News: Programme All programmes related to Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 01 Dec 2021 04:43:46 +0100, respect and cooperation – how to maximize your study time<p><b>​After more than a year of distance studies Chalmers Vice President and the new President for Chalmers Student Union are happy to welcome all students back to campus. “We are really looking forward to this,” says Vice President Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Catrin Lindberg has just taken over the role as President of the Chalmers student union after five years of studies in Chemistry. Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson is Vice President of Education and lifelong learning at Chalmers. Both agree that the best things about Chalmers are the community and the collaboration between the university and the student union.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>“It’s unique and something we should cherish,” says Catrin Lindberg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Chalmers is a university with high ambition among both employees and students and there is a drive that is very inspiring,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson. <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210701-20211231/Anna%20och%20Catrin_I0A6226_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Catrin Lindberg President of the student union" style="margin:15px" /><br /><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">‘You cannot mana</span><span style="background-color:initial">ge Chalmers alone’, Catrin Lindberg was told when she started her education at Chalmers and she emphasizes the importance of asking for help. She also says that it’s good to study with older students who have experience of the course you are studying and can help you understand, but also to ask teachers and classmates.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“To get a good a start on your student life, I recommend you join the welcome activities,” says Catrin Lindberg.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Take care of each other</h2> <div>After a year where most education has been on distance due to the pandemic, Chalmers is looking forward to welcoming all students back to campus. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Our ambition is for all students to have half of their scheduled time on campus in study period one this autumn,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson. “We have been longing for this!”</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210701-20211231/Anna%20och%20Catrin_I0A6197_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="vice president Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson" style="margin:15px" /></div> <div>Both Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson and Catrin Lindberg underlines that it’s more important these days that we respect, care for, and help each other. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“If you need support, regardless of whether you need study help or someone to talk to, you can always turn to your ‘phadder’, master programme director or your study counselor and ask for help who to contact,” says Catrin Lindberg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>And Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson agrees.</div> <div>“Take a look around you and include the person standing next to you, especially the first few weeks when everyone is new to each other,” she says. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>She also emphasizes how important it is that everyone, both students and employees, stays home at the slightest symptom of illness, because the covid-19 pandemic is not over yet.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It is the only and very best way to protect us from the spread of infection,” she says. “And for that to work, the students need to keep in touch with each other to share their notes and things that happen with someone who is at home with symptoms so that they don’t miss out on anything important. And if you know that others keep you in mind if you are not well, it is easier to stay home,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Anna’s and Catrin’s three best tips to get a good start at Chalmers and in Gothenburg</h2> <div><strong>1. Join the welcome activities. </strong>CIRC (Chalmers International Reception Committee) will offer you a lot of events and adventures to join. Select the ones you are interested of and respect others who might not want to join. Include each other and take the chance to make new friends.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Explore the city of Gothenburg.</strong> Ride a bike, join the tram race or rent an electric scooter and get to know the city. Take a trip to Röda sten and look at the amazing views. Take the boat over to Lindholmen, swim in Delsjön or in the sea. Gothenburg also has one of Europe's most beautiful botanical gardens, where you can enjoy a picnic. Eventually you will find your own favorite place!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Get familiar with campus.</strong> Grab a ‘phadder’ and ask them to show you the best place to study. Remember that you do not have to sit where you usually have lectures. At Chalmers there is something for everyone, look at the union's website and on the Student Portal and discover associations, experiments and everything you can take part in.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Stay safe, have fun and above all – welcome to Chalmers!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Johanna Fasth</div> <div>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/newly-admitted-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to information for newly admitted students"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Link to more information for newly admitted master's students</a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to chalmers student union"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Link to Chalmers student union</a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to circ"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Link to CIRC - Chalmers International Reception Committé​</a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to chalmers student union"></a><a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/newly-admitted-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to information for newly admitted students"></a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div></div>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0200 learn about working environment<p><b>​How can I intervene when I see that someone in my surroundings is being mistreated? At Chalmers, students in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering will get a course that gives them tools and the ability to act in uncomfortable and discriminating situations. Known as the ‘Bystander intervention technique’, it is being taught as early as year 1.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Since 2020, the mandatory, basic safety training, with a focus on maritime safety and personal security, includes workshops on how to protect yourself and others from harassment.</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210101-20210631/JohanHartler%20profilfoto.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Johan Hartler" style="background-color:initial;margin:5px;width:220px;height:145px" />The purpose of the courses’ workshops in Bystander intervention is to give students the ability to act during their studies, at a workplace or in private life where they experience harassment in any form. The fact that it is a part of the mandatory Basic safety training, in addition to fire safety and training in the usage of lifeboats is important, emphasises the Head of programme, Johan Hartler:</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“We want to highlight that the psychosocial work environment is very important too. To handle issues regarding harassment is important for creating a sustainable workplace, where people want to stay over a long period of time. Everyone should feel safe in the workplace and during their studies.”