Policy area: Innovation policy
29 Jan 2021 Potential for world-leading mining industry in northern Sweden according to new OECD study
On 27 January, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organised a webinar together with Region Norrbotten and Region Västerbotten to launch a new report on the opportunities and challenges for mines and minerals in the two northernmost regions in Sweden. Representatives from the industry, academia, Sami Parliament and the European Commission participated together with regional councillors Nils-Olov Lindfors and Rickard Carstedt to discuss OECD recommendations and proposals for measures to develop and strengthen the mining industry.
On the 22nd of October, representatives from the University of the NSPA region had a digital meeting with the EU's Arctic Ambassador, Michael Mann. During the meeting, the EU Arctic Policy in relation to research and innovation, and the importance of international research collaboration for sustainable development in the Arctic were discussed. From Sweden participated Luleå University of Technology, Umeå University, and Mid Sweden University
Europaforum Northern Sweden, a network which brings together politicians from the four northernmost regions of Sweden, adapted in May 2020 a position paper on digitalization in relation to the EU-commission's release of a European network of a Digital Innovation Hubs. The network highlights the European regions as key actors for realising a digital transition within the EU.
Umeå, the European Capital of Innovation 2018, hosted an international conference about research design in the beginning of September this year. EU-representatives, local actors and researchers within the discipline were invited to discuss the future of design and innovation. One prominent guest who participated virtually was Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.