Of course I know! But still…  

Imagine sitting in the audience of a theater play when on stage two people are waving a blue plastic sheet between them. A third person comes walking across the stage with a cardboard structure around their waist and two wooden sticks in their hands. It is obvious that what you see is picturing someone in a boat, on the ocean.
If you doubt that and say “I see that it is not the ocean it is plastic!” you will break the necessary agreement in an aesthetic experience. “The suspension of disbelief” seems to be a condition for experiencing different cultural phenomena. Is this also relevant in science and other areas of knowledge production?

Jag vet! Men ändå...  

Föreställ dig att du sitter i publiken på en teaterpjäs när två personer på scen vaggar ett blått plastskynke mellan sig. En tredje person kommer gående över scenen med en pappkonstruktion runt midjan och två träpinnar i händerna. Det är uppenbart att det du ser föreställer någon i en båt, på havet.
Om du tvivlar och säger "Jag kan se att det inte är havet, det är plast!" bryter du det nödvändiga avtalet i en estetisk upplevlse. "The suspension of disbelief" tycks vara en förutsättning för upplevelsen av olika kulturella fenomen. Är detta även relevant inom vetenskap och andra kunskapsproducerande områden?


Every year the AHA! festival presents several exhibitions located around the Chalmers campus which can be viewed at any time during the festival.

Datasal is a music project that was formed by its three members in 2016. The project arose from a desire to create music that is improvised but where we can relate openly to previous genres and what we learned about music. Like constructing an environment for trying and curiosity. The music is built around repetitive sequencer loops and programmed beats where electric bass, electric guitar and flute improvise around a theme. The instruments' audio signals are processed through filters and pedals such as reverb, moog ring modulators, digital echoes and synthesizers.

Mats Stammarnäs - transverse flute
Anders Svensson - electric guitar
Andreas Roth - elbas

In his painting, Mats Stammarnäs examines how color and shape relate to the flat surface and how these elements can lead the viewer into the painting. The painting is abstract and free from the depicting motif. Horizon, the horizontal and the vertical are always included in the composition, but the painting is deprived of the traditional perspective. Distance and depth are shaped with the help of the color and shape of the painting as well as light and dark.

During the painting process, Mats lets the canvas and what has been painted lead to the next step in the process. The technology consists of many thin layers of oil paint on top of each other that play against adjacent fields. The color is not only a color but also a texture that affects the movement towards form.

Mats Stammarnäs is educated at the Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg.

A New Tree Grows is both an animated short film and a playable computer game. It brings you on a fantastical journey into a future world in which architects and smart intelligent machines together create sustainable cities. The production is experienced from a physical installation guided by an immersive soundtrack. Get your hand ready on the joystick!

Designed for 1-2 players
Length: 8 minutes
Language: English

Directed by: Niklas Möller
Written by: Carolina Nilsson
Music by: August Norborg
Texturing and Lights by: Emal Ghouse
Voice by: Robert Bolin
Game development by: Niklas Möller
Installation by: Johnny Kahrinen

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I have always been fascinated by the combination of colour, light, transparency and materiality. Over the years I have worked with these subjects by different materials and medias for example aquarelle-paintings, silicon casting and for the last year glass casting.

Some weeks ago I visited a fantastic exhibition of the works by Anni and Josef Albers at Paris Museum of Modern Art. I have during many years in teaching students at Chalmers used Josef Albers colour experiments to understand for example what is happening when we are looking at colours. I saw his paintings hanging on the wall in the museum in Paris and was really surprised when I realized that I had been working with colours in my glass in an astonishingly similar way the week before in Sweden. Sometimes with the same colour combinations as I saw on Josef Albers paintings and prints.

When I got back to Sweden I went on with glass castings with inspiration from Josef Albers paintings and the exhibition in Paris. I have worked with great excitement very intuitively and now when I look at the glass I think I have been inspired not only by Josef Albers but even by the colours of autumn.


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Wednesday 24|11

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This event is in Swedish

Physics is full of visual metaphors: an atom is drawn as a small solar system and energy is described as a substance that can take various forms. But at the same time we know that the particles inside the atom doesn’t behave like planets at all and that energy in many ways differ from a substance. Why are we still tempted by these kinds of metaphors? What do the metaphors do for out understanding and what would happen if we replaced them? What role do visual or linguistic metaphors play in the theories and the models they are part of? And where if the boundary between the different models of physics and reality?

