What can I do?
Do you have an idea for something that in some way enriches and broadens Lund’s student life? Then you can apply for money from the Academic Society Project Fund!
In the spring of 2011 the Academic Society started a fund with the hopes to encourage creative projects and ideas that broaden the range of Lund’s student life and makes Lund to an even more eventful place than it already is.
The Project Fund has under its first few years supported a variety of activities such as a snowboard festival in Lundagård, an integration project with a focus on students, an entrepreneur contest, a fashion fair in AF-borgen and much, much more. Only imagination sets the limits and we would obviously like to see just how far your creative powers extend!
True cost of coal
This project was a workshop on storytelling & art-based communication on climate change. The three-days workshop was a mixture of input, small group and single work and interactive discovering and presentation in a multimodal way. The “The true Cost of Coal”- banner draws a connection between the extraction of fossil fuels, the history of industrialization, colonization and power, local and global consequences and resistance movements and the issue of alternative approaches to economic growth.
The “Rocket Shop” project
The ”Rocket Shop” project was kicked off by a lecture at ProLab where the practical and legal requirements of the rocketeering hobby were presented, together with a display of rockets and equipment. People built and launched rockets that landed safely and then could fly again. It’s not really rocket science, more like a wood shop, hence – the Rocket Shop, and is the only active rocket society in southern Sweden, probably all of Sweden.
World AIDS week 2015
In connection to the World AIDS Day Projekt Sex organized the ”World AIDS Weeks”, during which several events will took place in order to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic within Lund. Under the theme “Lund cares, do you?”, students of Lund University could get informed about the disease, its history and how to protect oneself properly at the events. Some events included free HIV testing, pub quizzes and lectures by a former UNAIDS worker and by a person living with HIV.
Lund IV Debate Tournament 2015
One of the largest debate tournaments in all of mainland Europe took place in December 2015, hosted by Lund Debate Society. Thanks to AF’s Projektfond, everything from foreign policy to the future of feminism was fruitfully debated in an open forum dedicated to the ideals of free speech.
AAFRA, Association of African Affairs
AAFRA is an organization that wants to contribute to a richer student life by offering a forum for those who are interested in issues and concerns regarding Africa. With support from the Project Fund, AAFRA was able to re-open its organization and arrange a kick-off where they invited interested students to enjoy food, music, a quiz, and a mingle.
The International Day
The International Day is arranged by 7 of Lund University’s student unions and is a day dedicated to the international students at Lund University. Through a problem-solving mindset, the concerns of international students in the student life, at the university and in Lund and Sweden is discussed and highlighted. With support from the Project Fund, the day offered international students photographing for their resumes, seminars about how to write a resume (in Sweden), stories from alumni and their work experiences in Sweden as well as workshops.
Voice training and character for theater
The grant from the Project Fund has been used to host a half-day workshop led by a person from the performing arts community PotatoPotato. The actors, with help from professional and educational guidance, a methodical warm up of the body, voice exercises focusing on chest support and help working with emotions like sadness and anger. The workshop’s focus was to find things in oneself that can be the basis for a character.
LUPEF Water Week
LUPEF (Lund’’s Political and Economic Association) organized a week of activities with the theme of Water, where the goal was to raise funds for the organization WaterAid. With support from the Project Fund, the meteorologist Nils Holmqvist was invited to lecture in Eden’s auditorium. Other events included a dinner at Västgöta nation, a Picnic Quiz in the Botanical Garden and participation in Lund’s Pride festival. The result of the collection ended up at 5500 SEK, which was donated to WaterAid.
art night in lund
With help from the Project Fund, the Academic Society’s Art Collection implemented an exhibition called “Art Night in Lund”. The exhibition offered the artwork of twelve Nordic female artists, most of them related to Lund and Skåne. Examples of these are Tora Vega Holmström, Ellen Trotzig, Hedvig Tegner and textile artist Hannah Ryggen.
UPF 80 year anniversary
UPF (Foreign Policy Association) turned 80 and an anniversary celebration was organized. It was organized with lectures and workshops to give Lund’s students and residents an opportunity to take part of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Speaker Birgitta Ohlsson, Per Bolund and Asger Ryhl share their experiences in international politics and talked about their views on the goals. The Project Fund helped finance an event where members and alumni gathered to celebrate the history of UPF and inspire new members to drive the association forward.
Inter-Nordic student meetings
In 1843, the first Nordic student meeting was held in Uppsala where a large number of students from universities in the Nordic countries met and discussed current events. In the fall of 2014, Kuratorskollegiet hosted a Nordic student meeting in Lund. During the weekend, lectures, workshops and a banquet were held. The meeting ended with the signing of a treaty on strengthening future cooperation between the organizations.
