News: Transport related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 23 Sep 2021 07:35:25 +0200 Healthcare Studio 2021<p><b>​This year’s healthcare studio will focus on the design of a new Närsjukhus/ Community Hospital in Wieselgrensplatsen, Gothenburg.</b></p><div>The new community hospital will have an important role in the development of the healthcare services provision in the region. The brief includes a combination of specialist clinics, primary care and other elective healthcare services. The studio will work in close dialogue with Västfastigheter / Västra Götaland Region and with the City of Gothenburg. <br /></div> <div>Yesterday we visited the site with our 30 students, the teachers team and the project manager Karin Telldén.</div> It is a urban place with great potential and we are very much looking forward to this new project!<br />Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:30:00 +0200 first disaster risk reduction seminar to be held at Chalmers<p><b>On October 13, UN's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Chalmers is hosting the first International Risk Reduction seminar, an event which aims to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><span style="background-color:initial">Internationa</span><span style="background-color:initial">l Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, IDDRR, began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly</span><span style="background-color:initial">. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The first IDDRR international seminar 2021 is an </span><span style="background-color:initial">online event, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, and will focus on disaster mechanisms and risk governance. The speaker list includes </span><span style="background-color:initial">Miriam Cullen, Copenhagen University, whose </span><span style="background-color:initial">research examines the connections between law and governance, and people displaced for climate-related reasons, and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Virginie Le Masson, University College London, researching </span><span style="background-color:initial">gender inequalities and violence-related risks in places affected by environmental changes and disasters. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– </span><span style="background-color:initial">2020/2021 with the Covid-19 pandemic as well as volcanic eruptions, wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes in various regions on the earth reminds us that human society, despite scientific advances and technological progress, is not free of being exposed to disasters, says Yiting Cai, PhD Student at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers. She is part of the organizing committee together with colleagues Rüdiger Haas and Maxime Mouyen, all at the division of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. </span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR), </span><span style="background-color:initial"> is thus a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and to recall our exposure to various natural hazards, i.e. what we know about them and how we can mitigate their impact on human populations because e.g. earthquakes or floods will keep happening. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>How come Chalmers is hosting this event? </strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– According to the UN Agenda 2030 goals, disaster risk reduction is crucial for the sustainable development of human society, and sustainability is an important ingredient of Chalmers' vision, goals, and strategies.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your expectations on the IDDRR seminar? </strong></div> <div>– For this year's IDDRR Chalmers edition we will hear from specialists about threats and risks related to water, climate, environment, and earthquakes and get an overview of the new challenges and risk-mitigating methods in these fields. We expect this seminar will promote risk awareness and trigger research questions on disaster reduction among the audience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/see/calendar/Pages/IDDRR-seminar.aspx">Click for full programme and speaker list​</a>. </div></span></div>Wed, 22 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Seel test bed is now officially underway<p><b>​Sweden's largest testbed for electric mobility– SEEL – is now becoming a reality at Gateway Säve in Gothenburg. The initiative will advance the positions for Swedish research and strengthen cooperation on the development of fossil-free, sustainable means of transport – such as electric vehicles, ships and aircraft. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">On 22 September, a symbolic upload was held at Säve Airport, now Gateway Säve, where the construction of the electromobility testbed, SEEL, is now officially underway. Together with Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan, Castellum, who owns Gateway Säve and Vestia, which is carrying out the construction, Chalmers, Rise and Seel linked up in a symbolic ceremony.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, SEEL, is owned and operated by Chalmers and RISE, in collaboration with Cevt, Scania, Volvo Cars and the Volvo Group and with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency. SEEL gives industry, academia and institutes in Sweden and Europe access to advanced research infrastructure and provides a platform for collaborations and efficient knowledge development in electromobility. SEEL's facility at Gateway Säve is the largest of a total of three. It will cover 13,300 square meters and be completed in 2023. SEEL's two other facilities are being built in Nykvarn and Borås.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Electromobility-test-bed-is-being-established.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">E</span><span style="background-color:initial">lectromobility test bed is being established</span></a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Ingrid Claesson</em></div> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 amplifier could change optical communication<p><b>​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology present a unique optical amplifier that is expected to revolutionise both space and fiber communication. The new amplifier offers high performance, is compact enough to integrate into a chip just millimeters in size, and – crucially – does not generate excess noise.