These and other questions will be discussed in a conversation between the author and mathematician Helena Granström and historian of ideas and physicist Julia Ravani.

In his painting, Mats Stammarnäs examines how color and shape relate to the flat surface and how these elements can lead the viewer into the painting. The painting is abstract and free from the depicting motif. Horizon, the horizontal and the vertical are always included in the composition, but the painting is deprived of the traditional perspective. Distance and depth are shaped with the help of the color and shape of the painting as well as light and dark.

During the painting process, Mats lets the canvas and what has been painted lead to the next step in the process. The technology consists of many thin layers of oil paint on top of each other that play against adjacent fields. The color is not only a color but also a texture that affects the movement towards form.

Mats Stammarnäs is educated at the Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg.

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This event is in Swedish

‘Research about Blå Tåget. What can and can’t be seen’. A conversation between Tore Berger and Torkel Rasmusson from Blå Tåget and Morgan Palmqvist who has written a thesis about Blå Tåget, led by journalist and author Magnus Haglund. After the conversation a moment of music takes place where Tore and Torkel sing accompanied by Torgny Sjöstedt (who was one of the members of the Gothenburg band Love Explosion) and others.

Dazzlingly beautiful, captivating and breathtaking, it has been said about the Gothenburg duo Helena Ek & Peter Janson.

The music has taken impressions of everything from contemporary art music to blues, from folk music to improvisation

Thursday 25|11

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Lab grown seafood or cultivated seafood has the mission to provide an alternative that will not harm the ocean’s ecosystem. This alternative product must appeal to the customers senses to be a successful food item. With the knowledge of food science, we can tailor the texture, taste, smell, and appearance to be similar to conventional seafood products. We bring in instruments that mimic the mouth, the tongue, the nose, and the eyes to verify the recipes of the products before the final human tasting panel. We hope to create alternative seafood products that will appeal to the customers and save the oceans.

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How are color experiences represented in the brain? Is this the same for everyone?

We will start with an introduction into the brain mechanisms underlying color perception, and continue with a fascinating phenomenom called "synesthesia" where for instance music or words can lead to specific, automatic color experiences (in English).

What it means to experience synesthesia will be further clarified in a conversation between synesthete Åsa Gustafsson and neuroscientist and synesthesia researcher Janina Neufeld(in Swedish)

This event is in Swedish

The Schrödinger equation is a cornerstone of quantum physics. But what does it really mean? During the 100 years that have passed since its formulation, no clear answer to that question has been given. Such is not the goal of this lecture either. By telling about different models of interpretation and the lives of their proponents, the historian of ideas and physicist Julia Ravanis hopes instead to encourage a broader conversation about quantum physics.

The lecture is aimed at students in the course Applied Quantum Physics, but is also open to the public. This is an opportunity for the curious to get an insight into Chalmers' teaching, in an area where it is reflection and discussion, rather than prior knowledge, that is at the center.

Fiskemannens Kompisar is a jazz and funk group consisting of Miles Gerhardt (trumpet), Floyd Gerhardt (saxophone), Sebastian Larsson (saxophone and vocals), Xander Hou (bass), Joel Eng (drums) and Vidar Lindström (guitar). The band members are between 14 and 15 years old and met at one of Vänersborg Jazz Academy's jazz courses for young people. There they had the opportunity to play music together, learn more about making music but not least create strong friendships.

Anja Lechner and François Couturier’s musical collaboration is long established, through their concerts and acclaimed recordings for ECM New Series, both in duo and with the Tarkovsky Quartet. Their successful and highly regarded duo project Moderato Cantabile featured music that oscillated between Orient and Occident. Now, with their new programme Lontano the German cellist and the French pianist traverse a wide musical arc - embracing familiar melodies by Giya Kancheli, Anouar Brahem and others, and pieces which offer scope for improvisation and personal interpretation. François Couturier has also composed new music for the duo that serves as unifying element and provides a context in which improvising and free interpretation can take place.

"The two musicians have refined the art of intense listening. They do not play one note too many, and use improvised passages sparingly, but pointedly. They eavesdrop for a long time and pay microscopic attention to the development of nuanced timbres, to dynamic design."

Hans-Jürgen Linke, FAZ

Friday 26|11

This event is in Swedish

Fredrik Höök, professor of nano and biophysics at Chalmers, lectures on light, the earth's magnetic field, the monarch butterfly's sensors and its metamorphoses. The monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico, but not during the life of a butterfly, it takes several generations of butterflies to get all the way and then home again. How is that possible?

