Dean's letter June 2021

Last changed: 23 June 2021
Picture of strawberries

The pandemic gives you the feeling of a different time perspective. Still, we have seen the end of term, and summer has arrived with full force. Hard work and a mixture of hope and despair due to the pandemic have characterized the past term. Waves have come and gone but now the vaccinations are giving us hope.

New docents (associate professors)

Through hard work, great ingenuity and a great deal of loyalty, the operational work has been kept up surprisingly well. Some examples of this are that new associate professors have strengthened the faculty. (See below)

The associate professors are the backbone of our important postgraduate education. A doctoral program that, together with our other educational programs, will provide society with competence that is essential to meet major societal challenges.

Competence supply, higher employment

At the same time, the PhD programs contribute to the academy's recruitment base. The work during the spring term of translating competence supply plans into appointments of senior employees has resulted in several people gaining key positions at the faculty. (See below)

We take the opportunity to welcome them and wish good luck with their important mission.

Strategy work

The strategy work is now entering an operational phase with the division of responsibilities for the implementation and formulation of activities in operational plans. This work is based on the previously decided strategies at university and faculty level, which outline prioritized changes of direction in the form of goals and the desired position that the university must reach during the period 2021-2025.

The university-wide operational plan for SLU, established by the Vice chancellor, takes responsibility for the improvements that best take place with a university-wide initiative.

The faculty's operational plan was the theme for a joint meeting between LTV's Faculty Board and the Heads of the Department on 16th of June. After the vacations, this will be sent for consultation within the faculty, to be finally decided by the Faculty Board in December. Needless to say, the important thing is then what we make of the plans in our daily work, but a well-thought-out foundation is a prerequisite for success. SLU’s new strategies and priority areas

Interdisciplinary projects

Activities are of course already underway in line with the strategy, even if the operational plan has been delayed due to of the late start of the entire process at SLU. One example is the faculty's announcement of interdisciplinary power-gathering catalyst projects between the departments, which we have previously informed about. The great interest in these interdisciplinary collaborations bodes well for the future. At the Faculty Board's meeting on 16th June, four projects were granted strategic funding, see below.

As there were many interesting applications but limited resources, we hope that several of the applications will find other opportunities so that these initiatives and future opportunities can also be taken advantage of.

Best practice

The announcement of Best practice projects is another part of the faculty's strategic initiatives that aim to strengthen the educational activities. See below the projects that have been granted funding.


SLU's educations have attracted more applicants, and in 2021 the educational achievement is expected to exceed the assignment to the university for the first time. The interest in and need for SLU's areas of knowledge in society are probably an important explanation in combination with employee involvement that has resulted in new programs and courses.

Through purposeful and successful development work, the LTV faculty has played an important role in SLU being able to respond to the educational assignment and demand from young people and from the labour market.

The faculty's mission and funding base have increased rapidly over a number of years. SLU's management and external stakeholders are working hard to ensure that SLU is given a larger assignment with increased resources. As it has not yet yielded results, the Board of Education (UN) has decided to propose a slowdown in growth by cutting assignments until 2022. Decisions will be made within the regular allocation of grants and decisions on the dimensioning of education this autumn.

The slowdown will affect the resources of the faculty and our opportunities to implement new initiatives. The work of analyzing consequences has begun and various measures to deal with the situation will be clarified during autumn.

It is encouraging that SLU now succeeds in reversing the negative trend of admission of students for several programs, which means the university will reach the current performance ceiling. The sensible solution is for SLU to receive an educational assignment that matches the university's competence and relevance. At present SLU is in the bottom tier regarding allocation of resources among higher education institutions in Sweden.

Election to the Faculty Board 2022-2024

2021 means election year for the Faculty Boards. These elections are of great importance for the operation during the coming term of office. The Faculty Board makes crucial decisions for the development and future of the operation - decisions that affect all employees.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of this election. The Nomination Committee has begun its important work, which will be intensified during September / October. The LTV Faculty has a tradition of commitment and high turnout, which we hope will apply this time as well. The LTV election committee.

Campus development

After the spring series of workshops with managers, the campus development in Alnarp has taken a significant step forward by formulating guiding principles for the development of premises and the overall planning of Alnarp.

These, together with previous insights and considerations, will now form the basis for a compilation that will be passed on in the construction process for new premises and form the basis for dialogues with Lomma Municipality and the landowner Akademiska Hus.

