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Inauguration of CREATERNITY: Circular economy in focus

Published: 25 November 2020

The area CREATERNITY at Luleå University of Technology is up and running. The digital inauguration, which attracted a large number of listeners, featured speeches by representatives of large companies, researchers and the university's vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.

CREATERNITY is one of two new future areas at Luleå University of Technology with a focus on sustainable change. For the digital inauguration on November 25, the scientific leaders Karl Andersson and Roland Larsson had gathered both external and internal speakers, who told how their view on a circular economy and how they work with it. As many as 90 participants connected via Zoom to find out more about CREATERNITY and listen to Victoria van Camp CTO at SKF, Mikael Dahlgren, head of research at ABB and Gertrud Åström, organizational consultant and gender equality expert, who all sit on CREATERNITY's strategic council.

Mikael Dahlgren shared how ABB works with the circular economy, among other things that together with Stena Recycling they reuse materials from old engines. Victoria van Camp spoke about SKF's investment in a reconditioning process, which notices any wear and tear before they occur. In this way, they extend the service life of their bearings, which results in lower costs and requires less energy, as it is not necessary to manufacture a completely new bearing, which in turn is good for the environment. With this, they have also changed their business model and charge for every hour the product works.

- We need to develop technology that works throughout the process, said Victoria van Camp.

Among the speakers were also several researchers from Luleå University of Technology: Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Alexander Kaplan and Wiebke Reim. Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck represented CREATERNITY's graduate school, which will be a "think thank you for the future". A number of doctoral students must be employed, and the competence within the graduate school must not only extend over several research subjects.

Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn ended the inauguration and talked about how CREATERNITY connects different topics and instead of cutting a ribbon during the inauguration, she tied a ribbon.