Inspired by the lecture, 5 performing artists have created artistic interpretations for a joint collage performance. They come from different artistic disciplines; modern dance, theater, conceptual performing arts and music.

The performance is followed by a conversation about the project. What happens when art meets science and how we can enrich our different fields through collaborations and creative meetings ? Ida Görsch, responsible for idea, artistic supervision and project management, also participates here. of Technology, Science and Society, also participates here.

Cast: Fredrik Höök, Julia Ravanis, Frida Brandt, Sandra Saied, Lindis Ekström, Kimona Wrede, Madeleine Jonsson

The project is a collaboration between KulturUngdom's project Sciences, Chalmers and AHA! Festival 2021

Fredrik Höök professor i nano och biofysik på Chalmers föreläser om ljus, jordens magnetfält, Monarkfjärilens sensorer och dess metamorfoser. Monarkfjärilarna migrerar från Kanada till Mexiko, men inte under en fjärils livstid utan det tar flera generationer av fjärilar att ta sig hela vägen och sen hem igen. Hur är det möjligt?

Inspirerade av föreläsningen har 5 scenkonstnärer skapat konstnärliga tolkningar till en gemensam kollageföreställning. De kommer från olika konstnärliga discipliner; modern dans, teater, konceptuell scenkonst och musik.

Efter föreställningen följer ett samtal om projektet. Vad händer när konst möter vetenskap och hur vi kan berika våra olika fält genom samarbeten och kreativa möten?. Här medverkar även Ida Görsch, ansvarig för idé, konstnärlig handledning och projektledning.

Medverkande: Fredrik Höök, Julia Ravanis, Frida Brandt, Sandra Saied, Lindis Ekström, Kimona Wrede, Madeleine Jonsson

Projektet är ett samarbete mellan KulturUngdoms projekt Vetenskapelser, Chalmers och AHA!Festival 2021

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A panel with musicians from the three days of the festival, people like Anja Lechner and Francois Coturier, Gaspar Borchardt, a violin maker from Cremona, known from the documentary “The quest for tone wood”, with musical interventions by Daniel Berg och Tobias Granmo, will pick up the question once raised by the film director Ingmar Bergman.

The intention is not to give an answer but to celebrate the question.

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The AHA! festivals main location is in the Volvo foyer (Volvofoajén) on the second floor of the student union building, at Chalmers Campus Johanneberg.

Some events are held at the ACE (Architecture and Civil Engineering) building

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Chalmers Conference Centre
Chalmersplatsen 1
412 58 , Göteborg, Sweden

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Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Sven Hultins gata 6
412 58 , Göteborg, Sweden


Eva Amborg is an architect and a lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers.

Her main interest is architectural spaces and how we perceive them and especially the perception of colour, light and materiality and how we can use this as an architectural design tool. Eva is involved in research projects linked to this subject at Chalmers.

She has previously worked as a scenographer at Stadsteatern and Folkteatern in Gothenburg and also as a teacher at a number of artistic and design educations in Gothenburg.

Eva is a board member of the Swedish Colour Centre Foundation.

Associate Professor Kine Angelo has twenty years of practice as Interior Architect, specializing in colour in architecture. She joined the Faculty of Architecture and Design at NTNU in 2010 where she is currently a full-time lecturer and researcher at Department for Architecture and Technology. At NTNU she is also affiliated with the research group Light and Colour Centre. Her teaching and research activities are devoted to light and colour in the architectural realm. Building on previous and ongoing design practice of architectural projects, her overall aim is to promote color and material gestalt in architecture and urban space through research, architectural education, and public outreach.

Her contribution outside NTNU is as a color designer, consultant, strategist, and in giving lectures and workshops for educational institutions, organizations, companies, and municipalities. She has been working on establishing color, material, and aesthetic guidelines for urban development in several Norwegian towns and cities. She is Deputy Leader on the Board of Government of Forum Farge (AIC Norway), and internationally active as a member of the Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (ECD) in the International Color Association (AIC), where she has regularly participated with presentations since 2012. In 2017 she succeeded Professor Emerita Grete Smedal in teaching the NCS Advanced Courses at Norwegian Colour Center in Oslo, and in 2020, she spent six months as a Junior Fellow at Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, working with Professor Ralf Weber at the Faculty of Architecture

Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and professor. He holds the position as the marimba and chamber teacher at the University Colleges of Music in Gothenburg, Örebro and Stockholm (Sweden). He has made several CD-recordings like In a Landscape, Ricamo, Sound of Transparence and Rhythm Art Duo. In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo- and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers who have written original music for the instrument. This includes more than 250 world premiers for solo and chamber works. As a composer Daniel has written a couple of solo works for marimba like Over the Moon, December and Blue Memories. The pieces belong today to the standard marimba repertoire. His works are published at the Keyboard Percussion Publications (USA), Norsk Musikforlag AS (Norway) and Edition Svitzer (Denmark). Daniel Berg is an Elite Mallets and a Bergerault Marimba Artist.

