What is the Circular Economy?

Depending on what you study, you may have probably heard of the concept of Circular Economy. Circular Economy criticises the traditional linear production system and highlights the core activities like reducing, reusing and recycling as the main principles. The main aim of Circular Economy is to use products and materials as long as possible so that the maximum value can be obtained from the extracted material. Below, you can find a video where all basic details are mentioned and I believe it will help you to get a better overview.

The video was published by Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design and on their website you can find a lot more information about Circular Economy. I can truly recommend visiting the website if you are interested in this concept.

The Nordic Market for Circular Economy 2019 is a report, published by SB Insight, that contains a complete mapping of the maturity of circular behaviour and business models in the Nordics. The report provides comprehensive insights, including market developments, trends, expert interviews and and consumer behaviour around a circular economy. I participated a presentation where this report was presented for the first time and I found information provided very helpful and interesting since I could perceive a lack of knowledge about consumer behaviour related to circular economy. This report could be helpful for you too.

I believe we need to implement circular economy more in our society and as it was found out in the report, consumers are not aware of the meaning of circular economy to a great extent therefore it is good to raise awareness about this important concept.

Have your heard of circular economy before?

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Climate change explained

Last semester, during my Erasmus, I had a course called Global Climate Change. Now, I came across this video and I realised that it perfectly summarises all the important facts about the problem.
Let´s see it.

I really like this kind of videos which informs about important things in a efficient way so that people can get the most of it. Moreover, these informative materials that raise awareness are crucial part of education of public. Within just 3 minutes, you can find out the most crucial information and of course, if you want to have more in-depth knowledge, you can find a plenty of available documents and reports related to climate change (and other environmental problems).
Did you find out anything new or was everything known to you?

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Zero Waste Uppsala

Today, I would like to introduce you a non-profit organization Zero Waste Uppsala.

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Source: Facebook Zero waste Uppsala

Zero Waste Uppsala aims to raise public awareness about the importance of sustainable waste reduction. They believe that waste production is a major problem of our society and they want to motivate sustainable change of behavior and support actively the involvement of the concerned actors.

Its aim is to reach a broad public organizing different kind of events in Uppsala and thus participate in the transition to a greener and more sustainable way of life.

I find what they do as super important and you can find more information on their website. They organise workshops, share many useful tips, articles and I believe it is worth following them, especially if you are based in Uppsala.

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Waffle day

Waffle Day will be celebrated in Sweden on the 25th of March!

It is a tradition where, obviously, waffles are typically eaten. Våffeldagen (= waffle day) is another day which is related to the food. And if you follow my articles, you already know that in Sweden, there are many days like this.

Swedish waffles are a bit different from the well known Belgian waffles. They are flatter and are normally made in a special waffle maker which makes the waffles heart-shaped.  They are served with jam and cream. In the picture, you can see typical Swedsih waffle. I had this waffle on the trip close to Stockholm and it was amazing.

Make sure you will have your waffle on the 25th (or whenever)

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Thesis day

This video is perfect for those who want to know how to make a poster!

Posters are a huge part of Thesis day and we all have to make one (in case we won´t, we have to do another assignment). It will hopefully be a good experience, too, because the poster has to attract the reader and clearly present aim, conclusions and results of our thesis. It is not easy to keep it simple with appropriate amount of information.

I was at the Thesis day 2018 to see how the event looks like and have a better overview what is awaiting and it was interesting to see that all posters look differently allowing students to express their creativity.

This is the programme of Thesis day 2019

You can find more information about Thesis day here.

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Video from Thesis day 2018

This video perfectly shows how Thesis day looks like.

In the next article I will write more about Thesis day 2019 ! 🙂

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SLU at TOP 3 universities

SLU is ranked as the third best university in the world in the fields of Agriculture & Forestry !

Last year, SLU ranked as the fourth, so that it had managed to move upwards and make it into TOP3 universities.

The ranking was carried out by the QS organization and the list of rankings for 2019 is released now.

Congratulations, SLU !

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Semla

Semla can be seen everywhere at this time of the year. It
is a cardamom bun filled with almond sugar paste and topped with whipped cream. It is related to Fettisdagen which means fat Tuesday in English. The reason for this name is probably becuase it is supposed to be your last opportunity to eat fat meals before lent-term before the Eastern. Fettisdagen where sweet Semla is the main part of this is not on fixed day hence it may occur between 3rd of February and 9th March.

This year it will be on the 5th of March!

Of course you can find Semla in every shop on Fettisdagen, but only on that day. I hope you will have an opportunity to try it. Even though I know better sweets, you have to keep traditions related with food 😀

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Looking for a job in Sweden

You may wonder how it is to study in Sweden. How busy it is, whether it is possible to have a job besides the studies and so on. So this article may help you find the answers.

As a student on a SLU programme, you are enrolled in full-time studies, which means that there is not much time for jobs, especially full-time jobs is not possible to manage at the same time with studies.

“Finding and getting a part-time job in Sweden can be quite difficult. Many students are looking for part-time jobs, which means that the demand exceeds the supply. Most employers also require Swedish language skills. With this in mind, it is not recommended to try to finance your stay in Sweden by working. Make sure you can cover your living expenses using other resources.” This is stated on SLU´s websites and I have to agree with everything in the statement. After more than one and half years in Sweden, I realised it is not easy to find a part-time job (whichever job, not within the field of study). Either no one responds to your application or one of the requirements is Swedish language.

It is really time-consuming process to find a job meaning it is possible, however, you may need some luck too. I know some international students who work at the same time with studies and sometimes it is really challenging when you have to meet the deadlines and work on assignments.

I think it is worth trying to look for a part-time job but do not expect to find something immediately after you arrive. Take your time, settle down, get know how everything works and then you will see how busy you are just with the studies. For me it was really busy, especially considering commuting from Stockholm to Uppsala, which took me a lot of time.

Good luck if you apply anywhere 🙂

Have a nice day, Denisa

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Dates to remember

There are some dates that are good to keep in mind if you applied for a Master programme.

4-6th April – you will receive results
– this date is important for you, because you will finally know whether you had been admitted 🙂

2nd September – semester starts
– the courses start in September and you will be part of SLU

As soon as you find out the results, it si good to start looking for accommodation and other necessary things because it may be really time-consuming and overwhelming. To be honest, it is not easy to find accommodation, especially if you are not present in the country and cannot do the viewing. However, keep going and you will manage to find something and finish all duties on time.

Approximately one week before the course starts (the end of August) there are some activities organised by student union for new students. Also information is provided by education office and that information is valuable so that I recommend participating that. In any case, it is better to arrive in advance to get used to new environment and culture. You will probably have to deal with organising some things too.

So, these are the main things and dates to bear in mind and you can find more details at SLU´s or University Admissions´ websites.

Have a nice day

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