Most aspects of Biology are covered at the department, both in education and research. We interact with scientists in the disciplines of medicine, technology, physics, chemistry and philosophy and collaborate across boundaries to design new experiments and find fresh ideas. Our premises and infrastructure are modern and include almost everything a biologist might need, from molecular laboratories and electron and confocal microscopes to field stations and wind tunnels.
Research at the Department of Biology is characterized by cutting-edge fundamental research within a variety of areas, from molecules and protein production to ecological systems, and from genetic code to behaviour. We are additionally very active in several areas of applied research. Among others, this includes night vision, improving crops and food products, conservation biology, pest control and gene-modified organisms. We also have a research museum that lend material to all over the world.
The education in Biology and Molecular biology is conducted in close contact with our researchers. Most of our teachers are also researchers and our teaching facilities are modern with advanced equipment. We have access to field stations and field excursions are integrated in a great many of our courses. A majority of our students get a job or continue as doctoral students after their studies.
We have much collaboration with international universities and researchers. Numerous are the guest researchers who visit us for just a few days to several years. Our researchers and doctoral students often travel around the world for shorter or longer time. There is an on-going work with internationalization within our education and the majority of our courses are given in English.
The Department of Biology is engaged in Lund University’s outgoing activities. We participate in the LUNE-project, a collaboration between Lund University and Nationalencyklopedin, which turns to pupils in grade 6–9 and the NMT days, when about 6 000 pupils from upper-secondary schools attend lectures in science, medicine and technology. Our skilled students and doctoral students inspire the public with experiments and “fact entertainment” in “Naturvetarstråket” once a year. The Biology Show performs to children and adults alike and has also acted in front of international conferences. Our staff often share their knowledge in media, apart from daily papers you may also hear or see them in the radio programme Naturmorgon and the TV-programme Studio Natur. They have also been a success in the lecture competition Science Slam in Almedalen, Lund and Stockholm.
Management and organization
The department board and the head of the department manage the Department of Biology. The head of the department has an executive function and has the responsibility for the daily work. A management group consisting of the head of administration and four teachers act as support to the head of department. There are also several preparing and consultative organs. The research groups at the department are organized in units. Each unit has a unit manager. The units are structured from subject fellowship and usage of joint infrastructure.
Did you know that
- We are the largest department of the Faculty of Science with around 250 employees, 100 doctoral students and an addition of 100 other co-workers?
- Each year 400 students from all over the world attend our basic and advanced courses?
- We have a zoological research museum with a great auk and one of the largest insect collections in the world? We also have a botanical museum with more than 5 000 types.
- Around 9.5 million € per year come from external research funds?
- Dung beetles fly in our wind tunnel, as well as birds and bats?
- Our Linneus research environment CAnMove keeps a watching webcam over nesting swifts in springtime and tracks migrating animals?
- Patrik, the snake, is 130 cm long and is one of the actors in the Biology Show – a show we arrange for school children to arouse interest in research and higher education?