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Tuberculosis and HIV co-infection

Researchers working

The HIV virus increases the potency of the tuberculosis bacterium (Mtb) by affecting a central function of the immune system. The discovery helps to explain why infection with HIV greatly increases the risk that infection by Mtb will progress to active tuberculosis.

Child crying

Violence and abuse against children with disabilities

Children with disabilities are subject more frequently to violence. Despite criticism from the UN, Sweden lacks a comprehensive picture of the situation for these children. Two LiU researchers have surveyed our knowledge in this area.

Circular economy in Almedalen

SEK 10 million to research in the circular economy

LiU researchers have won two major research projects within the field of design and construction for a world in which we husband, recycle and reuse natural resources. Both will be carried out in close collaboration with industrial partners.

The mineral elpasolite

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.

Old woman hugging a therapeutic robot

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.

Researchers in the lab

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.

Feng Gao

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.

Baby by the computer

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.

Malaz Katie, Nora Hajar and Avin Rozbayani

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

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.

Man cuddling with dog

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.

Alma Persson on Researchers’ Night

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

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.

zhong zhihua

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.

The guests from Johannesburg

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.

Willy Verstraete

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.

LiU flags

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.

Daniel Västfjäll

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.

Homepage liu.se

The next liu.se

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.

Child and parent holding hands

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.

Image: Studentbostäder balloon

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.

Researchers in lab

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.

filiz karabag

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.

Magnus Klofsten

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.

Life vests

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.

Battery charger

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.


lessons for life in guatemala

Sabina Nordén and Sofie Folkesson building a school in Guatemala.Engineering students Sabina Nordén and Sofie Folkesson took a year off university to renovate a school in Guatemala – using PET bottles.


café success

Dörte Bernhard and Tove Mattson at World café. Dörte Bernhard and Tove Mattsson from the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning got it just right when they organised a World Café for 60 students of teaching and 30 students taking the accelerated course for those newly arrived in Sweden.


when åke became ann-christine

Ann-Christine Ruuth. Photo: Melinda Reyes Hiltunen“Why do we laugh at men in dresses?” This was one of the questions that Ann-Christine Ruuth asked the audience at a packed lecture that was part of Linköping’s Rainbow Week.


full of life at kalas

Kalas 2016Thousands of students are making a pilgrimage to the Saab Arena for “Kalas”, Sweden’s largest event for new students.


acting in a tv hit

Simon Alzén in Narcos. Photo: privateHis exchange year in South America turned out to be quite different from what LiU student Simon Alzén had expected. He can be seen this autumn in the American hit series “Narcos”.


farewell liu

Farewell Ceremony 2016, audience

Excitement about the future – and a celebration right now. That was the mood at this year’s Farewell Ceremony for Linköping University’s international master’s students.


the deported liu student

Sofie AbrahamsonSofie Abrahamson, lecturer at the Department of Culture and Communication, has involved herself in the case of Syed Latif, who was deported after getting a job through the wrong channels.


academic ceremony

Commencement CeremonyThis year’s Commencement Ceremony in the De Geer Hall combined stately ritual with serious partying. 


with an eye for the tiger

Rebecka Le MoineMaster’s student Rebecka Le Moine is in India right now to study tigers on behalf of the World Wide Fund for Nature.


unesco prize

Anders Jidesjö

Anders Jidesjö, Department of Thematic Studies, is research coordinator for the Kunskapslänken national programme, which has been nominated for a UNESCO-Japan prize for sustainable development.


engineering dreams pick up speed

Race carA lot of takeout and evenings were consumed before this year’s race car was ready for the prestigious track at Silverstone.

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In brief

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bus. Photo: Göran Billeson

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.

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Last updated: 2016-10-17