</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>In addition to being able to think about and discuss concrete situations, students get to know more about theoretical background such as knowledge of what harassment is and to learn more about different grounds of discrimination.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">#MeToo pointed out the way forward</h3> <div> </div> <div>The ambition of creating a study and work environment free from harassment is an ongoing process at Chalmers. But as the #MeToo movement showed, there was more below the surface than what had previously been known, the university and the student union started the initiative Chalmers against sexism. This initiative resulted in a lot of concreate action, for example &quot;<a href="/en/safe/Pages/Safe.aspx">Safe at Chalmers</a>&quot; was created – a digital platform where both employees and students can easily report experiences or occurrences of harassment. In addition, Chalmers has been deeply involved in the shipping industry's #Metoo initiative &quot;Vågrätt&quot;.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The team behind the maritime programmes at Chalmers wanted to intensify their offer regarding knowledge of work environment and <span style="background-color:initial">therefore, </span><span style="background-color:initial">issues of harassment </span><span style="background-color:initial"> became a part of their Work Environment Days in 2018.</span></div> <div> <span></span></div> <div></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The initiative in 2018 was appreciated by both students and the industry representatives who were on site during the Work Environment Days, and in 2019 the program received funding from the Foundation Sveriges sjömanshus to be able to continue working on harassment together with Linnaeus University. This work has now led to mandatory workshops in the technique Bystander intervention. It is now a part of the Basic safety training since the autumn of 2020. So far, 200 Chalmers students have participated in the workshops and 120 students from Linnaeus University. Johan Hartler has also been visiting the school Öckerö Sjöfartsgymnasium where he held an adjusted session for the students. He thinks that the response from all the students has been good.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“The majority are very positive, but of course, everyone can’t be excited about it. Some people don’t want to absorb the content of the course. But through this initiative, we show what Chalmers ambition is and how we want our students to act when they enter the industry. The message is clear – harassment is totally unacceptable”.</div> <div> </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Great interest from the maritime ​sector</h3></div> <div> </div> <div>There has been a great interest from the maritime sector since the Work Environment Days 2018 and several companies have contacted Johan Hartler and his colleagues at Linnaeus University to learn from their training concept in Bystander intervention.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;We are in contact with several companies, including Skärgårdstrafiken and Gotlandsbolaget, and they want to try to get parts of our course content into their own internal safety trainings, which is great! This has become Chalmers' major contribution to the #Metoo initiative “Vågrätt”. To be able to influence the whole maritime sector in the right direction feels incredibly good!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Julia Jansson</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <br /><br />Fri, 02 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0200 knowledge put to the test in hospital project<p><b>​The stay in Tanzania can be described as the journey of her life and she brought back a positive and unique insight into a new culture. Moa Strålman, one of the Chalmers students who annually collaborates with Engineers Without Borders, shares her experience of relocating part of her studies to a completely different continent.</b></p><div>​Through Engineers/Architects Without Borders' project &quot;Healthy Hospitals&quot; in Tanzania, Chalmers students each year take the opportunity to contribute their newfound knowledge where it’s needed the most. For Moa Strålman and Ellen Blanksvärd's part, the assignment was about planning for a new lab and supervise the construction of a new RCH care unit at Mkula Hospital in Kitsomo. An assignment that really put their knowledge to the test!    </div> <div> </div> <div>   – On location our mission was partly to act as the link between the project group and the hospital, and partly to act as supervisors, coordinators and technical consultants for the ongoing construction work, explains Moa. A task of great responsibilities, she adds.    </div> <div> </div> <div>Moa Strålman took the undergraduate program Civil Engineering 180 credits, and with the Bachelors´ thesis the possibility to join EWB and go to Tanzania appeared. The aim of the thesis was to examine the long-term quality of the project process, with the planned construction work at Mkula Hospital as the case study.       </div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Efforts that make a difference  </h2> <div> </div> <div>In parallel to the ongoing project of constructing the RCH unit, Moa and her fellow student Ellen Blanksvärd planned for the hospitals´ laboratory which needed renovation as well as expansion – a work that is expected to start during 2021. Moa can confirm that the need of support on location is great and resources scarce, hence made efforts account for a true difference.    </div> <div> </div> <div>   – It felt amazing to be able to use skills and knowledge from education in this way. We received a fantastic reception, and our job was really appreciated by the hospital staff. We are still in regular contact with some of our on-site collaborators, says Moa.    </div> <div> </div> <div>Thanks to their network on location Moa and Ellen can continue to follow the work and progress from a distance, and not only see the project through – but hopefully also see that the implemented measures are utilized and appreciated by the local community.    </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Collaboration with mutual respect    </h2> <div> </div> <div>Working in a completely different culture and with limited resources was of course a challenge. But Moa’s main takeaway from her stay in Kitsomo is a humble approach to the difference in living conditions, and great respect for the knowledge and experience of the local team and hospital staff. The work carried out at the hospital is planned by engineers without borders together with the hospital management and the local district engineer - based on the needs that on-site are identified as most critical.    </div> <div> </div> <div>   – The lack of resources means that factors we hardly ever think of, such as access to water, sewage and electricity, cannot be taken for granted. Tough conditions to operate in! Hence, the long-term focus is crucial, striving for a sustainable infrastructure where we contribute with resources to support the hospital to a flying start, after which they carry out maintenance and further development by themselves, says Moa.    </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background and links</h3></div> <div> Engineers Without Borders &amp; Architects Without Borders and their projects in Tanzania have indirectly been supported by Chalmers Mastercard Scholarships via Chalmers students for several years. This is also the case for Moa Strålman och and fellow student Ellen Blanksvärd who were among the students awarded with the scholarship in 2020. <a href="/en/collaboration/alumni/chalmersmastercard/Pages/default.aspx">Read more about the Chalmers Mastercard Scholarships</a></div> <div> </div> <div>The on-site team driving the project are alumnae from Chalmers engaged in EWO or ASF. Also involved in the projects together with Moa and Ellen was masters’ students Bassem Hewidi och David Jaros, whose contribution to the project formed background for their masters´ thesis. Read more about <a href="">Engineers Without Borders</a> and their work at Mkula Hospital in Kitsomo, Tanzania.<br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Moa Strålman now holds a Bachelors’ degree from the undergraduate program of Civil Engineering 180 credits and proceeds her studies at Chalmers with Industrial Ecology. Her fellow student and co-writer Ellen Blanksvärd also took the Civil Engineering 180 credits program. Link to the Bachelors’ thesis: <a href="">Project Management challenges that affect lifespan of constructions in development aid project – A Case Study through Healthy Hospital Project in Tanzania</a>.   <br />Supervisor was Martine Buser, assistant Professor at the Division of Construction Management at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text:Catharina Björk<br /></div>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0100 increases support to fee-paying students.aspx increases support to fee-paying students<p><b>​Chalmers is launching a temporary scholarship for fee-paying students that will continue their studies at Chalmers during autumn 2021. The aim is to support students whose financial situation has become strained due to the ongoing pandemic.​</b></p>The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the financial situation for fee-paying students. In several countries it has, for example, become more difficult to get bank loans for tuition fees, and in Sweden, the possibility for international students to earn an income through part time-work has decreased. Chalmers has therefore decided to launch a temporary scholarship programme (Chalmers COVID-19 Economic Relief Scholarship). The scholarship will cover half of the tuition fee in the autumn semester of 2021 for fee-paying<br />students starting their second year on a Master programme.  <br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210101-20210631/StefanBengtsson_190425_11.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;height:288px;width:250px" /><div>​<br />“We can see that our fee-paying students are facing major challenges due to the pandemic. That is why we hope that this scholarship will make it easier for them to complete their education at Chalmers,” says Stefan Bengtsson, Chalmers' president.<br /><br /><span></span><div>Fee-paying students who are enrolled at Chalmers during the spring semester of 2021 and who plan to continue their studies in the autumn can apply for the scholarship. <span style="background-color:initial">Eligible applicants will be awarded the scholarship provided that they have received at least half of their credits during their studies at Chalmers and are not already holders of another scholarship administered by Chalmers.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <br /><strong>Text:</strong> Helén Rosenfeldt<br /><strong>Photo:</strong> Johan Bodell</div> ​Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 winter graduation ceremony was celebrated digitally<p><b>Like last time, the newly graduated Chalmerists were honored online during the winter graduation ceremony. 182 former students passed the revue when the festivities took place on January 23.</b></p><p>The chat was filled with congratulations from relatives and friends when the ceremony was broadcast live, and the programme consisted of a mix of live elements from the student union building and pre-recorded material. President Stefan Bengtsson, vice president Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson, student union president David Welander, comperes Hedvig Aspenberg and Philip Wramsby, and musicians from Duo Granmo-Berg and Alliance-Orchestret were present in the student union building.<br /><br />Stefan Bengtsson commented on the world situation in his greeting speech.<br /><br />“It´s very obvious, and has become apparent recently with the corona virus, that the world is closely linked together. What happens in one corner of the world affects the entire planet. But there are also opportunities. By collaboration, we can address the challenges.”<br /><br />He concluded by welcoming the graduates back to Chalmers as alumni in various contexts.<br /><br />“I would like to express my deepest congratulations on your exam, and wish you all luck in the future. Remember that you will remain being a Chalmerist even now when your studies are over. And indeed, you are the future.”<br /><br />Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson started with some advice based on her own experiences.<br /><br />“I started my career once upon a time with a bachelor in analytical chemistry, and the three things that were the least exciting during my education were bacteria, carbohydrate chemistry and statistics. So I decided that I would never come close to any of those again. That did not really work out, since half a decade later I defended my thesis on – yes – bacteria binding to carbohydrates. And I loved it. I think it was a question of getting the right problem to solve, in the right environment, at the right time in my life.”<br /><br />“My tip for you as new graduates is: Get rid of prejudices, move around, foster your curiosity and patience. Then you will – over and over again – find the problem, in the environment, at the time, that lets you say: I love it.”<br /><br />Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson led the main part of the ceremony. She gave a short introduction to each study programme before all the graduates were introduced with names, and pictures for those who wished, accompanied by music by Duo Granmo-Berg. Each programme also received a fanfare from Alliance-Orchestret. The diploma itself and a goodie bag are sent by post to the graduates.<br /><br />Chalmers Student Choir entertained during the breaks, and the viewers received video greetings from alumni Ulrika Lindstrand, Paul Welander, Therese Eriksson and Robert Falck.<br /><br />David Welander gave the last live speech. He encouraged the graduates to bring their most valuable relationships and memories from Chalmers with them, in addition to the knowledge, tools and title they have gained.<br /><br />“When graduating, what you keep is important. I believe that all of you will return to Chalmers some day. Perhaps as a mentor to a young student, an employer at Charm, or in just passing by. No matter the reason, I hope that you bring enough of Chalmers with you today to be able to still call it home when you return.”<br /><br /><br /><strong>Text:</strong> Johanna Wilde</p> <p><strong>Pictures from the live streaming:</strong></p> <p>AllianceOrchestret </p> <p>Vice president Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson</p> <p>University president Stefan Bengtsson</p> <p>Comperes Philip Wramsby and Hedvig Aspenberg </p> <p></p> <p>Student Union president David Welander</p>Mon, 25 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 want to make clothes easier to recycle<p><b>​When the prestigious international competition IGEM was held, a team from Chalmers participated. They wanted to make it possible to recycle more textiles – with the help of enzymes.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">IGEM, The International Genetic Engineered Machine Competition, was started in 2003 at MIT in Boston and has since grown into its own, independent organization. The topic of the competition is synthetic biology, which in short means taking advantage of the knowledge that exists about genetic code, and how to change it to influence biological systems. One example is the production of enzymes that can be used to accelerate chemical reactions, which in turn can be used in industrial processes.