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Title of professor and a grant worth millions

There have been several reasons to congratulate Emma Kritzberg this autumn. First she was made professor at the Department of Biology; now she receives SEK 3 million through a grant from Formas.
Portrait of Emma Kritzberg.
Emma Kritzberg. Photo: Inger Ekström

When she heard the news that she had been promoted to Professor of Aquatic Microbiology, she kept it a secret for a few weeks. Not completely – she did tell her husband and children. But no one else.

“I was so very happy and it was so wonderful to enjoy it in peace. When the kids were wondering about something, I heard myself say ‘Why don’t you ask the professor?”

Once she decided to share the news, there was champagne, presents and a speech by her manager. And shouts of “congratulations” rang through the halls.

“When my parents and my sister found out, I’m told that they tried to make a laurel wreath, but failed. I was touched by that.”

Emma Kritzberg has previously had several assignments that are usually given to professors, including being director of third-cycle studies and member of the management group.

“I don’t expect any major changes in the short term. But one new thing is that now my entire salary is covered by the department – this is huge!”

Her research focuses on the biogeochemical link between soil and water. The amount of carbon and iron transported from soil to water is drastically increasing. She wants to find out the causes and the consequences. For example, what can various stakeholders in the forestry industry do to reverse this development?

A few days ago, Emma Kritzberg received SEK 3 million from Formas. The grant will go towards developing collaboration with land historians and experts in the interpretation of aerial imagery, and enable studies of changes in land use over larger geographical areas than before.

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