The next step also includes processes for involving and utilizing employees' skills in both the roles of users and experts. As regards land use, work is underway to establish experimental fields for fruit and berries on the agricultural land in Alnarp, to begin with primarily to reinforce apple breeding. Also, relocation of parts of the organic field trials from Akademiska Hus to SLU is carried out, in accordance with the principle that SLU:s properties should be regarded as a resource for the core activities

Finally, we wish you all a pleasant midsummer and a relaxing vacation. Before you go on vacation, we want to encourage you to think about all the important and successful things you have achieved!


Håkan, Karl, Åsa och Lena

New docents

  • Andrew Butler, Landscape Architecture, esp. Landscape Analysis
  • Anna Maria Pálsdóttir, Landscape Architecture, esp. Environmental Psychology
  • Björn Bohman, Biology, esp. Chemical Ecology and Dennis Eriksson, Biology, esp. Plant Breeding
  • Dennis Eriksson, Biology, esp. Plant Breeding. 

Higher employments       

  • Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology of Landscape Architecture - focus Nature Based Interventions, Anna-Maria Pálsdóttir
  • Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology of Landscape Architecture - focus Health Promoting Design, Anna Bengtsson
  • Promotion to Senior Lecturer in Agricultural and Horticultural Cropping Systems, Linda-Maria Dimitrova Mårtensson
  • Promotion to Senior Lecturer in System Analysis with focus on Biological Production Systems, Thomas Prade
  • Guest Professor in Plant Protection Biology with focus on Chemical Ecology, Bill Hansson
  • Senior Lecturer in Business Administration with focus on Business Management, Sara Spendrup
  • Senior Lecturer in Business Administration with focus on Business Management, Fredrik Fernqvist
  • Guest Professor in Food Studies, Håkan Jönsson
  • Professor of Sustainable Cropping Systems, Georg Carlsson

Interdisciplinary projects

(some projects in Swedish only)

  • Horticultural food production systems as a driving force supporting resilient urban transformations, Sara Spendrup, Karl-Johan Bergstrand, Gun Hagström, Anna Levinsson, Susanna Lundqvist, Lars Mogren, Anna Karin Rosberg, Paul Becher
  • Sustainable living requires the nexus between Urban Socio-Ecology and Integrated Pest Management, Kristina Karlsson Green, Åsa Lankinen, Laura Grenville-Briggs Didymus, Jean Yong, Åsa Ode Sang, Petra Thorpert
  • LTV Växtprotein – Från produktion till konsument och innovationer, Eva Johansson, Thomas Prade, Sven-Erik Svensson, Georg Carlsson, Åsa Grimberg, Bill Newson, Sara Spendrup, Kristina Santén
  • Betydelsen av digital teknik och korta livsmedelskedjor för stadsnära matproduktion, för gynnande av hållbara produktionssystem, multipla landskapsvärden och fler människors tillgång till lokalt odlad mat, Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin, Anna Peterson, Fredrik Fernqvist, Sara Spendrup, Oleksiy Guzhva

Best practise

(some projects in Swedish only)

  • Beatrix Alsanius och Anna Karin Rosberg för projektet ”Utveckling av virtuella centrala laborationer i MSc-kursen BI1368 Microbial Horticulture” med 120000 kr,
  • Teun Dekker för projektet ”Anchoring Interdisciplinarity and Cohesiveness in an Expanding Course” med 80000 kr, samt
  • Paul Becher för projektet ”Competence Development in Practical Plant Protection” med 71000 kr.
  • Åsa Lankinen och Kristina Karlsson Green f r projektet ”Pedagogik och forskningsanknytning i tvärvetenskap” med 100000 kr,
  • Torsten Hörndahl och Daniel Nilsson för projektet ”Det nya högteknologiska jordbruket – Behov av fördjupade kunskaper och förnyade undervisningsformer” med 90000 kr,
  • Jan-Eric Englund och Adam Flöhr för projektet ”Dags för en kvantitativ analys” med 80000 kr,
  • Vera Vicenzotti, Ulla Myhr och Josefin Wangel för projektet ”Akademiskt skrivande i tvärvetenskapliga yrkesprogram – En guide till kandidatuppsatser i landskapsarkitektur” med 150000 kr,
  • Mattias Larsson, Johan Stenberg, Paul Becher, Salla Marttila, Svante Resjö och Erland Liljeroth för projektet ”Förnyelse av digital lärobok Växtskyddets grunder” med 200000 kr, samt
  • Fredrik Fernqvist och Sara Spendrup för projektet ”Utveckling av verklighetsbaserade fall/case kopplade till lärandemål” med 109000 kr.