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New summer course focusing on emissions from transportation

​​Emissions from traffic cause great damage to both the environment as well as human health. Chalmers’ new summer course "Emissions from transportation" wishes to equip society – students, engineers and politicians – with better knowledge on how to build a sustainable transport system for the future.
Today, the transport system is absolutely vital for our society to function. At the same time, it’s necessary to minimize the harmful effects that the transport system has on the environment and human health. However, a future sustainable transport system requires a broad understanding of transport technology and its emissions. That is why Chalmers now launches a new summer course that provides an introduction to current transport technology and the various impacts from emissions.
"This course is about air pollution that in Sweden alone causes nearly 8000 premature deaths – every year! Like half a pandemic, but continuously! Although the knowledge exists, far too little is done in this area. What we can do is to educate as many people as possible in the basics of emissions from transportation. It’s a very broad area, but very interesting," says Jonas Sjöblom, coordinator for the course.

An interdisciplinary approach to societal problems

"Emissions from transportation" is an interdisciplinary course and is based on the so-called Tracks pedagogy, which gives participants the opportunity to gain new knowledge by tackling real and socially important problems together with project-based working methods. It’s a freestanding course and doesn’t require any programme enrollment, which opens up for a wider group of people to apply.

"Society is transforming at an extremely fast pace and we need to make sure to keep the course content up to date. This course enables for lifelong learning and for competence development in several areas for students and PhD students, as well as for engineers, high school teachers and policy-makers," says Jonas.

Relevant to many

The course is held remotely and consists of pre-recorded lectures given by no less than 16 guest lecturers who will contribute with state-of-the-art knowledge and perspectives, most of whom belong to the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences. Course coordinator Jonas Sjöblom, associate professor in Combustion and Propulsion Systems at the department, believes that the course content is beneficial to many, regardless of background.

"As an undergraduate student, you should take this course to better understand the world and to get inspired to continue studying. As a PhD student, you should take this course as a way to broaden your research, given that it’s related to transport. As a citizen, you should take this course for lifelong learning, as competence development or just because it’s interesting and fun!"

"Emissions from transport" contains four blocks connected to air pollution:

• The energy and transport system
• Energy carriers (fuels, batteries)
• Energy converters (especially internal combustion engines)
• Social impact

The course also includes a practical laboratory and a project that covers all four subject blocks. 
Application will be open from 18 February to March 15, but will be kept open until the course is full.  

Further information about the course and its content, as well as how to apply can be found here.​ 
If you have questions about the course, please get in contact with course coordinator Jonas Sjöblom at jonas.sjoblom@chalmers.se​

The course is also offered within the framwork for Tracks: 
https://student.portal.chalmers.se/en/chalmersstudies/tracks/Pages/current-courses-within-tracks.aspx​

Text: Lovisa Håkanson​

Page manager Published: Wed 23 Feb 2022.