Checklist for Sustainable Events

At Storm we wish to contribute to the sustainable development at Malmö University – by offering flexible and creative premises, offering knowledge, skills and support in relation to innovation and idea development and by communicating knowledge-intensive results at the university. 

Storm also seeks to inspire and facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations in order to find new networks where people from different subject areas and backgrounds can meet and take on real-world economic, social and/or environmental challenges.

Furthermore, we aim to set a good example, which is why we have created a sustainability policy as a guideline for our daily work here at Storm. As part of this work, we have created a checklist for how to arrange and facilitate sustainable events – which can be applicable, not only at Storm, but at the university as a whole. 

At Storm we follow the checklist to the letter and our hope is that the list can inspire to more events where the sustainability factor is a natural part of the process – from planning, execution to evaluation. 

Storm’s checklist for Sustainable events

I september lanserar Storm sitt första nyhetsbrev!

Är du nyfiken på vad som händer på Storm och hur vi arbetar? Håll dig uppdaterad genom att prenumerera på vårt nyhetsbrev. Här får du information om vad som händer, vad som har hänt och vad som kommer att hända på Storm. Du får en inblick i vår dagliga verksamhet och hur vi arbetar för att kunna erbjuder dig – som arbetar eller studerar på Malmö universitet – ett öppet klimat och verktyg där du kan utforska, utvecklas, inspireras och bygga nätverk. 

Anmäl dig till vårt nyhetsbrev här!


We’re storming out! For the next five weeks, we’re gonna try out this super popular thing called summer vacation, that everybody is talking about. Meantime the booking of Storm will be closed and our mailboxes will send you an automated reply. But don’t sweat it, we’ll be back in August. See you then!!

Happy summer everyone!

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”!

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

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!

Wellbeing Economies

Welcome to meet Katherine Trebeck from the Wellbeing Economies Alliance!

Free and open event, register here.

The predominant economic system has become addicted to GDP growth at all costs and has lost sight of the larger goal of sustainable wellbeing. It needs to be fundamentally transformed into a wellbeing economy that is aimed at achieving sustainable wellbeing, not merely growth of GDP, with dignity and fairness, for humans and the rest of nature. A wellbeing economy recognizes that the economy is embedded in society and the rest of nature and that true freedom and success depend on creating a world where we all prosper and flourish. Getting there requires that all institutions and society pursue a new purpose: shared wellbeing on a healthy planet.

A major transformation of our economy is needed. This transformation is why the Wellbeing Economies Alliance (WEAll) was created: to bring it about.

Katherine Trebeck (PhD) is Policy and Knowledge lead for the Wellbeing Economies Alliance. Her presentation will discuss what a wellbeing economy could be, why it is relevant and how social innovations could be an important part of this systemic change.

The Wellbeing Economies Alliance (WEAll) connects and convenes seven meta movements from around the world (both radical ones and those closer to the current system). These meta movements will be: businesses; faith and values groups; academia and think thanks; civil society organisations; governments; practitioners such as cities which are implementing wellbeing economy initiatives at scale; and institutional innovators. WEAll will support their strategy, collaborations, dissemination and replication.

The wellbeing economies alliance encourages a global citizens movement alongside support for WEAll communities of place in the form of hubs driven by local actors in their communities, cities and countries. ; see also the recent article in the Guardian:…/the-eu-needs-a-stability-and-…

This is an event by Fredrik Björk, Course lead for Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Sustainability, Malmö University. 
More info:

Arduino’s David Cuartielles’ exhibition at Storm

Platform-things: from embedded to embodied

David Cuartielles, researcher at Malmö University and co-founder of Arduino, welcomes you to the exhibition “Platform-things”. The exhibition will take you on a 15 year long journey about how Arduino has been transformed into interactive technology all around the world. 

Before Arduino entered the stage, programmable circuit boards were so expensive that an entire class had to share one. Arduino made the technology accessible for anyone that works with an interactive project and wants to create new technology – it doesn’t cost more than a text book. And with community work all over the world, it has been proved – it really is for everyone. Read more about Arduino here 

In which way will we make society better if we are not willing to share what we know with others? – Cuartielles

At the innovation hub Storm Malmö University we invite you to explore the exhibition, visit our Arduino Cinema with interactive and creative examples from all around the world. Why not let students from Malmö University Interaction Design programme introduce you to the Art of Prototyping with Microcontrollers?

The good thing about Arduino is that it enables people to become creators of new technology – Cuartielles

The exhibition revisits some of the projects presented in Cuartielles’ dissertation “Platform Design: Creating Meaningful Toolboxes When People Meet.” With photographs and reflections it explores a 15 years long timeline made of hardware prototypes, products, software, and thousands of hours of interaction with end users. The exhibition is built using the Arduino platform as an example of how a modular platform can result in the creation of other tools and systems. 


10:00-16:30: Exhibition and Arduino Cinema
10:00-12:00: Learn the Art of Prototyping with Microcontrollers
13:00-15:00: David Cuartielles’ Dissertation defence, auditorium G8:125

FRIDAY 19/10
09:00-16:00: Exhibition and Arduino Cinema

Halvvägs till doktor

När Malmö universitet-doktoranden Joseph Bugeja presenterade sin licensiatuppsats så fick Storm chansen att göra seminariet till något mer än det vanliga och vidga vyerma för hur ett licensiatseminarium kan se ut.

Josephs licentiatuppsats Smart connected homes : concepts, risks, and challenges handlar om IT-säkerhet i hemmet och de risker och möjligheter som följer i takt med att vi blir alltmer uppkopplade. Mer om Josephs arbete kan du läsa här.

För att skapa en större upplevelse för besökarna så gestaltade vi lokalerna som ett “hem” med en tydlig känsla av att du blir iakttagen. Publiken välkomnas in i en hall med skohylla, kapphängare och personliga attiraljer och leds sen vidare in i ett ombonat, varmt upplyst rum med hemtrevlig musik och inredningsdetaljer som för tankarna till vardagsrummet hemma en fredagskväll. Samtidigt är en webbkamera riktad mot rummet och besökarna kan se sig själva projicerade på väggen, en Carl Larsson-tavla stirrar på dig med en röd lampa genom höger öga och Olle Ekströms Mazetti-ögon i en ram på hyllan får en helt ny innebörd – du är bevakad.

Vi hoppas att kunna lyfta fler spännande doktorander och forskare på liknande sätt i framtiden. Alla nya idéer bygger på någon annans, låt oss fortsätta inspireras och lära av varandra! Låter det intressant för dig? Hör av dig!