International collaborations are essential to deliver excellence, research and innovations that bring solutions to today's global challenges such as the climate crises, energy and health. The future depends on how global society addresses these challenges and the intersections of technology and its services to humanity. Engineering and research communities have an important role to play in shaping the future.
The Academy's international interests include global outlook and strengthening international relations. An important part of the academy’s international network is the international fellows. Almost 300 of the 1.300 fellows are based outside Sweden. Another important part of the international network is other national academies. IVA seeks to strengthen the relations with the fellows of IVA as well as with other national academies – engaging in knowledge exchange, public policy projects and science advise.
“Engineering and technology are poised to have an even more profound impact on the course of humanity in the coming decades than ever before in human history.” Subra Suresh, International Fellow at IVAs annual meeting 2019.
IVA also collaborates with the other members of the global academy association CAETS to provide advice to governments and international organisations. On a European level, IVA is a member of Euro-CASE, an independent non-profit organisation of national academies of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology from 23 European countries. Together, the academies foster public understanding of the applications of technology and promote the improvement of engineering education, collaborate in international projects on topical themes.
Guests at the CAETS annual convocation that was held in Stockholm 2019.
Currently the IVA fellows Lennart Fredenberg and Ulla Sandborgh are engaged in the CAETS working group Solutions for High Level Penetration of Intermittent Renewable Energy. The IVA fellows Jan Gulliksen and Fredrik Heintz are engaged in the Euro-CASE working group Future of Work. IVA fellow Göran Grimvall is engaged in a benchmark of technology education in different school systems, conducted by the French Engineering Academy, Académie des Technologies.
IVA and Euro-CASE also provides independent scientific advice to European Commissioners to support their decision-making. Currently the fellow of IVA, Ann-Christine Albertsson is Chair of the SAPEA working group Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment Science.
Other important partner organisations are the New York Academy of Sciences, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, China Association for Science and Technology and World Energy Council.
In collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences, IVA is running the Junior Academy Programme in Sweden. The Junior Academy is a virtual community of exceptional teens who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and committed to making a difference in the world.
Maja Neiman and the Winner Sara Rydell being interviewed on Swedish radio.
Together with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Sweden-Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy in Sweden, IVA annually arranges a top scientist lecture.
The Top Scientist Forum is a collaboration with China Association for Science and Technology to promote science and knowledge exchange between top scientists and engineers.
Since 2020 IVA is hosting the Swedish member committee of World Energy Council.
Benchmarking, trendspotting and best practise are important elements in global outlook. Study trips for knowledge exchange and new perspectives have been important to IVA for many years. Already in 1984 the Patron of IVA, the King of Sweden, initiated international study trips. Royal Technology Mission immediately became a concept and has continued ever since.
The Royal Technology Mission visits Astra Zeneca in Boston in 2017
Study trips on topical themes are a recurring activity within the projects. It is also an important part of the Leadership Programme IFG, that IVA run for young leaders within research, development and innovation.
The Innovation Leadership Programme IFG in Japan in 2019.