</span><div><div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div>It is this technology that Chalmers IGEM team, consisting of ten students, focused on.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We wanted to use enzymes to break down synthetic fibre found in cotton, which makes it difficult to recycle textiles. You often mix in three to four percent elastane, whose fibres are then worn out while i.e. a pair of jeans are being used. Therefore, the cotton cannot be recycled because it cannot be separated from the worn elastane fibres”, says Matilda Johansson, who is studying her fourth year at Biotechnology.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Enzymatic cocktail&quot;</h2> <div> </div> <div>She says that because large resources are required to grow cotton, a lot is wasted when clothes cannot be recycled.</div> <div> </div> <div>Therefore, the team developed an &quot;enzymatic cocktail&quot;.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We identified nine enzymes that biotechnically should break down elastane. These can be made in laboratories and used on textiles, so they break down the elastane – but hopefully not the cotton”.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>This year's competition was of course affected by the pandemic. Among other things, the final &quot;Giant jamboree&quot;, where the teams show their projects on site in Boston, was cancelled and went digital. The corona virus also affected the work in the project itself.</div> <div> </div> <div>“In terms of lab work, it was tricky because the time in the lab halls was limited and we were allowed to be a maximum of two people at a time. There we missed a few weeks. We managed to build up the genetic codes to get the bacterium to produce the required enzymes, but never had the time to test them. We hope to be able to hand it over to next year's Chalmers team or hope that another competitor picks up the thread, says Matilda Johansson.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Reached bronze level</h2> <div> </div> <div>In the competition, you can receive the bronze, silver or gold award, depending on how far you have managed to take your project and how many criteria you have managed to achieve. To be allowed to step up a level, it is required that all criteria are met. The Chalmers team reached bronze but were stumbling close to silver as only a few criteria were lacking at the silver level.</div> <div> </div> <div>“There are a wide range of criteria, such as Human practices on how society affects the project and vice versa. We managed to spread our message widely because we broadened it. It does not matter what level we ended up at, the important thing was that we got very good feedback”, says Matilda Johansson.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The thought of continuing the project outside of the competition has been there, but reality also comes into play.</div> <div> </div> <div>“There is potential, the need exists among, for example, municipal actors and clothing stores. But time and money are a problem. We are involved in recruiting next year's team and hope that they will want to continue working with this”, says Matilda Johansson.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Learned so much&quot;</h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div>The Chalmers team consisted of ten students, from different years and specializations, and two students from the University of Gothenburg.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We try to get as broad a team as possible, because for example web design is a component of the project”, says Matilda Johansson.</div> <div> </div> <div>She does not hesitate to push other Chalmerists to participate in IGEM.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We have learned so much. You get an overall picture of biotechnology and get to be with it all the way: from idea via sequences, lab work and model work to documentation. Above all, we learned extremely much about working in projects and groups and got a try of what it is like to do this for real because it is up to us to plan our work”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">​More information on IGEM on their site.</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Erik Krång</div> <div><strong>Pictures: </strong>Private</div> <div> </div></div>Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Christmas dinner – a new student union tradition?<p><b>​The pandemic may mean that we can’t gather for a traditional Christmas dinner, but a true Chalmerist doesn’t see problems – only challenges. So, the Chalmers Student Union arranged a digital Christmas dinner where 800 streams started with participants at a distance from student halls, rental rooms and collectives all around Gothenburg.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Chalmerist or not. Everyone who wanted was welcome to pre-book their vegan or traditional Christmas plate at Kårrestaurangen and pick it up at a stated time on Friday or Saturday. It was herring or pickled shiitake, Jansson's and Vegansson's temptation, meatballs, cold meats and salads, combined with cheeses and Christmas sweets. In addition, the restaurant had listed recommended beverages of different strength and taste, but one had to procure them oneself.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><strong>Exciting flavors to look forward to</strong></div> <div>Some of those first in line to pick up their food were the international students Sofia and Annalena.</div> <div>“I think this is a fantastic idea by the Student Union and as an international student I see it as a unique chance to get a taste of Sweden, now that we can’t do it any other way,” said Annalena from Germany who is studying in the field of Civil Engineering.</div> <div>Materials Engineering master's student Sofia from Italy agreed.</div> <div>“I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of food it is. And to the broadcast!” she said.</div> <div>Next in line, at a proper distance, were the two undergraduate Biological Engineering students Albin and Erik, waiting with Filip, who is an undergraduate student in Physics.</div> <div>“I think this will be an unforgettable experience,” said Albin.</div> <div>“It really will”, Filip agreed.</div> <div>“It will be exciting to taste the vegan Christmas plate, it is the first time for me,” said Erik.</div> <div>None of them really knew what to expect from the livestream, but they agreed that the initiative brought some light into this strange time of social distance and distance learning.</div> <div>“Above all, I look forward to getting a little Christmas feeling. Christmas feeling and Brussels sprouts!” said Albin.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Everyone contributed to the success</strong></div> <div>And so, on Saturday, December 12, it was time. In front of the fireplace in a self-built studio in Kårhuset, the hosts Viktoria Bogren and Sebastian Ringqvist welcomed everyone with a Christmas poem. Then they lit the candles and the party was on.</div> <div>The Chalmers Choir supported the singing and during the evening, classic elements such as a rhyming cabin and Christmas crafts were interspersed with humor and “spex”. And to give time and space to enjoy the food, Svea Skivgarde provided the dinner music.</div> <div>A couple of days later, the experience has had time to sink in with the Christmas hosts.</div> <div>“It's so cool how we at Chalmers can organize something like this together, completely non-profit,” says Sebastian Ringqvist. ”We come up with an idea and everyone contribute with their skills. And I think we created something really nice together, in true Chalmers spirit.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The ingenuity and creativity of the students was something that both President Stefan Bengtsson and union chairman David Welander praised in their respective speeches during the Christmas dinner. That the Chalmerists constantly think outside the box as well as work together as one big family.