Happy International Women’s Day!

There are many innovations that have liberalized and changed the world for women over the years. Getting rid of the corset. The realization that women don’t have “week nerves” and that “hysteria” is actually nonsense. The C-section and the forceps just to name a few. At Storm we are therefore acknowledging The International Women’s day by shedding some light on three innovations that have empowered women and transformed their lives over the last century.

The Birth Control Pill

The Pill! One of the most major feminist inventions in human history. Approved in 1960, it was the first reliable, woman-centric contraceptive option which allowed women who didn’t want to become pregnant a greater control of their reproduction and with that, their lives. Before, women had little control over their reproductive body and had to fully trust and rely on men and male-centric methods such as condoms. When an unexpected pregnancy occurred the only option were, either childbirth or illegal and highly dangerous abortion. Therefore, to say that the Pill didn’t just improve women’s lives, but also saved countless of them is not an exaggeration.

When talking about the Pill, it’s also important to acknowledge that no matter how great it is and has been, it came at a high cost. It emerged from a series of extremely unethical experiments performed on women of color and patients in asylums, who were not given any information about the tests being conducted on them. Something that shouldn’t be forgotten even though we today know that the result have been incredibly important. Not only for women’s control over their own reproduction, but also as an invention that set the groundwork for other revolutions. As things go once women were more able to control their childbearing, they were also able to enter the workforce and get educations with more impunity.

More information about the history of the Pill here!

Och här!

The Bicycle

One invention that was not at all intended for women but that have had a big impact on the emancipation of women is the bicycle. In the beginning of the 19th century women were even warned that riding bicycles was “immoral” and doctors even went so far as to say that it could lead to a terrifying medical condition called bicycle face — a special risk to women’s appearance and complexion.

And that was not the only resistance against women riding bicycles. Heavy skirts and hard-wearing coresets made it hard for women to move and breath, and even harder to ride a bike. Even so, and maybe because of this antagonism between the society and the cycling women, the bicycle became a symbol of “free, untrammeled womanhood”, as American women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony so eloquently put it. It gave women a newfound freedom of movement, challenged stereotypes about women’s physical strength and transformed dress codes. The later to the extent that the first women pants were designed and The Rational Dress Society was created – an association that took up the fight against unhealthy and unpractical clothes that made it hard for women to physically move. The women movements of the time, the Suffragettes, even used the bicycle when riding around, spreading the word about female voting rights.

More information about the history of the bicycle here!

And here!

Och här!

Sanitary Pads & Tampons

The breakthrough invention that improved women and girls’ hygiene and health, school attendance, livelihoods and economic opportunities. Today many of us take them for granted, but the fact that sanitary pads and tampons still isn’t a matter of course in all parts of the world make you realize, just what a breakthrough invention in actually is.

It was not more than a century ago that nurses in France created the first disposable sanitary pads, and at the end of the 19th Century, the first commercially available disposable pads came out .(Even though it took several decades before they evolved to become somewhat more practical for women to use and acquire). And, today, in spite of some efforts, sanitary pads still remain out of reach for millions of women and girls living in poverty and are taxed in several countries around the globe, including as a “luxury” item.

One of the main things to consider about both of these inventions is convenience; the bother of having to cope with ineffective methods of period management, plus the stigma attached to the whole process, was a burden on women that created stress and through poorly assembled homemade methods the possibility for disease. And unfortunately, it’s not a burden purely of the past. Periods still remain a taboo topic. Stigma and discrimination surrounding menstruation prevents women and girls in some countries from entering physical spaces, such as their home, school, work or place of worship.

Giving women access to easy, safe, disposable methods of managing their periods might not solve the whole problem of discrimination, but for a lot of girl’s and women it would mean that they could stay in school and the workforce, and protect their health.

(If only there was an invention that could wipe out discrimination against women)

More information of sanitary pads history here!

And here’s some more information about “menstrual huts”!

Stormathon

Problem solver. Team player. Innovator. Analyst. We know that sounds like you – but do you?

We now offer you the opportunity to participate in an intense, one-day innovation boot camp. Together with students from other programs, you get a case: a real case with the City of Malmö as a client and with sustainable cities and communities as the theme. You will work in tailor-made teams organized to complement each other’s strengths while being coached by experienced innovators and facilitators throughout the whole day. At the end of the day, you will pitch your solution with a chance to win the final prize.

