Singing to celebrate science

At this time of the year when the Nobel prizes are awarded, the contribution made by science and research to society is always high on the agenda. In that spirit, we at Chalmers also want to shine a light on the research, education and utilisation that takes place here all year round. Together with the Chalmers choir, we want to sing for science.  ​​​​​​
The Nobel week pays tribute to the years of research and hard work that lies behind crucial breakthroughs. The way to scientific understanding is paved with many important and cumulative steps and contributions. Every year, researchers at Chalmers publish over 4000 scientific articles outlining new, peer-reviewed findings in a wide array of areas – everything from sustainable energy technology, food science, medicines, climate modelling and new materials, to foundational research laying the groundwork for future applications.

“Research at Chalmers and other universities helps new knowledge get out into society and industry for the benefit of everyone, to help with better decision-making. With the help of new research, we can better understand our world, and guide the way forward to more sustainable ways of living,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.

Singing for science is perhaps not the most usual way for a university to communicate. But there is a long musical tradition in academia, not least at Chalmers – last year, the Chalmers choir celebrated its 150th birthday. The pandemic unfortunately put a halt to rehearsals and concerts for a time, but now, they can sing together again, and are proud to present a new song in four voices, to the tune of the 18th century Swedish musician Carl Michael Bellman’s popular song ‘Så lunkar vi så småningom’ (‘So we gradually amble’).  

“We are very happy to contribute and celebrate science in this way. We hope our message of faith in science can spread far and wide with the help of the song,” says Maria Cervin-Ellqvist, Vice-President of the Chalmers choir and a doctoral student at the Department of Communication and Learning in Science where she researches, appropriately enough, research communication. 

The Chalmers Choir performance can be seen on Chalmers’ social media channels (from the 10th of December 2021). If you want to share and celebrate the contribution of research to society via YouTube​​, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram, please use the hashtag #singforscience

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren and Joshua Worth

About the video and the song:
Performing: Chalmers Choir
Recording of performance and video editing: Michael Kleber/Kleber Media
Photo/images: Chalmers University of Technology, Kleber Media, Johan Bodell, Marcus Folino
Swedish lyrics: Mia Halleröd Palmgren and Erik Bivrin 
English lyrics: Joshua Worth
Song: “Så lunka vi så småningom” (‘So we gradually amble’) by Carl Michael Bellman

Page manager Published: Thu 09 Dec 2021.