– In the long run, cooperation leads to more innovations and more jobs. In the project, we will create and evaluate arenas that facilitate sustainable cooperation and simplify for the university to be a developing force in society, says Marita Holst, an innovation strategist at Luleå University of Technology.
The project, which lasts for three years and involves eight universities in Sweden, has been granted SEK 9.5 million to develop six different collaborative arenas. At the end of January, Luleå University of Technology participated in an initial meeting with Stockholm University, Kristianstad University, Linnaeus University, Gothenburg University, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Borås and Mälardalen University.
Strong collaboration with industry
The universities are at different levels when it comes to working with collaborative arenas. Luleå University of Technology has a lot of applied research and is particularly strong when it comes to collaboration with the industry. Together with Gothenburg University and Teknikens hus in Luleå, they will now explore new ways of disseminating research results to the surrounding society through dialogue and design. Teknikens hus has long experience of packaging and shaping research for children and young people, says Marita Holst.
– We have been working for a long time with Teknikens hus in order to increase interest in technology and research. The project means that we can now develop methods for interacting with individual citizens. All universities want to strengthen their cooperation skills and the methodology and the toolbox we develop will available for other universities in the future.