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">&quot;This could be compared to switching from older, dial-up internet to modern broadband, with high speed and quality,&quot; says Professor Peter Andrekson, Head of the Photonics Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">​Optical communication makes it possible to send information over very long distances. The technology is useful in a range of applications, such as space communication and in fiber optic cables for internet traffic.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Spiral%20waveguide.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:260px;height:146px" />With communication based on light, rather than radio waves, we could, for example, quickly send high-resolution images from Mars. The information, carried by laser beams, could be sent with high speed from a transmitter on the planet to a receiver on Earth or on the Moon. Optical communication also allows us to use the internet around the world – whether the signal is transferred in optical fiber cables under the seabed or transmitted wirelessly.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Because the light – carrying the information between two distant points – loses power along the way, a large number of optical amplifiers are needed. Without amplifiers, up to 99 percent of the signal in an optical fiber cable would disappear within 100 kilometers.</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>A constant battle against excess noise</span></h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">A well-known problem in optical communication, however, is that these amplifiers add excess noise that significantly impairs the quality of the signal you want to send or receive. Now, the Chalmers researchers present an extremely promising solution to an obstacle that has existed for decades.</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“We have developed the world's first optical amplifier that significantly enhances the range, sensitivity and performance of optical communication, that does not generate any excess noise – and is also compact enough to be of practical use,” says Ping Zhao, Postdoc at the Photonics Laboratory at Chalmers and one of the lead authors of the scientific paper, now <a href="" target="_blank">published in Science Advances​</a>.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The light amplification in the project is based on a principle known as the Kerr effect, which so far is the only known approach that amplifies light without causing significant excess noise. The principle has been demonstrated before, but never in such a compact format– previous versions were too bulky to be useful.</span><div>The new amplifier fits in a small chip just a few millimeters in size, compared to previous amplifiers that have been several thousand times larger.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Tiny, quiet, and with high performance</span></h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Additionally, the new amplifiers offer a level of performance high enough that they can be placed more sparingly, making them a more cost-effective option. They also work in a continuous wave (CW) operation rather than a pulsed operation only.</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Chip.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Chip" style="margin:5px;width:260px;height:215px" />“What we demonstrate here represents the first CW operation with an extremely low noise in a compact integrated chip. This provides a realistic opportunity for practical use in a variety of applications. Since it’s possible to integrate the amplifier into very small modules, you can get cheaper solutions with much better performance, making this very interesting for commercial players in the long run,” says research leader Peter Andrekson.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The new results also open doors to completely new applications in both technology and science, explains Peter Andrekson.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“This amplifier shows unprecedented performance. We consider this to be an important step towards practical use, not only in communication, but in areas including quantum computers, various sensor systems and in metrology when making atmospheric measurements from satellites for Earth monitoring.”</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More about the research:</h2> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The scientific article <a href="" target="_blank" title="Overcoming the quantum limit of optical amplification in monolithic waveguides">&quot;Overcoming the quantum limit of optical amplification in monolithic waveguides&quot;​</a> has been publis​hed in Science Advances. The study was conducted by Zhichao Ye, Ping Zhao, Krishna Twayana, Magnus Karlsson, Victor Torres-Company and Peter Andrekson. The researchers work at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The Chalmers researchers present the first compact CW-pumped monolithic parametric amplifier, and in addition demonstrated a noise performance well below the conventional quantum limit. The results were enabled by the lowest loss ever achieved in a dispersion-engineered integrated waveguide silicon-nitride material platform.</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The research project has been funded by the Swedish Research Council (Grant VR-2015-00535 and VR-2020-00453) The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Microcomb (GA 812818).</span></li> <li>Read more: Find the previous press release from Peter Andrekson’s research group: <a href="">,c3208049</a></li></ul></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>For more information, please contact:</span></h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Ping-Zhao_press.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:128px" />Ping Zhao</strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Postdoc, Photonics Laboratory at Chalmers, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, <a href=""></a></span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Peter_Andrekson_2020_press.