Lund is a city in the province of Skåne (Scania), at the southern tip of Sweden. The TRACE-2020-meeting will take place in the center of the cobblestoned old town, close to the Lund Cathedral, the Lund University main building and nearby Kulturen, an open-air museum which features replicas of buildings from medieval times to the 20th century. The Lund University Historical Museum is also located close to the venues, and the museum displays archaeological relics from the Stone and Bronze ages, plus a large coin collection.
The origins of Lund University begin in the 15th century, but it was officially founded in 1666 close to the cathedral. The university ranks among Europe’s most prestigious universities, garnering a strong reputation in many research disciplines.
Lund Botanical Garden is located a five-minute walk from Palestra (the conference building). The University of Lund has managed a botanical garden since 1690, but it has been located at its current eight-hectare patch since 1868. There are approximately 7,000 species in the garden, some of these are kept in the greenhouse, which is divided into nine different climate zones. For inquisitive minds the flower beds and greenhouse displays are labelled to tell you what you’re looking at. The best time to be here is from May to July, when the gardens are most florid and you can pause at the cafe by the pond for coffee and a chat. At present, there are large infrastructure project of scientific importance in Lund. The MAX IV Laboratory, for example, is a national electron accelerator laboratory for synchrotron radiation research which was inaugurated in 2016. The MAX IV facility is the largest and most ambitious Swedish investment in research infrastructure and the brightest source of x-rays worldwide. It will receive more than 2,000 scientists annually from Sweden and the rest of the world.
The conference takes place in the Palaestra et Odeum, which is located along the north side of University Square. Palaestra et Odeum was built in 1883 as a gymnastics hall and it was used this way for almost 100 years. Since then it has been frequently used as a lecture building and got a major facelift in 2007. During the summer months you can enjoy the fantastic blue blossoms climbing on the walls of the building. The Palaestra is a technically very well equipped auditorium with seating for 250 people.