Lundagårds Debate Breakfasts
How can the university and the students get better at including international students? How will the university handle the concerns that student literacy is plummeting? And what are Lund’s ordenssällksap up to? These are some of the issues discussed at Lundagård’s breakfast meetings organized in Athen once a month. Here they raise the hottest topics in the magazine’s latest issue through a debate with a panel of experts or interesting debaters, headed by Lund’s Debate Society.
Lund Debate Challenge
Lund Debate Challenge is one of the leading Scandinavian debate tournaments, bringing students from all across Europe together to test their ideas and push boundaries forward by debating some of the most pressing issues to the society at large. A grant from AF’s project fund made it possible to bring in external guest judges and cover costs for venues and printing materials.
Heteroweek with P6
For the first time Projekt 6 (P6) arranged a week long campaign about heterosexuality and how it affects us all. It was a week with lectures, workshops, quiz, short film screening, reflections, discussions and a lot more! With the support from AF we were able to hold two amazing lectures, one about heterosexuality and the law and the other about how heterosexuals really have sex.
Voices of Women
The Lund Debate Society (LDS) believes in reclaiming public discourse and promoting free speech, not just for the few who dare to speak but also those in particular whose voices have been drowned out. In celebration of International Women’s Day, LDS hosted a one-‐day conference entitled ‘Voices of Women’ at Samhällsvetarkåren’s office, Samvetet. The event was planned and manned by members of LDS and had 18 participants, all students at Lund University and members of AF.
Lund Student Fashion Fair
The 29th of November, 2012, 20-something designers gathered in Athen. It became a very appreciated evening where students displayed their clothing designs, accessories and illustrations. The project was initiated by two dedicated students with a passion for design, but were in need of an event to show their creations. Through this desire, they created Lund Student Fashion Fair, an evening with entertainment by the internationally famous house-DJ Björn Åkesson, Boelspexare walking the runway and food provided by AF’s Marskalkeri.
FENA Challenge is a challenge-driven innovation competition, focusing on the work process. The competition was originally organized in the fall of 2012. Part of the competition included ten “active” evenings where participants could take part in counseling sessions, inspirational lectures and workshops, as well as time to work within the group. The Project Fund contributed with financial support and counseling for the teams, along with dinner for the participants during four of the “active” evenings.
Thanks to some dedicated enthusiasts, there stood an ice rink ready for Sweden’s southernmost ski and snowboard race ever. The riders were incredibly excited and a brave bunch of spectators endured the rain. Under the headlights the crowd was entertained by a series of high-class tricks and probably the first ever “backflips” and “900’s in the history of Lundagård.
The Later Summer Party
On September 22, 2012, Gothenburg’s nation organized Lund’s largest and most fun day of celebration, the Late Summer Festival! With Hoffmaestro on stage and a series of fun activities, the day became one that will be forever remembered by many students! Nearly 1100 pre-sale tickets were sold, and all the invited visitors (except for Hoffmaestro) were also invited in several other events
The Reflecting Engineer
The Reflecting Engineer is an annual series of lectures around the topic of the environment and sustainability. The first time the series was held was in 2012 when it included five lectures, along with lunch, four during the spring and one in the fall. The Spring hosted lectures by, among others, EU parliament’s Carl Schlyter and the Social Entrepologist Brian Palmer. In the fall, Lund Sustainable Engineers held an inspirational lecture about the future’s opportunities for today’s engineering students.
TSiL, Tamam’s student association in Lund, works with integration, diversity and anti-racism issues in and around Lund’s student life and was formed in the middle of the spring semester of 2011. With the contribution of the Project Fund, they have been able to put up posters and other marketing materials and been able to focus on quickly initiating activities without having to worry about not being able to afford implementing them.
Lund Wakefest 2011
Lund’s Wakefest 2011 was a great success with over 1000 happy people whom enjoyed the sun and the competition in Sjön Sjön. Lund’s Wakefest is founded on a strong commitment from, among others, Lund’s Extremsortarsällskap and Skåne’s Kabelsportförening. The event was ultimately followed through by AF being considered a valued partner that provided advice and a network into the student life. AF were also a financial contributor to a successful event through funds from the Project Fund.
May 7th Project Athena organized a Humanifestival in the central park in Lund with help from AF’s Project Fund. During the day, 10 different local bands performed, LUST student theater, AMC Bleckhornen as well as the writing groups Ordkonst and Skalla attended. It became a very successful day with a large number of visitors and many events and activities. It is largely thanks to fund programs, such as the one AF offers, that it became possible to host the festival.
As this was the first time hosting the festival they had a difficult time receiving money from the municipality and other potential sponsors who were unwilling to invest without it being a well-established event This can for many organizers dependent on sponsorships to become a catch-22, which is why we are especially grateful to AF’s Project Fund for believing and making Humanifestivalen 2011 possible.