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It was so impressively supported by our societies and committees and with everyone who contributed in different ways,” says Viktoria Bogren. “The best part of the evening, in my opinion, was the commitment from the viewers, all the rhymes they sent to the rhyme cabin. We had a desire to have the viewers involved and that succeeded beyond expectations!”</div> <div>Sebastian Ringqvist agrees.</div> <div>“Yes, I will carry the feeling of family with me for a long time. This was a fantastic opportunity for more people than usual to join. It did not feel at all like an emergency solution, on the contrary. I’m excited to see what new traditions can come from this!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photos: CFFC</div></div>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0100 festivities at this autumns graduation ceremony<p><b>​Although much was different in the graduation ceremony in the autumn of 2020, nothing was missing from the pomp and circumstance that usually frames the festivities. It was only the physical presence that the 95 newly graduated students at Chalmers University of Technology missed – and thus also the usual dinner.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">That these are different times has not escaped anyone. For a long time, the autumn graduation ceremony was planned for a limited celebration on site, but then came further restrictions for the Västra Götaland region, and the festivities thus became completely digital. Not so fun, but on the plus side, it gave examinees the opportunity to via live stream share the festive moment with both family and friends.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Otherwise, most things were as usual. Candelabra and fine flower arrangements adorned the stage in Runan in Kårhuset. The compares guided everyone through the event. The fanfares sounded over the newly graduated students, who instead of receiving the diploma on stage were shown in a photo while the music group Duo Granmo-Berg played. The Chalmers Choir entertained in pre-recorded videoclips. And the diploma itself, it will come afterwards, along with a goodie bag.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Protect the important values&quot;</h2> <div>Both University President Stefan Bengtsson and the Vice President with responsibility for education and lifelong learning, Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson, wished good luck with personal greetings from the stage in Runan.</div> <div>Maybe Stefan Bengtsson was a little more serious than usual when he ended his greeting:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;We live in a time of fake news, factual resistance and questioning of science. As a university, we stand up for fact-based decisions, critical thinking and the scientific method. I hope that your years at Chalmers have given you a good foundation to stand on in the future, to be able to safeguard these important values and thereby ultimately safeguard our democracy.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Student Union President David Welander who, being part of the management team of the Student Union, has not yet graduated himself, compared it all to the melancholic feeling of moving away from home. Admittedly, one is moving out, but one carries Chalmers within and will probably return in some way in the future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>And returned did the four alumni who each sent their greetings to the students who are now ready to go into working life.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Four hot alumni</h2> <div>&quot;And whenever you doubt yourself and your knowledge, for that will happen, it is part of your life journey, remember that you are a trained problem solver. And you belong to those who do not ponder on if the glass is half full, or half empty. You are an engineer, you simply know that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. So go out there. Follow your heart and enjoy the journey.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Those words were sent to the examinees by Ulrika Lindstrand (K98). She is the President of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (Sveriges ingenjörer) and often seen in debates about the role of the engineer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The examinee also received wise words from the other alumni. Paul Welander (M83) who, in addition to being chairman of the Chalmers Alumni Association, Cing, is Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor to CEO at Volvo Car Group. He is also on the board of Chalmers University of Technology. Therese Eriksson (I09, DR16), project manager at the Swedish Transport Administration and chairman of Cing's local department in Stockholm.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The final words came from Robert Falck (M10), CEO of the Gothenburg based company Einride, which builds electric trucks. He is also on Di Digital's list of Sweden's 40 hottest serial entrepreneurs under 40 years of age.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;Go out and make the future happen!&quot;​</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Anita Fors</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 straight from exam to a silver medal<p><b>​Alexandra Gullberg was close to having to choose between an exam in Industrial Economics or to compete in the Swedish Championships. But thanks to the National Sports University at Chalmers, the elite climber was able to write her exam in a different town. The result: A Swedish Championship silver medal!</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial"><strong>How did you change location for the exam?</strong></span><div>&quot;I am a National Sports student and am studying my first year at Industrial Economics. When I found out that the exam and the championships would clash, I contacted education secretary Johan Bankel. He looked into the situation for both my teacher and me and decided that the best option was for me to write the exam at the competition site. So, Johan arranged a conference room at my hotel and then he went up to Eskilstuna to monitor me while I wrote the exam.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How close to the competition was the exam?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I had about three hours to recharge and shift focus, because I wrote a bit faster than I had planned. It was a packed day, but it was really great to be able to both do the exam and compete!&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>So, three hours after you wrote the exam, you managed to take a Swedish Championship silver medal in lead? Congratulations!</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Thanks! Actually, I had hoped to get a little more out of the competition. But, yes, I'm happy about it.&quot;</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How long have you been climbing and what are your goals?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I have been doing this for ten years now and am doing my last as a junior. Next year I will participate as a senior competitor. Then I will face tougher routes, larger competitions and a different resistance, and it is both exciting and challenging. Climbing has just recently become an Olympic sport, so the Olympics games in a few years is a dream goal for me!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>And now we all want to know – did you pass the exam?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I don’t know, because we have not received the results yet. But I think at least it felt all right.