Frida Brandt är scenkonstnär i Teater Spera, skriver dramatik, skådespelar och skapar konceptuella verk kring innehåll som skaver. Hon tror på att scenkonsten kan vara lika viktig och vacker utan förtryck.

Gunnar Bjursell, Professor Emeritus is acting Director for the Culture, Cognition and Health Center at the Karolinska Institute. His research has focused on the importance of genetics in public health, cancer and arteriosclerosis. Bjursell lead the development of biotechnology at Chalmers and is one of the founders of Vetenskapsfestivalen. During the last fifteen years he has been actively involved in the development of the research field culture, the brain, and health. Music, art, dance and the performance of these artforms has a significant impact on the development of social interaction, creativity and motivation and additionally cognition and learning in both young and old alike.

Regarded as a leading pianist in the border zone between contemporary jazz and New Music François Couturier spent many years with the Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, and has played also with musicians including John McLaughlin, Louis Sclavis and Dominique Pifarély. In 2006 he founded the Tarkovsky Quartet, writing music which references and explores the associative world of  Russian filmmaker Andrej Tarkovsky.  The group has made three albums for ECM Records.  Since 2012 he has also been playing in duo with cellist Anja Lechner. François Couturier has been described as a magician of melody and timbre, with a gift for the subtleties of intuitive design.  He lives in Paris.

Fiskemannens Kompisar är en jazz- och funkgrupp bestående av Miles Gerhardt (trumpet), Floyd Gerhardt (saxofon), Sebastian Larsson (saxofon och sång), Xander Hou (bas), Joel Eng (trummor) och Vidar Lindström (gitarr).

Bandmedlemmarna är mellan 14 och 15 år gamla och träffades på en av Vänersborg Jazz Academys jazzkurser för ungdomar. Där fick de tillfälle att spela musik tillsammans, lära sig mer om musicerande men inte minst skapa starka vänskapsband.
Vi går i högstadiet och faller både för jazzen och funken. Fiskemannens Kompisar möttes för första gången på Koppargrillen i Vänersborg, slutet av juli 2020.
Vi utvecklades i musiken på Jazz Camp vid Vänersborgs Jazz Academy.
Spelglädje, improvisation och galet kul tillsammans!
Jazz We Do!

Datasal är ett musikprojekt som bildades av dess tre medlemmar 2016. Projektet uppstod ur en önskan att skapa musik som improviseras fram men där vi kan förhålla oss öppet till tidigare genrer och det vi lärt oss om musik. Som att konstruera en miljö för prövande och nyfikenhet. Musiken byggs kring repetetiva sequenserslingor och programmerade beats där elbas, elgitarr och tvärflöjt improviserar runt ett tema. Instrumentens ljudsignaler processas genom filter och pedaler som reverb, moog ringmodulatorer, digitala ekon och synthesizers.

Mats Stammarnäs - tvärflöjt
Anders Svensson - elgitarr
Andreas Roth - elbas

Datasal on Youtube

Helena Ek, sång har stor bredd i sin repertoar , men har framför allt gjort sig ett namn inom äldre tiders musik. Förutom samarbete med barockensembler i Europa har hon arbetat med några av de främsta musikerna i genren. I Japan har hon turnerat flera gånger såväl som i stora delar av Europa. Helena har vid ett antal tillfällen medverkat i TV och radio och har spelat in flera skivor med renässans och barockmusik, bl a i England för Sony Classical och Virgin Classics.

Peter Janson, kontrabas, har varit verksam på den svenska och internationella jazz och improvisationsscenen i över 30 år. Peter har turnerat i de flesta acv Europas länder såväl som i USA. Han är väl representerad på åtskilliga skiv, TV och radioinspelningar och har hyllats genom åren, av recensenter i Sverige och utomlands, såväl för sin formidabla teknik som för sin kreativitet.