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:120px" />Peter Andrekson</strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Professor, Head of the Photonics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 16 06, <a href="">​</a></span></div></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lovisa Håkansson and Mia Halleröd Palmgren</div> <div>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö | Illustration: Yen Strandqvist<br /></div>Tue, 21 Sep 2021 08:00:00 +0200 in relationships crucial for efficient and sustainable transports<p><b>​Transporting goods between buyers and suppliers is vital, but different actors have different performance interests, creating contradictions and misalignments. In his doctoral thesis, Victor Eriksson explores how transport services are embedded in larger network structures, the interdependencies involved, and the consequences of firms’ organising efforts in obtaining various performance benefits.</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">​What challenges do you focus on in your research?</h3> <div>&quot;The starting point in my research is that any exchange of industrial goods between a supplier and a buyer of goods necessitates transport. The transport is often performed by a third party who sells this service to either the buyer or supplier of goods. Transport impacts to environment immensely and is a highly discussed topic for firms and governments alike.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;With increased demand and growth of transport in general but freight transport in particular, a transport revolution is needed to reach the agreed goals of, e.g., reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the overall environmental impact regarding transport set by firms and governments. When considering the challenges ahead concerning sustainability in the transport sector, the relationships connecting the actors involved in transport services, directly or indirectly, are essential to understanding structures, processes, and interactions among the actors embedded in networks. For example, changes to the services in one part of the network may drive changes elsewhere in the network. Therefore, it is of prime importance how to organise transport and adjacent activities and resources in networks.&quot;</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">How do you address the problem with your research?</h3> <div>&quot;The exchange of transport services depends on the exchange of goods since the exchange of goods generates demand for transport services. I introduce a construct called the transport service triad. The transport service triad involves three firms that have one of the following four generic roles: the buyer of goods, the supplier of goods, the buyer of transport services, and the supplier of transport services. The transport service triad is used to explore connections among business relationships involved in the exchange of goods and the exchange of transport services. The transport service triad, as it includes three actors, offers a greater explanatory power compared to a single actor’s perspective or a dyadic perspective on the organisation of transport services because such a perspective can capture interdependencies in various dimensions in business relationships, connections between business relationships, and how and why firms and relationships are embedded.&quot; </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What are the main findings of your research? </h3> <div>&quot;The results show how triads in general, and the transport service triad in particular, are critical units of analysis to understand how business relationships are connected in supply networks. I propose a model for analysing connected relationships and the implications thereof considering the activities, resources, and actors. The results highlight the importance of considering both relational and structural embeddedness and the duality of the transport service triad as an important structure in itself and as a part of the broader network, accentuating interdependencies of activities, resources, and actors.&quot;<br /> <br /></div> <div>&quot;This thesis shows that a network-level analysis is imperative to address the organising of transport services and transport performance by focusing on how business relationships within one transport service triad are connected to the other actors in the triad but also these actors’ connections to firms outside the triad and how firms subsequently organise because of those connections. For that reason, the research suggests suppliers and buyers of goods and transport services, transport service providers, and other connected actors to jointly coordinate the transport services efficiency of vehicle maintenance, vehicle utilisation, and road transport.&quot;</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What do you hope your research will lead to?</h3> <div>&quot;I hope that the results will facilitate further exploration of how firms are connected in networks that may capture network aspects of the transformation to sustainable transport solutions in which different kinds of system descriptions are needed that supplement each other. The results of my research point to that the interaction and exchange of perspectives of firms are crucial when managers strive to both change the way transport is organised and enhance the transport performance of firms. I also hope that my research sparks new thinking about transport as a highly integrated part of networks, thereby moving away from a general idea of considering transport merely as a support function to the exchange of goods.