The Stormathon innovation day is arranged by Storm at Malmö University in collaboration with The City of Malmö.

Sign up here! Limited amount of spots.

Location: Storm, Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7  Date: April 2   Time: 09.00 – 21.00

– What is Stormathon?

Stormathon is an innovation day which offers students at Malmö University the chance to develop your problem-solving ability – with a real case from an external client.

Stormathon offers you the opportunity to:

  • Practice your innovation and problem-solving abilities
  • Work with a real case
  • Expand your network
  • Identify and make use of your specific strengths
  • Collaborate with other students outside of your field or program
  • Compete against other teams for the best solution and the chance to win a price

During 12 intense hours, you will work in a team with students from different programs and with varied competencies. You get your case in the morning and at the end of the day, you will present it in front of a jury. At your disposal are:

  • Your own room for idea generation and all the material that you will need for a creative process.
  • Access to coaching and method support
  • Direct contact with representatives from your client
  • Inspirational lectures

Of course, no need to stress about food. We will have you covered! Lunch and dinner will be served, as well as coffee and snacks all day long.

Intrigued?

Sign up here! Limited amount of spots.

Wanna know more about the theme of the day? Continue reading!:-)

– Malmö 2030

How do we create inclusive, safe and sustainable cities for the future?

The world’s population is constantly increasing and more than half of the population live in urban societies – a figure that is expected to increase by 70% in 2050. This creates advantages such as new opportunities for economic growth but also risks contributing to increased social divisions and strains on our ecosystem. The rapid and large growth of cities creates new demands that need to be addressed and this in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable way.

Malmö is no exception. More and more people live, study, work and visit the city and for the City of Malmö, it is both a prerequisite and a goal that this growth should be sustainable. Therefore, based on the 2030 Agenda and the Global Sustainability goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities – this spring’s Stormathon will be about the City of Malmö. The case is formulated by the City of Malmö and targets those who want to develop their problem-solving ability while getting the chance to influence the future of Malmö.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Sign up here! Limited amount of spots.

Storm and the 2030 Agenda

During the spring of 2019 Storm highlights the 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It is an important and ambitious agenda with the means to accomplish four incredible things – end poverty, fight inequality, promote peace and justice and stop climate change.

Storm will, therefore, focus extra on the Global Goals this spring and every month highlight a different goal. By hosting and arranging events on the theme of each goal our hope is to raise awareness and inspire you at Malmö university to create ideas and solutions for a better world.

Find out more about our events here!

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Boksläpp: Evidensbaserad stadsutveckling, 9 april

Hur byggs en stad? Har vi allt tillgängligt vetande samlat när vi tar beslut som ändrar förutsättningen för livet i staden?

Etnolog Joakim Forsemalm och pedagog Magnus Johansson har under flera års tid fördjupat sig i processerna som bygger våra städer. Deras nya bok Evidensbaserad stadsutveckling beskriver hur professionell kunskap om stadsutveckling kan balanseras mot både vetenskaplig kunskap och det kunnande som finns hos de som bor och verkar i stadsdelar.

Välkommen på releasefest!

Datum: 9 april 17:00-19:00

Plats: Storm Innovation Hub, Malmö universitet (byggnaden Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7)

Obs! Begränsat antal platser. Anmäl dig här!

Program

17:15     Joakim Forsemalm och Magnus Johansson hälsar välkommen och inleder

17:30     Panelsamtal om behovet av att arbeta mer evidensbaserat med stadsutveckling

Paneldeltagare: Olof Andersson (VD, Trianon), Martin Grander (bostadsforskare, Malmö universitet), Victoria Percovich Gutierrez (hållbarhetsstrateg, White Arkitekter)

18:00     Mingel och därefter efterfest hos Radar Arkitektur, Kristianstadsgatan 14

Research through Design

During four days, Storm highlights Research through design with tangible examples and research talks about the impact, usefulness and distinctions in relation to other research methods. Research Through Design is a concept that describes a research approach where the design process in itself becomes a way of acquiring new knowledge. 

Friday 18/1

16:00-19:00. Vernissage for the exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design, by second-year product design students.

Monday 21/1

Lilla Storm

09:00-17:00. Exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design

Stora Storm

SENSIBLE RESEARCH – Touch it, feel it, smell it!