Lindis Ekström är musikern och
performancekonstnären som med starka melodier och talande texter framför egenskriven
musik som känns nästintill hudlös. Hon
inspireras gärna av sina favoritdelar inom indiepop och folk, för att
sedan skapa sitt egna drömska ljudlandskap med elgitarreffekter och expressiv sång.

Tobias Granmo and Daniel Berg are colleagues since many years at The Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. They are both teachers in violin and percussion instruments respectively and are also personally responsible for the chamber music. The duo Granmo-Berg is regularly invited as guest professors by other universities in Europe to give Master Classes in connection to Concert tours. The musical meeting between violin and marimba opens new doors! The concert repertoire covers music from Vivaldi and Bach via Bartôk and Piazzolla to contemporary music composed exclusively for Tobias and Daniel.

Tobias Granmo’s love for the violin has formed his life and already from childhood music has been a natural and essential part- a way of living. Studies in Stockholm, Gothenburg and finally in Vienna for renowned Violin Professors as Milan Vitek, Dora Schwarzberg, Günther Pichler and Ernst Kovacic has inspired him. A great Violin and music tradition to pass on to the next generation. Tobias has also a great interest in contemporary music and together with marimba soloist Daniel Berg they are forming Duo Granmo/Berg, a duo regularly touring through Europe. Two cdrecordings so far and one upcoming in 2019. Tobias is violin teacher but also head of the chamber music at the Academy. Between 2011-2017 he was Director of studies for the classic music department.

Regularly guest teaching at the Music Academies in 
Vilnius, Riga, Ljubljana, Rome, Naples, San 
Sebastian, Birmingham, Cork.

Playing a modern Violin by Martin Schwalb , 1999 
in Vienna and strings by Thomastik (Sponsored 
Artist since 2017).

Helena Granström är författare och fil.lic. i matematik. Hon medverkar återkommande bland annat i Sveriges Radio P1:s program Obs och Godmorgon, världen! och på Expressens och Sydsvenskans kultursidor. Hennes senaste bok, essäromanen Betydelsen av kärlek, utkom 2020.

foto: Viktor Gårdsäter

Works full time as a freelance musician. He is a composer, a performer and a lecturer. Many of his concerts feature his own music, often with his specially built guitars.
He also works with other artists in different settings. He has composed a lot of music for the theatre and also composed an opera, a mine mass for the Church of Sweden, chamber music, just to mention a few.
Torbjörn has always been interested in using music in different environments and has composed a number of pieces for use in industrial settings, mines and other exciting places. In this context he has invented musical instruments and created a number of ”musical rooms” with natural settings for the instruments.
The grassophone is an invention which sends impulses to electromagnets at different frequences. The magnets can be placed on to any kind of metal object and sounds in five complete octaves. This produces pitches covering a full five octaves. It creates different pitches, and sometimes beats, from the magnet, so called solenoids which, in turn, creates sounds/tones. It also sends impulses to electrical engines which creates movement/sound in the room.

Torbjörn started work on this idea in 2018 and has used the grassophone live at both festivals and concerts.

In 2019-2021 he performed several pieces manned by the grassophone
Iron songs, Avesta Art, 2019 - 2020.
Iron songs II, Koordinaten, Oxelösund, 2020.
Human! Are you a machine?, Koordinaten, Oxelösund, 2021.

Ida är projektledare för KulturUngdoms
projekt Vetenskapelser där vetenskap och konstnärliga uttryck möts och
gestaltas. Hon är även frilansande scenkonstnär, sångerska och pedagog.

Skådespelare, komiker, musiker, krönikör och på senare år även regissör.
Har Göteborg som bas sedan mitten av 90-talet och jobbat med egna produktioner och ingått i ensemble-föreställningar på olika teatrar. Har hörts och synts i radio, TV och film genom åren.

Spelar munspel.

Har bollsinne och synestesi.

Rebecca Hayman har varit verksam som skådespelare i över 30 år främst på scenkonstinstitutioner som Göteborgs Stadsteater, Backa Teater och numera fast anställd på Regionteater Väst. 

Fredrik Höök is a professor of nano and biophysics, researching and teaching in biological and medical physics. His special interest is sensors for use in diagnostics and drug development, but also how biological sensors give us our senses. He has been awarded the Göran Gustafsson prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), is a Wallenberg Scholar and is member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Åke Ingerman är civilingenjör, doktor i  fysik och professor i ämnesdidaktik, verksam vid Göteborgs universitet. Hans forskning handlar framförallt om samspelet mellan undervisning och lärande, och vad det innebär att förstå olika fenomen inom naturvetenskap och teknik. 

