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Energy research in focus during Swiss state visit to Sweden

Published Jun 22, 2021

The Swedish Society of Parliamentarians and Scientists, (Rifo), hosted a seminar during Switzerland’s official state visit to Sweden in June. Guy Parmelin, Switzerland’s federal president, and first deputy speaker, Åsa Lindestam, participated.

“It was fantastic that the Swiss president showed interest in how, with Rifo, we have created a platform for communication between researchers and parliamentarians in Sweden,” says Lina Bertling Tjernberg, professor and director of KTH Energy Platform and deputy chairman of Rifo.

Parmelin’s visit took place on June 14. The programme included a seminar organised by Rifo, on research, innovation and commercialisation. First Deputy Speaker, Åsa Lindestam (Social Democrats), hosted the seminar, during which Rifo’s chairman Betty Malmberg and Bertling Tjernberg presented Rifo.

“During the visit, I was able to highlight the collaboration between Rifo and KTH Energy Platform, for example the seminars we have held together on the ongoing electrification of Sweden. And together with Uppsala University, we have placed a concerted focus on Sweden’s energy research,” says Bertling Tjernberg.

Uppsala University chancellor Anders Hagfeldt spoke about the research the university is conducting into solar cell technology. The seminar also included presentations by representatives from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

After the seminar, the Swiss president had an audience with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and had meetings with Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ibrahim Baylan, and Minister of Higher Education and Research, Matilda Ernkrans.

Read more about Rifo here