Chemistry with Alfie Atkins – for the youngest scientists
Hasselblad Foundation supports a chemistry project at Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus (Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre) starting this fall – a project aiming to increase children’s interest and understanding of chemistry. Something that at first glance may seem difficult and incomprehensible will be explained through play and activity together with the children. In the project, researchers and students of Chalmers University of Technology, and pre-school and first grade pupils will meet at Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus in Gothenburg.
The idea is that at a very young age arouse interest in science, and that Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus can be a complement to the school. The aim of the project is to create a positive image of chemistry, provide an opportunity for interaction and try out activities, and strengthen the teachers in their role as inspirers for the pupils. In the longer term, the project could contribute to increasing the number of young people pursuing chemistry studies at higher level.
By using the body and the children’s curiosity we will teach children to use simple chemistry concepts, says Per Thorén, one of the initiators of the project together with Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus.
Per Thorén is project manager and COO of Molecular Frontiers, an international network of researchers and educators worldwide with the aim to popularize science among the public, especially among young people.
How small can water be?
One of the questions Per Thorén asks the children is how many times you can divide the content of a bucket of water. Can you divide the water so many times that it eventually becomes invisible?
The children will also get to try what it’s like to be a water molecule, and learn how water molecules move when they are cold and warm – a good way to illustrate what happens when water freezes or boils.
Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus
Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus (Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre) is a creative cultural centre for children and their adults. This is a place where inquisitive children can play, get up to mischief, climb and discover a building full of fascinating things. There are daily activities on offer, including theatre, design, maths with seeds, music, kids’ workouts and discovering pine weevils.
For more information, see: www.alfonskulturhus.com
2015 The Hasselblad Foundation is funding a visiting professorship in the Marine Sciences
The Hasselblad Foundation is now funding a visiting professorship at the new Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. The visiting professorship goes to the leading American researcher Jody Deming, who is an authority on polar marine research.
“I am so pleased that we are able with the help of the Hasselblad Foundation to attract a researcher who is a world leader in her field,” says Leif Anderson, marine chemist and Professor at the University of Gothenburg.
Prominent polar researcher will be made a visiting professor at the new Department
Thanks to the Hasselblad Foundation, the University of Gothenburg now has a leading researcher attached to the new Department of Marine Sciences which will be opened on 1 July.
Visiting Professor Jody Deming is coming to us from the University of Washington, and her specialist area is the adaptation of marine microorganisms to the cold.
“She is the person best suited to be our first visiting professor because her specialist area in marine microorganisms and their importance for polar geochemistry and ecology fits in well with the direction we are taking at the University of Gothenburg,” says Leif Anderson.
Polar marine research in focus
The Hasselblad Foundation’s funding for a visiting professor in the Marine Sciences will encourage the linking up of researchers from different disciplines in the new Department of Marine Sciences, which will become a reality at the University of Gothenburg on 1 July. For more than thirty years, polar marine research has been a key area of study for researchers in the Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg.
Jody Deming, who is a microbiologist and has a wealth of knowledge in DNA research, will be holding a third-cycle course in October for everyone interested in the field of marine science, and she will also hold a symposium on 3-5 November.
2015 Grants for female postdoctoral researchers in the natural sciences at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg
The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation’s grants for female postdoctoral researchers in the natural sciences at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Hasselblad Foundation is allocating funds to support female postdoctoral researchers in the natural sciences with a possible extension to adjacent scientific fields and life sciences. Grants may be applied for by female researchers employed at any one of the aforementioned universities on terms to be announced shortly. The grants total SEK 2 million for two female postdoctoral researchers of SEK 1 million each. Approved funds are to be regarded as contributions to each respective researcher’s postdoctoral project to be paid successively to the respective university over a maximum period of three years.
The main aim of the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation is to promote research and scientific teaching in the natural sciences and photography. This aim is achieved, in part, through research grants to the natural sciences as well as providing photography fellowships and an international award in photography.