&quot; </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /><em>Text compilation: Daniel Karlsson</em><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Read the thesis <a href="">&quot;Transport service triads in supply networks&quot; <br /></a> </div> <div><br />The thesis defence will be online on Zoom, 24 September 2021 at 13.15, see link on <a href="">thesis’ page</a></div> <div><br /> </div> <div>More about <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/vicerik.aspx">Victor Eriksson</a></div>Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0200's-largest-open-dataset-for-the-development-of-self-driving-vehicles-launched-.aspx's-largest-open-dataset-for-the-development-of-self-driving-vehicles-launched-.aspxWorld-unique dataset for self-driving vehicles <p><b>​Self-driving vehicles such as cars, ships and drones offer the potential for reduced costs, lower environmental impacts and fewer accidents. Now, a new open dataset from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, sets a new standard for evaluating the algorithms of such vehicles, and the development of autonomous transport systems on roads, water and in the air.</b></p><div>​For self-driving vehicles to work, they need to interpret and understand their surroundings. To achieve this, they use cameras, sensors, radar and other equipment, to ‘see’ their environment. This form of artificial perception allows them to adapt their speed and steering, in a way similar to how human drivers react to changing conditions in their surroundings. In recent years, researchers and companies around the world have competed over which software algorithms provide the best artificial perception. To help, they use huge datasets which contain recorded sequences from traffic environments and other situations. These datasets are used to verify that the algorithms work as well as possible and that they are interpreting situations correctly.<br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Open data for researchers and specialists</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Now, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, is launching a new open dataset called Reeds, in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), and the Swedish Maritime Administration, which is now available to researchers and industry worldwide.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">The Reeds dataset and more information can be found here.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The dataset provides recorded surroundings of the test vehicle of the highest quality and accuracy. In order to create the most challenging conditions possible – and thus increase the complexity of the software algorithms – the researchers chose to use a boat, where movements relative to the surroundings are more complex than for vehicles on land. This means that Reeds is the first marine dataset of this type.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Ola Benderius, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology, is leading the project. He hopes the dataset will represent a breakthrough for more accurate verification to increase the quality of artificial perception.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;The goal is to set a standard for development and evaluation of tomorrow's fully autonomous systems. With Reeds, we are creating a dataset of the highest possible quality, that offers great social benefit and safer systems.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The dataset has been developed using an advanced research boat that travels predetermined routes around western Sweden, under different weather and light conditions. The tours will continue for another three years and the dataset will thus grow over time. The boat is equipped with highly advanced cameras, laser scanners, radar, motion sensors and positioning systems, to create a comprehensive picture of the environment around the craft.<br /><br /><img src="/en/departments/m2/news/Documents/GNSS%20antennas%20(2).jpg" alt="GNSS antennas (2).jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px 10px;width:280px;height:297px" /><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">The highest technical standards to open doors to advanced AI </span> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The camera system on the boat contains the latest in camera technology, generating 6 gigabytes of image data per second. A 1.5-hour trip thus provides 16 terabytes of image data – significantly more than what has been presented so far in competing datasets. It also provides far better conditions for verification of artificial perception in the future. </span><br /></div> <div>“Our system is of a very high technical standard. It allows for a more detailed verification and comparison between different software algorithms for artificial perception – a crucial foundation for AI,” says Ola Benderius. </div> <div>During the project, Reeds has been tested and further developed by other researchers at Chalmers, as well as</div> <div>specially invited international researchers. They have worked with automatic recognition and classification of other vessels, measuring their own ship's movements based on camera data, 3D modeling of the environment and AI-based removal of water droplets from camera lenses. <br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Reeds contributes to both cooperation and competition</h3> <div>Reeds also provides the conditions for fair comparisons between different researchers' software algorithms. The researcher uploads their software to Reeds’ cloud service, where the evaluation of data and comparison with other groups’ software takes place completely automatically. The results of the comparisons are published openly, so anyone can see which researchers around the world have developed the best methods of artificial perception in different areas. This means that large amounts of raw data will gradually accumulate and the data will be analysed continuously and automatically in the cloud service. Reeds’ cloud service thus provides the conditions for both collaboration and competition between research groups,  meaning that over time artificial perception will increase in complexity for all types of self-driving systems.<br /><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the research project</h3> <div>The project began in 2020 and has been run by Chalmers University of Technology in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Rise and the Swedish Maritime Administration. The Swedish Transport Administration is funding the project.</div> <div>In 2019, the researchers in the <a href="">Reeds project published an article describing how a high-quality dataset and a platform for evaluating algorithms could be realised.