- 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.
- Michele Calamaio – Master student in Journalism at Università degli studi di Verona. At the beginning of 2020, he spent few months at the Mid Sweden University in Sunsdvall for his research project ”The framing of Terrorism on audiences: Swedish Media Governance in the construction of news towards national Far-right and Islamic-religious extremism”. The project is a journalistic reportage-based research thesis, meaning a project that has adopted, apart from the typical research writing, also the audio-visual and narrative journalistic settings in the processing of both the final academic and media product. The main topic of investigation has been the Swedish Media Governance, taken into consideration from the construction of news when it comes to far-right and Islamic-religious framing of terrorism distributed in 4 main cases. You can read more about this project in Michele Calamaio Final Report.
- 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.
- Domenica Dininno – PhD at University of Florence. The digital management of cultural heritage information is still a complex problem. In order to define shared methodologies to tackle the problem of three-dimensional reconstruction in the archaeological field, in the last two decades several relevant initiatives have been undertaken, including the Virtual Archaeology Special Interest Group (VASIG), the international Computer Application organization and quantitative methodology in Archaeology (CAA), and the European EPOCH project. The aim of Domenica Dininno’s study was to define and test new 3D acquisition workflows of cultural heritage employing High Performance Computing resources. Particularly, her project presented an approach for studying and efficiently managing the collection of Historiska Museet of Lund University, and it was part of the project Dynamic collections started in 2018 at the University of Lund coordinated by Nicolo Dell’Unto and Fredrik Ekengren in collaboration with Marco Callieri of Visual Computing Lab ISTI-CNR of Pisa. You can read more about the project 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.
- Luca Turchet – Researcher at University of Trento (Italy). The project consisted of the development of intelligent technologies intended to enhance the flute musical instrument with pattern recognition capabilities. The project has been carried out at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in collaboration with prof. Carlo Fischione and also interacting with local musicians. Read more 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.
- Giovanni Bellucci – PhD in History of Architecture at Università Politecnica delle Marche di Ancona (Italy). During his stay in Stockholm, he collected materials as photographs and graphics from some Swedish architectural firms with the aim of publish a series of essays about the recent Swedish architectural works in the Italian magazine “Il Giornale dell’architettura”. The publications will start from April 2021 and they will focus on buildings in the cities of Stockholm, Sundsvall, Umeå, Luleå and Örebro. In Stockholm he was also able to collaborate with professors Victor Edman and Anders Bergström (Faculty of Architecture at KTH in Stockholm) working on the bibliographic comparison and interpretation of archive materials regarding the publication of a monographic text on Swedish architects Backström & Reinius and also on a bibliographic essay to be published in Italy on texts dedicated to Swedish architecture during the twentieth century by the main Italian architecture, art and design magazines. Giovanni Bellucci also worked on the publication of the essay by “The Italian Cultural Institut in Stockholm. A Swedish Attitude Towards Italian Architecture” included in the monographic volume “Enchanting Architecture. The Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm by Gio Ponti” dedicated to the contribution of the Italian and Swedish designers involved in the project of the Italian Cultural Institute. Read more here.
- Marco Baruzzo – Master student in Language Sciences at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. He spent one month at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books (Svenska Barnboksinstitutet) to deepen his knowledges in the field of the Swedish – or rather, in a broader perspective – of the Scandinavian literary panorama with regards to the literature for a young audience, be it children or young adults. The Master’s Thesis he is working on, specifically aims to focus on the way sexualities, gender and sexual orientations are presented in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish children’s books and young adult novels that have been published since 2000. During his stay, he had access to many books dealing with queer issues, such as Jenny Jägerfeld’s Brorsan är kung, Sarah Vegna’s Vi tvättar bilen!, Anette Skåhlberg’s Kalle med klänning, Jessica Schiefauer’s Pojkarna, Inger Edelfeldt’s Skuggorna i spegeln. Each of them tackles one or more issues: some focus on LGBTQ* parenting, others on bisexuality, others on transsexuality and body transformation. Read more here.
