News: Rektor kommenterarhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 28 Nov 2022 19:56:15 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/Chalmers-condemns-violence-against-students-in-Iran.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/Chalmers-condemns-violence-against-students-in-Iran.aspx”Chalmers condemns violence against students in Iran”<p><b>​The ongoing situation in Iran with escalating violence against students and university staff at higher education institutions is unacceptable and deeply concerning. Chalmers University of Technology condemns such acts of violence.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers protects the right to free expression and the fundamental values that build a sustainable society. As a university, we want to stand up for these values. We therefore support the statement formulated by the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) on 3 October:</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>”SUHF, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, is deeply concerned by the current situation for students and staff at Iranian universities.</div> <div>The student protest in Iran continues. The demonstrations against the regime started after Mahsa Jina Amini was detained by the Iranian moral police and later died in custody on 16 September. International media report today that Iranian security forces have surrounded students at Sharif University of Technology in Teheran, shooting at them and firing tear gas towards them.</div> <div>SUHF is strongly committed to democratic and human rights including the right to free expression and non-violent protests. Current violations of these rights for university students and staff in Iran are deeply concerning.”</div> <div><a href="https://suhf.se/om-suhf/nyheter/" target="_blank">Read more on the SUHF webpage​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Under the headline &quot;President’s perspective&quot; Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology, shares his reflections on current topics that concern education, research and utilisation. </em></div> <div><a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read previous posts from President Stefan Bengtsson​</a></div> </div>Tue, 04 Oct 2022 03:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/IVAs-100-list-Chalmers-technology-in-the-service-of-humanity.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/IVAs-100-list-Chalmers-technology-in-the-service-of-humanity.aspxIVA's 100 list: 'Chalmers technology in the service of humanity'<p><b>​The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has presented this year’s 100 list, which this time highlights the potential of research to solve the challenges of humanity. The list consists of 70 research projects that IVA considers to have a high potential to provide benefits through commercialisation, business and method development or societal impact. Chalmers contributes 13 of the 70 projects, which puts us at the top of the list. The universities ranked second and third contribute eight and six projects respectively.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">What is it that has enabled Chalmers to contribute so many projects to the 100 list year after year? Naturally, it is because IVA wants to highlight research and development in technology and economics. Chalmers University of Technology’s areas of strength. The focus of this year's list is ‘Technology in the service of humanity’, and that is a good description of all of our activities.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>But there are other explanations. Chalmers provides a world-class education and has highly motivated students and doctoral students who go on to successful careers in academia or industry.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers’ Areas of Advance bring together excellence across the departments, enabling us to tackle complex and global societal challenges. The Areas of Advance lead to multidisciplinary, innovative research driven by sustainable development and utilisation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am pleased and proud to be able to affirm that Chalmers is a pioneer in utilisation where research and education make an impact on society in many different ways – through entrepreneurship, new products, participation in the public debate and more. Success breeds success, which inspires and stimulates research colleagues in their work.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Overall, we have an environment at Chalmers where education, research and utilisation interact and provide high academic quality and a high degree of relevance to society. This pays dividends, and not just in terms of the 100 list.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chalmers projects on the 100 list</a> <br /></div> <strong> </strong><div><a href="https://www.iva.se/en/published/new-list-research-projects-with-high-potential-for-business-and-societal-benefit/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Information about IVA's 100 list 2022​</a></div> <strong> </strong><div><br /></div> <strong> </strong><div><div><b><br /></b></div> <div><em>Under the headline &quot;President’s perspective&quot; Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology, shares his reflections on current topics that concern education, research and utilisation.​​ </em></div></div> <div><span></span><a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read previous posts from President Stefan Bengtsson​</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div>Wed, 11 May 2022 08:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/War-in-Ukraine.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/War-in-Ukraine.aspxWar in Ukraine: "Democracy and free expression must be protected"<p><b>​It has been deeply disturbing and worrying to witness the unfolding of recent events in Ukraine. Russia’s military attack is a serious threat to international peace and security. As a university and place of education, we stand for democracy, universal human rights, and the right to free expression. Chalmers University of Technology condemns this war that is taking place in Europe, and we express our deepest sympathies with the Ukrainian people. </b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/ukraine-ChalmersUni7_350x350px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers is a part of the European Universities of Technology Alliance, Enhance*, and on 25 February we released a statement where, together with the other European universities in the network, we condemned Russia’s actions.<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/chalmersuniv/status/1497225077355593747"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Chalmers on Twitter: @chalmersuniv​</a><br /></span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><div>We have also worked with ensuring that all our employees and students with connections to Ukraine get access to the support necessary from us. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In challenging times, we must stand up for one another, for democracy and for the foundational values which constitute a sustainable society. We protect the right to free expression, which we represent as a university and place of education, and stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>*The Enhance Alliance consists of the following universities: Chalmers University of Technology, NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, TU Berlin, RWTH Aachen, Warsaw University of Technology, Politecnico di Milano and the Technical University of Valencia. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div>Publication date: 2022-03-01</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><em>Under the headline &quot;President’s perspective&quot; Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology, shares his reflections on current topics that concern education, research and utilisation.​​ </em></div> <div><a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read previous posts from President Stefan Bengtsson​​</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div></div></div>Tue, 01 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/New-battery-investment-demands-cutting-edge-skills.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/New-battery-investment-demands-cutting-edge-skills.aspx"New battery investment demands cutting edge skills"<p><b>​Northvolt and Volvo Cars’ announcement of a new battery factory to be constructed in Gothenburg is fantastic news – for several reasons. The factory will contribute to employment in western Sweden and strengthen the electrification work taking place at Volvo Cars, the wider vehicle industry and society as a whole. It is also a confirmation of Gothenburg as a competitive and well-located city with world-class conditions for close collaboration between business, academia and the public sector. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">A crucial prerequisite for industrial development and production is skills supply. A large proportion of the employees who will eventually work at the battery factory and in surrounding research and development roles will be engineers and researchers with cutting edge skills. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers has a key role to play here, in the form of newly graduated engineers from our strong selection of foundational education programmes, but also through our alumni and others at different stages of their professional lives, who are looking to sharpen their skills. We are ready to take the next steps into the future – both independently and with other universities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers already conducts world-class battery research, and we look forward to deepening our research collaborations with Northvolt and Volvo Cars. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Gothenburg is perhaps Europe’s strongest region for electrification of vehicles, with electric cars, boats, trucks, buses, working vehicles, ferries, and aeroplanes all in evidence. A successful transition to an electric future will allow climate adaptation works to accelerate and help our society become, quite simply, more sustainable. Chalmers’ role is to be an engine itself and make this transition possible – and thereby contribute to a more sustainable future. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Stefan Bengtsson, </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><b>President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology</b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Publication date: 2022-02-08</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><div><br /></div> <div><em>Under the headline &quot;President’s perspective&quot; Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology, shares his reflections on current topics that concern education, research and utilisation.​​ </em></div> <div><a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read previous posts from President Stefan Bengtsson​​​</a></div></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em><br /></em></span></div> Tue, 08 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Urgent-to-coordinate-Swedens-e-infrastructure.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Urgent-to-coordinate-Swedens-e-infrastructure.aspx"Urgent to coordinate Sweden's e-infrastructure"<p><b>​​The government must act quickly and take the necessary steps towards a nationally coordinated e-infrastructure, or else risk weakening Swedish research and innovation. That is the subject of a debate article written by Chalmers President Stefan Bengtsson.​</b></p><div>For many years, Chalmers has carried out research at a world-class level. Many other Swedish universities operate at this high level, and there are intensive collaborations taking place across all sorts of different research projects. Digitalisation has made collaboration and joint projects easier, but in Sweden the development of digital infrastructure, or e-infrastructure, allowing universities and industrial partners to work effectively, has been lacking. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Datatrafiks%20elanvändning_350x220px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="C3SE research infrastructure at Chalmers" style="margin:5px" />What is missing? In practical terms, a coordinated investment in optimised digital tools for tasks such as data transfer, large-scale calculations, analysis, storage and open access to research data for reuse and investigation. To a certain extent, these functions are already available for universities, but through individual actors – broad collaboration and a national strategy are absent. This results in inefficient resource usage and worse conditions for research.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Large investments in research-connected e-infrastructure are currently underway throughout Europe. Sweden needs a united voice in this international context, and an investment that meets the ambitions we see on the continent. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>A digital infrastructure for research is, in short, a key requirement for continued successful research at Chalmers and other universities around the country, and consequently, Swedish competitiveness and innovation. The question is already on the government agenda, with the results of an <a href="https://www.regeringen.se/rattsliga-dokument/statens-offentliga-utredningar/2021/08/sou-202165/" target="_blank" title="www.regeringen.se">investigation carried out by special government investigator Tobias Krantz</a> presented in August 2021. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">But in that report, several legal matters are raised to be investigated, which ultimately will lead to delays and a longer timetable. </span><span style="background-color:initial">What we at Chalmers and other research-heavy universities need now is action. A new ministry, with an overall responsibility for Swedish e-infrastructure. This decision should be taken as soon as possible. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Together with other leaders of Swedish universities, I am encouraging the government to act in a <a href="https://www.nyteknik.se/opinion/tolv-svenska-universitet-akut-behov-av-ny-myndighet-7027189" target="_blank" title="Ny Teknik">debate article in Ny Teknik</a> (Swedish only). I urge you to read it. This is about the future of Swedish research. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO, Chalmers University of Technology </strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><em>Photos: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</em></div> <div><em>Illustration: Yen Strandqvist</em></div></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> Publication date: 2022-01-13​<div><br /></div> <div><div><em>Under the headline &quot;President’s perspective&quot; Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO for Chalmers University of Technology, shares his reflections on current topics that concern education, research and utilisation.​​ </em></div> <div><a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read previous posts from President Stefan Bengtsson​​​​</a></div></div>Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0100