Swedish winter activities

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Hitting the slopes.
Photo credit: Nina Bakker

Cold and long nights are the first things imagined when the word Swedish winter is mentioned. But winter is also a time for several fun activities.

 

#1 Ski in one of several resorts
Skiing is a popular winter sport and we love to ski in Linkoping. There are a couple of nice spots to catch the thrill in and around Linkoping city. But if you want to have the full experience, you could hit the slopes in the provinces of Dalarna, Jämtland, Härjedalen and Swedish Lapland where there are hundreds of resorts with nice ski facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reindeer farm. Photo Credit: Aida Selimovic

The northern lights. Photo Credit: Aida Selimovic

#2 Enjoy the eskimo experience in igloos or ice hotels
Winter is the best time to visit the north of Sweden. Home to the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The ice hotel is re made in a new guise every winter. Besides the ice hotel, you could visit a reindeer farm and enjoy a dog sled ride. Northern Sweden is also the best place to see the aurora. These northern lights of green, red and purple often dance in the sky on clear winter nights.

#3 Party indoors
If you would prefer to stay indoors to avoid the cold weather, then you could attend one of several parties organized by students or student associations. The popular Kårhuset Kollektivet and Kårhuset Kårallen are places to pin on your Linkoping map. They are the venues for weekly parties.

 So if you decide to study at LiU, you are assured of several fun winter activities.

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Spring semester 2020 and discovery of the “calm room”

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Hello everyone!
It’s the beginning of the spring semester. My final semester as a master’s student at LiU. How time flies. Faculty and students resumed for the new semester at the university hospital campus on Monday and it has been a beehive of activities. From welcome fairs to mentor meetings and roll calls. From Introductory lectures to master’s thesis project plans, it’s been a very eventful week.

 

While taking a walk around the campus US during the lunch break my friend and I stumbled upon a room. It’s a small room where you can sit and reflect if you’re feeling stressed. The ambience of the room was very calming. Just what we needed on a hectic day. It turns out we were not the only ones who appreciated the value of the room. We were soon joined by another calm seeking student.

It was nice to stay a little while and watch a nice lady play the piano.

I think it’s genius and very thoughtful of LiU to address mental or emotional issues that might disturb students from learning.

I also recorded a little clip of my experience in the “calm room”.

Calming piano notes

Enjoy!

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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

 

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