• 2024-05-22

    Ingesund student successful in international music competition

    The student and pianist Gabriele Strata has achieved great success at the prestigious 2024 Concours Musical International de Montréal, CMIM. He has been awarded the competition’s second prize, as well as the audience award and chamber music prize, marking a significant milestone in his musical career.

    Gabriele Strata is studying on the one-year Artist Diploma course at Musikhögskolan Ingesund, a post-master course dedicated to artistic development for world-class artists. Under the guidance of Professor Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist and other distinguished teachers, he has refined his craft and demonstrated exceptional artistry and technical skill.

  • 2024-05-22

    Research team tests new circular fertilizer for plants and woodland

    The research project is about testing a new type of forest fertilizer, based on nutrient-rich industrial residues from pulp and paper mills. This closes the circle by making use of residual products and returning nutrients to growing plants and woodland.

    – Our project group includes several companies, universities and organisations, says Maria Sandberg, docent in Environmental and Energy Systems at Karlstad University. She is also the research leader of the collaborative project behind the development of a new type of fertilizer for growing forests, called enriched hydrocoal.

  • 2024-05-22

    SUHF releases statement regarding protests on university campuses

    Last week, protesters set up tents on Karlstad University campus grounds and the protest is still ongoing. Similar demonstrations are taking place at several Swedish higher education institutions and the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) has now released a statement about the situation.

    In the statement, released on Tuesday 21 May 21, SUHF writes that the war between Israel and Hamas has stirred strong emotions and that Sweden’s higher education institutions are strongly committed to the importance of freedom of expression and academic freedom.

  • 2024-05-21

    Can journalism regain its credibility? – Yes, but the fault does not lie with the media, it is the politicians who need to stop lying.

    In June, we have the EU elections and in November, the US presidential election awaits. At the same time, journalism is facing a bombardment of alleged declining credibility. How should this be resolved and who can you actually trust? Henrik Örnebring and Michael Karlsson, both professors in media and communication studies at Karlstad University and journalism researchers, explain the situation.

    Declining newspaper and advertising sales have been a long-standing problem for news media. The political landscape has also affected how people view the media’s credibility. Straight-up lies, no problem. Smearing opponents without grounds, happens on a daily basis. This game generates volumes of content that journalism needs to manage and respond to. Which in turn means that the real journalistic work ends up in the wake of all these lies.

  • 2024-05-21

    New research aims to advance development of treatment methods for psychological suffering

    – Diverse psychological suffering is almost more common than uncommon. Previous clinical research has tended to focus on individual diagnoses when evaluating psychological treatment methods, which has left the question hanging of how people with multiple diagnoses can be helped in the best way, says Daniel Wallsten, new doctor in psychology.

    In his thesis, Daniel Wallsten sheds light on the complex reality of psychological suffering that often spans several diagnostic areas, and questions aspects of the medical approach that includes the view of psychological suffering as disorders, as well as the methods that are often associated with medical research.

  • 2024-05-20

    New professor of gender studies sheds light on legal issues and human rights

    After 15 years at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Annika Rudman chose Karlstad University as her new base.
    – I chose Karlstad since I, just like the university, believe in and want to promote internationalisation and interdisciplinary research, says Annika Rudman, new professor of gender studies.

    The common denominator of Annika Rudman’s research is a keen interest in the role that gender plays in relation to law, society, politics, culture and human behaviour. She explores legal issues related to sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender roles, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity and culture – often in combination. 

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