News: Programme All programmes, Energi och miljö related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 06 Dec 2021 12:36:09 +0100 AI Research Center gets a new director<p><b>​On 1 October, Daniel Gillblad will begin his role as the new Director of Chalmers AI Research Center (CHAIR). He will take on the responsibility of leading the continued development of Chalmers’ cutting-edge capabilities within artificial intelligence, with the goal of driving world-leading research for the benefit of Swedish industry and the public sector. ​</b></p>​<span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Daniel Gillblad currently works as Co-Director Scientific Vision at Sweden’s national AI centre, AI Sweden. He has previously worked as a researcher, research leader and laboratory head at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, SICS, as well as Head of AI research at </span>Research Institutes of Sweden,<span style="background-color:initial"> Rise. </span><div><br /></div> <div>”Daniel’s comprehensive expertise and experience will be a huge advantage for the continued work of integrating Chalmers’ AI research within national and international research initiatives, supporting our educational assignment in AI as well as encouraging innovation and commercialisation and developing our collaborations with industrial partners in AI,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.  </div> <div>Daniel Gillblad will begin his role as the new Director of CHAIR on </div> <div>1 October, while also continuing his work as Co-Director at Sweden’s national AI center, AI Sweden.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I am extremely glad to be given this opportunity as Director of CHAIR to work together with Chalmers researchers to develop future AI methods and applications. I am also greatly looking forward to further strengthening the connections between academia, industry and the public sector through my continued work with AI Sweden,” says Daniel Gillblad. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Ingrid Claesson</em></div> ​Wed, 29 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0200 Semesters<p><b>​In the call CHAIR Theme Semesters, Chalmers AI Research Centre wants to promote cross-discipline collaboration and opens for funding of a visiting research leader or a group of visiting researchers of the field for a duration of 1 to 3 months. ​</b></p><strong>​</strong><span lang="EN-US"><span><strong>Moritz Schauer, associate senior lecturer at Mathematical Sciences, is part of the working group that developed the call.</strong></span></span><span><strong> </strong></span><div><br /><span></span><div><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>What kind of collaboration and science is it that CHAIR hopes </em></span><span><em>come</em></span><span><em> out of the call?</em></span></span><span><em> </em></span><span><br /></span></div> <div><span><em><br /></em></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span>The vision is to seed cross-disciplinary research cooperation that is sustaining itself beyond the call, that requires creating interest and support the respective communities by opening new </span><span>perspectives,</span><span> but it doesn’t prescribe how that scientific cooperation should look like.</span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>Is the call for those developing AI as their main discipline or can AI be one of the tools for the research?</em></span></span><span><em> </em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>The call is not restricted to researchers that only have AI as their field of interest</span><span>. O</span><span>n the contrary</span><span>,</span><span> we ask for projects of cross</span><span>-d</span><span>isciplinary nature with AI bringing the different parts together.</span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>How will the visiting research groups contribute to strengthening the AI research at Chalmers in general?</em></span></span><span><em> </em></span><span><br /></span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br /></em></span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>The visiting researcher or visiting research group will lead this effort together with the local hosts/applicants.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></span></div></div>Wed, 29 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200<p><b>​With the new Chalmers initiative, CHAIR aims to establish an instrument that allows Chalmers-based researcher in any field (X) with a strong international standing to develop an environment that leverages AI to reach global excellence. ​​</b></p><strong>​</strong><span lang="EN-US"><span><strong>Karinne</strong></span><span><strong> Ramirez-Amaro, Assistant Professor at Electrical Engineering, is part of the working group that developed the call. <br /><br /></strong></span></span><div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>What kind of collaboration and science is it that CHAIR hopes come out of the call?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><strong><br /></strong></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>This call aims to find one or more research topics (X) that can be combined with AI in a way that unifies and excites excellent research groups at Chalmers. We encourage a multi-disciplinary collaboration to find synergistic connections of different research topics (X) that can benefit from AI methods by assembling teams with internal, national, international, or industrial partners.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br />Is the call for those developing AI as their main discipline or can AI be one of the tools for the research?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>Both cases are encouraged to apply. One of the main goals of this new call is to support the creation or development of consortia that can potentially lead to novel project applications.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>How great is the potential for Chalmers researchers to develop unique collaborations between AI-researchers and non-AI researchers? What do you hope it will lead to?