The autumn is getting closer

One of the many things that is happening now is the work going on in what will become the Center for Palaeogenetics (CPG). The goal has been to move in there during the autumn of 2019, and that remains what we are working towards. We still have frequent meetings about the complex, but while it…

Paleocology, genetics and human prehistory 3.0

How can we use DNA from ancient tissue to understand human prehistory, ecology, and evolution? And what do we know about human prehistory, ecology, and evolution due to ancient DNA studies? It is now the third time we are providing the course “Paleoecology, genetics and human prehistory”. As the previous two times, the schedule is…

The art of writing press releases

Press releases is an interesting and delicate thing. They may not be important for the actual research in the long run, but they are in the short run as media coverage is both a way to do popular science and to acknowledge the researchers that were involved. Press releases are written for journalists and the…

Our PI meetings

Anders (Götherström): ”Let’s start with economy, we should probably have a look at that” Mattias (Jakobsson): “Why, did someone say that there was something wrong with the economy?” Janne (Storå): “I really don’t want to start this Friday with economy, let’s do that the next time. But we probably should not postpone the book.” Anders:…

A visit from Blink Films

Blinks Films visited today. We are doing the genetics for one of the shows they are working on, and they wanted to add our work as one of the pieces to the story they will eventually broadcast. TV is important, but it does present a little bit of extra work. There are so many reasons…

The Ryder expedition is materializing

“And now when we are planning the Ryder expedition, I feel safe in assuming that none of you guys have been there, because no one has been there!” There were indeed a few good quotes at the Ryder expedition workshop yesterday. “Weapon training and polar bear safety we will do either in Helsingborg or on…

A new ADF member

ADF, the SciLife ancient DNA facility we share between Uppsala and Stockholm is preparing to build momentum. Magnus Lundgren, the manager, called for an update meeting yesterday. The first ADF member to work in the Stockholm-node has now been hired, Thijessen Naidoo. With him, Magnus, and E-Jean Tan there is now competence at ADF in…

Evolution and online submission systems

Applying for research money online is a little bit like checking your luggage in when you are flying with a low cost airline. Theoretically it is a great service, but somewhere deep in your mind you know that you will never see your bag again because it is going to Cape Town or Novosibirsk or…

SciLife and posters

Giving a presentation is not a big deal if you have done it often. Neither is making a poster. I have not made one for 20 years though, but it is not a complicated thing. The complication arises when you think that you are giving a presentation, and realizes only two days ahead of it…

An emerging material

Battlefields is an interesting source of material. On those there are people from different social stratas, there are often groups with different geographic origins represented on them, gender issues can be raised, and a lot of other questions. We have a research-application being treated right now on a material from a battlefield, but the research…

A Ph.D. position in Stockholm

It’s time to recruit again. This time a Ph.D. student. One shared with Love Daléns group at NRM/Zoology. And one working totally in silico. Well, there could be room for a little bit of labwork. But this one is for metagenomics on Loves faunal stuff and my prehistoric human stuff. And further, this is extra…

Funding-opportunities

We are approaching the end of the application-run in Sweden now. A few more deadlines, then it all cools down. But of course it does not completely die, there are a few more deadlines over the rest of the year. And all this is a good thing with Sweden, and several other European countries like…