Christmas markets in Linköping (Linköpings julmarknad)

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At the end of every year, Linkoping usually takes on a whole new look. There are Christmas lights around the city as early as November setting the tone for the Christmas festivities.

A very essential part of those festivities are the Christmas markets. These markets present an early opportunity to purchase Christmas trees just in case Santa Claus decides to make an early stop to drop presents under the trees (hint: black Friday sales).

These annual markets also provide an early taste of Christmas menus. From the Christmas ham to the pork sausage. Then, there is the herring salad, lutfisk (a special fish dish) and of course, the glogg (mulled red wine).

This year has not been any different at Trädgårdsföreningen and Gamla linkoping. The aroma of Christmas dishes in the air. People at different stands offering free tastings and bands moving around playing Christmas hymns. Santa was also around for pictures and to give a brief history lesson about Christmas.

If you love Christmas, then Linkoping should be on your list of places to visit at Christmas. Another reason to study at LIU.




The 2019 Linköping University Life Science Meeting

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Students thoroughly enjoyed listening to the speakers

The 2019 edition of the Linköping University organized life science meeting held on November 3,2019. The venue was Hasselquistsalen at the university hospital campus. Following the huge success of the inaugural meeting that occurred the previous year, students, faculty and invited guests filled the hall as early as 7:30 am in anticipation of a great occasion.



Katarina kagedal, the masters programme director, opened the event at 8am with her welcome address. She spoke of the importance of the life science meeting, an avenue for keeping up to date with advances in the field. She observed that many students have just a diffuse idea about opportunities after graduation. Hence, people from several parts of the life science field were invited. She encouraged students to use the opportunity of the meeting to inquire about possible projects and positions available.




Drug discovery and new challenges within oncology were explained

Lars-Gunnar Larsson spoke about precision medicine and future challenging drug targets. He began with the war against cancer act by Richard Nixon which may have started the drive to eradicate cancer in 1954. He observed that targeted therapy has continued to show increasing cancer survival but has a risk of toxicity and no response in some patients. However, the development of precision medicine has improved the outcome of targeted personalized medicine. Challenges include redundancies and escape pathways used by cancer cells which lead to drug resistance. But that begs the question, is the future of personalized therapy targeting the main hubs to which all cancers are dependent? The answer, only time will tell.







The panel discussed a lot of issues based on their personal experiences.

During the panel discussions, working in academia or in the industry were compared. The importance of a PHD in career advancement and other requirements for finding a job in industry were also discussed by the panel.
Just like the previous year, the meeting ended with a delicious pizza buffet where students had the opportunity to network with faculty and invited guests in the life science field.


The 2019 Linköping rainbow week (Regnbågsvecka)

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The 2019 Linköping Rainbow Week took place from 20th – 26th of May. The theme for this year was norm creativity. The rainbow week which is organized by (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights) RFSL Linköping and supported by Linköping Municipality dates as far back as 2013.

The young and old gathered at Trädgårdsförenin

There was a colorful parade around the inner city














The week was a beehive of activities. Such as display of pride flags, lectures on the theme of LGBTQ in Linköping, film shows, circus performances and poetry exhibitions to name a few.
One of the highlights was the parade on the 25th with a gathering at Trädgårdsföreningen. It was an opportunity to explain the importance of equal rights and an open-minded society.  RFSL’s goal is that LGBTQ people should have the same rights and obligations as everybody else in society. It was also an opportunity to increase knowledge about LGBTQ people’s living conditions in the society.

Marching to promote equal rights for all

An opportunity to raise awareness about equal rights for all in the society.
Photo Credit: Yuan Yuan Xue



The 2019 international day celebrations at LiU

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The 14th International Day (iDay) was celebrated on 2nd May 2019. IDay is the biggest event of the LiU International Student Association (ISA). According to ISA, the purpose of iDay is to promote cultural integration.

LiU is an internationally diverse university with lots of students from different countries all around the world. Hence, it was an opportunity for students, teachers and visitors to exchange culture with others and make friends in a fun atmosphere.

Members of the team from Sweden

The team from India

The team from the people’s republic of China














The program started at 10:00 with exhibitions in Colosseum in C-building at the Valla campus. Each team representing a country was provided with a stall. Individuals were adorned in traditional dresses and on hand to introduce their countries to other people. There was a lot of traditional food, music and various other exhibits.

Later in the afternoon, there were performances from the different teams at Matsalen in Kårallen at the Valla campus. The team that was voted to have given the best performance was awarded a cash gift.


The team from Iraq

The team from Australia

The team from Colombia

The republic of China team



Valborg 2019 in Linköping!

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Winter is over. The trees are green again and we are all preparing for summer. For students, it’s just a few weeks before the spring term ends. With the beautiful weather, spring is a time for so many beautiful events.  One of such events is Valborg. Celebrated on the last day of April, it is a festival where massive bonfires are lit in honour of an 8th-century German abbess, St. Walpurga, or Valborg in Swedish.

Perfect weather for hanging out with friends
Photo Credit: Simon Tornqvist














Unfortunately, as a result of a very high fire risk, this year the County Administrative Board  declared a fire ban. However, students were unperturbed by the sad news as they thronged Trädgådstorget in their numbers to celebrate the day with a lot of singing and dancing. Of course on such occasions where many students gather and there is music, there is also as much beer as you imagine.

There was music, dancing and so much fun at trädgådstorget. Photo credit: Isabella Henriksson