Area of Advance Activities

To develop the Life Science Engineering Area of Advance, we work with different kind of activities aimed at integrating the knowledge triangle. Furthermore, we work on providing opportunities for networking within the research community, and general outreach. We believe that community building and networking is highly important for creating an excellent research environment. Besides the support for two assistant professors, the Life Science Engineering Area of Advance plan is to work with networking at several levels.


Microbial Production Platform for a Biobased Economy

By a joint initiative between AoA (Area of Advance) Life Science Engineering and AoA Energy infrastructures for development of biobased production systems are established at Chalmers.

Microbial conversion from plant derived raw materials, requires expertise in many different areas such as systems biology, fermentation process technology, economic modelling as well as process design, integration and evaluation. Chalmers has a very strong position in these areas and harbours one of the most modern fermentation infrastructures in the world. Our vision is to integrate these different competencies in one package to get a holistic view on bioprocess engineering and facilitate development of innovative biobased production systems. Infrastructures consisting of a fermentation platform, a computational platform for economic modelling and a platform for process design and evaluation are available.

In connection with the infrastructure, there will be organised courses, seminar series and mini-symposia to support the training of PhD-students and post docs within the area.

For more information please contact Prof. Christer Larsson ( or +46 31 772 3806)

Challenge driven workshops

The AoA arrange Challenge driven workshops for different active fields. This is mostly bottom up activities on request from researchers at different levels. One example is workshops for researchers and teachers working within the health care and wellness area. People from more than seven departments and six centers at Chalmers are engaged and want to build a forum where researchers, companies, the public sector, and users can meet and try new ideas.

Young Faculty Network

The Life Science AoA aims at providing networking opportunities for young scientists, mainly at the assistant professor level. The networking currently consists of monthly lunches for young faculty (click here for an example). The support consist of a possibility to get funding for networking and collaborative activities, e.g. for meetings, for inviting external scientists in order to initiate collaborations, or similar. A networking event with Future Faculty, the corresponding organization at Sahlgrenska Academy, is arrange twice per year in order to connect Life Science researchers across the university boundaries.

Postdoc network

A Postdoc network started up in spring 2013, and besides networksing events, the AoA arrange career information seminars twice a year.

PhD student network

PhD students get support in the Bioscience Graduate School and the Director of Studies for the School is part of the management board.

SBE Student Chapter Chalmers

The AoA supports and collaborates with the international network SBE's Chalmers node (SBE Student Chapter Chalmers), which primarily work with connecting education and research for biological engineers.

Arranging and support for larger events

The Life Science AoA arrange its own Initiative seminars and supports activities and events (conferences, workshops, and seminars) that make Chalmers and Life Science more visible and promote networking, both within the scientific community and with external parties. For example The first international conference on Fluorescent Biomolecules and their Building Blocks – Design and Applications (FB3), Molecular Frontiers Symposium and Joint seminars with Centers associated to the AoA

Life Science Monday Seminars and study visits

In 2011, the Area of Advance started a seminar series (“The Life Science Monday Seminars”) open for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and teachers. The goal of the seminar series is to increase the interaction between education, research, and innovation in order to make the Life Science environment at Chalmers more dynamic. The seminar series is managed by the AoA PhD representative Klaas Buijs, who runs it together with undergraduate students from two organisations, SBE and BUS. There have been speakers from academia, research institutes, and industry, as well as study visits to local Life Science companies. Click here to get to the AoA calendar.


One important function of the AoAs is to communicate and showcase Chalmers activities. The Life Science Engineering AoA works with several channels to achieve this, such as Initiative seminars, exhibitions, website, twitter (@chalmerslifescience), and the Area of Advance has also initiated a contact with Universeum (Scandinavia’s largest science centre) and are currently planning to take part in an exhibition about healthy living in 2014.

Recruitment of Assistant Professors

The Areas of Advance initiative at Chalmers has provided support to recruit excellent young scientists and providing them with a starting package. In 2009 and 2012, a call for assistant professors was advertised internationally to attract the best young scientists, and funding was provided as 2 MSEK/year for four years. The positions are also accompanied by a leadership program. In 2010, the Life Science AoA recruited Erik Kristiansson, and Alastair Ross was recruited in 2012.

Clusters, initiatives, and joint efforts

The AoA represents Chalmers and are involved in discussion groups with partners within Life Science, for example GöteborgBIO, SwedenBIO, the regional Life Science Cluster, and the Health care initiative (vårdinitativet).

Published: Mon 27 Aug 2012. Modified: Thu 11 Aug 2016