- Gloria Gemma – She spent a research period at the Asylkommissionen, Division of Social Work, Department of Culture and Society, University of Linköping to work on the project “Enforcing the politics for minimum rights: A comparative study on Sweden and Italy’s restriction to asylum rights after the so-called refugee crisis”. Here she had the opportunity to expose her work and collaborate with Professor Anna Lundberg and Professor Peo Hansen. Being a member of the Asylum Commission, allowed her to enhance her theoretical knowledge on the theories regarding bureaucratic violence with the work of authors as Abdelhady, Green, and Joormann (2020), Näre (2020). She initially focused her efforts on delineating a theoretical background that could explain the legislative changes on asylum rights in the last decades. To the law changes they then applied the concepts of institutional violence, proposed by Galtung (1969), and slow violence, suggested by Nixon (2011) and, more recently, in the applied version of Mayblin (2020). The results of these efforts are placed in the development of one paper to be submitted to a scientific journal with a specific focus on immigration law. Together with the development of the paper, an online seminar has been presented at Linköping University at the end of the research period. More information about Gloria Gemma’s research project here.
- Daniele Guerrini – In September 2020, he had the opportunity to work at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) in Stockholm. This studio is well known for having some of the most incredible synthesizers in the world, besides hosting some of the most important experimental artists of the last three decades. His aim in this residency was to learn and investigate the Buchla 200, an incredibile modular system produced in 1973 that is still somewhat atypical in terms of its engineering and functions. This is also a very rare machine and it is part of the wider family of “modular synthesizers”, among the first instruments to define the electronic music sound of our age. Read more about his work at EMS in his final report here.
- Johanna Salomonsson and My Zetterquist Helger – Master students in ”Architecture and built environment” at Lund School of Architecture. In Rome the carried out the project ”Behind the representational front of Rome” aiming at compare the architectural backsides of Rome. Through sketches and access to the rich Architectural Archive of MAXXI Museum they planned to define specific architectural qualities and details that create the tension between backsides and fronts. With the hopes and intention of discovering similarities and differences between eras and buildings. They wished to develop an investigating method and apply the very same on a few focal time eras (ie. the Roman era, The era of the Fascism and today) with the intention to discover the differences and similarities. Read more here.
- Alessio Domenico Leto – During Spring 2021, he spent a visit research at Chalmers University of Technology where he collaborated with prof. Mattias Roupé. The main outputs of the academic research were: 1. Development of the case study “Celsius Project” with the aim of publishing an article on the “Architectural Engineering and Design Management” journal; 2. Comparison of the gains and barriers identified in the Celsius case with the gains and barriers identified in the master’s theses related to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and developed at Chalmers University during the years 2009-2019. You can read more about his project in his final report here.
- Francesco Baldassarra – Researcher in product and visual communication design. During a six-months research period at MalmöUniversity – School of Arts and Communication Department he investigated how robots’ non-verbal communication can trigger an emotional response and to what extent expression and feeling are connected in a human-robot interaction. Communicating, experiencing emotions and empathy are the basic elements of human relationships, but can a robot express emotions and feelings? These questions at the basis of Francesco’s thesis project, led to the design of Pyo, a robotic platform for emotional research in human-robot interaction. You can read more about his research project in his final report here.
- Giulia Ballardini – PhD student in Bioengineering and Robotics at University of Genova. She spent a three-months research period at division of Robotic, Perception and Learning at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Here, she worked in an international team on a social robotic project. The purpose of her study was to detect frustration during human-robot interaction by using both traditional and innovative technological solutions, such as galvanic skin response and thermal images. Find out more here.
- Giuseppe Prospero Cirigliano (Master universitario di secondo livello in Geotecnologie per l’Archeologia (GTARC) at Università degli Studi di Siena), carried out a research project at the University of Lund (Sweden). His activities have focused on the analysis of archaeological landscapes through the use of new technologies and artificial intelligence. The study’s aim was the reconstruction of the dynamics of settlement, development, and use of the territory and how it has changed over time from a diachronic perspective. Read more here.
- Sarah Malandra is a M.Sc. in Medical Biotechnologies. In October 2021, she carried out the project ”Optogenetic control of primary fetal tissue grafts in preclinical rodent model of Parkinson’s disease” at Lund University. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterised by motor and no motor symptoms. The underlying pathology for parkinsonian motor symptoms can be linked to the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons which reside in the ventral midbrain that project to the striatum. The results of her research indicate that higher laser intensity and stimulation duration result in increasing release trends of dopamine. Moreover, the PD-lesioned rats displayed an impaired behavioural motor activity followed by behavioural improvements post-transplantation. Read more about Sarah Malandra’s project and results here.
