Lund University is located in the city of Lund in the southernmost part of Sweden. This part of the country, the province Scania, is very close to Denmark and Germany. Lund is a small university town, with around 100,000 citizens, that combines ancient history with modern life. The medieval city centre and the cathedral stand in contrast to a modern environment for science and innovation in the northeaster parts of the city. In Lund, you will find thousands of students, bicycles everywhere, narrow streets and pleasant parks and from the highest point, you can see the surrounding agricultural fields and the glittering strait of Öresund separating Sweden and Denmark.
At the time of its foundation in AD 990, Lund was a part of the kingdom of Denmark. In order to ensure the town’s importance, Lund became the archbishopricfor the entire Scandinavia and remained the region’s most important town for the next 400 years. The construction of the present cathedral started in 1085 and at the same time the oldest school in Scandinavia, the cathedral school, was founded. The province was conquered by the Swedes in 1658 and Lund University was founded in 1666, with the main purpose of making the province more Swedish.
Today Lund University is the largest in Scandinavia with some 47,000 students and 2,800 PhD students divided over eight faculties. It has a number of national and international research facilities, for example the MAX IV synchrotron facility, and the new European Spallation Source, ESS Scandinavia. The main campus buildings of the University are located in the centre of Lund and are an approximate 5-10 minutes’ walk from the railway station.
Lund University is consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. In addition, Lund University hosts many international students (about 20%) from more than 130 countries. It is therefore common to hear many different languages when walking around in the city centre.
Although the university and its students largely dominate the city, there are also a number of well-known international companies in Lund besides the academic community, for example Ericsson, Tetra Pak and Alfa Laval. The proximity of the nearby city of Malmö and the Danish capital of Copenhagen, with its large international airport, makes the region one of the most dynamic in Scandinavia.
For more information about what Lund and it’s surroundings has to offer, please visit https://visitlund.se/en/
Also, at the same time as the conference on August 29-31, Lund Comedy Festival takes place and there will be a lot of happenings (and people) in Lund. This means that you need to book your accommodation in good time.
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