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Science me a Story: Scientific Story Contest

A contest of short scientific stories for children.

The North West constituency of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU) would like to invite you to participate in our very first contest of short scientific stories for children, Science me a story.

This initiative, sponsored by the Lilly Foundation, aims to promote the use of stories as a tool to communicate science for children. Using short stories, a familiar format for children, we intend to stimulate their interest in science and their imagination. Tales are not just about dragons and princesses, but also about crazy experiments and amazing discoveries. We want to inspire them, to make them curious about the world and to let them develop their scientific critical thinking.

Contest can be entered in both Spanish and English. More info and rules here.

1st Latin American Science Symposium in the Nordic Countries

The Society of Spanish researchers in Denmark and Sweden are commited to boost the interest of science among the general public and with the multilateral scientific collaborations. Both Latinamerican countries and Spain share more than just a language, share also a goal; Make progress in a particular scientific field, which can depend on many factors, for example the establishment of successful collaborations and the communication of such scientific results to the societey. For these reason, we introduce to you examples of latinamerican scientific talents who have establsihed themselves in the nordic countries.

Registration link:

The last Thursday / El último Jueves – 2018

We present the 2018 series of meetings  «The Last Thursdays», which will take place in Uppsala, Lund and Stockholm (alternating) during the last Thursday of every month.

The Last Thursdays are Monthly Series of Cultural-Scientific Events, meetings around a session of scientific/outreach/cultural character. Please check the program and the calendar at the corresponding section of this web-page to know more about past and future events of this series.

The seminar is followed by a discussion and get-together (drink and snack), and is totally free for our members. We look forward to meeting you «The Last Thursday» of this month.

Lund University Postdoctoral Position in Microbiology

Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Institutionen för livsmedelsteknik

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Subject description
The subject is microbiology with a particular focus on the gut microbiota.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of total working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

The postdoc position is part of a research project with the purpose to develop new prebiotic and probiotic foods. Health effects of pre- and probiotics will be investigated in vitro and in vivo in mouse- and human studies. Work tasks included are anaerobic cultivation of bacteria in anaerobic chamber, development of qPCR for specific bacteria at species-level, and DNA sequencing of microbiota samples. Furthermore, included are also animal studies in mouse-models with focus on glucose regulation and safety tests of bacteria, as well as analysis of biological markers. It is expected that the post-doc fellow write scientific articles and participate in collaborative projects with industry.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • PhD in Microbiology.
  • Experience of anaerobic cultivation of bacteria is a requirement.
  • The applicant must have good command in both written and oral English.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experience with microbioa sequencing is desirable.
  • Ability to conduct animal studies is desirable.
  • Experience in human studies is desirable but not required.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 1 year, with possibility for an additional 1 year continuation. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/3601
  • Anne Nilsson, universitetslektor, +46 46 222 83 43
Published 11.Jan.2018
Last application date 29.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET

Third «The Last Thursday» event

You are all welcome to the third session of the succesful seminar series «The Last Thurday»!

Do you want to know more about how to improve your use of multvariate statistical tools in an entertaining and educational session? Elina Staaf, in her talk entitled Multivariate analysis: A helping hand in the era of big datasets, will tell us how to incorporate multivariate analysis, a traslational and extremely useful tool, to our reserach.
The talk will be given in English. This activity is completely free for our associates, but for organization purposes we request you to confirm your attendance to the email aces.directiva at Each confirmation will receive a voucher for a snack after the session.

Thursday 26 November, 18:30

Seminar room Sievert. Building Z.
Karolinska Hospital (do not confuse with KI!)

Karolinska Sjukhuset bus stop (3, 67, 77…)
Bus stops in Solnavägen and close to SciLife (57…)
Karolinska Institutet Östra (69 from T-centralen, 73, 507).

Not far from Sankt Eriksplan (T-banna)
Attached is a map of Karolinska Hospital in PDF, with the lecture room marked in red together with the closest bus stops.

Title: Multivariate analysis: A helping hand in the era of big datasets
Speaker: Elina Staaf

These days, we have access to a larger variety of methods with multivariate output, such as genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and multicolor flow cytometry, There are a number of unique challenges associated with handling such large datasets. For example: how do we find the few significant variables among hundreds? And once we find them: how can we be sure that what we see is a true significances and not false positives?

To assist you there are various types of multivariate analysis approaches and softwares. One of the most common types is Principal Component Analysis (PCA), in which all variables are summarized to a few directions in space. This is a quick way to get an overview of trends and groups in the data, and to find variables best describing the variation in the data. Unlike traditional statistics softwares such as R, multivariate analysis softwares often use a graphical interface where groups can be visualized and the type of analysis can be selected without the need for programming.  Thus, they are useful also for beginners and can help you to rapidly sort out the most promising variables from your big dataset.

Results from multivariate analysis may often need to be supplemented with traditional statistics though. In this talk I will introduce some basics of multivariate analysis and PCA, and I will show examples from the software SIMCA 14 (Umetrics) on what multivariate analysis approaches can help you do.


SULF:s seminar ”Working in Sweden” in Uppsala

When: 9th of December, 09.00-11.00
Where: Sal 801001, Ångström
Registration required: send an e-mail to agi[at] no later than December 4th

The seminar is held by Åsa Rybo Landelius

The seminar will address questions like:

  • How does the Swedish labour market work?
  • What are the three government agencies that “rule your world”?
  • Who needs a residence permit?
  • How does the social security system work?
  • Can I use the health care system?
  • Do I have the right to unemployment benefit?
  • Are only Swedish citizens entitled to Swedish pensions?

The Last Thursday: meet us on 29th March

Session: ACES comes back to this seminar series «The Last Thrusday». For this ocassion, the oncologist Maria Wolodarski will talk to us about the malign melanoma, and the new therapeutical approaches that are reaching very hopeful results.Like always, after the seminar we will gather to mingle, with special prices for all the members of our association. See you there!

In this case, because of availability, «the last thrusday» seminar will take place on a WEDNESDAY.

Date: Wednesday 29th March 2017 – 18:00h
Place: Cancercentrum Karolinska (CCK); Seminar Room, 5th floor. Building R08.
Hospital Karolinska – (Don’t mistake it with KI!)
How to get there:
Bus stop at Karolinska Sjukhuset (3, 57, 77, 506…)
Bus stops at Solnavägen and near SciLife (67…)
Not very far from Sankt Eriksplan (T-banna)