35 million.

Mediterranean crisis is brought to students


At a guest lecture, students at Linköping University found out how the Swedish Coast Guard executes a rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea.

Research centre for printed electronics opened


The Swedish Research Laboratory for Printed Electronics has been opened at LiU, with new equipment and many warm expressions of affection.

Refugees and occupational therapy


What can occupational therapists do in issues relating to refugees and integration? This is a new area for a profession in transition, and it will be discussed at a seminar this week in Norrköping.

Nominated for environmental award


Rebecka Le Moine, biologist and master’s student in ecology, environmental management and nature conservation, has been nominated for the Environmental Hero of the Year award.

Driving or talking?


When we are busy with something that requires the use of sight, the brain reduces hearing to make it easy for us. The study give researchers a deeper understanding of what happens in the brain when we concentrate on something.

Small lift in latest ranking


Linköping University comes in at place 282 in the latest ranking from QS World University Rankings – a lift of four places from last year.

Best project stops cycle theft


Fredrik Löfgren and his teammates are fed up with having their bikes stolen. They have developed an ingenious solution that also makes it easier to get hold of a bike when you need one. Their idea won the Best Project prize at this year’s East Sweden Hack.

Barnafrid to open in December


The Swedish national knowledge centre “Barnafrid” is to open on 7 December, in an event that includes international lecturers and Åsa Regnér, minister for children, the elderly and gender equality.

Malmstens at London Design Fair


Graduates of the Furniture Design Programme at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies will attend the London Design Fair, 22-25 September. The graduates will show innovative lighting for the private and public sectors. The pieces were first presented at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. In conjunction with the Stockholm fair, the graduates received invitations to participate in London.

Vice-Chancellor to continue


The University Board has unanimously recommended that the government extend Helen Dannetun’s appointment as vice-chancellor of Linköping University. The decision was reached at a board meeting on 1 September 2016.

Student housing situation improving


Even if lots of students have trouble finding accommodation in the beginning of the term, prospects this autumn are better than in the past six years.

New possibilities for treating alcoholism


A research group under the leadership of Professor Markus Heilig has identified an enzyme whose production is turned off in nerve cells of the frontal lobe when alcohol dependence develops. The deficiency in this enzyme leads to continued use of alcohol despite adverse consequences.

Hackathon aims to solve real-world challenges


This weekend it’s time for the 2016 East Sweden Hack. Equipped with open data and creativity, 20 teams will take part, with the aim of solving important challenges facing society.

Important discussions at AFM 2016


The AFM2016 conference provided two days of the latest within materials science, together with discussions about the benefits to society and the difficulty of applying research results in industry.

Three days of Julia Kristeva


The famous psychoanalyst, linguist, philosopher and feminist Julia Kristeva has her own dedicated conference. This year it will be held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 October, with researchers from a number of countries coming together to discuss her work and ideas. Co-organisers include LiU’s Department of Culture and Communication.

Students taking research ideas to the next level


Knowledge about research and a glimpse into how entrepreneurship can work - these are insights that some students from Linköping University have gained from summer jobs working with scientists in the "Sommarmatch" project.

Ethical discourse as globalisation increases


A newly published book emphasises the importance of communicating shared fundamental values that transcend cultural and national boundaries.

Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell


Researchers at LiU have developed a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that effectively stops it. All this takes place where the signal arises.

LiU student takes gold


Jerker Lysell, an undergraduate in civil engineering at LiU, took gold in the sprint event at the World Orienteering Championships last weekend.

The students are here


They’re here. Over the next few weeks, LiU’s campuses will be teeming with first-year and returning students.

Improved global ranking for LiU


Linköping University has improved its position on the “Shanghai list”, a global ranking list that principally measures research prowess.

Refugee children arriving with family are overlooked


Refugee children who come to Sweden and seek asylum together with their parents risk being overlooked, not getting any systematic help with school, healthcare and other care. There is no functioning system for them, in contrast to the unaccompanied refugee children, for whom responsibility is more clearly allocated.

