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Meeting the Rising Global Competition in Sweden: OECD's Science, Technology, and Innovation Outlook

How is global competition evolving, and what measures can Sweden adopt to address challenges in order to enhance competitiveness and growth? The seminar will feature a presentation of OECD's Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Outlook 2023, showcasing a significantly heightened global emphasis on strengthening countries' research and innovation systems. The seminar will feature discussions with Minister of Education Mats Persson, state secretary repsonsible for Business and Industry Sara Modig, OECD's Director for STI Jerrard Sheehan, Professor Sara Mazur from KAW, as well as Sweden's appointed representatives from various countries' Innovation and Research Councils.

Event information


IVA Conference Center, Stockholm Sweden

The event is also streamed online


Online: Free

On Location: Free

Sweden is a knowledge-intensive nation, reliant on a robust research and innovation system for competitiveness and sustained high welfare standards. However, global investments in research, development, and innovation are rapidly increasing in other regions, reshaping the landscape.

OECD's STI Outlook provides recurring assessments of countries' investments, partnerships, and patent holdings within research, development, and innovation. The 2023 edition of the report demonstrates significant investment growth in countries both within and particularly outside the EU in recent years. The seminar will explore global developments and Sweden's strategies for addressing the heightened international competition.

The seminar will be given in English.


Opening, Tuula Teeri (IVA)
Introduction, moderator Sylvia Schwaag Serger (LU)
Presentation OECD STI Outlook 2023, OECD director of Science, Technology, and Innovation Jerrard Sheehan
Reflections and comments by OSI advisors Marika Martey (UK), Maria Brogren (US), Per-Arne Wikström (India), and Rina Karlberg (China)
Reflections and comments by Minister of Education Mats Persson
Reflections and comments
Panel discussion with the speakers and Sara Mazur from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation including questions from the audience
Closing remarks


Jerrard Sheehan

Director of Science, Technology, and Innovation OECD

Mats Persson

Minister of Education

Sara Modig

State secretary to Minister for Energy, Business and Industry, Ebba Busch

Marika Amartey

Science and Innovation counsellor to the Swedish Embassy in UK

Maria Brogren

Science and Innovation counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden in USA

Per-Arne Wikström

Science and Innovation counsellor to the Swedish Embassy in India

Tina Karlberg

Science and Innovation counsellor to the Swedish Embassy in China

Sylvia Schwaag Serger

Professor, IVA Fellow Lund University


Caroline Ingvarsson

Project Manager

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