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>We expect that this new grant can he​lp researchers to create new networks or to participate in existing ones focusing on areas/problems that can greatly benefit from developing and applying AI methods. </span></span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div>Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 CHAIR Theme Semesters<p><b>​CHAIR Theme Semesters is a programme designed to bring together Chalmers researchers from different disciplines under a common theme to jointly advance fundamental problems in AI/machine learning: led by a visiting researcher leader or a group of visiting researchers of the field for a duration of 1 to 3 months.</b></p>​<span>We are looking for</span><span> </span><span>applications by </span><span>a</span><span>n interdisciplinary</span><span> consortium of</span><span> three</span><span> to </span><span>five</span><span> researchers </span><span>at Chalmers (and common GU </span><span>d</span><span>epartments)</span><span> with common focal interest in AI/machine learning </span><span>to </span><span>work for</span><span> </span><span>for the duration </span><span>together on a jointly agreed research programme. </span><span>A dedicated physical working space </span><span>is</span><span> available in collaboration with AI Innovation of Sweden</span><span>.</span><span> </span><span>The </span><span>researchers would be expected to interact together intensively on a daily basis.<br /><br /></span><div></div> <div><div><span>The consortium nominates and invites an</span><span> internationally recognized research leader in AI/machine learning or a group of internationally recognized rising stars</span><span> to be funded and hosted at Chalmers and to </span><span>scientifically</span><span> lead the theme semester </span><span>together with the local consortium of Chalmers researchers. The international researcher(s) would spend this period hosted by Chalmers. During the theme semester,</span><span> </span><span>10-15 </span><span>external researchers will be hosted </span><span>at Chalmers to participate in seminars, workshops and open events (</span><span>we encourage people to stay for at least one week</span><span>)</span><span>. The thematic programs are envisioned to attract a broad range of scientists, from different fields, with AI as a focal point and to be arranged such that there are close interactions between the involved scientists.</span><span> We expect that the local consortium will continue the initiated collaboration after the theme semester and build long term research efforts.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>It is also expected that</span><span> outreach activities</span><span> such as a day of talks aimed at the general public</span><span> are</span><span> arranged during the period that the theme semester runs. </span><span>CHAIR's Ethical Policy (</span><span><a href="/en/centres/chair/research/Pages/Ethical-policy.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer nofollow"></a></span><span>)</span><span> shall be regarded during the semester</span><span>. <br /><br /></span></div> <div><div><span>Each project will be supported by a budget of </span><span>up to</span><span> 600 k SEK</span><span>. It will be left up to the team of coordinating researchers at Chalmers to spend the budget as they see fit. </span><span>The budget</span><span> may be used for supporting travel, local accommodation of visitors </span><span>and</span><span> also to pay a salary </span><span>component or honorarium </span><span>to the international theme leader</span><span>(s). However, no more than 10% of the budget can be used for salary for the local researchers at Chalmers.  There may be a light check on how the budget is proposed to be used and minor adjustments may be suggested by the CHAIR management.</span></div> <div><span><br /></span></div> <div><div><span><strong>Call for Proposals and Nomination of a Distinguished Research Leader</strong></span></div> <div><div><span>We invite proposals from a consortium of researchers at Chalmers and GU for AI Theme Semesters.  This proposal should include a nomination of an internationally distinguished research leader in</span><span> </span><span>AI/machine learning or a group of rising stars.  </span><span>We are looking for nominees with an outstanding scientific track record. There is no particular age bracket to be considered. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>The nomination should contain:</span></div> <ul><li><span>A cover letter (of at most 3 pages)  outlining the research programme for theme semester</span><span> </span></li> <li><span>A</span><span> two-page CV of the international researcher</span><span>(s) </span><span> together with list of publications (and preferably a researcher ID such as ORCID).</span></li> <li><span>P</span><span>ropose, and shortly justify, a budge</span><span>t</span><span> total </span><span>up to 600 k SEK</span><span> (maximum 1/2 of a page). </span></li> <li><span>A</span><span> letter of intent from the nominee</span><span>(s) </span><span> stating the time period </span><span>they </span><span>will be present in Gothenburg. </span><span>(Note: only one letter of intent from the </span><span>main visiting researche</span><span>r </span><span>(rather than all participants) is required)</span></li> <li><span>Ethical aspects of the programme, in keeping with CHAIR's Ethical Policy, should also be addressed in the application. </span></li></ul> <div><span>The proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Management </span><span>Group</span><span> of CHAIR. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>There is the possibility to get CHAIR core partners </span><span>(</span><span><a href="/en/centres/chair/consortium/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer nofollow"></a></span><span>)</span><span> involved in the project, giving the visiting researcher and the group a chance to work on problems together with partners, and also benefit from data, while the partners benefit from the research, and can contribute to the project.  </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>Complementary funding and activities could also be arranged together with GENIE if the theme is led by female researcher(s).</span></div> <div><span><br /></span></div> <div><div><span><strong>Mandatory Requirements:</strong></span><span><strong> </strong></span></div> <ul><li><span>AI should be the focal point of the proposal.</span></li> <li><span>T</span><span>he consortium submitting the proposal shou</span><span>l</span><span>d consist of at least three PIs </span><span>from Chalmers</span><span> from at least </span><span>three</span><span> different local departments.</span><span> We also encourage additional external PIs</span><span> </span><span>from e.g. GU, industry partners or the  CHAIR consortium.</span></li></ul> <div><span><strong><br />Ev</strong></span><span><strong>aluation criteria: </strong></span></div> <ul><li><span>AI as the focal point</span><span> of the proposal</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Novelty and originality</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Scientific quality of the proposed research</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Merits of the nominee</span><span>s.</span></li> <li><span>Feasibility - prior experience of coordinating larger projects or networks is thus an advantage</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Cross-disciplinary </span><span>nature</span><span> of the project. </span></li> <li><span>Added value for the extended research community at Chalmers</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Ability to continue with the cooperation after the project completion</span><span>.</span></li></ul> <div><br /></div> <div><span><strong>Important dates</strong></span><span><strong> and submission:</strong></span></div> <ul><li><span>Submission due : 15 November, 2021</span></li> <li><span>N</span><span>otification: </span><span>December 20, 2021</span></li> <li><span>Project start: </span><span>2022</span></li> <li><span>Project end: </span><span>December 31, 2022</span></li></ul> <div><br /></div> <div><span> Informal enquiries can be sent to Rebecka Jörnsten (</span><span><a href="">​</a></span><span>). </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>The proposals should be submitted as one PDF file consisting of the above-mentioned parts.  The proposal should be submitted via this channel </span><span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer nofollow">Submit your PDF proposal to Easychair​</a>.</span></div> <div></div> <span></span></div> <div></div> <span><strong></strong></span></div> <div></div> <span></span></div> <div></div> <span></span></div> <span></span></div> ​​Tue, 14 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 for projects: CHAIR X + AI<p><b>With the new X+AI initiative, CHAIR aims to establish an instrument that allows Chalmers-based researchers in any field (X) with a strong international standing to develop an environment that leverages AI to reach global excellence. The goal of this new CHAIR X+AI grant is to support the development of consortia that can potentially lead to new project applications, create new networks or participate in existing ones.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span><strong>We invite team leaders</strong> to apply for the new CHAIR X+AI grants and submit their strong applications which should fulfill the following criteria:</span><ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">The main PI should be an employee from Chalmers. External partners are allowed to participate but cannot be direct beneficiaries of this grant.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Establishes synergistic and unusual connections of X to AI with internal, national, international, or industrial partners.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Explores promising synergies between X and AI, to achieve goals that can only be possible by working together.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Enable concrete discussions between X and AI, and build a collaborative environment.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Identifies and aligns resources and needs to facilitate effective connection of X and AI.</span></li></ol> <p><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p><strong>Budget and instrument details:<br /></strong></p> <ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">We aim to fund 2-3 projects with budgets between 300 kSEK to 750 kSEK. The total budget for this call is 1.5 MSEK. Budgets can be used freely for salaries, travel, consumables, etc. However, larger budget allocations (&gt;50 kSEK) should be clearly justified in the application text.</span></li> <li><span>​​​Outcome: A final project report should be delivered and presented (could also include a video, presentation, etc.) describing the outcome and a plan for upscaling, e.g. grant applications, partner in consortiums, coordination of consortiums etc. </span><span>The scope of the final report is 5 pages.</span></li></ol> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Deadline for call: Nov 15th, 2021</strong></div> <div><p><span lang="EN-US">The application should be maximum 3 pages long, font Times–roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Also, two- page CV of the main applicants should be included (max 4 CVs).</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p><span><strong>The proposal should include:</strong></span></p> <strong> </strong><ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">T</span><span lang="EN-US">he project acronym and the project title (does not count towards 3 page limit)</span></li> <ol type="a"><li><span lang="EN-US">name, e-mail, of the project applicants (PIs)</span></li></ol> <li><span lang="EN-US">Current status and expected outcome from this newly developed connection.</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li> <ol type="a"><li><span lang="EN-US">Why should research area X be combined with AI? - why is this connection/synergy important to advance the state-of-the-art?