Madeleine Jonsson arbetar med modern dans och
scenkonst. Hon har tidigare studerat yrkesdanprogrammet på gymnasiet och London
Contemporary Dance School. Hon har senaste tiden arbetat med dansprojekt i både Göteborg och London.

Lovette Jallow är en av samtidens viktigaste röster när det gäller kampen mot rasism, diskriminering och orättvisor i samhället. Hon ställer sig okuvligt på den utsattes sida och påtalar med tydlighet strukturella och individuella skillnader och problemen som uppstår när människor bemöts olika beroende på bakgrund, religion, etnicitet, hudfärg, kön osv.

Under sina föreläsningar pratar Lovette Jallow om främlingsfientlighet, vithetsnormer och privilegier. Hon pratar om personliga upplevelser som afrosvensk kvinna i ett samhälle där vithet premieras, och om strukturella problem och strukturer. Hon pratar om ideal inom skönhetsbranschen och vilka konsekvenser det innebär att inte ingå i dessa ideal. Hon pratar om hur vi kan förändra strukturer och inse vilka bias vi har och hur vi kan vara mer inkluderande i vårt språk och bemötande.

Hana Jungová is a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology in Department of Physics, Division of Nano- and Biophysics. In her research, Hana uses light to manipulate nanoparticles in optical tweezers and to develop biosensors for ultrasensitive detection of biomarkers. Her current mission is to combine physics with nanotechnology to address contemporary challenges in cell biology.

Anja Lechner, in addition to
her classical education with teachers including Heinrich Schiff and Janos
Starker, has developed her capacities as an improviser. A variety of projects
with musicians of many countries reflects her talent for sensitive
interpretation and improvisation. In each of them, her unmistakable, warm and clear sound is always evident. The spectrum of Anja Lechner's playing extends from performances as soloist with orchestras to solo concerts, as well as chamber music projects, in which she likes to present old and new music. Concert tours and festival appearances have taken her through Europe, Latin America, USA, Korea, China, Armenia, Lebanon and Iran. Anja Lechner has premiered many works dedicated to her, by composers including Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Tõnu Kõrvits, Zad Moultaka and Dino Saluzzi. At ECM she has made numerous recordings with, among others, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Rosamunde quartet, the Argentine bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi, the guitarist Pablo Márquez, the Tarkovsky Quartet and the French Pianist François Couturier. She lives and teaches in Munich.

Journalist sedan 1989

Är: Frilansande vetenskapsjournalist med bakgrund på Sveriges Radio. Hörs ofta i radions P1.

Har: Skrivit över 100 längre artiklar för avsomnade Allt om Vetenskap, deltagit i Science Communication-projekt med forskare i bl a Lund och Stockholm och utbildat radiojournalister på Skurups folkhögskola bland många andra uppdrag.(Gillar att fördjupa sig i allt mellan Aldebaran och Chicxulub.)

Janina Neufeld studied Biology, conducted her PhD in Neuroscience at the Hannover Medical School, Germany, and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Reading, UK, and at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. She is now assistant professor at Karolinksa Institutet, where she is studying brain and behavioral correlates of autism spectrum condition (ASC) and synesthesia, a non-pathological sensory phenomenon where specific sensory stimuli trigger additional sensations such as for instance color or shape. Janina aims to elucidate the etiology of synesthesia and the risks and benefits associated with the phenomenon, such as potentially increased vulnerability to develop certain mental health conditions and benefits such as improved memory and sensory processing. Further, she aims to generate new insights into the etiology of ASC and to differentiate the correlates of associated difficulties and talents. Applying a twin design allows her to disentangle genetic and environmental contributions to behavioral and brain alterations.

Duong Nguyen has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Clemson University) and she has focused her career on utilizing tissue engineering for medical applications and now food technology. She joined Bluu GmbH to work towards of the mission of creating a new alternative seafood product that could help saving the ocean’s ecosystem.

Julia Ravanis är fysiker, idéhistoriker och doktorand i teknikhistoria på Chalmers. Hon debuterade sommaren 2021 med boken Skönheten i kaos, är redaktör för tidskriften Glänta och skriver för GP kultur då och då.