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photos: <span style="background-color:initial">Sytse van Slooten and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Björn Pohl </span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/sv/utbildning/att-studera-pa-chalmers/Sidor/sport-och-studier.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the National Sports University</a> (in Swedish)</div>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0100 with a love of maps<p><b>​Alva Sonesson reached a gold and Sara Hagström a silver medal in the Swedish Championships 2020. Two of Sweden's most outstanding orienteers study at Chalmers as national sports students – at each end of the same programme.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">At the end of September, Alva Sonesson reached gold in the junior class and Sara Hagström silver in the senior class in the Swedish Championships in orienteering, which was held in the forests just outside Gothenburg.</span><div>“I was mentally prepared and had a plan for both the middle-distance and long-distance races,” says Alva Sonesson. &quot;<span style="background-color:initial">But I do not think I had any advantage from the fact that the competitions took place here. I have not been in the Gothenburg terrain much, because I have just moved here. I'm from Falköping, just like Sara.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>&quot;Us orienteers have an interest in maps&quot;</strong></div> <div>Alva Sonesson has followed in Sara Hagström’s footsteps from the orienteering club at home in Falköping, through larger and larger competitions and all the way to studying built environment at Chalmers.</div> <div>“Sara was the big star in Falköping and she has shown the way and taken the lead in orienteering, so she is a strong role model for me in sports. But it's a little funny that we both study at the same programme now,” says Alva Sonesson.</div> <div>She has just started her first semester, while Sara Hagström is doing her last year and is more than halfway to finish her thesis in aquatic environment technology. Sara Hagström reckons that the choice for her to study built environment was quite natural.</div> <div>“Us orienteers have an interest in maps and can easily interpret them. In general, I would think that many orienteers are interested in the construction side. And I notice that I kind of wake up a little when there is, for example, a geology map at a lecture – in a completely different way than if I am shown a design model,” she says with a laugh.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Tips for new elite athlete students</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Both Sara Hagström and Alva Sonesson study at Chalmers within the framework of the Swedish National Sports University, which means that they can study at lower speed, get help with moving exams or in other ways adapt their studies to training and competition.</span><br /></div> <div>“I aim to study at 100 percent to start with. It has worked well for me this far, but we will see what happens during wintertime when I need to spend more time on training,” says Alva Sonesson. “And from what I have heard from others in the national team who are also National Sports University students at Chalmers, there is good help to get.”</div> <div>Sara Hagström has also studied at full speed during the first four years, but before the World Cup in Norway in 2019, she reduced it to half speed. And there are some things she wishes she had known as a new National Sports University student.</div> <div>“Do not demand too much of yourself during the first year, because it is tougher at the university than in high school. So, do not feel stressed about finishing in the same way as your friends who are not elite athletes. It's okay to do the courses at full speed, but a tip is to wait with the exam until the summer,” she says. “Also lower the bar because it is very demanding to get the highest scores as well as investing on elite athlete level, at the same time!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>They both have a clear goal</strong></div> <div>Neither Sara Hagström nor Alva Sonesson know exactly what they want to work with in the future. But in terms of sports, they both have clear goals.</div> <div>“My biggest focus is the Junior World Championships next year. It will be the last year for me to participate in that class and I really want to work hard, develop and see how far I can reach – where my limits are,” says Alva Sonesson.</div> <div>Sara Hagström is also aiming for the World Championships.</div> <div>“I have competed in the World Championships several times, so I am really eager to perform during the World Championships in the Czech Republic next year. I want to get a medal!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photo: Lars Rönnols</div> <div><br /></div> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0200 boat of cashews won in Italy<p><b>​Chalmers’ students continue to perform at the top in the student sailing competition 1001VelaCup in Italy. The regatta was cancelled this year due to Corona but was replaced with a design competition that Chalmers team won.</b></p>​Around 30 students from different grades and educational tracks have since the autumn semester 2019 been involved in the project of designing a racing boat with the final goal 1001VelaCup in Italy. Far into the spring, it was still uncertain whether there would be any sailing in Italy. The idea was to also build the boat, but then the news came. The regatta was cancelled and replaced with a design competition. <div><br /></div> <div>A total of 20 universities were invited to the competition. In competition with six other university teams from Germany and Italy, Chalmers' team submitted drawings, technical detailed descriptions, photos, information about construction processes and more, as well as a report of almost 200 pages. The submitted material was assessed on the three aspects innovation, thoroughness and presentation. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">An extreme design </h3> <div>According to Lars Larsson, professor at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences and supervisor of Chalmers Formula Sailing, the construction was by far the most extreme construction in the competition. The boat sails on foils, which lift the hull out of the water. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The real challenge was to achieve stability in the flying condition. The boat becomes extremely unstable there. Through a newly developed method with separate flaps on the starboard and port sides and an advanced mechanical control system, the boat could be made as stable as without foils&quot; says Lars Larsson. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The boat is built according to the R3 class rule which limits the boat in length, beam, sail area and that it must be naturally renewable or made of recyclable materials. In Chalmers' case, a high-performance dinghy for two sailors built from a bio-composite consisting of flax fibres, balsa wood and a thermoset plastics based on cashew nuts. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">From start to finish </h3> <div>Chalmers Formula Sailing has been conducted within one of Chalmers' Tracks courses. This means that the students are given the conditions to create cross-border competencies according to their own wishes. Fabian Myrheim Ebbesson is in his final year of his master's degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. He was Chalmers Formula Sailing's team leader and is very pleased with both the design and the training element. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It feels very good to get the recognition from the judges of the 1001 Vela Cup. It’s a confirmation that our performance is of a high standard, not only in technical development but also in the presentation of the work performed. In this project, we had the opportunity to really get acquainted with a complex problem and drive the development from an idea to finished drawings&quot; says Fabian Myrheim Ebbesson. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This was the third year Chalmers participated in the competition. Chalmers students won the regatta in the first year of 2018, the following year they finished third. This year, they took back the place at the top of the podium. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Become a part of the team </h3> <div>It’s already time to aim for upcoming competitions. If you are a student interested in moving Chalmers Formula Sailing further, please register on the link below. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Apply for Chalmers Formula Sailing </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers is also recruiting a new project manager since Lars Larsson is about to retire. If you are working on Chalmers and interested in supervising this exciting project, please contact Lars as soon as possible at <a href=""></a>.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more</h3> <div><a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/Pages/Tracks-Optional-courses.aspx">Tracks– elective courses and innovative learning environments​​</a></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Organic-cashew-boat-wins-sailing-competition-in-Italy.aspx">Organic cashew boat wins sailing competition in Italy​</a><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Organic-boat-building.aspx">Organic boat building in a nutshell​</a><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/sportstechnology/research/sports/sailing/Pages/Formula-Sailing.aspx">The project Chalmers Formula Sailing</a></div>Wed, 30 Sep 2020 08:30:00 +0200 Swedish record by Chalmers student<p><b>​For the first time, a Swede has run 800 meters in less than 1.45 minutes. Andreas Kramer set the record at 1.44.47 and is studying at Chalmers at the same time as he aims for the 2021 Olympics.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">It was at a gala in the Czech Republic that Andreas Kramer broke the previous record of 1.45.03, which he had set himself.</span><div>“I'm actually not surprised that I managed to do it, says Andreas Kramer. I have been in good shape and kept a good minimum level throughout this season. I've been one to two hundredths away lately, so the time was in. Now I got good resistance, and that is when I usually perform well.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>You study Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers within the framework of the Swedish Sports University – how are your studies?</strong></div> <div>“I have chosen a broad and stimulating programme that can lead to many things in the future. But right now, my focus is on training and competing against the best elite athletes in the world, and then I need to be able to spend a little less time on my studies. As a national sports student, I can do my programme a little more spread out over several years, says Andreas Kramer. That is perfect for me and I have received great help from Chalmers with adapting my courses and writing an exam at a distance. So, and it has all worked out very well!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>After competing in most of the championships and now having set a new Swedish record. What is your next goal?</strong></div> <div>“Well, the Olympics is definitely a dream of mine, and I feel that it is coming really close now, says Andreas Kramer. Given the pandemic, if there is an Olympics next year – then I'll be there to compete!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photo: Private</div> Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 on the curriculum <p><b>​​A course about music, where students compose tunes and build their own instruments. At Chalmers University of Technology. How is that possible? In a standalone course through the Tracks-framework, students from various educational programmes meet each other to learn more about the subject of Music Engineering.</b></p><div><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">O</span><span style="background-color:initial">n closer inspection, engineering within the field of music is not so strange at all. Building acoustic instruments, developing electronic music programs, researching acoustics and using AI in the work of composition, are all examples of what you can find within the subject of Music Engineering, and it is not a new phenomenon at Chalmers. In the 1990s for example, saw the creation of what is today a global developer of techno-synthesizers and drum machines is, namely the Gothenburg-based company Elektron. Many talented musicians have been researchers at Chalmers for a long time and sounds in general have a long research tradition at the university. Now, with the start of this course, forces have joined together to take a comprehensive look at the subject of Music Engineering.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Palle Dahlstedt, one of the teachers on the course, is a composer himself. Besides being at Chalmers, he also works with teaching at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Over the years I have been struck by how similar technology, engineering and music composition and artistic creation processes are to each other,” he says.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Major initiative in new forms of education</h3> <div> </div> <div>The Tracks-course Music Engineering is held at both basic and advanced level. Chalmers’ new educational initiative, Tracks, allows students to choose independent and interdisciplinary courses in their own interest to supplement their ordinary educational programme with.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“Tracks provides the opportunity to test new interdisciplinary ideas, for which there may not have been any natural forum for previously. Teachers as well as students come from different educational areas, and experiment together, maybe sowing the seed for a new, exciting research area”, says Palle Dahlstedt.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Student, Cornelis Törnquist Sjöbeck, fills in:</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20200101-20200701/Music%20Engineering/Cornelis%20Törnquist%20Sjöbeck.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:148px" />“It's so much fun to meet both teachers and students with different backgrounds and knowledge. Since everyone chosen this course because of their own interest, both the social environment and the level of everything created is amazing!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Cornelis Törnquist Sjöbeck has a Bachelor’s degree in IT and is currently doing the Master’s programme in High-Performance Computer Systems. He thinks the course in Music Engineering is a fun element in his education, and also very relevant for a future engineering career.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“Music-making is often about problem solving and creativity, and so is the engineering profession”, he says.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What is Music Engineering?</h3> <div> </div> <div>Palle Dahlstedt emphasises that it is not a course in music and engineering – they are integrated and that’s why the subject is called Music Engineering. The subject can range from different aspects of music creation, electronical music programmes, material development and so on. But it can also be anything that has to do with people’s experience of music. For example, during the course the students investigated what &quot;Groove&quot; really is.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>You do not need to have experience of playing instruments yourself to participate in the course. It is also possible to investigate sounds linked to issues of health and security aspects. For example, something that engineers often discuss nowadays is whether an electric car should make sound, so as not to be too quiet and therefore be a traffic danger.