Great interest in IVA in Almedalen

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Innovative environments, the role of universities, energy and the forest’s possibilities, sustainable business models, cities of the future and a fast track for jobs for refugees with a technical education. This was the content of several filled-to-the-brim IVA seminars during one day in Almedalen.

On a Monday in Almedalen IVA presented the breadth and depth of the Academy’s projects. The topics covered in the seven seminars attracted a large audience.

Developing Swedish competitiveness requires innovative environments. The best way to create these was discussed at one of the seminars. In addition to IVA project managers, the speakers included representatives from SISP Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, forest industry representatives and politicians, who all provided their perspectives.

The role of universities in society was another hot seminar topic. State Secretary Karin Röding was one of the speakers.

Energy of the future, perhaps one of IVA’s most important profile issues ever, was debated with the Government’s Energy Commission. The seminar was hosted by the Electricity Crossroads project. The parliamentary parties not participating in the Commission were also given an opportunity to speak.

Another future energy issue – the forest as a source of raw material for energy – attracted a lot of attention. One of the speakers was Magnus Hall, CEO of Vattenfall.

Regardless of what happens in the forest, the future needs to be sustainable. Many companies have therefore created sustainable business models. H&M, Stora Enso, Axfood and the unusual car rental company Sunfleet were a few examples of those present.

Urbanisation is a global trend. But how should cities of the future be planned and built? And how should we move around in them? Good cities are about more than homes. In this seminar the audience heard several different opinions on this topic.

Swedish companies need talent. It is therefore important to quickly allow asylum seekers to make use of their education and skills. Jobbsprånget, IVA’s most recent initiative, is working specifically with new arrivals, such as engineers, to make sure they have an opportunity for an internship with a suitable company. This hot topic, which was discussed by the Swedish Migration Agency and the public employment service among others, also resulted in standing room only for many attendees.

 

PHOTOS

Eva Nygren, head of investments for the Swedish Transport Administration, Christer Larsson, Director of Malmo City Planning Office, Jonas Nygren, commissioner for Sundbyberg.

Gunilla Saltin, Södra Cell

Irene Wennemo, State Secretary Ministry of Employment.

Karin Röding, State Secretary, Ministry for Education and Research.

Magnus Lundin, SISP and Johan Carlstedt IVA.

Per Lyrvall, Stora Enso

Author: Pär Rönnberg