Open online courses in Marine Biotechnology!

Welcome to enroll in our open online courses in marine biotechnology! The courses are aimed at students, teachers, researchers, anyone that is interesting in taking an open online course in marine biotechnology. Right now, we are offering two courses, Blue biotechnology for you and Blue-based solutions. Soon, more courses will be available covering topics such … Continue reading Open online courses in Marine Biotechnology!

Citizen Science 2019: Our Collaboration with Norra Dragsviken Community Continues into its 3rd Year

-by Caroline Littlefield & Emil Fridolfsson This February,  in an effort spearheaded by Professor Catherine Legrand and PhD student Emil Fridolfsson, met with members of the Norra Dragsviken community to discuss ongoing research into their polluted bays. The meeting welcomed representation from a variety of local government authorities, including Kalmar Kommun, Länsstyrelsen in Kalmar and … Continue reading Citizen Science 2019: Our Collaboration with Norra Dragsviken Community Continues into its 3rd Year

Industrial Symbiosis: Circular Economy Dances with Ecology

-by Eva Pohl Is there a way to use pollutants from cement factories and sewage plants as a resource? At Linnaeus University, we work in collaboration with local industries to catch carbon dioxide and excess nutrients by growing green algae in panels and dams. But is it economically and environmentally feasible? We are using a … Continue reading Industrial Symbiosis: Circular Economy Dances with Ecology

Supersize me: Fast food for algae

The Baltic Sea is suffocating. It has had too much of the good stuff for too long.  And I’m not talking about fast food as we know it. I’m talking about people and industries pouring agricultural runoff and sewage into the sea for years. These high nutrient inputs cause overgrowth, a phenomon known as eutrophication. … Continue reading Supersize me: Fast food for algae

Investigating Picocyanobacteria – a closer look

This blog series is devoted to a deeper understanding of the research going on around us. This week, we’ll learn about Hanna, Javi and Soran’s work at the K-Station on picocyanobacterial dynamics and nutrient response in the Baltic Sea. Every Tuesday, rain, snow or shine, members of “Team Pico” head out bright and early to … Continue reading Investigating Picocyanobacteria – a closer look

Catching up with MPEA

What has our research group been up to? It’s autumn semester here at LNU and as we wave goodbye to summer’s heat wave and look towards the falling leaves, let’s look at the changes that swirl around us in Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Applications. This past summer was full steam ahead for MPEA, as we … Continue reading Catching up with MPEA

Saving Norra Dragsviken / Rädda Norra Dragsviken: A meeting between LNU and local residents to affect change

This spring, Emil Fridolfsson and Catherine Legrand journeyed to Allaktivitetshuset in Rockneby, where they were met with over 80 enthusiastic residents from around the Norra Dragsviken bay. Big interested had been generated when the results from 2017's summer sampling in Norra Dragsviken was presented.  In this meeting, a working group consisting of Skäggenäs Bygdegårdsförening, Kalmar municipality, … Continue reading Saving Norra Dragsviken / Rädda Norra Dragsviken: A meeting between LNU and local residents to affect change

In FOCUS: A look at building online courses for marine biotechnology and coastal tourism

Over the past year, Professor Catherine Legrand and MPEA research assistant Elisabeth Carlsson have brought LNU into an EU-funded blue-growth project with partners in Denmark, Poland, and Lithuania. The project, Facilitating blue growth with open courses by utilizing R&D products and virtual mobility (FOCUS), aims to offer completely new courses in marine biotechnology and in coastal tourism, using online platforms, free of charge to students. I sat down with Elisabeth Carlsson, who has been working with FOCUS since LNU first got involved, to tell me more about the project.

The Algoland 2030 Business Model: How would it look?

During a full-day conference at Villa Solbacken in Kalmar, twenty-two participants representing industry, university and public sectors gathered to explore the vision for the future of Algoland. The conference, led by Joacim Rosenlund and headed by Catherine Legrand, was an effort to find entrepreneurship possibilities, to look for creative solutions and to discuss ideas as … Continue reading The Algoland 2030 Business Model: How would it look?