The department in brief

The Department of Biology is a new department. It was founded in 2010 through a merge between five departments, but the subject is old. Already at the time when Lund University was founded in 1666, the medical students studied botany, which is a part of the subject biology.

A brick building behind a bush. Photo.

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 a field station and a wind tunnel.

Research

Research at the Department of Biology is characterised 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.

Education

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.

Internationalisation

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 internationalisation within our education and the majority of our courses are given in English.

Outgoing activities

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 during the Lund Cultural Night. 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-programmes Fråga Lund and Studio Natur. They have also been a success in the lecture competition Science Slam in Almedalen, Lund and Stockholm.

Management and organisation

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 organised in administrative units. Each unit has a unit manager. The units are structured from subject fellowship and usage of joint infrastructure.

The department in figures

The figures are for the year 2019.

Funding

345 million SEK

  • 52% Central government allocation
  • 23% Government grant providers
  • 11% Foreign grant providers
  • 8% Other Swedish grant providers
  • 6% Applied research

Personnel

  • 293 Employees (46% female)
  • 85 Other lecturers & researchers
  • 65 Doctoral students
  • 54 Adminstrative/Technical/Library staff
  • 39 Professors
  • 26 Senior lectures
  • 24 Career-development positions

Education – bachelor's and master's level

  • 600 Students
  • 150 Examina
  • 13 Programmes
  • 30 Courses

Research

  • 23 Research groups
  • 309 Publications
  • 14 Degree of Doctor

The Biological Museum

  • 14,5 million plants & animals
  • Botanical collections
  • Entomolgical collections
  • Zoological collections