Seminars and Worskhops During Innovation and Technology Theme

During the winter theme, Innovation and Technology, from January 8, 2008 through March 16, 2008, a number of workshops, seminars and exhibitions with a focus on the changing world that has resulted from research will take place at House of Sweden.

Seminars, workshops and special events during the theme:

Cirkus Cirkör
January 8 – 9, 2008

Cirkus Cirkör is a dynamic contemporary circus ensemble which was founded in Stockholm in 1995 by Tilde Björfors, an enterprising young woman with a lot of energy and imagination.

With thrilling action, dare devil humor and a total absence of fear, Cirkus Cirkör will bring excitement to the inauguration of House of Sweden's Innovation & Technology theme.

Guests will enjoy a sample of things to come when the entire ensemble tours the U.S. in 2009 with their show "Inside Out".

Featuring circus acrobats and a live rock band, the show blends contemporary circus with the medical sciences in a deeply compelling, highly entertaining exploration of a mysterious and unexplained phenomenon - the human body. Karolinska Institutet has collaborated on research.By: Cirkus Cirkör, Botkyrka, Sweden

Leadership Through Innovation
January 9, 2008

Globalization has raised the bar for nations and companies to be competitive, and innovation is often mentioned as the key to success.

This opening seminar of the Innovation & Technology theme discusses the role of innovation in an emerging global world. What role does innovation play in creating leadership in industry - and in countries? The seminar provides thoughts and insights from government, think tanks, innovators and industry in both Sweden and U.S. Partners: Swedish Office of Science & Technology (ITPS) and Council on Competitiveness.

Science Cafés
January 16, January 29, February 13, and February 27, 2008

Science cafés will be arranged as a continuation of the 2007 Linnaeus Tercentenary celebrations. Swedish and American researchers will use the cafés to debate important science and technology issues.

Topics: “Public Understanding of Science”,  “Biodiversity Under Threat”, “Are Homo Sapiens Just Another Type of Animal?” and “The Interplay of Art and Science”. Partners: Swedish Institute, National Science Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science

Nanoscience is Big @ Lund University January 24, 2008

Lund University is a leading Swedish university at which nanoscience is emphasized in research and in education within the Nanometer Structure Consortium (nmC).

The seminar presents highlights from nanoscience research with an emphasis on the "hot" areas of semiconductor nanowires - from the perspectives of materials science, physics as well as applications in electronics/photonics and life sciences. Some of the research-based startup companies from nmC will be presented.

Partners: Lund University, Nanometer Structure Consortium, Swedish Research Council, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, Harvard University and University of Oregon.

Closing the Gap – Knowledge to Action in Global Health
January 30, 2008
Leading Swedish and American researchers showcase evidence-based initiatives designed to close the knowledge-action gap in global health. Their presentations focus on effective strategies to prevent and treat some of the world’s most prevalent diseases and debilitating injuries. Partner: Karolinska Institutet

Space for Citizens
February 5, 2008

An exhibit and a workshop bring us the latest European achievements in space, their applications for citizens in everyday life and the role of Sweden - at the national level and within the European Space Agency (ESA). Some of the current ESA programs that have a Swedish focus will be presented. Partners: Swedish National Space Board and European Space Agency

Measuring Competitiveness
February 12, 2008

Sweden has a small, open economy which is highly dependent on the outside world. It is therefore natural that Sweden’s competitiveness in international markets is the subject of continuous debate. Competitiveness is also a recurrent theme in the economic policy debate in the U.S. Like many other countries, Sweden and the U.S. are working to develop functional measures capable of capturing various aspects of competitiveness.

Presentations and discussions on possible new approaches to measuring competitiveness, including measurement issues related to innovation, will provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge and shed new light on the debate. Partners: Institute for Growth Policy Studies (ITPS) and U.S. Department of Commerce

Sweden: The Best Health Care System in the World?
February 18 – 22, 2008

One of the challenges faced by both Sweden and the U.S. is the continuously increasing demand for high quality and easily accessible health care.

To address this issue, and to reach effective solutions, a multi-disciplinary dialogue to exchange experiences and know-how will take place between American stakeholders, Swedish companies, top researchers and leading politicians.

The primary goal of the Health Care Innovation Week is to actively and effectively promote Swedish health care systems in a vivid, engaging and reciprocal manner. The program introduces the innovation system which - from theory to practice - so successfully constitutes Swedish health care.

A wide range of actors and networks will exhibit the key attributes that allow Sweden to translate research and knowledge into profitable innovations.
Partners: Swecare Foundation, Swedish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Vårdal Foundation, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Karolinska Institutet, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Swedish Medtech, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, Knowledge Foundation and Invest in Sweden Agency.

Innovative Technologies for a Secure Society
February 28, 2008

Globalization has created new opportunities for industries and nations worldwide, but the era has also brought threats to our security, both in Sweden and in the U.S.

Discussions on how defense and security technologies can be used in the future for a secure society, in areas such as drug enforcement, identification, port security, etc. will showcase the Swedish security and defense industries' long-term work with new and innovative technologies.
Partners: Swedish Security & Defence Industry

Energy, Climate and Environment - Research and Innovation Perspectives
March 3 – 7, 2008

Under the auspices of the implementing arrangement between Sweden and the U.S. on energy, Swedish authorities in the field of energy, climate and environmental research are arranging targeted workshops with U.S. counterparts.

These workshops on issues of mutual interest, e.g., bio-energy - cost and resource management, climate change, sustainability, innovative technology for energy and environmental efficiency cover a wide range of aspects including research, innovation, commercialization, and regional development.

To be held in conjunction with the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) March 4 - 6, 2008.
Partners: Swedish Energy Agency and Swedish Research Council Formas

Understanding the Brain through Neuroinformatics
March 7, 2008

The complexity of the brain, perhaps the most complex structure created by evolution, is amazing. To address the function of the brain, and the origin of its devastating diseases, novel and important strategies have emerged through the combination of informatics and large scale computing. Neuroinformaticians with diverse backgrounds discuss the possibilities provided by Neuroinformatics.

The mission and contributions of the Stockholm based, OECD-initiated “International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility” (INCF) will also be presented. Partners: International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and National Science Foundation

HSPA versus WiMAX
March 11, 2008
Research and Development about mobile systems - and their deployment - will continue for decades. Today mobile systems allow users to access networks and services at speeds which only a short while ago were impossible for fixed lines.

How good are today’s systems? What can we expect of them? The long-term evolution of networks and services is of great interest to many.
Partner: Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems

Sweden’s Incubators for High-Tech Startups
March 13 – 14, 2008

Swedish incubators for innovative high-tech start-up companies in biotechnology, information technology, and telecommunications will be presented during this two day event.

Swedish and North American venture capital firms interested in co-investments in these early stage companies, along with companies and representatives from Sweden's high-tech incubators and the research institutions and science parks that support them are invited to participate.

The program features presentations on technology innovation in Sweden and also gives an American perspective on selection for investments. Matchmaking meetings will be offered.
Partner: Invest in Sweden Agency

For more information:
Britt-Marie Forslund, 
(202) 467-2671