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  • 2019-09-17

    Visit from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA

    The last two weeks the CCS, Centre for Climate and Safety at Karlstad University has been visited by two experts on natural disaster modelling from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.

    Jesse Rozelle, the Acting Branch Chief for FEMA HQ’s Actuarial and Catastrophic Modeling Branch, and Casey Zuzak, a Senior Risk Analyst for Hazus and the Natural Hazards Risk Assessment Program (NHRAP) are in Karlstad in connection to a research project funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB and conducted by CCS-researcher Dr. Tonje Grahn in close collaboration with FEMA.

  • 2019-06-24

    Guest researcher focusing on solar energy

    Doctor Natalie Holmes, organic electronics researcher at the University of Newcastle in Australia, is currently spending two months at Karlstad University as a visiting researcher. The goal is to publish a peer reviewed article on green solvent processing of polymeric solar cells, that is, solar cells made of organic material.

    - I arrived at Karlstad University in early May and we have a very focused research goal to achieve before the end of June when I travel back to Australia, says Natalie Holmes. Here in Karlstad, there is research on organic solar cells, which is in agreement with my research interest, which also spans organic electronic sensor technology. My doctoral education at the University of Newcastle was funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and that was when I entered this particular field of research.

  • 2019-05-29

    Biology Student Wins Global Swede Award

    Seke Chainda, a student in the Biology Master's Program at Karlstad University, has been named Global Swede of 2019. On May 21 he was celebrated, together with other Global Swede students, at a ceremony at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

    On May 21 the distinction Global Swede was conferred on twenty-six international top students from Swedish institutions of higher education. The students have distinguished themselves in their areas of knowledge in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship and have proven to be excellent representatives of both Sweden and their own countries. It is the ninth year in a row in which the Global Swede award ceremony was arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute.

  • 2019-04-17

    Lars Järnström is retiring

    Lars Järnström, professor of coating technology, came to Karlstad University in 1999 and has been involved in building the current strong research environment for fibre-based processes and products. Now retirement is approaching but he will continue working at the university as senior professor.

    Lars Järnström's research centres mainly on environment-friendly surface treatment of fibre-based packaging materials. His aim is to contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, plastic waste, food waste as well as to making production processes more efficient. Lars Järnström is also the head and co-founder of the industrial graduate school VIPP, which is short for Values Created in Fibre- Based Processes and Products.

  • 2019-03-26

    Health risks associated with mixtures of man-made chemicals are underestimated

    The cocktail of man-made chemicals that we are exposed to daily is a health risk which current regulations and risk assessment overlook. This is the conclusion of the EU Horizon 2020 EDC-MixRisk project that is now being presented.

    We are exposed to a large number of man-made chemicals in our everyday life. This creates combinations of chemical mixtures, to which we are subjected during our whole lifespan. Current risk assessment and management practices, however, focus mainly on exposure to single substances. Exposure to hazardous substances, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), during the foetal period is of particular concern, as it can lead to irreversible changes in the development of organs and tissues and increased susceptibility to diseases later in life.

  • 2019-03-18

    Sustainable pellet production saving lives

    The world needs more efficient energy systems based on renewable raw material, an equation not easily solved. At Karlstad University, research and education are in progress to find sustainable energy systems, for instance, through a project in which pellets replace charcoal in cooking solutions in Zambia, because cooking with charcoal as fuel leads to extensive deforestation as well as health hazards. Globally, more deaths are caused by air pollution at home than malaria, HIV and tuberculosis put together.

    “In this study we looked at twelve different available residual products for pellet production in Zambia and how these products interact in different combinations”, says Stefan Frodeson, lecturer in environmental and energy systems. “The study has led to the discovery of several different residual products from forestry and agriculture. Other important findings are also how the materials could be used to manufacture a product that meets the demands of production in Africa.”