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Taking over the baton

Christina Hörnell is the new music director at Linköping University. She starts on 1 October, replacing Hans Lundgren who is retiring.

Christina HörnellAs music director she will be artistic director for the Linköping University Male Voice Choir and the Linköping University Chamber Choir, as well as director of the centre ”Music at Linköping University”, which includes activities such as music for various university ceremonies.

”It’s such a complex, multi-facetted job that it’s difficult to grasp its full scope. The opportunities are vast,” says Christina Hörnell.

She has extensive experience from the world of music: chorus master at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, head of the Opera Choir in Stockholm and most recently chorus master at the Symphonic Choir in Gothenburg. She has directed many choirs and ensembles, she has taught, and has worked as a church musician.

”This ties everything together. Hans Lundgren is leaving everything in superb condition, I just have to pick up the baton. I see my role as equal parts cultural heritage and operational development. The job also includes being the university’s cultural representative, and promoting it regionally, nationally and, to a degree, internationally. I hope to advance the cultural scene together with Assistant Music Director Merete Ellegård, students and staff. An active cultural scene makes the university a more attractive and inspiring place to study and work.”

For Christina Hörnell, choral music has a given role in the academic tradition.

”It’s so valuable, we must protect it, while also advancing it in tune with contemporary means of expression, both artistically and musically. For me, the singing voice and choral music as instruments are a constant source of inspiration and development. I hope this will come through in both our sound and our repertoire.”

On 25 October there will be a welcome concert for her in Linköping’s Missionskyrkan church.

Eva Bergstedt 2014-08-18

Materials science, researchers

Gathering of forces around new materials

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Personality determines rooster status

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Earlier access to student accommodation

Studentbostäder has introduced new rules giving new students earlier access to available corridor housing.


Housing scams on the rise

Scams relating to student housing are on the rise. The Student Tenants' Organisation (KOMBO) has issued a warning to students looking for housing. International students are particularly vulnerable.

Negar Sani

Negar Sani solved the mystery

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Anders Jidesjö

Wrong focus after Pisa

Focus on the pupil, not the frameworks. What’s important is what happens in the classroom. This was the message from Linköping University researchers at a well-attended seminar at the Almedalen Week.

Olive branch wrapped in wool

Free movement hits turbulence

We welcome Romanian doctors and call it free movement, but when Romanian Romani make use of their rights, it’s a problem. At a Linköping University seminar on migration last week at Almedalen, an olive branch wrapped in wool took centre stage.

Katarina Önell

Thank goodness for immigration

Diversity and access to skilled labour are key factors in securing the future of our welfare. Today more people are leaving the labour market than are entering it, according to Katarina Önell from TNS Sifo, at Linköping University’s seminar at the Almedalen Week.

Four brain researchers receive grants

The Swedish Brain Foundation is allocating SEK 28 million to crucial brain research. The money will go to over 50 Swedish brain research projects, of whom four at Linköping University, will receive SEK 500,000 each.

Infant eczema often leads to asthma

Eczema in an infant is a clear warning sign for further allergies as the child gets older. In a recently published study from Linköping University, almost one third of all the children with eczema developed asthma by the age of ten.


Vallastaden needs engaged residents

Focused education, intensive communication, some highly motivated individuals and ownership are the keys to developing sustainable local energy systems, researchers from Linköping University have shown in a report.

Lars Johansson and Stefan Lindström

Even geckos can lose their grip

Not even geckos and spiders can sit upside down forever. Nanophysics makes sure of that. Mechanics researchers at Linköping University have demonstrated this in an article just published in Physical Review E.


Grand slam for furniture programmes

Excellent results when the furniture programmes at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies were evaluated by the Swedish Higher Education Authority: Three of four programmes got top marks.

Who’s responsible? About resistant bacteria in the media

For Swedish newspapers, it’s society’s job to combat antibiotic resistance, not the individual’s. That’s according to a Linköping University study of how the Swedish daily press communicate the dangers of resistant bacteria.

Experts evaluate research at Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences is focusing on the right research fields. And it is home to some world-leading researchers. Still, it could invest more in young talent. These are the results of a major review of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the University Hospital.

Sign outside Tema Building

New unit at Thematic Studies

LiU is pooling its resources in terms of environmental research at the Department of Thematic Studies. The Unit of Water and Environmental Studies and CSPR are joining forces, to form the Unit of Environmental Change.

Doctors hats with a glass of champagne

Fewer new PhD students again

The number of new PhD students has varied greatly over the years. But for the past three years, the trend has been towards fewer PhD students.


“Climate change - does it exist?”

Personal experience influences our perception of reality more than theoretically based information. These are the findings of a study of how Swedish farmers view climate change.

Kristin Persson

Electronics control cell growth

Kristin Persson’s doctoral thesis shows how it is possible to control both the culturing and detachment of skin cells, as well as the growth and differentiation of stem cells, using organic electronics.