- Sara Mehretab did a two-month internship at Chalmers University of Technology, with the aim of enriching her final thesis for the Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. The project, which took place in the Swedish University’s Chemistry and Catalysis laboratories, was focused on one of the most discussed issues nowadays: cars and the environmental impact of their exhaust gases. Read her final report here.
- Annalisa Piccolo – Student in Language Sciences, specialization in Literatures and Culture at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. She spent the month of September 2021 in the Department of Kultur och Estetik at the University of Stockholm, hosted by Prof. Elina Druker to work on her thesis project about the relationship between the urban landscape of the city of Stockholm and literary texts. The case study analyzes the years in which the redevelopment of Norrmalm (Norrmalmsregleringen) involved the renovation and demolition of many areas of the city. In particular, she focused on the demolition of the old Klara district. Read more about her project here.
- Emanuele Porru – Research period at Division of Clinical Chemistry, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm to carry out the project entitled ”Flux of oxysterols in the brain of patients with normotensive hydrocephalus. Marked effects of therapeutic drainage of cerebrospinal fluid”. The aim of the project was to explore the diagnostic and prognostic potential of 7Hoca in connection with obstructive and non-obstructive hydrocephalus and in connection with subarachnoidal bleeding. Read the final report here.
- Alice Traverso – Student in the master’s degree program in Scandinavian studies at Ca’ Foscari, Venice. Her research project for master’s thesis was focused on the woman’s body in literature parallel to the historical and social changes that women have gone through over time, with a narrow focus on Scandinavia. She visited the Gothenburg University Library in order to collect information for her thesis. Read more about her research here.
- Stefania Vassallo – Master student in Medical Biotechnology at Università di Catania (Italy). During Summer 2021, she spent four months in the Vascular Biology group at Lund University, where she proposed her research project The “Heart-Brain-Eye axis” – the eye as diagnostic tool for early detection of brain complications associated to heart failure. Discover more about it in her final report here.
- Simone Battista spent a four-month internship at Lund University, Clinical Epidemiology Unit (head: Prof. Martin Englund). During this period, I work on the project ‘Exploring the (In)equality of Care in Patients Suffering from Osteoarthritis: Socioeconomic Position and Clinical Outcome.’ Read more about his research here.
- Sara Bertolucci is an Italian singer who carried out a music research project, dedicated to Vocal Performance Practice in Swedish Traditional Music. For centuries humans have exactly known how to communicate over distances without using any external device, through their own voices. Sweden preserves still today one precious form of this ancient knowledge which crosses the thin line between singing and speaking – the kulning. Differently from any other tradition in the world, in Scandinavia transhumance was a women task only: during the summer season the vallkullor – herdswomen – moved to the summer farm, the fäbod, where they could let the cattle graze freely in the woods. In order to call back their animals they had to develop a sharp, loud vocal style that could reach kilometers all through the forest: it was the origin of kulning. The main purpose of her research was to study and practice the techinque in its original environment, where sound can spread and meet the natural amplification and harmonics of the landscape. Read more about her research here.
- Nicola Cucari is an Italian researcher at Sapienza University in Rome. In Spring 2022 he had the opportunity to spend two months in Sweden. His aim was to investigate the student entrepreneurship topic at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, where he worked on a research project focused on “unconventional entrepreneurship” and in particular on “student entrepreneurship”. In his final report you can read more about his project and the preliminary results, which will also be presented at the conference “XXXIII Annual Scientific Meeting”, AiIG 2022, 20-21 October 2022, in Rome. Read more here.
- Giulia De Cet is a post-doc researcher at Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy with specific interest in the domain of egress and Virtual Reality. She was invited to join the team of researchers at the Department of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University and she gave her contribute to the research activities of the project called “Building Egressibility in an Ageing Society”, funded by the FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development. Her interest to work with the Department of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University is linked to the fact that this is an International research centre leader on the study of evacuation. During the FORMAS project, an egressibility assessment instrument is being developed at Lund University, called the Egress Enabler. Read more about her project here.
- Renata Maria Gallina is a master’s student in Language Sciences at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where she is currently studying the Swedish language and Scandinavian literatures. Thanks to a scholarship awarded by the C.M. Lerici Foundation, in May 2022 she had the opportunity to spend a two-weeks period at University of Gothenburg for her thesis research, which investigates the reception of the Finnish-born Swedish writer and feminist reformer Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) in Italy during the 19th century. Read more about her research here.