Foto: Frida Winter

Sandra Saied är scenkonstnär i Teater Spera. Hennes drivkraft ligger i att skapa och förmedla scenkonst som ifrågasätter det moderna samhället och dess normer och arbetar som projektledare inom kultur. 

I sitt måleri undersöker Mats Stammarnäs hur färg och form förhåller dig till den plana ytan och hur dessa element kan leda betraktaren in i målningen. Måleriet är abstrakt och fritt från det föreställande motivet . Horisont, det vågräta och det lodräta finns alltid med i kompositionen, men målningen är fråntaget det traditionella perspektivet Avstånd och djup gestaltas med hjälp av färgen och formen i målningen liksom ljus och mörker.

Under måleriprocessen låter Mats duken och det som målats leda till nästa steg i processen. Tekniken består av många tunna lager oljefärg på varandra som spelar mot intilliggande fält. Färgen är inte bara en kulör utan också en konsistens som påverkar rörelsen mot form.

Mats Stammarnäs är utbildad vid Statens kunstakademi i Oslo och Valands konsthögskola i Göteborg.

Joar Svanvik, MD, PhD, a surgery professor em. in Sweden has served at Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg, University Hospital in Linkoping and also at UCSF in SanFrancisco and in South Africa and is now active part time at the Transplantation Center, Gothenburg. He took part in starting a medical school in Kenya and was appointed an Editor of British Journal of Surgery for six years. He has served also as a shipboard physician in Antarctica and the North Atlantic. He is a member of HUBIQ (Human Biology and Quantum Physics) since its start and one of the authors of the book Quantum Physics and Life.

Professor of Theoretical Physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Known for work 
from collective electron dynamics of atoms and molecules to quantum computing with 
superconducting circuits. He has coordinated seven major EU projects on neuromorphic and 
quantum computing and is currently engaged in current and future Swedish and EU missions

Kimona Wrede arbetar med modern dans och scenkonst.
Hon har en tidigare yrkesdansutbildning från gymnasiet och har även
studerat genusvetenskap. För närvarande studerar hon medicin vid Göteborgs

Sara är präst i Svenska kyrkan och arbetar som församlingschef i Caroli församling i Borås. Hon är också civilingenjör i Teknisk Fysik och teknologie doktor, i båda fallen från Chalmers. Hennes avhandling var inom fasta tillståndets teori. Som präst och teolog har Sara bl.a. arbetat med reflektion, skrivande och fortbildning kring frågor om naturvetenskap och teologi.


The AHA! festival explores encounters between investigates the meeting between art and science during in a three-day event at the Chalmers University of Technology hosted by the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and the Department of Physics. It is an international festival intending intended to provide a stage for enlightening and surprising experiences, staging surprises, new thoughts and displaced perspectives that lead to alternative modes of thinking about exploring the world through art and science. We invite scientists (physicists, historians, astronomers, engineers), artists (dancers, musicians, painters, poets, acrobats) who reside in these borderlands and wish to share their vision and work.


The relation between science and art has become more complex, but is just as important to attend to. Their meeting is still that of theory and practice, but also something more: a meeting of causal connections and meaningful coherences, of given conditions and unsuspected possibilities, of the order of things and our own place within it.

Today, ”science” no longer refers to systematic knowledge, but rather to a highly professionalised, specialised and often technically advanced activity intended for the production of empirically secure facts. Similarly, ”art” is no longer a methodical ability, but rather a complex and autonomous activity comparable to science: the creation of images, sounds, and other forms of sensuous experience with a most immediate effect. Forms that grab hold, shake up, leave us at a loss. Experiences that make us question ourselves and the world around us.

By bringing together science and art, architecture has provided an ideal playing field for such a confrontation for the first two festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, October 21–23, the first festival investigated the theme ‘embodiment.’ In 2015, November 2-4 the festival explored numbers, an underlying element in our lives. In year 2016 the festival was a joint voyage between the Departments of Architecture and Department of Physics to explore the theme ‘uni-verse,’ the fabric of life. All festivals offer three days of seminars, workshops, conversations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and mingles, through thought-provoking experiences, hands-on surprises, itinerant perspectives, and savoury ideas. The festival welcomes students and researchers from all universities, and the general public, to turn the searchlight onto the relation between two different– but equally important – human activities; ’Science and art.’

AHA! 2019

AHA! 2018

AHA! 2017

AHA! 2016

AHA! 2015

AHA! 2014