</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Read a <a href="">preprint of a forthcoming scientific article describing the technical logging platform and how data from Reeds can be used.​</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div></div>Mon, 20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200’ve-tried-at-Chalmers.aspx sports I’ve tried at Chalmers<p><b>​Running around beautiful lakes, climbing with new friends and falling asleep in yoga class. These are just some of the sport activities I have done at Chalmers.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Banner-sportschalmers.jpg" alt="mixture of sena's photoswhile doing different activities" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">More than 600 kilometers of biking, more than 250 kilometers of running in the forests, more than 1900 meters of climbing, and more than 100 hours of yoga. These are the distances and hours of my training since I’ve started my studies at Chalmers. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I have been doing sports and participating in competitions since primary school, and this has become an indispensable part of my life. The accessibility of sports opportunities has always been important for me when choosing the university and city to live in. In this context, I did a lot of research on Chalmers' sports centers, sports teams, and events, before coming to Gothenburg. Chalmers has gym halls and sauna possibilities and in total more than 30 sports <a href="" title="Link to chalmers Sport">teams and associations</a>. In addition, as a Chalmers student, you can become a member of many sports centers throughout Gothenburg at very affordable prices. Back in Turkey, my main branch of sports was orienteering and long-distance running. I always wanted to try other sports, but it was not possible due to the lack of sports centers or the distance of sports centers from school and work. In this blog, I will tell you about the sports I’ve tried in Chalmers and my experiences related to them!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Orienteering</strong></div> <div>With the help of the compass, you need to navigate using a map and find the checkpoints in the terrain. Sweden is one of the best countries in the world in this sport. The Chalmers Orienteering Team, Chalmers OL, also has very good and experienced orienteers (orienteering athletes). I contacted the club on Facebook before I came to Gothenburg and they responded very quickly. The contact person from the club explained the training programs and membership information. Since I’ve been trying new sports and sometimes the classes can be intense, I can't attend their training every week, but orienteering may be the most Swedish sport I would definitely recommend.  You can find the club's information on the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to orienteering club">club web page</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/picture-sportschalmers.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Sena standing in the nature, pointing towards a specific direction" style="margin:5px" />Climbing</strong></div> <div>Climbing has been at the top of my to-do list for a very long time. This sport is very common in Sweden and I must admit that at first, I was a little taken aback by this. Since Norway has all the mountains in Scandinavia, I was asking myself where people climbed in Sweden?. The answer is rocks and climbing centers! Bouldering is climbing to the small rocks without the use of ropes or harness. I started climbing at Fysiken Klätterlabbet with a friend from Chalmers. This climbing center is just a hundred meters from the Johannaberg campus and is a former high voltage laboratory building of Chalmers. Our amateur climbing group, which we started with two people eight months ago, has now turned into a team of 25 people. We regularly climb indoors or outdoors every week. Sometimes we have a fika after training. I can say that this is the most fun sport for me. You can visit<a href="" title="Link to the fysiken website"> the website</a> for more information about Fysiken Klätterlabbet! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Yoga</strong></div> <div>Yoga has been next on my to-do list after climbing. &#128522; After getting a student membership from Fysiken, I was able to attend regular yoga classes there. Fysiken is one of the biggest sports centers in Gothenburg and is partly owned by Gothenburg's five student unions but is open for everyone. It has different sports activities with expert trainers like Crossfit, group classes such as yoga, pilates, body pump, and other activities. Due to the pandemic, yoga classes were held with a limited number of participants during 2021. We cleaned our yoga mats with disinfectant before and after each class and always maintained social distancing. Yin yoga, ashtanga yoga, and restorative yoga are the classes I mostly attend. In every yoga class, we do meditation and breathing exercises with our trainers. My favorite might be restorative yoga because in this yoga class we get to sleep in three or four different positions! &#128522;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Running</strong></div> <div>One of the things I am most happy to see since I came to Sweden is that a lot of people are running or cycling here. For swedes, cold or stormy weather and evenings is not an obstacle to do outdoor activities. As the old saying goes “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes”! &#128522; There are many trails or natural reserves close to Chalmers where you can run between or after lectures. My favorite of these is Näckrosparken that is just 800 meters from the Johannaberg campus. There is a wonderful little lake there that offers different beauty in every season. You can run among the colorful flowers in the spring and the water lilies that cover the lake surface in the summer. You also can see crystallized trees around the lake during the winter.