International students have most trouble finding accommodation


LiU’s international students have started to arrive, and many are having difficulty finding accommodation.

LiU condemns encroachment against higher education in Turkey


After the attempted coup on Friday, July 15, the Turkish government has carried out a number of encroachments that threaten freedom of expression – as well as academic freedom – in Turkey. Among other things, 1,577 deans have been fired.

To Boston, with algae in their bags


LiU’s team in the iGEM international research competition is betting on getting algae to produce so much fat that it can be profitable in the manufacture of biodiesel. In October, they’re travelling to Boston and MIT with their contribution to the competition.

New discovery on how the inner ear works


Researchers have found that the parts of the inner ear that process sounds such as speech and music seem to work differently than other parts of the inner ear. Researchers from Linköping University are part of the team behind the discovery.

Plastic can cause obesity


Environmental contaminants, for instance those found in plastics, can affect our metabolism and lead to obesity – according to LiU researcher Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna and several leading experts in a statement in Environmental Health Perspectives.

First International Summer Academy


This summer Linköping University will host its first Summer Academy for students from international partner universities.

Softwares for fMRI yield erroneous results


Common statistical methods used to analyse brain activity through images taken with MRI scanners cannot be trusted, as shown by Anders Eklund and Hans Knutsson of Linköping University, and Thomas Nichols of the University of Warwick, in the highly-ranked journal PNAS.

Organic solar cells: coming soon near you


Organic printed solar cells will soon be in a window or a bag near you. In “Sunflower”, the recently-concluded EU project, researchers and businesses brought the technology a great deal closer to our everyday lives.

New Director of International Relations


Maria Engelmark, head of studies administration at Kristianstad University, will become the new Director of International Relations at Linköping University. She will take office on 18 August.

Solar cell première


Printed organic solar cells produce electricity from several of the windows at Tekniska verken in Linköping. Professor Olle Inganäs and his research group are leading the development towards the sustainable energy sources of the future.

Ethnicity, nationality, and social class on company boards


Ethnicity, nationality, and class affiliation are areas that have not been researched as regards the composition of management in new companies. Researchers at Linköping University and Kristianstad University are going to change that.

Robots prepare for World Cup


In the robot lab at LiU, training is in full swing. On 30 June, Jasmine, Elsa and their four teammates travel to Leipzig for RoboCup – the Football World Cup for robots.

Strengthening immune defence may be solution for treating tuberculosis


Researchers at Linköping University have made a discovery that could contribute to developing new vaccines and treatment alternatives for tuberculosis in the future. The results have been published in Scientific Reports, a sister journal to the highly respected periodical Nature.

Stanford inspires in business design


Over the spring, Ronaldo’s Stone Oven Bakery in Linköping got help from master’s students in Business Management to develop their company. The concept has its basis in ideas from Stanford University.

Listen to pods on intellectual property law


How do jurisprudence and intellectual property law relate to innovation and design? Listen to two podcasts with some of the leading researchers in intellectual property law.

Ethical aspects of medical age assessment


If a medical age assessment is not conclusive, it’s better to say yes than no. That’s the advice from two Linköping University researchers who conducted an ethical analysis of several cases of medical age assessment.

New treatment for depression


A new treatment for severe depression is to be introduced at the Linköping University Hospital. It uses magnetic stimulation of nerve cells deep in the brain. The method is currently in use at a very limited number of hospitals worldwide.

Environmental researcher counts flip-flops


The huge volumes of litter we leave in the oceans is one of the greatest environmental problems of our time. Professor Henrik Kylin from LiU has studied how the beaches on a remote atoll in the Indian Ocean have been covered with litter, even though the atoll has no permanent residents.

