- Filippo Annoni – “Zn(O1-xSx) Buffer Layer for CIGS Solar Cells” carried out in the Thin Film Solar Cell Group led by Prof. M. Edoff at the Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics Division of Ångström Laboratoriet, Uppsala University. The research project was focused on the development of the thin-film solar cell technology based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) absorber layer. The main topic concerned the buffer layer, extremely important material in the photovoltaic device. Nowadays the buffer layer providing the most efficient CIGS-based solar cells is cadmium sulphide (CdS), deposited by chemical bath deposition (CBD). Since Cd is classified as toxic and carcinogenic and limitation to its usage are present in several regions of the world, recently research has put a great effort into alternative materials. The purpose was to substitute CBD- CdS with a cheaper in-line vacuum process to deposit a safer and possibly more efficient buffer layer. This project aimed to investigate the growth of zinc oxide-sulphide (Zn(O1-xSx)) by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). This material is a promising candidate potentially able to improve the efficiency of the solar cell without containing any heavy metal. You can read more about the project and its results in his report here.
- Roberta Biasillo – environmental historian. She is currently working at the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory – KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Social Security (INPS) and affiliated with the Università Roma Tre (Italy). She is conducting a research on fascist colonial ecologies, particularly in North Africa, besides OCC!.
In 2016 she received a scholarship in order to spend a research period at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The research project – “The 1882 shocking revelation. The forgotten disaster that disclosed the Italian environmental complexity” – proposes to investigate a tremendous “natural” disaster occurred in the Northern Italy over the 1880s. The aim is to approach a specific flood from a socio-nature perspective and to reconstruct it as a produced event which, in its turn, produces reality. What is the relationship between natural and social transformations and what are the links among risk, disasters, long-term and short-term impacts on public opinion and policy-makers? Answering these questions allows the research to gain more insight into the rooted and lasting feature of the Italian hydrogeological instability. Until 25 January 2020 you can freely read the results of this research through the link here. Read more about Roberta Biasillo’s research here.
- Chiara Baldini – Master in Art History at Genoa University. Research at Kungliga Biblioteket about the history of the Swedish poster art, analyzing the period between the end of the 19th Century and the second half of the 20th Century. First the research followed thematic areas and then studied the works of the leading artists of this period in a chronological order. The research started analyzing some posters from the so-called golden age of the Swedish poster art, which includes the posters realized in the period from the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century. Then it proceed with a series of commercial posters from the period between the 1940s and the 1960s and some posters made for the promotion of books and magazines in the same period. At least it analyzed the posters created by the leading Swedish artists from the 1910s to the 1970s: Isaac Grünewald, Wilhelm Kåge, Anders Beckman, Gunnar Orrby, Lars Bramberg, Tor Hinnerud, John Melin & Anders Österlin, Fritiof Pedersén, Rolf Lagerson, Torsten Bergentz, Jane Bark and Dan Jonsson. The second part of this research consisted in the study of the posters created by Olle Eksell kept in the library’s collection and in the Paul Lipschutz’s collection, which also includes ephemeral material as invitations and postcards sent by Eksell to Lipschutz. Read more in detail here.
- Federica Caboni – Research Fellow in Economics at University of Cagliari – Department of Economic and Business Science (Italy). The aim of this research was to study how it would be possible to build a “smart store” for the town centre retailers in order to exploit the potentiality of the traditional point of sale and in particular through the augmented reality and its several applications. To better finalize the research and taking into account the high level of digital technologies in the Swedish firms and the several studies carry out in this research field from Swedish researchers, it was essential to establish a partnership with a research group at the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, in order to join and share their experience about retail digitalization, to verify in which way may be useful to the develop “smart store” for the town centre retailer in Italy and Sweden. Read all about this research here.
- Antonio Caravella – Post-graduated researcher. Visiting period at Uppsala University (Department of Scandinavian Languages) for a research about Medieval Swedish literature and language. In Uppsala the candidate was able to collect secondary literature and had ready access to manuscripts and other material necessary to his study. The aim of his project was a detailed exam of the process of integration of Sweden into the mainstream European culture. He examined the earliest monuments of the Swedish language, both in runic inscriptions and in manuscripts, in order to investigate the sudden appearance in Sweden of that courtly culture which had arisen in Western Europe in the 12th Century. Read more here.
- Matteo Colangeli – Student in Mathematical Physics at Università dell’Aquila (Italy). Research project carried out at Karlstad University. The goal of this project was to unravel the mathematical theory and the physical mechanisms underpinning the thermodynamic phenomenon of the “thin-films evaporation” (solvent drying) in general and organic solar cells in particular. The study strengthens the links between statistical mechanics and probability, with the analysis and particle systems approximation of mean-field partial differential equations posed on multiple continuum, discrete and stochastic scales. Some preliminary results of our investigation, coming from Monte Carlo simulations, are presented in his final report, that you can consult here.