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The Music Engineering course is divided into four sections with different themes, each with an associated workshop:</div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>Acoustic Instruments: About the basic physics behind acoustic musical instruments, including hands-on experiments with building and playing them.</li> <li>Electronic Music Instruments: Introduction to sound synthesis and how to control it with physical interfaces.</li> <li>Musique Concrète: Music from Everyday Sounds: Learn how any sound from any acoustic source can be used to create music, as in the genre Musique Concrète, originating in France in the early 1950s. </li> <li>Human sound and music perception: introduction to how people perceive sound and music.</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">A course that includes both concerts and lotteries</h3> <div> </div> <div>In the part about Musique Concrète, the students were given an object through a lottery. With that object they were supposed to create sounds – everything from a coffee maker, rubber bands, balloons and bicycles. The challenge became an eye-opener for many students.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“It is a good exercise to get people to start thinking about sounds and their impact on us and our environment. Sound is everywhere and affects us more than we might think,” says Palle Dahlstedt.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Cornelis Törnquist Sjöbeck was assigned to create sounds with the help of food. It resulted in a zombie-inspired piece of music created using oranges and peanuts.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Another exciting part of the course was the practical assignments about acoustic instruments. In addition to going into depth about the underlying physics behind acoustic instruments, the students themselves had to step into a workshop and try to build instruments themselves. With the instruments they performed a kind of concert, with different bands consisting of students participating.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“I did not perform during the concert myself, but it was incredibly cool to see how different groups performed their music with their own-built instruments. They had achieved a great deal of work in a short time!” says Cornelis Törnquist Sjöbeck.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Fast conversion to online teaching</h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div>With the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus, Chalmers switched quickly to online teaching in early March – a challenge for a practically oriented course like the one in Music Engineering. But it has exceeded expectations. The students had to build their own instruments and complete the acoustic course. The workshop in electronic instruments was conducted online.</div> <div><img alt="Printscreen Music Engineering workshop" src="/SiteCollectionImages/20200101-20200701/Music%20Engineering/Printscreen_750x340px_toppbild.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="border-style:solid;width:700px;height:313px" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“Of course, you miss those personal meetings where you can look over their shoulders and help the students face-to-face, but meeting online is working alright, you just have to adapt and design the tasks for the format. During the workshop we shared both sound and screen with the students. In fact, it is impressive to see how both teachers and students have quickly adjusted to solve the situation that has arisen,” says Palle Dahlstedt.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div></div> <div> <a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="" title="chalmers student portal">Read more about Tracks, courses and themes</a></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Julia Jansson </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Photo:</strong> Private</div>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Geodesic Gridshell<p><b>​During two days in December 2017 the second year Architecture and Engineering students performed a concluding workshop in the course Digital tools – parametric design.  Emil Adiels with the support of architects and engineers from BIG Architects, Copenhagen, CORE, Thornton Tomasetti, New York, and Buro Happold Engineering, London, planned and led the work.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/Geodesic-Gridshell_340x340px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Geodesic Gridshell digital workshop" style="margin:5px" /><br />The digital form finding tools enabled the students to experience material optimization. Applying the mathematical concept of geodesics, they succeeded building a complex shape from straight thin wooden stripes. The workshop provided the students with a deeper understanding of the chain from digital design to rational production.<br /><br /><a href="">See the video from the workshop &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/Geodesic-gridshell-structure_750px.jpg" alt="Geodesic gridshell structure" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100 Chalmers Trip to Indonesia Part 1<p><b>So, about 2 weeks ago, the LPDP, a department that provides scholarship for many Indonesian student studying abroad, held some kind of education fair, called LPDP Edufair 2017. There, more than 60 universities from around the world promoted themselves in order to attract prospective students, and our beloved university was one of them, and Chalmers decided to have a student representative to pass a point of view. Coincidentally, I am Indonesian and I am a student at Chalmers...hence, they picked me. I got to travel back to Indonesia for free!</b></p><p>​The team from Chalmers consisted of me, Abhilash (the famous guy from international recruitment) and Olle, a professor from Maritime Management Program. Basically we had three different background: student, staff, and professor. The schedule was quite tight. Me and Abhi left Gothenburg on 25th of January, and arrive at 26th. While Olle left and arrive on the next day. We were supposed to go to 3 different big cities in Indonesia: Jakarta, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta.</p> <p>On the 28th, we held a meet and greet with prospective students who had applied to Chalmers. Basically the event was about to make sure that they will say yes if they pass the university admissions selection and offered a place in Chalmers. The upcoming schedules would be the LPDP fair on 31th in Jakarta. We had free time for about 2 days. I managed to take Abhi to taste some Indonesian foods, including sambal (the common name for a hot and spicy sauce made from chili and some other ingredients) in Jakarta.</p> <p>Moving on to the LPDP fair event, it was an event created to give insights to the scholarship hunters about studying abroad. The participant had opportunities to talk with people from various universities around the world about the universities, their programs, student lifes, etc. We had to be in the stand for about 8 hours for each city. The 1st day of fair in Jakarta, we had a lots of prospective students asking about the education in Chalmers, are there many Indonesians in Gothenburg, and how will they proceed to their future after completing education there. There was actually a guy who even talked to me about how he was confused with so many options for his future! </p> <p>The fair in Jakarta was really exhausting but really fun. I remember I fell asleep shortly before the fair was finished. We were accompanied by Opik, the guy from LPDP which the duty was to guide and provide us with things we need (such as food, water) during the fair. Abhi really thought that Opik was a really funny guy. It was actually really good to think that we made quite a lots of friends during this trip. I will tell you later about the fair in Surabaya and Yogyakarta. Wait for the part 2 of this post!</p>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:00:00 +0100