14.00-15.00. Mixed Reality Walks and Augmented Reality with Marika Hedemyr

15.00-16.30. Nosewise Lab – Olfactory Research through Design with Simon Niedenthal

In this pop-up scent lab, we gather to exercise our sense of smell and discuss scents. This afternoon will be devoted to wine aroma featuring the Jean Lenoir Le Nez du Vin kit, which contains 54 vials of aromatic materials that compose wine bouquet.

Tuesday 22/1

Lilla Storm

09:00-17:00. Exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design

Wednesday 23/1

Lilla Storm

09:00-17:00. Exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design

Stora Storm

08:30-10:00. Research through Breakfast – Panel discussion on practice-led and practice-based research

Breakfast from 08:30, talk starts at 09:00

Moderator: Elin Olander – Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at Lunds University

Panel: Michelle Westerlake – Doctoral Student in interaction and game design, Lars Holmberg – Doctoral Student at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Alicia Smedberg – Doctoral Student in Participatory Design.

Movie for Change

This spring Storm invites you to Movie for Change – five evenings to watch, discuss and reflect upon the subject of positive change!

The last Thursday of every month, between 17-20, we welcome you to a movie night about sustainable development. With specially invited guests we will thereafter address and discuss problems and opportunities for sustainable development connected to the theme of the movies.

Worried you’ll get hungry? At sign-up, you can pre-order a vegan wrap from Café Vindstilla (40 kr). There is also a microwave available – and free coffee! Feel free to bring some snacks.

The events are co-produced with the Department of Urban Studies, the Leadership for Sustainability master’s programme and Fenix Miljöförening.

31/1 – 17:00-20:00  The True Cost

On the theme of Sustainable Development Goal number
12 – Responsible consumption and production, we will kick the semester off with the documentary The True Cost. A film about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world.

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost explores the links between the consumer pressure for low-cost high fashion and the meagre existences of the sweatshop workers who produce the goods.

Special guests of the evening are Tom Nilsson (Ph.D. in political science, part of the research project MISTRA: Future Fashion), Kim Gerlach (Vinokilo/Drivhuset) and Jian Chen (SOPACT).

28/2 – 17:00-20:00  Chasing Coral

On the theme of Sustainable Development Goal number 14 – Life below water, February’s film is Chasing Coral. The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. But coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Guests for this evening to be announced.

Facebook event

SIGN UP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/06j9HRSIvFjqaECs1

28/3 – 17:00-20:00  Tomorrow

During Drivhuset Days of Entrepreneurship, Movie for Change takes on goal number 9: Industries, innovation and infrastructure with the film Tomorrow. The filmmakers set out on a journey to meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow’s world…

More info about the film

25/4 – 17:00 The Human Scale

Goal number 11: Sustainable cities and communities

23/5 – 17:00 – TBA

Hoffice at Storm

Every fourth week, we welcome you to set up office at Storm (Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7). Bring your laptop and get started on that to-do-list in a distraction-free zone. Open all day from 08:30-17:00, drop in when you can!

Attend on Facebook

2019 dates:

  • Thursday 24/1
  • Wednesday 20/2
  • Wednesday 20/3
  • Wednesday 17/4
  • Wednesday 15/5

Inspired by the concept Hoffice, the day will be split into 45-minute silent working sessions with energizing breaks in-between. At the beginning of each session, everyone tells the group what they’re going to work on, and at the end of each session we check in with each other to see what we managed to get done.

We guarantee that you will end the day having accomplished even more than you planned for – without feeling drained of energy!

For Malmö University staff and students.

11 dec – Akademisk dubbelkvart

 
Hur kommer samspelet med vardagens ting se ut när de börjar tänka och fatta egna beslut? Är en mer medveten vardagsteknik något att räkna med när vår hälsa sviktar?
 
Välkommen till en akademisk dubbelkvart och samtal mellan Anders Kottorp och Lars Holmberg och deras forskning kring hälsa, vardagsteknik och artificiell intelligens den 11 december kl. 13:00 på Storm.
 
En akademisk kvart är Malmö universitets populärvetenskapliga föreläsningsserie där en av universitetets forskare under en kvart presenterar aktuell forskning på ett begripligt och kortfattat vis. Till En akademisk dubbelkvart bjuder Storm in två forskare som ger sin akademiska kvart igen för en ny publik och ett samtal kring frågor som fångar spänningsfältet mellan deras olika forskningsområden. Samtalsvärd är Carljohan Orre, lärare och forskare vid institutionen för datavetenskap och medieteknik. 
 