- Lorenzo D’Orsi – Postdoctoral visit research at Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University in order to develop the ethnographic investigation, that he already conducted in Istanbul between 2012 and 2016 for his PhD research. During his stay at SUITS he conducted a research project aimed at disseminating the ethnographic data collected during my PhD research in cultural anthropology. Being a member of SUITS gave him the opportunity to participate in debates and seminars with prominent scholars in the Turkish studies, to discuss theoretical and ethnographic aspects of my work, to conduct literature review, to increase my analytical skills and to strengthen my interdisciplinary approach. Read more about these studies here.
- Erik Elvkull – The KVARTS, string quartet based in Stockholm and founded in 2015, spent a study period at Garda Lake Music Academy, a chamber music course hosted by the non-profit organization Associazione Culturale W.A. Mozart. Studying music together as a formed ensemble on a higher level is not possible to do at an institution since each student is accepted by the institution as a solo performer. If you want to pursuit a professional career as a formed ensemble after your individual studies (which of course includes lessons in chamber music), you reach out to masters and go to courses where they teach. Playing concerts is also a huge part of the process of learning. These two things are essential for the ensemble’s development. You can find all the details of this project in this report here.
- Chiara Farroni – Post-doctoral researcher at Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù in Rome (Italy). Research period at the Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research at University of Gothenburg. Project title: Does autoreactive B cells develop in primary immunodeficiencies due to deficient immune responses? Read about the background and the performed work at the host institute here.
- Simone Giovannini – Post-degree apprenticeship at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. The internship was about the identification of the feasible strategies aimed at the food waste reduction along the food supply chain. This preliminary work, based on literature review, study design and data collection, was followed by data analysis and scientific writing in order to produce a final report of the work, that you can read here.
- Julia Lindblom – Student in Italian literature, also working as a journalist. In October 2018 she got the opportunity to make a month’s long internship in a project held at the department for Postcolonial and gender studies at the University of Naples l’Orientale (Italy). In the department there is a lab called “Techniculture Research Unit” where students and researchers conduct environmental research concerning contemporary urban struggles. This was not a regular course within her education, but an independent cultural project. If you would like to discover more, read her final report here.
- Sergio Montero Bravo – Collaboration project between a group of students and professor interested on learning and applying the bio-architecture methods in the informal school create in Castiglione in 2017 (Scuola di Agriculture – School of Culture and Agriculture). The aim of the project was the complete sustainable construction of rural building in the specific area of south Salento in the Puglia region in Italy. The project also explore and share the methodology and the potentialities of various bio-architectural method, implementing in particular the experimental method of lime-hemp constructions, using local material for a low environmental impact. Read more about this collaboration project here.
- Elisa Privitera – Ph.D. candidate in Evaluation and Mitigation of Urban and Land Risks at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Catania; member of the LabPEAT, Laboratory for the Environmental and Ecological Design at the University of Catania (Italy). As C. M. Lerici Foundation 2018 fellow, she spent a period of research from 31st January 2019 to 30th April 2019 at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm.
- Paolo Soresina – Student in Theoretical Physics at Università di Parma (Italy). During his visiting period at Uppsala University he worked on the computation of correlation functions in a particular model of Conformal Field Theory (CFT) in one dimension. This computation takes advantage on the fact that this theory in one dimension is dual to a string theory on Anti-de Sitter (AdS) space in two dimensions. In this space they could compute the correlation functions using a perturbative approach, introducing the Witten diagrams and the associated amplitudes. If you are interested in discovering more about this research, read here.
- Gaia Boso – student in the Master program Natural Sciences and Management at Università di Bologna (Italy). She spent 3 months in Sweden for an internship project that was developed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the overall goal of the study was to assess the indirect effects of reindeer grazing on food availability for brown bears in the Swedish tundra ecosystem. This study is based on the hypothesis that reindeer grazing affects food availability for bears by changing the abundance and productivity of berry-producing plants, which are an essential food source for bears before hibernation. If you want to read the conclusion of Gaia Boso’s research, you can find it here.
- Maria Elena Curzi – MA Choreography student at the National Dance Academy of Rome (Italy) and professional dancer and choreographer. She spent a research period at the DOCH University of Dance and Circus UNIARTS Stockholm and at the Ballettakademien Stockholm. Read all about her activities here.
- Eleonora Galante – MA Choreography National Dance Academy in Rom. She spent a period of research at the Doch University of Dance and Circus UNIARTS in Stockholm as well as in the Ballettakademien Stockholm. She had the opportunity to observe, follow and take part in many activities organised by both Institutions and also to attend different lessons, both practical and theoretical. She had the chance to discover and explore the Swedish University environment, studying closely the teaching method of many renowned dancers and choreographers, learning their teaching strategies, pedagogical objectives and method. The training method they applied was particularly interesting for her, since it was based on the personal and creative growth of the students, on team work and multidisciplinary lessons. In particular, she could understand the differences between the Italian and the Swedish teaching environments in order to compare the two University systems. Read more in her report here.