</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Explain the scope of the new and potential synergies of the proposed network.            </span></li></ol> <li><span lang="EN-US">Implementation plan for synergy of</span><span lang="EN-US"> X + AI at Chalmers </span><span lang="EN-US">(workshops, visits, proposals, consortia, and networks)</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">E</span><span lang="EN-US">thical aspects </span><span lang="EN-US">and Diversity and inclusion strategy </span><span lang="EN-US">of the project (e.g. </span><span lang="EN-US">age, gender, seniority level, etc.</span><span lang="EN-US">)</span></li> <li><span>B</span><span>enefits for Chalmers</span></li> <li><span>Project partners</span><span></span></li> <li><span>Project budget</span><span></span></li></ol> <div><br /></div> <div><p><strong>Main evaluation criteria:</strong></p> <ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">Establish the connections between X and AI (during grant application: internal, national, international, or industry)</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Explore potential synergies between X and AI (more details, planning for grant applications, conceptualizing concrete ideas)</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Enable Discussions between X and AI (ensure commitment or time)</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Innovative explorations -- unusual partners -- and their potentials</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Identifying and Aligning the resources to expertises to connect X and AI?</span></li></ol> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Submission:</strong></div></div></div> <div><div>The application should be submitted as one PDF document to:<br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">General questions about the call can be addressed to:</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Fredrik Kahl, <a href="">​</a>, CHAIR management group</span><a href="">​</a></div></div>Sun, 12 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0200, 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!.aspx!.aspxAI in Horizon Europe – please answer the call!<p><b>​Focus on AI is strong in Horizon Europe, the EU's key funding programme for research and innovation! Chalmers AI Research Centre offers you, as a Chalmers researcher, support for getting engaged in Horizon Europe. Build collaborations, attract funding and break new ground with CHAIR's support.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">H</span><span style="background-color:initial">orizon Europe is an important platform for AI research and a brilliant opportunity for Chalmers to increase the international collaborations within the research area.</span><br /><span> <br /><p dir="ltr"><span>CHAIR now offers all Chalmers researchers support to get engaged in Horizon Europe. We have entered a collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">IMCG, Impact Management Consulting Group,​</a> to ease your way into Horizon Europe projects. IMCG has extensive experience in supporting Chalmers researchers to become successful in various roles in EU’s research programmes. We encourage you to explore the different ways to get engaged below and to get in touch about the next step.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong style="background-color:initial">​Here are some ways to get engaged:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial">– <strong>W</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><strong>atch</strong> our webinar and learn why Horizon Europe is relevant to your research</strong></span></p></span><p></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>On May 4th CHAIR held a webinar led by Magnus Andersson from IMCG, on opportunities for AI Research in Horizon Europe (</span><a href="/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Horizon-Europe-calling.aspx" target="_blank"><span>Horizon Europe Calling! | Chalmers</span></a><span>). Watch the webinar here (</span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>Horizon Europe webinar</span></a><span>). Hear also Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s presentation about his own Horizon journey (listen from 52:30). Take it from him; </span><span>“You can’t outsmart your competitors, but you can outplan them!”</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial">To start taking action, please get in touch with IMCG, Impact Management Consulting Group, Finance Expert <a href="" target="_blank">Johan Emanuel</a>,, and he will help you forward on any of the following matters, or any other inquiries you might have about Horizon Europe. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>– </strong></span><strong style="background-color:initial">Browse relevant calls and find your match</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></p> <p></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Horizon Europe is, according to the EU, the world’s largest innovation and research program, and obviously there are multiple opportunities to find your match within the program. To get you started,  IMCG has assembled a list of AI-related Horizon Europe calls within these different clusters. These are:</span></p> <ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society</span></p></li> <li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Civil Security for Society</span></p></li> <li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Digital, Industry and Space</span></p></li> <li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Climate, Energy and Mobility</span></p></li> <li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Food, Bioeconomy, Natural resources, Agriculture and Environment</span></p></li></ul> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">h</span><span style="background-color:initial">e list is available to</span><span style="background-color:initial"> all Chalmers researchers on request.