The International Science Festival aims to communicate science to schools and the general public in an easily accessible and stimulating way, as well as providing a meeting place for the research community. The goal is to promote a positive attitude towards science and research, and to encourage higher studies. Chalmers University of Technology is one of seven main organisations behind the Science Festival.
During the festival you will find everything from workshops, lectures, private shows, music, theatre, debates, exhibitions and seminars to meetings of researchers. The content spans all disciplines, from social science and the humanities to natural science and technology.
The International Science Festival is divided into three branches, the public programme, the school programme and the specialist programme. That means that there is something for everyone during the festival.
The school programme is held 12-16 April 2021
The public programme is held 15-18 April 2021
Year 2021 theme is: Level Up
Since the beginning of time, mankind has been striving to develop. From exploring our local area to searching for life on other planets, from primitive spears to robot-controlled drones, and from chalk to conceptual art. The idea of the world’s incompleteness keeps driving us forward, but where are we headed? Propelled by a sense of curiosity, we keep looking ahead and search for new experiences that will expand our horizons. But how are we influencing the future? Will the civilisations of tomorrow live in harmony with the planet and all its living inhabitants? Can traditional biological awareness be replaced with artificial intelligence? Just how far can we go in purely moral terms, and what is actually possible from a practical perspective?
At the International Science Festival, we highlight mankind’s attempts to make progress and the Earth’s response to our curiosity. Join us on a journey into the unknown, to the next level, where ideas about the future are formed from history, and where the undiscovered oceans of our consciousness are put to the test.
Chalmers activities in the public programme (held in English)
Thursday 15 April
7PM, lecture, online
Edvin Åblad, Chalmers: Trusting in computed decisions – planning a production line
Computed decisions are common in our everyday lives and in industry; however, we do not always trust in the decisions made by computers / algorithms. In our group, we study how to compute safe plans for car production lines, and we focus on the motions of the robots in welding stations.
Friday 16 April
1.20 PM, lecture/workshop, online
In this activity, after explaining a deep neural network (DNN) with simple words, together with audiences, we will train a deep neural network and we see how our network can learn. Finally, the audiences will have a deep neural network, which can identify and classify photos of dogs and cats.
Arezou Rezazadeh, Chalmers
3.20 PM, family activity, online
A sustainable solution to the growing world population is to reduce food going to be wasted by maximizing the usage of raw materials. To achieve this, we use different techniques to recover protein from fish by-product, herring pickling brine as well as starfish and jellyfish.
Bita Forghani Targhi, Mehdi Abdollahi, Jingnan Zhang, Naveen Kumar. All from Chalmers
7 PM, lecture, online
Linnea Österberg & Barbara Schnitzer: A mathematician and a biologist walk into a bar…
About interdisciplinary science and bridging differences to reach further. Modern research sometimes feels like the battle of the disciplines. It’s time to level up and focus on our common goals. In the context of aging, we will explore interdisciplinary science between math and biology through history, time and beyond.
Both from Chalmers and Gothenburg University
6 PM, talk/music, online
For every new discovery and crisis we realize how much we don’t know. So how do we live and act wisely in both scientific, philosophical and religious openness? Welcome to a musical talkshow.
Martin Cederwall, Professor of Physics, Chalmers
Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford
Jonna Bornemark, Professor of Philosophy, Södertörn University
Antje Jackelén, Doctor of Theology and Archbishop, The Church of Sweden
Martina Almgren, musician
Sten Källman, musician
Maria Larsson, musician
Saturday 17 April
11.20 AM, film/workshop, online
Seaweed can be a healthy source of protein, dietary fibers, polyunsaturated fat, and vitamin B12. During this activity, we will show on-going research conducted at Gothenburg University and Chalmers that focuses on optimizing seaweed cultivation and extracting some of these food ingredients.
Sophie Steinhagen, Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Göteborg University
João Trigo, Chalmers
Kristoffer Stedt, Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Göteborg University
4.00 PM, lecture/talk, online
After a brief talk to introduce the audience to the upcoming radio telescope: the Square Kilometre Array, four astrophysicists will be present as panelists to discuss the different exciting scientific questions that may be answered and explored with the use of this important new instrument.
Holly Andrews, Chalmers
Carmen Toribio, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers
Tobia Carozzi, Chalmers
Miora Andriantsaralaza, Uppsala University
Erik Zackrisson, Uppsala University
6.20 PM, lecture/talk, online
The secrets of star formation and its fireworks.
The secrets of star formation are well hidden behind thick clouds of gas and dust. However, during their formation young protostar blast their surrounding with powerful outflows offering us one of the most beautiful views of the Universe. In this talk, we will unveil some of these secrets! Astronomy on Tap is an outreach group run by astronomers from Chalmers University of Technology, bringing talks on astronomy and space to the general public.
Holly Andrews, Chalmers
Rubén Fedriani, Chalmers
Jason Hessels, ASTRON/Univ. of Amsterdam
Sunday 18 april
3.40 PM, podcast/radio, online
Enzymes are nature’s workhorses. Numerous and diverse, life thrives due to enzymes. Now, science employs these tiny machines to better your life. They are found in everything: laundry detergent, food, fuel production, medicine. How else can we improve life using enzymes to unlock nature’s potential?
Elzbieta Rembeza, Chalmers
Filip Buric, Chalmers
Dan Krska, Chalmers
Cathleen Kmezik Chalmers
Duncan Geere, Information designer
Sandra Viknander, Chalmers
Project Manager for Chalmers participation in the International Science Festival
For ideas concerning the school programme
Phone 031-772 25 55