</div> <div>Cycling</div> <div><br /></div> <div>If there is one thing as common as running in Gothenburg it is cycling! Even in the winter, people are cycling. I train with my bike, which I bought second hand, whenever I can. As I mentioned in the <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/Pages/Sports-and-studies.aspx" title="Link to the blog">‘My 5 Summer Highlights’ blog</a>, I traveled in and out of Gothenburg by bicycle. I am lucky that my close friends also love cycling and thus, we can spend more time together on our bikes. My favorite bike tour was a total of 90 kilometers for the archipeologists: Fotö-Hönö-Öckerö-Hälsö. These four islands are the northernmost islands of Gothenburg and are connected to each other by bridges. If you want to find a second-hand bike, you can check out Blocket or Facebook Marketplace.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At Chalmers, besides the possibilities to participate in different activities, you will also be encouraged to continue your sports career if you are an elite athlete. Chalmers offers elite athletes <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/Pages/Sports-and-studies.aspx" title="Link to the Elite Athletes extra support">extra support </a>with individually tailored studies which, for example, can be to study part-time, to write the exams elsewhere, and get medical or dietary support. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to the sport activities video at Chalmers">Watch a video about sport activities at Chalmers</a></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Sena" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Sena's Unibuddy">Sena </a></span></div>Mon, 20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 for a method that enables full development of RNA-based medicines<p><b>​RNA-based therapeutics had their big breakthrough as a Covid vaccine. But in order to also be able to cure cancer and other diseases, a refined technology is needed that increases the uptake of RNA into the cell. Elin Esbjörner and Marcus Wilhelmsson have led a research team that has developed a method that facilitates this development. For this, they now receive the Areas of Advance Award.</b></p>​<img src="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/PublishingImages/A_A_Elin-Esbjorner_2.jpg" alt="Elin Esbjörner " class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>They are from different research areas</strong>, but have shared lunch rooms for many years.</span><div>” We have talked for a long time about collaboration to test if Marcus' fluorescent short <span style="background-color:initial">RN</span><span style="background-color:initial">A could be used in live cells but have never had a platform for it. In 2017, we, together with other researcher at Chalmers and other Swedish universities, received a large research grant that made it possible,” s</span><span style="background-color:initial">ays Elin Esbjörner, associate professor at the Department of Biology and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Bio</span><span style="background-color:initial">locical</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"> Engineering</span><span style="background-color:initial">.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The FoRmulaEx research center</strong> was formed and a goal was set - if everything went well, they would have a method to produce fluorescent mRNA within six years.</div> <div>It took three.</div> <div>“mRNA is a molecule that assist in translating the genetic code to protein. It is used in Covid vaccines, but it also has great promise for cancer vaccines and to treat different types of genetic diseases. The potential is huge. But for this to work, these large and fragile molecules must become better at getting into the cells and reach their target. The functional uptake into the cells today is at best a few percent.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/PublishingImages/A-A_Marcus-Wilhelmsson_I0A4104.jpg" alt="Marcus Wilhelmsson" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />This is where the fluorescent mRNA comes in</strong>. Marcus Wilhelmsson, professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, explains that it behaves like a natural mRNA, even though one of RNA’s own building-blocks here is replaced by a corresponding fluorescent building-block that has been developed by the team.</div> <div>“In this way you can follow mRNA molecules into the cell and see how they are taken up. The method makes it easier for the pharmaceutical industry and academic research groups to accelerate the development of mRNA medicines,” says Marcus Wilhelmsson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>To ensure that the method is utilized, the researchers have submitted a couple of patent applications and with the support of Chalmers Ventures and Chalmers Innovation Office, a company is being started up.</div> <div>“We are currently looking for a business developer and in a few weeks, the company will be up and running.”<br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>So how long can it take before</strong> the new technology can be on the market?</div> <div>“The fluorescent building block could be on the market within a year. Skilled labs around the world could use it to do their own investigations. A kit for the entire technology, which includes information about the production of the long mRNA strand, may take two years, says Marcus Wilhelmsson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The method has already received a lot of attention, not least since the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) selected the project and the innovation for its annual 100 list. The Areas of Advance Award is another recognition that the results of their research which has also been done in collaboration with AstraZeneca, makes a difference.<br /><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong>“Sweden is not known</strong> for having many academic prizes, so it is nice to get that attention. It´s an honor, especially when you think about the talented people who have received the award before. We are very proud”</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Related:</strong><br /><a href="/en/centres/FoRmulaEx/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The FoRmulaEx research center</a><br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklasson</span>​</div> ​Wed, 15 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0200