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>– </strong></span><strong style="background-color:initial">Get onboard as partner in a consortium</strong></p> <p></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Getting involved with the right partners is key for a successful application. IMCG’s method puts you in the right context. Start exploring the opportunities of being a partner in a consortium!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Before you contact IMCG</span></p> <ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Write down 3 short sentences that describe and summarize the part of your research you want to participate in an application with.</span></p></li> <li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span>Write down 3 short sentences and what you want to achieve with your participation in a project.</span></p></li> <li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial">W</span><span style="background-color:initial">rite down 5-7 specific keywords that we can use when searching for calls and consortiums.</span></p></li></ul> <span style="background-color:initial"><b>– Start your journey for becoming a consortium leader</b></span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you are running a strong research program and want to explore the possibilities for taking the lead of a consortium, IMCG has the methods to put you on the right call. Leading a consortium is not only a great experience for a research leader, it will also put you in a good position in an EU and European context.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial">On the European Commission’s webpage, you can find a detailed description of Horizon Europe – </span><a href="">Horizon Europe | European Commission (</a><span style="background-color:initial">. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Search for fundings and tenders on: Participant portal EU </span><a href="">Funding &amp; tenders (</a><span style="background-color:initial">.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:initial">Please also visit the web pages of Chalmers Grant Office: </span><a href="">EU funding support</a><span style="background-color:initial">.</span></p> ​​Mon, 24 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Europe Calling!<p><b>A webinar on opportunities for AI research in the upcoming European Framework Programme.  ​</b></p><span>Come listen to an inspirational webinar about opportunities for AI research in the new European Framework Program – Horizon Europe! This webinar is hosted by CHAIR, Chalmers AI Research Centre and led by Magnus Andersson, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Finance E</span><span style="background-color:initial">xpert at IMCG International, who will introduce and walk you thorugh the largest R&amp;I programme in Horizon Europe. For example:</span><p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p></p> <ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">When and how to enter</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">When it will be relevant</span></li> <li>Relevant AI calls</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Details on 2021 and early 2022</span></li> <li>Horizon Europe CHAIR support<span style="background-color:initial"> <br /><br /></span></li></ul> <p><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Special guest from Chalmers</strong><br />Kasper Moth Poulsen, professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and head of Division Applied Chemistry at Chalmers,</span><span> will be joining the webinar to present his Horizon journey, lessons learned and highlights. Kasper is coordinating Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Sytems, a 4.2 M</span><span>€ Horizon 2020 project, aimed at developing and demonstrating a zero-emission solar energy storage system based on benign, all-renewable materials.</span></p> <div><span style="font-family:lato, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <p><strong style="background-color:initial">Save the date:</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> Monday, 3rd of May, at 13–15 CET.</span><br /></p> <div><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Link to registration</a></strong></p> <div>Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants.<br /></div> <p></p> <div><br /></div> <p><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></p> <p><strong style="background-color:initial">About the speaker</strong><br /></p> <p><strong><img src="/en/centres/chair/news/Documents/Namnlös.jpg" alt="Namnlös.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:0px;width:124px;height:174px" /></strong></p> <p><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Magnus Andersson,</strong> is co-owner and co-founder of the innovation company </span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial">IMCG – Impact Management Consulting Group. Magnus has in the past two decades worked as manager, coordinator and business development leader for 50+ large international and national R&amp;I projects and programmes within Machine Learning, Sustainable Cities, <br />Energy and Transport and mobility as well as Cities and Buildings, including the design <br />and development of three Lighthouse projects, CELSIUS, IRIS, SharingCities. <br /><br /></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong style="background-color:initial">Prof. Kasper Moth Poulsen</strong><br /></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kasper-moth-poulsen.aspx">Kasper Moth-Poulsen​</a>,</strong> is a research leader in the field of nano-chemistry, energy storage materials and synthetic chemistry. His research activities focus on the development of methods to address single molecules and innovative technologies for solar thermal energy storage. The objective is to make materials from nanoparticles, nanorods and tailor made small molecules for a broad range of applications ranging from single molecule electronics to sensors and renewable energy technologies. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="">Click here to go to IMCG's website</a></span></p></div>Tue, 13 Apr 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