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ClimBEco winter meeting 2023 – summary

A room filled with listening people to a talk. Photo.
Photo: Cheryl Sjöström

With a rainy and blustery Lund as backdrop outside the windows of the Elite Hotel Ideon, the ClimBEco winter meeting 2023 offered a warm and welcoming atmosphere for one and a half days this January. The main focus of this meeting was to learn more about the ongoing research of current PhD students through flash talks. As always with ClimBEco, talks covered a wide spectrum of research that falls within the areas of climate, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Talks ranged from for example nudging the EC-Earth Global Climate Model to test new particle formation effects on climate, to investigating bumblebee wellbeing near road verges, to improving vegetation models in future climate scenarios, and to interlinking forest policy, land use change and human behaviour. All presentations were professionally prepared and delivered and questions were thought-provoking and supportive. A huge round of thanks to our ambitious group of PhD students!

This meeting also included a field trip to the nearby, world-renowned MAX IV Laboratory. The tour included visiting its synchrotron radiation facility and encouraged participants to consider how they could use MAX IV to service for their research areas in environmental science.

On the last morning, the focus switched to topics of victimization and discrimination in higher education. With the support of invited guests, we discussed relevant legal frameworks in Sweden, and engaged in interactive roll-play to exemplify where norms, biases and privileges can exist in academia, all in an effort to empower early career researchers and counteract discrimination wherever it exists.

People engaged in small groups, sitting by tables or on the floor. Photo.