Conference on education and gender


Researchers from around the world will gather in Linköping from 15 to 17 June to discuss gender, nationalism and intersectionality, with a focus on schools and education.
“We want to shed particular light on Sweden and Scandinavia. We believe we have so much equality, and this belief is part of our identity. But it can also lead to superiority over people from other countries. That ‘we’ are so good and ‘they’ don’t know what we’re talking about,” says Katarina Eriksson Barajas, professor of education at Linköping University.

Speech therapy students help new arrivals


Over the spring term, future speech therapists from Linköping University have been working pro bono with language training for newly arrived refugees.

Cheaper bus


As of 1 September, everyone studying at least half-time will be able to buy tickets from Östgötatrafiken at student prices. The student discount applies to 30-day central and suburban routes. The student association Stuff were the ones pushing the issue of student discounts on public transportation.

Her cookbook combines biogas and algae


Alyssa Blumenthal came to LiU in September 2015 on a Fulbright scholarship. Now she is full of enthusiasm about the Biogas Research Center (BRC), Linköping University, Sweden and energy-related issues. However she is leaving academia for her hometown, New York City.

1 TWh of biogas to be gotten from waste


There is one TWh of biogas in the waste streams from paper and pulp mills. A biogas facility at, or adjacent to, a mill also provides a number of other advantages, as a newly released research report shows.

Their degree project won in Maryland


Engineering students Victor Wessén and Fredrik Bergendal did their degree project long-distance together with two students from the University of Maryland. At the beginning of May, they went over there to present it on-site – and brought home the university’s prize for best project.

Three Horizon 2020 projects to LiU


The circular economy, the recovery of resources from landfill mining and the regional influence of universities are three projects with LiU involvement that have received funding from Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions.

High-quality doctoral studies


Our doctoral studies have not been reviewed by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) for several years; a new round is therefore being planned. But UKÄ has jumped the gun with a pilot group to test the new evaluation model. Among those in the starting gate was the Department of Thematic Studies - Technology and Social Change.

Simplified language on the Web


Modern linguistic theory and machine learning will help Swedish government agencies make themselves understood on the internet. Vinnova is investing just over nine million Swedish crowns into a research project led by LiU professor Arne Jönsson.

Honorary doctors to present


On Friday 27 May, Linköping University’s honorary doctors for 2016 will give presentations.

Helix awarded SEK 35 million from Vinnova


The Helix research centre, which focuses on issues of working life, is being awarded SEK 35 million by Vinnova. During its ten years, Helix has received nothing but praise in evaluations – and now its funding has been secured for another five years.

Largest-ever Swedish-Brazilian research seminar


This week a Swedish research delegation - the largest ever - is visiting Brazil. The delegation is headed by LiU vice-chancellor Helen Dannetun, and includes some 20 LiU researchers.

Mobile apps and games are also energy thieves


Ekhiotz Jon Vergara has developed EnergyBox a tool that measures and calculates how much energy is consumed by gadgets when connecting to the Internet to use apps and games. He found major opportunities for energy efficiency.

Hospitals not learning from measuring infections


Suffering from an infection during a hospital stay is a common care-related injury. To prevent spreading and to work preventively, all hospitals measure the occurrence of care-related infections. But the time-consuming measurements are not followed up on.

Child trafficking on the increase in Europe


Late last week, the children’s rights organisation ECPAT published a global study on tourism and the sexual exploitation of children. One of the researchers who helped with the study is Elif Härkönen of Linköping University.

Missing student found dead


Linköping University student Victor Karlsson Sehlin, missing since last Tuesday, has been found dead. “It’s extremely sad, and my thoughts are with his family, as well as his friends and fellow students,” says Helen Dannetun, vice-chancellor, Linköping University.

Happy and boisterous LiU-Brazil Open Day


Brazilian families in Linköping were welcomed to LiU with an abundance of cookies, meatballs, Brazilian cheese bread and brigadeiros. The university was presented by a Brazilian student, a postdoc, and a professor.