- Elena Gazzea – Student at the Master Program MSc Forest Science at Università degli Studi di Padova. The project “Indirect effects of reindeer grazing on food availability for bears in the Swedish tundra” was developed in Sweden at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and aims at better understanding the ecology of tundra ecosystems. The internship consisted partly of data collection and partly working at SLU facilities in Uppsala. Due to the nature of the project, data was collected in the harsh tundra environment, experiencing first-hand the wildlife inhabiting it, the abiotic conditions shaping it and witnessing the evolution of the short growing season in the north. Read more about Elena Gazzea’s project here.
- Dario Gisotti – External collaborator at D.I.S.T.A.V. Department at Università di Genova. He spent 3 months in Sweden for a research visit at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. His project – “Macrofungal Ecology and Conservation” – studied macrofungi as a group of organisms of immense ecological importance, that cover a wide variety of ecological functions and are essential elements of forestal ecosystems. Fungal ecology is a field which is underdeveloped in comparison to other branches of biology, but Sweden is a center of excellence and innovation in this field. In particular the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala presents a substantial amount of ongoing research, environmental monitoring and fungal conservation actions, including the national red-listing of fungi in Sweden. The department have about 70 employees and undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems. You may find some introductory information about this Department here. Read more about Dario Gisotti’s project here.
- Simon Kronberg – Master of Science in Engineering Physics at Karlstad University. The project was to write a paper based on the research he carried out as part of his Master of Science (MSc) thesis about lattice model based on a generalization of the Blume-Capel and Potts model, over the course of the two months he spent in L’Aquila. To call the project a “resounding success” would not be entirely accurate, but neither should it be viewed as a failure. In particular, they have a manuscript which needs some more refining before submission, so the plan is to submit it by the end of the year. This is slightly behind the original schedule, but on a more positive note, they also have another manuscript in the works, so if all goes well this trip might lead to two publications in the end, albeit slower than initially hoped for. Read more about the project and the results here.
- Luca Mantelli – PhD in Machine and Systems Engineering for Energy, the Environment and Transport – Curriculum Mathematical Engineering and Simulation at Genoa University (Italy). He spent a 4 months-research at Mälardalens Högskola (MDH) in Västerås, Sweden. He collaborated with professors and researchers of MDH on the topic of Bayesian belief network (BBN) based diagnosis systems applied to fuel cell – gas turbine hybrid systems. Fuel cells are one of the most promising and environmentally sustainable technologies in the energy field, thanks to their high efficiencies and low emissions. If you are interested in discovering more about his study, you can read his final report here.
- Simona Quagliano, Ph.D. student in Urban Planning at Department of Architecture of University of Naples “Federico II” (DiARC), with a research on the social impacts of climate change in urban areas. Thanks to her research at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, she developed a wider multidisciplinary perspective on her research. She started to write an article about how Neapolitan newspapers have been addressing climate change in the last ten years. She also worked on a literature review piece about climate movements and urban adaptation in collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow at the EHL. At the beginning of March 2020, she had the opportunity to attend a two-day workshop “Contesting loss and damage”, reserved to the Occupy Climate Change! project partners, with contributions from well-known scholars working on urban climate justice, grassroots organizations and radical adaptation. Discover more about her research here.
- Monica Ventura – Second Level Master degree in Characterization and Technologies for Reclamation of Polluted Sites at Università La Sapienza (Rome, Italy). Project about “Indirect effects of reindeer grazing on food availability for brown bears” at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala, Sweden). The project was carried out by two international working groups consisting of 4 people each, who worked between mid-June and mid-August 2019. While the first group dealt with the central Swedish region (including the sites of Idre and Sånfjället), the second dealt with the northern part of Sweden and Norway, mainly collecting data about plant cover, the abundance and maturation phase of flowers and fruits, as well as the census of twigs of 4 species of interest (Empetrum nigrum, Vaccinum Myrtillus, V. vitis-idea, V. uliginosum), as well as parameters indicating the abundance of reindeer, elk and hare in the sites of Abisko (Sweden) and Jotka (Norway). Read more about this project here.
- Tomas Wedin – PhD in Educational History. In May 2019 he visited Dipartimento di Storia, Culture e Civilità at University of Bologna as guest lecturer in a seminar organized by Professor Pietro Colla. In his lecture, Wedin reflected on historical-didactical insights based on his PhD thesis and on his 10 years of experience as high school teacher. During his visit, he also met a number of other researchers and established a series of contacts that will be precious for the development of his postdoctoral project, that he will conduct in Paris for the upcoming 3 years. Read more about Tomas Wedin project in his final report here.
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