– Her focus on sustainable research in the processing area combined with a genuine passion to merge and team up different disciplines has been important for us. We are sad that she steps down, but also that happy she will continue her work as profile leader for “Scalable and robust manufacturing processes”, finishes Lars Nyborg.
We asked Anette for some reflections from her time as vice director:
Hi Anette Larsson! What has been the biggest challenge working as a vice director for the Production Area of Advance?
“Since the Production Area of Advance (AoA) includes many different areas and departments within Chalmers, it has been a challenge to understand how they are connected and how to merge them together. Difficult but at the same time very educational.”
And what has been the most fun?
“As I am interested in, and eager to learn new things, the most fun has definitely been working with so many competent people. By that I mean competence in many different fields, such as research but also within administration, communication and leadership."
Where do you think the Areas of Advance have contributed the most?
“If I look back at Chalmers ten years ago – before the Areas of Advance platform started – I think Chalmers has become more open and it is easier to work across different areas and disciplines. Without the Areas of Advance, I don't think it could have happened.
I also belong to those who want ONE Chalmers, where whether you are a student, researcher or administrator, ALL of us contributes to making Chalmers a better university. I am convinced that the concept of Areas of Advance also contributes to this."
Looking back on the years, what have you learned?
“ I have gained a vastly expanded network and increased knowledge of how Chalmers operates. There have been many interesting discussions about research results and challenges, and many, many laughs in the management meetings. I will miss them!"
What are your plans for the future?
“I will continue as a profile leader for the area ‘Scalable and robust manufacturing processes’. Otherwise, I continue to research and teach as usual. I will increase my involvement in the new competence center FibRe. Society is facing a big challenge when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. My way of contributing to a more sustainable society, is to develop good scientific evidence for the industry. It will help them in the transition from fossil-based to bio-based thermoplastic materials. I am absolutely convinced that such research is needed, and that society cannot afford to fail in this shift!
It is so cool that we, at Chalmers, are allowed to contribute!”
Anette Larsson is professor of pharmaceutical technology at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers. She is also the director of one of Vinnova's competence centers at Chalmers, FibRe. The center focuses on research on the transition from fossil-based to bio-based thermoplastics produced in a circular and scalable manner. Anette has also worked at AstraZeneca between 1996 and 2003.
Picture: Lars Nyborg and Anette Larsson, moderating the initiative seminar on digital twins and processing intelligence, March 2019. Photo: Carina Schultz
Research from Anette Larsson Group