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  • 2021-10-18

    SweDigArch enables the archaeology of the future

    SweDigArch has been awarded funding from the Swedish Research Council to create a national infrastructure for digital archaeology. The new infrastructure is a collaborative venture between six Swedish universities, the National Heritage Board and National Historical Museums. SweDigArch is a unique initiative that will link data from research, archaeological excavations and digitized museum collections. It will enable the advanced data driven analysis of complex information from the entirety of Sweden’s history, from the last Ice Age to the present day.

    Society faces major challenges towards achieving sustainable development. Archaeological and palaeoecological evidence, buried within the landscape, provides a unique time perspective with which we can meet these challenges. These traces of past human-environment interactions are not only important for understanding the past, but also allow us to formulate solutions for a sustainable future.

  • 2021-10-18

    From tree-hugging hippies to furious kids - climate change in media

    Climate change communication spans several disciplines, which in many cases have an insufficient understanding of the each other’s research traditions. Sol Agin has compiled the literature review Mapping the Field of Climate Change Communication 1993–2018.

    - The purpose of our systematic literature review is to shed light on the field of environment and climate change communication, says Sol Agin, doctoral student in Media and Communication Studies. The study will hopefully provide a better understanding of methodological, theoretical and geographical approaches within the field.

  • 2021-10-01

    Green bio-oil may come from an unexpected place

    We receive district heating and electricity from cogeneration plants (also known as combined heat and power plants). In the future they might also produce bio-oil, which can be used as biofuel or replace fossil oil in the chemicals industry. According to a new study, Sweden’s combined cogeneration plants have the potential to produce more than 20 percent of the current energy requirement within the transport sector.

    - In this study, I have examined how to workup the bio-oil for a broader usage, says Jörgen Samuelsson, Associate Professor in Chemistry at Karlstad University. It’s about examining the oil and improving its physical properties for other applications.

  • 2021-09-30

    This applies to Karlstad University between 1 October and 7 November

    The Public Health Agency’s general guidelines concerning our shared responsibility in preventing the spread of infection is removed on 29 September. This means longer opening hours on campus and that all rooms on the premises can be used as before. Regular on-campus teaching on University premises will start on 8 November, according to the already existing plan.

    Please note that students are welcome to come to campus from 1 October, but that the decision to start the on-campus teaching on 8 November still applies.

    The Public Health Agency’s new general guidelines state that adults who are not yet vaccinated should continue to keep their distance to other people. This is especially important in contact with people who are part of an at-risk group and with people who are 70 years old, or more.

  • 2021-09-28

    Psychological safety strengthens teams

    Recently, Tomas Gustavsson was awarded “Best full paper” for his article “Team performance in large-scale agile software development” at the ISD conference.

    Tomas Gustavsson received his Degree of Doctorate in 2020 and he has used some the data collected for his thesis in the paper ”Team performance in large-scale agile software development”, where he examines the benefits of psychological safety within a team.

  • 2021-09-10

    The disconnected work place and new ideals regarding digital well-being

    In her article “The Disconnection Turn: Three facets of disconnective work in post-digital capitalism”, Karin Fast, senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, discusses the social consequences of disconnecting invasive media as well as digital detox trends at work places.

    - In short, my article is about the disconnected work place, new ideals regarding how we should be working without online connections and how problems with intrusive - or invasive - media are discussed, explains Karin Fast. The article also mentions new ways of organising and marketing work places and the new forms of digital work which, paradoxically, are driven by the interest in the disconnected.

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