• 2024-06-19

    "Hello there, Indra Nielsen and Elin Emanuelsson, students in the Bachelor Programme in Music…

    …you will spend the fall at Kulturhuset Spira in Jönköping for the production of Carmen. And with none other than Rickard Söderberg in the lead role. Exciting! What will you be doing?

    “We have been offered an internship to sing the roles of Frasquita (soprano) and Mercédès (mezzo-soprano) - Carmen’s close friends. It will be a concert version with scenic elements. We will spend three intensive weeks rehearsing in Jönköping leading up to the three performances on 12/9, 14/9, and 15/9. An alumnus from Ingesund, Arvid Emilsson, will participate as Remendado (tenor).”

  • 2024-06-19

    Understanding IT systems goes beyond technology - their creation matters equally

    Democratising the IT system design process has long been a focal point in the field of participatory design. Malin Wik recently defended her thesis in Information Systems at Karlstad Business School. The thesis is titled “Prototyping with purpose: Increasing participatory design with malleable interactive prototypes” and explores user participation in system design.

    Malin Wik, please explain what it means to democratise IT systems design processes

  • 2024-06-17

    Digital walking trail can draw attention to what is happening in Sápmi

    The research project “Sámi ‘Trail of Tears’ Walking Trail” has now been completed. Richard Ek, professor of human geography and project leader, talks about the importance of the control being with the indigenous population and that the culture surrounding Sápmi is extremely important in keeping the stories surrounding the forced displacement of the Sámi alive.

    – Our findings have confirmed what we’ve known all along, Richard Ek explains. Control of walking trails and guided tours must belong with the indigenous peoples. Experiences within the project from Australia in particular clearly show this. What is happening in Sápmi today with industrial forestry, wind power and the expansion of mining is reminiscent of what is happening and has happened in South Africa and Australia where the consequences of colonialisation are still evident today.

  • 2024-06-14

    Conferences remain sustainable according to Green Key

    Conference and events at Karlstad University are still within keeping with the criteria of the Green Key certificate.
    – We’re really happy that our work continues to move forward, say Helena Björkman and Ida Fridh from the events team that have been running the application process.

    Green Key is an international certificate in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainability that currently includes nearly 5,000 establishments in 60 countries. The criteria to become certified include waste sorting, reduced energy and water consumption, eco-friendly cleaning products and minimising the number of single-use items. The food is of course an important aspect of all physical meetings and it should be organic or locally produced and vegetarian as far as possible.

  • 2024-06-12

    New research for more energy-efficient paper manufacturing

    Dewatering during paper manufacturing is a highly energy-intensive process. New research shows how the process can be made more efficient concerning energy consumption.

    – In my research, I have looked at the manufacturing of grease-proof paper, says Björn Öman, an industrial doctoral student in chemical engineering. Grease-proof paper is extremely compact, enough to act as a barrier to fat, grease, and water. The more compact the paper, the more energy is used for dewatering.

    During dewatering, the paper passes through several vacuum suction boxes, normally five to eight boxes. This creates a problem of rewetting, that is, the paper has time to absorb already removed water again, before being transported to the next step.

  • 2024-06-04

    Karlstad University Hosts Major International Mathematics Conference

    After a year of planning, the Equadiff 2024 mathematics conference is fast approaching. Almost 500 mathematicians from around the world are expected to visit Karlstad and the university.

    The conference will take place from June 10-14, featuring participants from countries such as Japan, USA, Brasil and France and will include over 200 talks and lectures. Professor Adrian Muntean, who has led the planning, aims to provide mathematicians from various countries the opportunity to meet, exchange knowledge, and be inspired by each other's research:

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