 
Anders Kottorp: Vardagsteknik i hem och samhälle – hinder eller möjlighet?
professor i arbetsterapi vid Malmö universitet
 
Anders Kottorp forskar på de konsekvenser som personer med olika sjukdomar eller funktionsnedsättningar kan uppleva i ett vardags- och samhällsperspektiv, samt hur olika insatser kan utvecklas för att minimera de negativa konsekvenserna. Anders har specialiserat sig på att mäta olika utfall som är viktiga att påverka inom hälso- och sjukvård och sociala verksamheter, till exempel ökad grad av delaktighet, bättre hälsa och ökad livskvalitet. De senaste åren har han fokuserat på hur personer med olika funktionsnedsättningar kan använda vardagsteknik, och vilka möjligheter och begränsningar som finns.
 
Lars Holmberg: Att uppfostra en liten AI (Artificiell intelligens)
doktorand i datavetenskap
 
Lars Holmberg utbildar i programmering på InteraktionsDesignProgrammet (IDk) och är en del av forskningscentrat Internet of Things and People. Hans forskning berör områden som datavetenskap, datorteknik, systemteknik och interaktionsdesign, med fokus på interaktionen mellan människa och teknik.
 

15 nov – Hoffice at Storm – Co-working 2.0

At Storm, we love to explore new ways of working more efficiently, creatively and collaboratively. And we want you to join us!

On Thursday the 15th of November, everyone working at Malmö University is cordially invited to set up office at Storm (Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7). Inspired by Hoffice, the day will be split into 45-minute silent working sessions with energizing breaks in-between. At the beginning of each session, everyone tells the group what they’re going to work on, and at the end of each session we check in with each other to see what we managed to get done.

Attend the event on Facebook to remember or add it to your calendar!

Participate the whole day or just for some of the sessions.

The day will be structured as follows:

08:30 – Drop in, get a coffee, chit-chat and get comfortable

09:00 – Work session #1

09:45 – Break #1 – Guided meditation

10:00 – Work session #2

10:45 – Break #2 – Activate your senses

11:00 – Work session #3

11:45 – Break #3 – Share your progression

12:00 – Lunch

Bring your own lunch or get it from our neighbours Café Vindstilla or Malmö Saluhall. If the weather is nice, we will finish the lunch break with a short walk in Kungsparken.

 

13:00 – Work session #4

13:45 – Break #4 – Stretching

14:00 – Work session #5

14:45 – Break #5 – Fika

15:00 – Work session #6

15:45 – Surprise!

16:00 – Work session #7

Optional: Silent after work in Lilla, our cosy pillow room. Put away all screens and wind down in silence.

17:00 – AW at care/of

The Storm team will lead the day and keep track of the schedule. Stora Storm, our big workshop room, will be a quiet working space. Lilla Storm, our cozy amphitheatre room, will be available for meetings, phone calls or working with some music on in the background. The kitchen is also available to grab a coffee or tea from any time.

Come be productive and co-work in a new setting!

If you have any questions, please contact julia.micanovic@mau.se

En doktor ställs på plats

Vi på Storm fortsätter att vrida och vända på hur vi på olika sätt kan visa upp forskningen på Malmö universitet för att inspirera och ge något att bygga vidare på.

David Cuartielles, sedermera doktor vid Malmö universitet, har tillsammans med sina vänner på Arduino revolutionerat användandet av programmerbara kretskort. Så lätt har det blivit att vem som helst bli en teknologisk uppfinnare av interaktiv design. För att fler ska få en inblick i det fantastiska arbete som ligger bakom forskningen höll vi en utställning i samband med att han fick sin doktorsexamen förra veckan. Utställningen tog besökarna på en 15 år lång resa i utvecklingen av tekniken men framförallt vad som händer i interaktionen mellan människor i samhällen där nya digitala plattformar skapas. Prototyper blandades med foto och film med kreativa uppfinningar baserade på Arduino. Samtidigt fick den som ville lära sig den ädla och enkla konsten att koda interaktiv teknik med hjälp av kretskort. Det såg interaktionsstudenter från Malmö universitet till!

Vi både mös och jublade av att se människor från olika bakgrund och utbildningar mötas och gotta sig i gemensamma intressen eller få en inblick i en ny värld. Så sant som det var sagt så kommer vi att fortsätta hitta nya innovativa sätt att synliggöra forskning så bring it on! Dina idéer är våra byggstenar!