Construction cranes over rooftops.

Areas of Advance under construction

​During 2019, we are examining the possibilities to build new Areas of Advance in Health Engineering and Liveable cities.

Health Engineering

Our ambition is to mobilize a broad panel of experts from different scientific and engineering disciplines represented at Chalmers, to jointly contribute to solving some of the global challenges regarding the improvement of human health. In this process we will actively seek to engage and collaborate with external partners and stakeholders.
The process so far
Over 200 Chalmers faculty members, from 12 different departments, has expressed an interest to contribute to the new Area of Advance. During 2018 we held in-depth interviews, performed online surveys and engaged in dialogue with faculty members as well as strategic external partners. In the process we formed five “challenge cluster areas” and selected cluster leaders:
•    Digitalisation, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Rebecka Jörnsten MV and Robert Feldt CSE
•    Bacteria, Infections and Antibiotics: Marie Strid ACE and Fredrik Westerlund BIO
•    BioMedical Engineering: Mikael Persson E2, Hana Dobsicek Trefna E2, Fredrik Höök BIO, Torbjörn Lundh MV
•    Prevention, Lifestyle and Ergonomics for Sustainable Health: Cecilia Berlin IMS and Rikard Landberg BIO
•    Management of Health and Care: Andreas Hellström TME and Marie Strid ACE
The aim is to define profile areas within the new Area of Advance. Here, depending on scientific interest, researchers are welcome to participate in one or multiple clusters. If you are interested to join the process, please contact the associated cluster leader directly. In parallel with the internal process, we also gather external input on the value of the proposed clusters/profiles as perceived by the key external stakeholders and partners.

The roadmap going forward
In the second half of 2018 and during 2019, we will be working on developing the final profiles of the new Area of Advance. This will be a community-building process, driven by teams of cluster leaders (Chalmers faculty members appointed to lead the process).
For any general queries about the proposed Area of Advance you are welcome to contact Associate Professor Ann-Sofie Cans For more specific questions, you can approach the cluster leaders directly.
 Video  On October 4th 2018, the entire faculty was invited to a general assembly to discuss how the new Area of Advance in the field of health engineering should be shaped. Not only did this workshop create many fruitful dialogues but the audience also expressed their views via Mentimeter in regards to specific questions.

Liveable cities

Our cities and regions experience the greatest transformation process in history. Challenges like digitalization, climate and demographic change, migration, biodiversity, and segregation have dramatic impact on how we live, work, and use resources. The urgency to plan for resilience and adaptation within our planetary boundaries requires the integration of different dimensions and acknowledgment that change takes place across many domains. Liveable Cities are environmentally safe and socially just spaces in which humanity can thrive. To achieve liveability for everybody we need to fundamentally change how we understand, design, build, and manage cities and regions.

During 2019 we are engaging researchers from multiple departments at Chalmers as well as external academic, industrial and private partners in the preparation work for a new Area of Advance “Liveable Cities”. The goal is to establish an innovative interface between society, education and research that analyzes and navigates sustainable transformation towards liveable cities and regions.

A project team, with representatives from different departments, has identified 3 interconnected themes which will structure research & innovation activities within the Area of Advance Liveable Cities.

The theme City Transition is about new systemic approaches to explain transformation processes and offers solutions to overcome resistance towards sustainability. It supports sustainable transformation and increases the responsiveness of cities and regions through the development of implementation strategies, new business models, governance, and policies. In City Analysis tangible and digital platforms will be developed dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning challenges. The tools range from simulations that quantify the impact of disruptive interventions and collaborative applications in cities to modeling transport and people to air quality and soundscape. City Design will help make living more affordable, resilient, enjoyable, and creative for citizens through innovative design and new methods for social inclusion and citizen engagement. It connects the social perspective with technological approaches, respects the local context, biodiversity, and responsiveness to climate change.

Project team
Liane Thuvander (project leader), Architecture and Civil Engineering
Bernd Ketzler (project coordinator), Chalmers Industriteknik
Marco Adelfio, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Leonardo Rosado, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Jorge Gil, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Anders Logg, Mathematical Sciences
Henrikke Baumann, Technology Management and Economics
Catharina Landström, Technology Management and Economics
John Holmberg, Space, Earth and Environment
Jan Pettersson, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

For more information, please contact:
Liane Thuvander,, project leader.
Bernd Ketzler,, project coordinator.

Published: Fri 07 Jun 2019.