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Up and down in global rankings

2016-09-26T11:55:42+02:00

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

2016-09-23T10:41:27+02:00

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 liu.se

2016-09-16T09:35:31+02:00

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

2016-09-23T10:03:04+02:00

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

2016-09-29T13:05:05+02:00

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

2016-09-19T11:29:58+02:00

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

2016-09-14T14:28:40+02:00

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

2016-09-12T14:33:54+02:00

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

2016-09-19T11:27:03+02:00

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

2016-09-16T11:35:43+02:00

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

2016-09-16T11:18:52+02:00

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

2016-09-13T10:36:26+02:00

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

2016-09-16T11:30:33+02:00

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?

2016-09-07T09:21:24+02:00

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

2016-09-09T08:31:42+02:00

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

2016-09-12T14:41:37+02:00

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

2016-09-12T14:28:48+02:00

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

2016-09-14T11:21:47+02:00

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

2016-09-05T09:59:22+02:00

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

2016-09-05T11:36:31+02:00

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

2016-08-31T14:54:54+02:00

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

2016-09-02T14:32:56+02:00

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

2016-09-01T14:37:22+02:00

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.



Students taking research ideas to the next level

2016-08-31T14:51:09+02:00

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

2016-08-26T09:37:21+02:00

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

2016-08-25T11:17:23+02:00

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

2016-08-24T14:19:24+02:00

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

2016-08-25T10:20:21+02:00

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

2016-08-18T16:32:26+02:00

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

2016-08-08T08:57:09+02:00

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

2016-08-04T11:48:27+02:00

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



LiU condemns encroachment against higher education in Turkey

2016-07-28T13:49:38+02:00

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

2016-07-28T13:53:51+02:00

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

2016-07-13T10:11:18+02:00

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

2016-07-08T12:47:28+02:00

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

2016-06-02T10:56:05+02:00

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



Softwares for fMRI yield erroneous results

2016-06-27T14:02:37+02:00

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

2016-06-29T14:40:57+02:00

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

2016-06-30T09:02:00+02:00

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

2016-06-29T09:06:42+02:00

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

2016-06-29T09:17:38+02:00

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

2016-06-28T11:37:22+02:00

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

2016-06-22T14:11:55+02:00

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

2016-06-22T11:56:56+02:00

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

2016-06-23T12:22:04+02:00

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

2016-06-17T13:47:16+02:00

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

2016-06-10T11:11:06+02:00

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

2016-06-16T12:27:49+02:00

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

2016-06-13T13:36:30+02:00

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

2016-06-10T11:37:19+02:00

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



Cheaper bus

2016-06-17T11:57:21+02:00

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

2016-06-01T11:20:01+02:00

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

2016-05-27T11:30:28+02:00

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

2016-05-26T14:33:41+02:00

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

2016-05-26T14:12:54+02:00

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

2016-05-26T14:42:33+02:00

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

2016-05-30T10:28:39+02:00

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

2016-05-23T09:34:42+02:00

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



Helix awarded SEK 35 million from Vinnova

2016-05-26T14:24:48+02:00

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

2016-05-18T13:29:45+02:00

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

2016-05-17T11:59:42+02:00

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

2016-05-20T14:08:40+02:00

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

2016-05-20T13:42:09+02:00

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

2016-05-13T14:05:10+02:00

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

2016-05-10T13:50:00+02:00

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

2016-05-12T09:16:42+02:00

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

2016-04-28T12:15:31+02:00

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

2016-04-29T12:08:24+02:00

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

2016-04-29T11:10:18+02:00

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

2016-04-20T13:17:04+02:00

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

2016-05-09T14:18:05+02:00

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

2016-04-20T13:22:02+02:00

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

2016-04-20T13:59:03+02:00

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

2016-05-12T09:12:34+02:00

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

2016-04-13T13:50:07+02:00

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

2016-04-27T13:50:44+02:00

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

2016-04-20T13:13:57+02:00

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?