- Valerio Guarrasi spent a research exchange at the department of Medicinsk teknik – Forskning och Utveckling (MT-FoU) Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden. He collaborated with professors and researchers of MT-FoU on the topic of Multi-expert system for the differentiation between subjects affected by Higher-Level Gait Disorder and matched controls applied on brain MR images from the VESPR cohort. Read more about his research here.
- Ilaria Iannaccone wasenrolled in a master’s degree program at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Language Sciences. In she embarked on a month-long research stay in the city of Stockholm with the aim of conducting research on her master thesis project dedicated to Swedish author Lena Andersson and her stance in both Sweden and Italy. Read a presentation of the project here.
- Giulia Mangione is an Italian documentary photographer and visual artist working in Scandinavia. At the beginning of 2022, she visited the research centers belonging to the faculty of Marine Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, namely Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, Kristineberg Marine Research Station and the R/V (research vessel) Skagerrak. She had the opportunity to travel to Sweden to continue working at her ongoing photographic project Black Swan, a visual narrative in the documentary genre that explores what are society’s collective fears towards the future. The grant allowed her to expand her research towards the marine sciences to understand which problems connected to climate change are currently being addressed. Read more about her project here.
- Giulia Mattalia is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During four weeks in October 2022, she was hosted at the Institute of Eurasian and Russian Studies (IRES), Uppsala University under the supervision of Professor Ingvar Svanberg. Here, she had the opportunity to present her work at the “Silk Route Seminar: Human–Landscape interactions in Eurasia” and at the Department of Archeology of Uppsala University, listening and participating in three seminars organized at IRES regarding various topics concerning Eastern European history and politics. Read more about her research project here.
- Sofia Nannini is a research fellow in Architectural History at Bologna University in Italy. In August 2022, she was a visiting research fellow at the School of Architecture of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Her research project tackled the early uses of concrete and reinforced concrete in Sweden between the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Her aim was to trace how concrete technology developed in Sweden and how this building material influenced the architectural production of the country. Read more about her project here.
- Ermelinda Saberese’s master thesis project at the CNS Gene Therapy group in 2021 was dedicated to combine the efficacy of recombinant viral vectors in delivering gene products with a CRISPRa system to specifically activate the transcription of the neuroprotective gene A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease 17 (ADAM17), one of the initial therapeutic gene candidates for this approach. ADAM17 is an essential α-secretase involved in the non-amyloidogenic processing of the β-amyloid precursor protein (APP). In April 2022, she got the chance to spend four months at the CNS Gene Therapy group at Lund University to carry out her research project “Validating CRISPRa to treat neurodegenerative diseases”. Read more about her research here.
- Vesna Rohaček Salamon was a research fellow in Art History of “Still Life” Italian paintings in Fondazione smart, Rome. After her graduation at Konstfack (University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm) in Spring 2022, she continued her research of the still life genre with Fondazione smART on original sites in Rome during Summer 2022. Her final project was a result of the practice-based research on still life painting scenes translated into a contemporary glass cast installation, also investigating her master theme of “Nature Morta” (still life) in Italian masterworks. Read more about her project here.
- Stefano Tornieri carried put a project titled ”Heritage of water. The traditional fishing along Torne River” at Luleå University of Technology, which allowed for an in-depth study of traditional fishing by analyzing the history of the small fishing villages that have sprung up along the Torne River on the border between Sweden and Finland. Its purpose was the advancement of broader research, underway at Iuav University of Venice in the IR.ide (infrastructure Research Integral Design Environment), on fishing landscapes in coastal, lagoon or riverine settings. Read more about this project here.
- Luca Vignati‘s research project focused on Packet Loss Concealment (PLC). PLC is a technique used to conceal the loss of packets in real-time (typically audio) streaming communications. In this specific case, the target was a real-time and high-quality audio streaming for musical interactions. PLC is crucial to the perceived quality of the audio stream because the loss of packets over the current implementation of the Internet is unavoidable as are the consequent audio glitches. Read more here.
- Nicola Zaru is a Ph. D student in Civil Engineering and Architecture – Applied Geophysics at University of Cagliari. During June – August 2022 he carried out the project ”Near-surface Applied Geophysics – automated integration of different geophysical data for site characterization” at Lund University. The goal of this project was to investigate the possibility of processing different types of geophysical data, simultaneously and efficiently using the hardware resources. Read more about his research here.
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