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COMMONS is a Center of Excellence funded by the Swedish Research Council, with the theme "Commonalities in biomembrane and biomolecular interactions”. The overarching aim of COMMONS is to provide a multifaceted scientific environment focusing on unifying physicochemical processes of key importance for the function of cellular membranes and biomolecules.

The COMMONS Center brings together methodological and theoretical expertise from Lund University, Chalmers and Copenhagen University, and will serve as host for a Graduate School and a Visiting Professor program to attract experts from a broad field of biomembrane and biomolecular sciences.



1st COMMONS Summerschool

We are happy to announce the 1st COMMONS summerschool Cryo-EM of Soft Materials. Topics covered include the components of the TEM and the SEM, the principles of image and picture formation in electron microscopy (EM), the physics of electron beam-specimen interaction, specimen preparation in cryo-EM, elemental analysis in cryo-EM, and a survey of a wide range applications. More information

Lecturer: Ishi Talmon (Technion)
Time and place: August 19-23, 2024 @ LINXS in Lund
Registration deadline: April 15, 2024


March 19: 1st COMMONS Challange

Two speakers present research that fall under one overall theme - providing two perspectives on a common underlying phenomenon. The aim is to create an interactive thinking and collaboration process focusing not only on specifics, but rather on the commonalities.

Theme: Cooperativity
Speakers: Sara Linse (LU)  & Mikael Lund (LU)
Time: March 19 at 14.15-16.00
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Jan 2024: Kick-off meeting in Lund

COMMONS inaugurated! The quest for cohesion was symbolized by tying the strings together instead of cutting a ribbon. The strings represent different structures that can be formed by different molecules, reminding us of the diversity that enriches our research. The picture shows Emma Sparr together with the newly appointed Dean at the Science Faculty,  Per Persson. more 


July 2023: COMMONS Center funded

COMMONS is one of a total of 15 Centers of Excellence granted by Swedish universities, and the only one at Lund University.

The Center will be lead by Emma Sparr, Martin Malmsten, Sara Linse (CMPS, LU) and Fredrik Höök (Chalmers). The overarching aim is to establish a multifaceted scientific environment focused on unifying physicochemical processes of key importance for the function of cellular membranes and their interactions with other biomolecules.

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COMMONS Challenge

April 22, 2024 at 13.15-15
Alex Büll (DTU)
Ulf Olsson (LU)
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Cryo-EM of Soft Materials
August 19-23, 2024
@ LINXS in Lund
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Integrative structural biology - linking cryo-EM and AFM
Wei-Feng Xue (University of Kent, UK)

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Self-assembly in life and materials sciences
Nov 4-6, 2024, Lund
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