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Room with advanced microscope and computers
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Labs and lab equipment

These pages provide an overview of our laboratories and the equipment available at the centre. You can also find lab rules, a link to the chemical management system and instructions regarding risk assessment of lab work.

Before you start working in a lab, you'll get a brief overview of safety, evacuation, waste management and general rules of conduct. Talk to the reception staff about this.

In most labs there is running surface and deep water from the fjord. In some of the labs there is deionized water and in several places in the main building there is access to Milli-Q water.

Some spaces and resources are common to all guests, such as washing room, weighing room, autoclave, freeze dryer and some of the microscope stations. There, joint responsibility for order and democratic sharing of resources applies.

Some equipment and some labs belong to one of the centre's permanent researchers and may only be used after agreement with the responsible researcher.

Most of what you may need in the form of instruments and equipment can be borrowed in one of our stores. If you need liquid nitrogen, dry ice or laboratory gas, it is also possible to order.

If you are unsure of how something works, where to find specific things or if something breaks, please contact the lab manager.

Some labs and instruments accessible at the centre.

  • Microbiology lab suited for with risk class 2 microbes.
  • Radiation lab equipped with a liquid scintillation counter.
  • Particle counter.
  • Automatic alkalinity titration device (contact Sam Dupont).
  • Inverted and upright light microscopes and stereo microscopes for courses.
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometer and plate reader.
  • Advanced microscopes with cameras (inverted fluorescence microscope with micromanipulator, motorized light- and stereo microscopes with and without fluorescence).
  • Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) with Raman detector (contact Martin Hassellöv).
  • FTIR microscope (contact Martin Hassellöv).
  • ICP-MS
  • Portable CTD.
  • Turner fluorometer.
  • Nutrient analyzer Quaatro.
  • Clean room and lab suited for work with trace metal analysis
  • Basic multi-purpose course-labs.

Lab rules

General Lab Regulations

Before starting your lab-work at Kristineberg Centre you have to inform yourself about our safety regulations. You also have to sign and hand in the receipt, saying that you have read and agree to follow our safety regulations.

General lab regulations (pdf)

Radioactive Substances

The import and handling of radioactive substances at Kristineberg is regulated separately in documents found below. When planning work with radioactive substances; always consult this document and the radiation safety officer (Lars Ljungqvist) before ordering.

Radioactive lab regulations (pdf)

Microbiology & GMM

The work with microbes and GMM is regulated through The Swedish Work Environment Authority regulations (AFS 2005:1 & 2000:5). Local microbiology regulations are found at link below. Before carrying out any lab procedures or bringing any microbes into the facilities, it is essential that a risk assessment is carried out. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, please seek advice from the microbial safety officer (Lars Ljungqvist) or the microbial advisory person (Maria Asplund).

Microbiology & GMM regulations (pdf)

Risk assessments

In order to be able to offer everyone a safe working environment, it is important that all laboratory activities involving hazardous substances are risk assessed according to Swedish Work Environment Authority regulations. You can make your risk assessment in the KLARA system with a personal log-in or you can use another template. The important thing is that it covers what we ask for in the document below.

Risk assessment guidelines (pdf)

Chemical handling system KLARA

At Kristineberg we use the chemical handling system KLARA for easy access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), classification, risk phrases and label printing. It is only available on the GU net or through VPN)

Thermoregulated rooms, intake halls

At Kristineberg Center you may work in so-called thermoregulated rooms: rooms where air and/or water temperature can be manipulated. There are also intake halls where field samples can be handled and stored in deep or surface water.

6 thermoregulated rooms where you can control both water and air temperature, floor areas 15-37 m2. Some of them have lighting fixtures for regulation of circadian rhythms. 2 additional thermoregulated rooms exist, where only air can be regulated.

There are two intake halls.

Video (2:33)
Wave mesocosms lab: A new tool for experimental ecology

Mesocosm laboratory

The new wave mesocosm laboratory at Kristineberg makes it possible to test how different type of waves affect plants and animals. See our researcher Eduardo Infantes explain how it works in the video above.


Eduardo Infantes
Assistant Professor
+46 766-22 95 67

Photo: Bengt Lundve

Organisms for education and research

Before arrival and during you stay we can assist you in collecting of species and other material, especially in waters close to Kristineberg. We have sampling gear and skilled personnel for collection with most methods. At Kristineberg we can store organisms alive until you start the experiment or giving your course. We can also assist you in experiment set-up. The cost depends on the extent of the work.

We are experienced in live-storing of many species. Scientists on Kristineberg have cultivated or are cultivating offspring of certain species. It is possible to achieve strains of micro algae cultures and zooplankton, which can be cultivated further at Kristineberg. If in contact with a scientist who has been working or are working at Kristineberg, it is possible to get knowledge and skill from them how to get offspring from a number of species. Exemples are species within the organism groups echinoderms, crustaceans, molluscs, ctenophores, macro algae and fish.


Leon Green
+46 704 76 14 80