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Innovation and research during Sweden's presidency of the EU

Published: 28 March 2023

During Sweden´s presidency of the EU, Sweden will host a series of events on important research and innovation. As an innovation authority, Vinnova participates in several of these. Below you will find the most important events.

This web page has been machine translated. If there are any uncertainties, please refer to the Swedish text.

EU Presidency

Vinnova is many Swedes' way into Horisont Europa, the EU's framework program for research and innovation. We are also advisors to the government on innovation policy issues, both nationally and internationally, and represent Sweden in a number of different collaborations.

- As Sweden's innovation agency, we need to be proactive and create conditions for collaboration both within the EU and globally, says Darja Isaksson, Vinnova's director general. We have an important role in representing Sweden in a number of collaborations around research, innovation and policy issues at the EU level. Strong international collaborations are more important than ever on the road to a sustainable future.

Events linked to the EU Presidency

In the first half of 2023, it is Sweden that plans and leads the work in the Council of Ministers and represents the member states in negotiations with other EU institutions. Therefore, a number of EU-related meetings and activities for decision-makers and officials will be carried out in Sweden or under Swedish auspices. Vinnova is a co-organiser, or participates in several of these activities.

Here we list a selection of Vinnova's involvement during the presidency. The page may be updated. Please note that most activities are for invited guests only, but that some will be able to be followed digitally.

April 12: EU Missions: From Policy to Implementation - a Swedish Perspective, Brussels

Sweden's research and innovation office in Brussels, SWERI, invites you to a seminar on how the EU's mission is applied from policy to implementation. The event will provide an overview of the implementation of missions from a Swedish perspective. The speakers represent a broad mission perspective, but also the focus areas Cancer, Climate Neutral and Smart Cities and Climate Adaptation. The seminar is aimed at those who want to learn more about mission implementation and a mission-oriented way of working.

SWERI is run by Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council. The seminar will be able to be followed digitally.

Register to attend the meeting online

Learn more about EU Missions: From Policy to Implementation - a Swedish Perspective | Vinnova

2–3 May, Sustainable AI and AI for sustainability, Gothenburg

Vinnova's director general Darja Isaksson participates in the conference and speaks on the topic "AI as an engine for research, technological advancement, and competitive sustainable growth – Fueling the European Green Deal”. The conference is for invited participants only.

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1–2 June: Deeptech entrepreneurship for an innovative, resilient and competitive internal market, Stockholm

We know that research-intensive companies are of great importance for the green and digital transition, but how can they attract and retain entrepreneurial talent? How can small and research-intensive companies collaborate even better with large companies and academia? And how can intangible assets be used and managed strategically at a European level? These are some of the challenges that will be discussed at the conference "Deeptech entrepreneurship for an innovative, resilient and competitive internal market" at the beginning of June.

Vinnova assists the Government Office in planning and implementing the conference, which is aimed at senior officials from EU institutions and other decision-making bodies in EU member states and in associated countries. The conference is a platform to discuss possible policy measures for new deep-tech companies with aim of creating a resilient, innovative and competitive entrepreneurial climate in Europe.

Parts of the conference will be available digitally.

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11–13 June: EuroNanoForum 2023 – Nanotechnology and advanced materials for a sustainable Europe, Lund

Nanotechnology and advanced materials play a central role in achieving the changes we need to succeed in the green transition. As technology and data lead the way towards strong and resilient societies and economies, European research programs can play a crucial role in supporting the necessary changes.

Vinnova finances and assists Lund University in planning and implementing a conference that takes place every two years in the current EU presidency country. Bringing together expertise from industry and research as well as decision makers, EuroNanoForum 2023 will be an arena for discussions on future research and innovation for nanotechnology and advanced materials.

Parts of the conference will be available digitally.

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14–15 June: The green city, Malmö

The purpose of the conference is to advance the positions regarding the EU's work with the urban agenda and to concretize how perspectives such as beauty, sustainability and inclusion can be integrated in the transition to the green city. The conference will contain both good examples in thematic areas as well as future scenarios and study visits.

The Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket) and Movium arrange the conference. Vinnova conducts a session and a side event on climate contracts and climate investment plans in collaboration with Viable Cities. The conference brings together senior officials, researchers and business representatives from all over the EU.

Parts of the conference will be available digitally.

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19–20 June: The potential of research data – new opportunities and benefits for society through research infrastructure, Lund

How can open research data contribute to solving societal challenges? What role can research infrastructures play in that process? These are some of the questions to be discussed during the conference, where the participants will also be able to make study visits to MAX IV-laboratoriet and European Spallation Source (ESS).

The Swedish Research Council arranges the conference. Vinnova conducts a session on how research data from Europe's research infrastructures can contribute to strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and sustainable growth.

Parts of the conference will be available digitally.

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26-27 June: The Era of Precision Medicine, Solna

The conference highlights the need for system change for precision medicine. With increased prevention and more accurate interventions, we can move towards a sustainable society where more people can live a life in health. How do we take the next step in development and how should we organize ourselves? These are some of the key questions during the conference, which will also highlight opportunities and challenges around data, ethics, integrity and the market.

The life science office at the Government Office organizes the conference, which is held at the Karolinska Institutet. Vinnova holds a session, which is carried out as a workshop together with the EU research project PROPHET - a PeRsOnalized Prevention roadmap for the future HEalThcare.

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Last updated 28 March 2023

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