Layal Kasselias Wiltgren

Ethnicity as a strength

Is it possible to be Swedish one day, Iraqi the next day and Arab or Chaldean the day after that? Can you call someone "jävla svenne" (bloody Swede) as a compliment? In Layal Kasselias Wiltgren’s doctoral thesis, the answer is yes.

Håkan Hanberger

Global action against the antibiotics crisis

Is there a solution to the global threat from antibiotic resistant bacteria? This question was recently discussed in a closed-door summit meeting in Uppsala. At the same time, the Public Health Agency of Sweden reported an increased spread of resistant bacteria in Swedish hospitals.

Conference on intellectual and developmental disabilities

ECIDD, European Conference on Psychological Theory and Research on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, is being held in Sweden for the first time – at Linköping University, from 12 to 14 June.

Peter Lundberg

Tougher on the tumour, gentler on the patient

Using MRI technology, the project Gentle Radiotherapy aims to realise the vision of individualised cancer treatment, with better results and fewer side effects. Peter Lundberg, professor at Linköping University, is part of the project.

Blood platelets disinfected to death

If blood becomes too thin, a transfusion with blood platelets may be necessary – but potential pathogenic agents must first be rendered harmless. The substances used for this unfortunately also destroy the blood platelets themselves.

Svetlana Serikova

With a mentor in Swedish working life

Linköping University has a mentorship programme to help international students get an entry into Swedish working life.

Pamela Vang

Selling themselves as the good guys

The major oil companies have been at the forefront of marketing since their beginnings. Throughout the oil crises and increased globalisation, they have skilfully changed their message so as to be the great environmental heroes of the day.


cooking and discussing

LiU student Amanda EkelundIn the newly-started mentor group LIKES, international and Swedish teaching students gather to discuss and cook.


making a difference

Suad AliA year ago she studied political science at LiU. Today she is working with refugee issues at national and international level.


farewell ceremony 2014

Happy graduatesGraduates of the international master’s programmes at LiU said goodbye to their teachers, classmates and their time as students at the Farewell Ceremony on 11 June.


hidden rooms on campus

Corridor where the ventilation in the ceiling and walls are covered by thick insulation

Exploring Kåkenhus Building among the water channels of the basement, a new boule pitch and the locked-up tower on the roof.


Last rehearsal with Hasse

Rehearsal in Kårallen Building

Sunday dress rehearsal: 180 people in Kårallen. With his farewell concert Fine on 10 May, Director Musices Hans Lundgren took his last bow after 35 years at LiU.


IDay, seeing the world

Ghana danceIDay took place on 25 April at Linköping University. International students showed everyone the beauties of their countries and celebrated cultural diversity.

celebrating easter in sweden

Easter eggsEaster traditions differ from country to country. All have their own way of celebrating. An exclusive Swedish tradition is birch twigs decorated with coloured feathers.


home again from nepal

Students in NepalLast year they took their bicycles and set course for Nepal. The aim was to support a home for vulnerable girls. Now they are back in Sweden (with a little less beard).


developing better menstrual protection

MSc students in UgandaMSc students Maria Olsson and Lina Larsson are developing better and more environmentally friendly menstrual protection for women in developing countries.


A lift for aero and eco studies

Jörg SchminderIn a new gas turbine simulator in the A Building, students can see how an interference affects flow immediately.

facilitating contacts

Patrik Jutterström at a student caféThe right job and the right student. The new student association BrandVisors wants to facilitate contacts between students and companies.


A semester in singapore

Ida NordströmIda Nordström, senior high school teacher in training, has taken part in a new exchange with Singapore.  


to hollywood and back

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awarded student

Anna AsratianAnna Asratian, master’s student in Experimental and Medical Biosciences, has been awarded a service medal from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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In brief

Highly cited researchers

Two researchers from Linköping University, Olle Inganäs and Fengling Zhang, are included on Thomson Reuters’ list "Highly Cited Researchers 2014". The list is based on how often scientific articles are cited by other authors. The two – both professors in materials science at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology – share the list with 3,213 other researchers from around the world. See the full list at http://highlycited.com/index.htm 3215.

Johnny Ludvigsson among top ten

The medical database Expertscape has ranked LiU researcher Johnny Ludvigsson among the world's top ten experts in research on type 1 diabetes.

IFM at the 24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors

IFM at world congress

Nine members of IFM travelled to Australia to chair and present to over 800 people at the 24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors. In addition to poster and oral presentations, LiU had an exhibition stand with Acreo Swedish ICT AB. The next World Congress on Biosensors will for the first time be held in Sweden - in Gothenburg in May 2016.

Professor among the learned

Martin Ball, recently titled professor in logopedics, has been elected fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

LiU professor is new Fellow

Åke Björck, Professor Emeritus in Numerical Analysis, has been named as a SIAM fellow.
With its headquarters in Philadelphia, SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, is one of the biggest professional mathematics organisations with members all over the world.



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