Linköping is University City of the Year


Collaboration, student democracy, development in teaching and learning, and a sense of home. In a long citation that covered a large number of points, the head of the Swedish National Union of Students announced that Linköping had been named 2016/17 University City of the Year.

Brain imaging reveals autism in boys


Researchers at Linköping University and the University of Gothenburg have developed a new brain imaging measure to identify autism in boys. The method opens up new possibilities to track progress and improve treatment.

Shortage of interpreters in elder care


With a greater number of foreign-born persons in the country’s homes for the elderly, qualified interpreter aid is needed. But this aid is insufficient, and this has consequences both for individuals and for care.

Quality of Life


Students in the Cognitive Sciences programme are arranging the KVIT conference on April 28–29, an international conference with invited speakers and visitors from Sweden and Europe. This year’s theme is Quality of Life.

Minister urged to increase contact hours


Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish minister for higher education and research, visited LiU on Friday. The previous day, a student union at LiU had published an opinion piece on its most important issue: when will the students get more contact hours?

Student still missing


Victor Karlsson Sehlin, a 22-year-old student at LiU, is still missing, despite intensive search efforts by police, military and hundreds of volunteers, including many students. On Sunday 15 May Missing People is organising another search.

Have a drink and a think – at Future Week


Environment, sustainability and the future is the theme at Sustainable Future, a LiU event that’s part of Framtidsveckan – Future Week – due to take place in Norrköping from 20 to 27 April.

Forensic sciences a new strategic area


Research in forensic sciences get a push forward when Linköping University and the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine concentrate on a new strategic area.

Visiting professor in mathematics


Professor Nageswari Shanmugalingam, University of Cincinnati, will be visiting professor in mathematics, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. She will work with the potential theory group, led by Jana Björn and Anders Björn, for 12 months in 2017-18.

Prince Daniel lectured on entrepreneurship


Dare to start your own company. That was Prince Daniel’s challenge when he lectured to students on Campus Norrköping. The great majority of students attending could imagine doing so.

Great potential to charge electric cars


One million electric cars could be charged by households at night with the electric installations that exist today, as shown by calculations carried out by researchers from LiU and VTI. But a broad investment in charging infrastructure is needed.

Article commended


Osama A.B. Hassan, associate professor in construction technology at KTS, has been awarded the “Highly Commended Paper Award” from the Emerald publishing firm for his article, “The role of peer-learning and formative assessment in effective engineering learning environments: A case study”, published in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.

Does your cat speak a dialect?


Soon you can find out what your cat’s meow, purr, growling or hissing means. A new research project will investigate how cats talk with us humans – and how we speak to them.

Your grocery bag reveals how you drive


If you shop for ecological food, you’re also better prepared to drive an electric hybrid car in the best possible way. But being trained in ecodriving could almost be a disadvantage.

Potential medicine for Alzheimer’s


Alzheimer’s disease is a catastrophic diagnosis that invariably leads to death. A study at Linköping University now singles out a new candidate for a medicine: a molecule that can get through the blood-brain barrier and reduce the toxicity in the substance associated with the disease.

Gustafsson Prize to Xavier Crispin


Xavier Crispin, professor of Organic Electronics at LiU, is receiving this year’s Göran Gustafsson Prize in Chemistry. The prize is one of the most coveted and prestigious among younger researchers in Sweden.

Six new honorary doctors


Three researchers from abroad, a business leader, a cultural personality, and an initiator of new research will become honorary doctors at Linköping University. This will take place in a ceremony at the end of May.

Risky to manipulate the climate


The risks of intentionally manipulating the climate to stop global warming, or “geoengineering”, has been discussed back and forth over the years. A new report shows that there is insufficient knowledge of the technology and what it could mean for the environment.

Strong interest in international master’s


The number of students accepted to LiU’s international master’s programmes this autumn is considerably higher than last autumn. In the first selection, 952 students have been accepted.