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Lunch Pitch with Judith Sarneel and Ivan Monich

To encourage cross pollination of ideas between researchers from different disciplines, IceLab hosts interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision of allowing ideas to meet and mate. During the Lunch Pitch Season, the creative lunches take place at KBC every other Tuesday.

Place: KBCon Lilla Fokusrum  (KBC Focus Environment’s glass room), KBC
Time: Tuesday 19 February at 12:00.

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First Pitcher:

Judith Sarneel

Researcher at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Title: Tea Tales: what can tea bags tell us about decomposition?

Judith is an ecologist that likes to cross borders, both between study subjects and between disciplines. Her research focuses on the aquatic-terrestrial interface (shorelines and riparian zones) and plant-soil interactions. Citizen science and outreach are an important component of Judith’s work.


With an international team we developed a standardized method to measure decomposition. It consists of burying tea bags at 8 cm depth and measuring their weightloss after three months. Five years after the publication of the method, it is now widely used both by researchers as well as by citizen scientists and schools. We aim to create a global map of decomposition that can inform climate modelers as well as nature managers.


Second Pitcher:

Ivan Monich

Visiting researcher at Department of Geography and Economic History

Title: Artificial environment and implications for sustainable tourism.

Ivan holds a PhD in Economics; he is a sustainable tourism researcher with a special emphasis on cross-border tourism in Europe and Asia. Ivan has experience in leading an international tour operator company and aims to bridge the academic and business worlds together to benefit the local society. Ivan’s research interests are sustainable tourism, innovation in tourism, tourism economy, cluster approach, cross-border cooperation with China, marketing.


There is the debate on the uniqueness of places as the core product in travel and tourism and the notion of tourism destinations as spatially fixed. Places and their characteristics are unique and are not possible to relocate or entirely reproduce elsewhere. However, other researchers argue that places are increasingly being considered as mobile entities. The novel idea is the view upon places as mobile entities, through the technological developments on artificial and simulated environments, and their possible spatial implications for the people and the locations. The brief assessment of artificial environment entities from China simulating western culture and architecture will be given.


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