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Beautiful Gothenburg: meet Lindohlmen Science Park, a pearl of innovation

Today, I would like to talk about an area of Gothenburg where I’m used to go most of the time during the week. I’m currently studying a two-year Master Programme in Communication at the University of Gothenburg, but I attend my classes in buildings belonging to the other important university of the city, Chalmers University of Technology. How is that possible? Well, my Department is the one of Applied IT, which is part of both GU (University of Gothenburg) and Chalmers.

Anyway, you are still wondering: okay, got it, but where and what is the area you were going to talk about?

And you’re completely right!

From Stenpiren, a pier and a hub of public transportation, I catch the ferry, line 286 Älvsnabbare (it’s for free – great to know if you’re a student, and you can also bring your bike with you!) and…

Ferry Gothenburg

Photo taken by www.goteborg.com

Here we are. A small trip lasting few minutes. I stop at Lindholmspiren, the relative pier of the district called Lindholmen (oh… finally you got it!), located in the island of Hisingen.



The view from the pier is so nice, especially in sunny days!

The first thing you notice arriving there, it’s such a stunning office building called Kuggen: you see so many colours but, at the same time, the one that keeps all together is the green one – by saying that, I mean that this is a green building, as a low energy consumption is one of its main characteristics.

A wonderful picture taken by Andrés

Kuggen is one of the architectural beauties which constitute Lindohlmen Science Park. An area that keeps on developing, and it is estimated that 30.000 people will study and/or work there by 2020. Business, research, work and study: these pillars make Lindholmen full of life and put Gothenburg on a privileged level.

Kuggen is connected by a walkway to one of the buildings that are part of the Campus Lindholmen – and you can clearly spot it, as you get off the ferry. The building is called Jupiter, not so far from the building where my Department is – House Patricia (it’s amazing, you can find also a kitchen for students and study areas such as small rooms and class rooms, along with many other services).


So, Campus Lindholmen includes Chalmers University, as well as the University of Gothenburg, some high schools and a polytechnic – students, researchers and teachers represent part of the current 21.000 people filling the area.

The Campus, in turn, is part of the already mentioned Lindholmen Science Park – the global area which encompasses also the SVT (Sveriges Television – Swedish Television) and many premises that host business people and researchers. The aim of this Park is to “establish a unique arena for collaboration on development and research”.


Photo taken by http://mediaarena.lindholmen.se/

So… what are you waiting for? Come, visit and experience this beautiful area of Gothenburg!

Why I chose to study 9370 km away from my home country.

I’m writing this at 10 km of altitude, while listening to Arctic Monkeys in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean inside of an Boeing 747-8, and it is until now that I realize how far is Mexico from Sweden (this is kinda obvious, it’s geography not rocket science right? but still…).

A lot of people have asked before why I chose Sweden? Why I chose a place to study so far from my home country?

DelsjönPhoto credit: Flavien Daussy.

So, let me explain to you guys why I chose Sweden.

Challenge accepted

Studying in Sweden represents a challenge, first of all because they speak another language, although everyone (literally everyone) in here speaks English I wanted to go to a place where I could experience something different, a different continent, a different culture, a different way of seeing things, a different everything.

Probably you have heard that great things are accomplished outside our comfort zone, and now I understand why.

Let’s put it like this, imagine your life is an experiment, if you do the exact same thing over and over again the results won’t change, if you control every single variable your outputs will be the same, this doesn’t mean that you should immediately start doing random stuff. But, I believe that everyone has some crazy idea; maybe trying a new sport, or learning something new. Einstein once said “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

I agree.

Now picture this: new country, new city, new class mates, new educational system, new food… I could go for hours but you get the point. A lot of new inputs will result in a buttload (buttload is actually a unit of the imperial system) of new experiences.



Fresh start, new possibilities

You will put into practice new skills that you didn’t even knew you had, you will dedicate 3 hours to do laundry just because you don’t have idea of what are you doing, you will have the opportunity to join a student society or committee, and so on.

The possibility of new experiences increase linearly in function of how much we change the input variables this means that life is a function of new experiences and new adventures (at least that’s how I see it). Just like Elke said in her post (you can chek it out here), going to Sweden is a new shot for just about anything.

I also agree.

IMG_5333A lot of people asked me before, “aren’t you afraid of going to a place so far from your home, to a place where you don’t know anyone, to a place where you don’t even speak the language, to a place where during winter you only see the sun a couple of hours, where in some parts of the country the temperature is so cold that your eyelashes freeze?” and the answer is simple: of course I was afraid, but that was the idea, and I can tell you that after just 3 months of living in Sweden this was the best idea I’ve had so far. And just by the simple fact that in the last 3 months I’ve lived a lot of new experiences, and this is just the beginning…

To be continued…

Stockholm Study Spaces.

Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm

Sveavägen 73, T-bana: Odenplan

As one of the most famous buildings in Stockholm (cover photo), designed by Gunnar Asplund, it is a very cultural place to study. It’s also the largest library in Stockholm housing around 410,000 books making it well known internationally.

Group rooms, study areas and Eduroam wifi are all available along with a special language lab to help you brush up your Swedish skills!


Norrtullsgatan 2, T-bana: Odenplan

I love Studentpalatset because any student from Stockholm University, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm School of Economics can use the building. This means you can meet up with all your student buddies from around Stockholm and study together. There are a few group rooms available for booking and many different study halls for either laptop use, computers or just reading books.

Also theres a lovely cafe on the ground floor perfect for a morning fika break and meeting other students in town.


Karolinska Institutet Univseritetsbiblioteket

For everyday use and to quickly read up before or after class – you can’t go wrong with your own University’s library. At KI you’ll find me sitting in these comfy Chesterfield chairs (actually I’m sitting here writing this post).

Also the librarians are really helpful when you can’t find the book you need, having difficulties printing and offer workshops in referencing, MeSH and literature search techniques.



Storkyrkobrinken 7A, T-bana: Gamla Stan

This is the Library of Parliament located on Gamla Stan and has been open since 1851. There aren’t many parliament libraries open to the general public so it’s quite a privilege to be amongst so much history. Even if you don’t study there the building itself is beautiful to have a browse around. Also if you’re studying law and politics, the library specialises in parliamentary documents allowing you access to EU and UN literature and resources.


Images: Stockholm Public Library (cover) Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Vehicle Dynamics Test Track day @ AstaZERO

Long live SAAB! The fate of SAAB is an oscillating. It is a story frequently brought up by people in the automotive engineering/applied mechanics department. The company is flip-flopping between speculations of bankruptcy and restructuring. Many people around the world and in Sweden specially are sentimental towards the car that is “born from jets”. They are great cars!

The Automotive Engineering vehicle dynamics class had the joy of spending the day at the AstaZERO (Active Safety Test Area – Zero traffic accident) test track. It is a brand new testing facility opened in September 2014, and it is owned by TU Chalmers and SP (Technical Research Institute of Sweden). The track overview is shown above (sorry it is in Swedish).

testbana_2000[ref: http://www.nyteknik.se/tidningen/article3841629.ece]

The purpose of our visit was to conduct a vehicle dynamics lab in collaboration with NEV (National Electric Vehicle, the company that owns the SAAB cars brand). Yes, we got to drive SAAB test vehicles.

The goal of the lab is to help us develop a feel for complex vehicle behavior under motion. There were three tests: steady state cornering, frequency response, and accident avoidance maneuver.

DSC08127-001Steady state cornering: driving around a circle while increasing speed until the tires is starting to lose grip. The tarmac is wet and slippery. I think we got up to 65 km/h around a 14 m radius track before plowing wide.

Frequency response: practically doing slalom in a car to determine how responsive it is. Accident avoidance: at 60 km/h & try to avoid a “moose”. We had the chance to experience the difference ESP – Electronic Stability Control made in a car.


(Photo: Moose avoidance test, source: http://www.crankandpiston.com)


There was no real moose fortunately, just a row of pylons.


Video about AstaZero:

How hard-working are the Swedes?

%%  I’m chairing a Chalmers Formula Student team meeting today. Sponsors and alumni will be coming to listen to what our engineers have to say about next generation racecar development. What stresses me out more than the presentation itself is Fika! (It’s not a swear word, it’s Swedish for coffee break.) I’m in charge of arranging the Fika break, which includes strong coffee and kanelbullar (sugar-loaded cinnamon buns).

Fika is a religion here. Swedish people worship coffee. I don’t know where the word “Fika” came from. One explanation is kaffe = “ka” + “fi”. And by transitive property, A+B=B+A… Alas! Kaffe = Ka+Fe = Fi+ka = Fika!

Kanonbra (super good)! Enough math.


So how hardworking are the Swedes? We seem to talk a lot about their endless summer vacations, countless Fika breaks, eating mountains of kanelbullar, and etc.

Based on my observation, after intake of kanelbullar and coffee, the Swedes are turbocharged with potential energy. Work gets done at rapid rates. And once this energy runs low, Fika break is in order. My point is the Swedes are pretty efficient. They take effective breaks and gets the work done.

Study hall

Swedes are perhaps a bit more introverted. But the plus side is that they are respectful of others’ boundaries. In the study hall, the tables begin to fill up after 8 am and remain busy until dinnertime. In such a crowded place, there’s no chaos. It’s not a library, yet it’s not terribly noisy. People might have a little chitchat but they are not disrupting anyone. This type of studying environment can be found all over campus. Even the student union pub! Some are having a good time with friends over beers, while some are washing down dry biology assignments with beverages. Skål!

study room

No skål for me. I need to study for tomorrow’s final exams.


coffee innovation