• 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:

  • 2024-06-03

    Expert Council puts reading in focus

    The latest PISA study shows that young people’s reading skills are declining in Sweden, and their motivation to read is also decreasing. The newly formed Expert Council for Reading will work to promote interest in reading and literature, both in schools and in society at large. Michael Tengberg, Professor in Educational Work at Karlstad University, is part of the council.

    The Expert Council for Reading, initiated by the Teacher Foundation and Sweden’s Teachers Union, consists of selected teachers, preschool teachers, and researchers. The council’s goal is to strengthen reading instruction throughout the school system and create a school environment where reading longer texts is a natural part of everyday life.

  • 2024-05-31

    Continued funding for collaboration project with a focus on digital health innovations in Värmland

    In the interdisciplinary research project DHINO, Digital Health Innovation, Karlstad University and Region Värmland are working together to develop new knowledge that will promote increased digitalisation of the healthcare services in Värmland. The project is now entering the second phase where focus will be on economic, social and environmental sustainability for innovation processes.

    – Through demand-driven research conducted in collaboration with both public and private actors, the project aims to increase the innovation capacity of the public sector and enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test new digital health services that meet the needs of the public sector, says project leader Erik Wästlund, professor of psychology at the Service Research Center (CTF), Karlstad University. 

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