IVA impacts the development of society through projects that take a scientific approach and that are aimed at finding solutions to benefit society.
Sweden’s competitiveness will increase if we take advantage of opportunities afforded by digitalisation. We are well-positioned to do this. But Sweden needs to handle the challenges of digitalisation. The purpose of the project Digitalisation for Increased Competitiveness is to raise the level of knowledge and awareness about this issue. The project, which has three focus areas: infrastructure, talent supply and integrity, will develop proposals for strategies, policies and concrete measures.
Innovation in the Forest Industry
The Swedish forest industry accounts for close to 35 percent of Sweden’s net exports, but is plagued by unsatisfactory profitability due to changes in consumption patterns and low R&D intensity. The purpose of the Innovation in the Forest Industry project is to identify how to reinforce the Swedish forest industry’s position as a global leader.
Innovation Powerhouse Sweden (2012–2013)
Innovation is the key to Sweden’s future competitiveness and prosperity. The focus of Innovation Powerhouse Sweden was to create a regional innovation strategy. The project held thirteen regional meetings at which between 30 and 50 percent of the participants were from the private sector.
The purpose of the Transport 2030 project run by IVA from 2009 to 2010 was to lay the foundation for continued cooperation between business and industry, academia and public authorities in Sweden to create better conditions for sustainable development of the transport system in a 20-year perspective.
Science and Technology for All
Science and Technology for All (Naturvetenskap och teknik för alla, NTA) is a school development programme aimed at stimulating curiosity and increasing interest in science and technology among schoolchildren and teachers. NTA is aimed at preschool up to year nine. Today NTA has 146 members, 118 of which are municipal authorities.
Healthy Successful Companies – 3F
One goal for the IVA project Healthy Successful companies (Framgångsrika Friska Företag, 3F), which ran from 2004 to 2009, was to show that modern and progressive HR management pays off. The project formed a network of companies which were represented by CEOs and HR directors who met on a regular basis to learn from each other.
Sweden has a lot to gain from being a prominent internet nation. The internet is increasingly being integrated into our lives and workplaces – not only in Sweden but globally as welly. To ensure we maintain a leading position, we need to have a strong understanding of our strengths and weaknesses in the area.