Research in biosystems deals with the effects of pollutants, climate impact and human health. The research spans the nano level, single cells and proteins, organs, body levels, the local and global environment and the ecosystems in which we live. Here, various systems and interactions in the human body, society and in natural ecosystems are studied, as well as solutions for reducing the environmental and health impact. The research often takes place in the intersection between various subjects, such as ecology and health science, and in collaboration with energy and material systems.

Research in biosystems deals with the effects of pollutants, climate impact and human health.

Ecology, environmental science and water resource management

Ecology, environmental science and water resource management, as well as water and wetland-related research is conducted. Halmstad University’s Wetland Research Centre is also within this field, which is run in collaboration with the Rural Economy and Agricultural Society of Halland.

The Wetland Research Centre includes a large and unique Swedish experimental facility with 16 experimental wetlands, and brings together researchers who work with applied aspects in wetland ecology. Research at the Wetland Research Centre concerns issues relating to the management, restoration and creation of wetlands, as well as the development and evaluation of methods for process optimisation and monitoring. An example of wetland research is an evaluation of the importance of wetlands for nutritional separation based on various technical variables, as well as environmental and climate variables.

A man wearing orange overalls, standing in a lush wetland. Photo.

Other water-related research projects investigate different effects of climate change and increased water sanitation on the functioning and biodiversity of natural sea ecosystems, as well as on drinking water management. We also evaluate planning tools and technical innovations for reducing wastewater from sewage treatment plants, through factors such as ecological risk assessment methodology.

Excercise Biomedicine for Sustainable Health

Excercise biomedicine for Sustainable Health integrates biomedical and sports physiological knowledge. Research includes the effects of inactivity, physical exercise and movement with regard to health and disease, in order to promote a lifelong, healthy lifestyle.

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Among other things, studies are conducted on physical activity and the effects of exercise on function, quality of life and biomarkers in chronic inflammation; the relationship between exercise, pain, self-esteem and health in children and adolescents; as well as cardiovascular and metabolic effects in inactivity and physical activity at all levels, from couch potatoes to elite athletes. The research is conducted in collaboration with FoU Spenshult, Region Halland and Region Skåne, among others.