Linnaeus University had three research projects in the final round in the newly-established Sweden Impact Award which aims to put focus on research with strong focus on societal driving force. The nominated projects are assessed based on to what extent their research creates synergy effects for society. Two of these nominated projects won their respective categories.
"This is fantastic! We know that we are working goal-oriented and successfully with the development of societal driving force, to meet societal challenges through education and research. The fact that we have now won two out of three awards in a competition that is judged by an international jury shows that this is a field in which our work is of the highest quality, also from an international perspective. We are definitely on track here!" says Peter Aronsson, acting rector.
Project Algoland won the category Medical and Life Sciences. Project Algoland studies how microalgae can be used to purify hazardous waste from industries. Project manager is professor Catherine Legrand.
"This is fantastic and a great recognition of our research. The international jury points out that the research is of a high quality and has both a high qualitative and quantitative impact on society. Considering all young researchers and students who have participated in this work it is truly a fantastic recognition. We have also enjoyed good collaboration and support from private companies, foundations and Linnaeus University", says Catherine Legrand.
A project that works with the purifying of process water and leachate from an industry that manufactures wooden floors won the category Physical Sciences and Engineering. Professor William Hogland is project manager.
"To go from laboratory scale to pilot scale and then move on to having a demo facility at an industry like we have done in this project has been a great challenge for us. Six doctoral dissertations and more than 24 scientific papers have been produced within the project. At last we got the demo facilities in place to take care of the very toxic process water from the wooden floor manufacturing, which was previously released with the sewage water. The project developed solutions for treatment of the process water and treatment of the leachate from the storage sites.
A project that studied how information about nuclear fuel storage is to be forwarded to future generations was one of three nominated in the category Arts and Humanities.
Catherine Legrand, project Algoland, phone +4670-438 06 18, email firstname.lastname@example.org
William Hogland, project "Integrated approach for industrial wastewater and stormwater management in wood-industry sector", phone +4670-585 83 52, email, email@example.com
Cornelius Holtorf, phone +46480-44 64 42, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anders Högberg, phone +46480-44 69 91, email email@example.com
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