2016-04-21T09:59:22+02:00

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

2016-04-28T11:30:24+02:00

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

2016-04-08T12:13:01+02:00

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

2016-04-08T12:05:55+02:00

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

2016-04-08T11:50:27+02:00

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

2016-04-05T12:28:19+02:00

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

2016-04-05T11:56:25+02:00

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.



Hearing prize for LiU professor

2016-04-08T12:01:05+02:00

Stig Arlinger, Professor Emeritus in technical audiology, has received the 2016 Grand Hearing Prize (Stora Hörselpriset). He is being given the prize for being behind the digital hearing aid.



New method for early detection of amyloidosis

2016-03-23T13:46:03+01:00

A team of scientists at Sweden’s Linköping University have developed a molecular probe that can detect an array of different amyloid deposits in several human tissues.



Grab hold of the nanoworld

2016-04-08T10:48:09+02:00

Is the nanorevolution at the door? Maybe. Researcher Konrad Schönborn is working on developing visual worlds that will get the general public and school students to understand the risks and advantages of technology.



Unique instrument shines through most everything

2016-03-24T14:14:57+01:00

Low-frequency light reveals internal structures and properties in all conceivable materials. A research team at LiU has built a one-of-a-kind spectrometer that analyses samples with electromagnetic waves in the terahertz range, around a trillion oscillations a second.



Major visualisation initiative in region

2016-03-21T14:00:50+01:00

Visual Sweden, a regional initiative aimed at promoting innovation and regional growth in visualisation and image analysis, is to receive SEK 20 million in funding from Vinnova Vinnväxt. The decision concerns the first stage of a ten year venture.



Insufficient knowledge of stroke patient’s last hours of life

2016-03-11T11:05:05+01:00

Caregivers are displaying insufficient knowledge of how things are for stroke patients the week before they die – for example, staff have difficulties stating whether the patients had someone with them at their death, or if they were experiencing pain.



NCU in a new suit

2016-03-10T15:49:33+01:00

Operations at the National Centre for Outdoor Education (NCU in Swedish) will continue in other forms at LiU. Currently, there is no national commission that could form the basis for a centre formation, the Vice-Chancellor wrote in a decision.



LiU ranks 131 in Europe

2016-04-05T11:55:00+02:00

Linköping University placed in the 131-140 group on the 2016 Times Higher Education ranking of the 200 best universities in Europe. The top three places were taken by Oxford University, Cambridge University and Imperial College in London.



Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences criticises researcher for misconduct

2016-03-07T10:03:08+01:00

The board of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences today reached a decision on the report of misconduct concerning a researcher at the faculty.



Restart for gender studies

2016-05-11T13:07:08+02:00

This autumn, Linköping University will once again offer a 30-credit foundation course in gender studies. This time as distance education and online.



Additively manufactured material under scrutiny

2016-03-07T11:38:17+01:00

Johan Moverare and his research group are now going inside additively manufactured materials. Microstructure, strength, durability, and more will be studied in detail for an industrial revolution dreaming of the material coming up to standard.



Good student-staff ratios at LiU

2016-03-07T11:20:52+01:00

Linköping University is among the top 100 universities according to a recent international ranking of student-staff ratios.



New stroke treatment reduces suffering

2016-03-04T11:26:57+01:00

If injuries after a stroke can be limited through new treatments, there is a possibility of reducing human suffering and also saving resources, as research into health care analysis at Linköping University shows.



Underestimated plants in podcast

2016-03-10T14:53:47+01:00

LiU Prof Magnus Bergren and the research on electronic plants are on the Australian Science podcast Future Tense. The program Underestimated Plants describes our increasing knowledge of plant neurobiology and how plants communicate. The radio station RN, part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC, is broadcasting all over Australia, and has about 60 shows on science and art weekly.



More LiU students study abroad

2016-03-07T11:06:46+01:00

More students are choosing to study abroad, especially in non-European countries. Singapore tops the list, but South Korea is also a strong drawcard.



The human cable is ready!

2016-02-29T14:02:54+01:00

The theoretical construction is finished, and now only the application is missing. It’s about the human cable – or, in research talk, Body Coupled Communication. The technology works, Jacob Wikner affirms.