Conference programme, June 13

Innovation meets research - how universities can increase societal impact through innovation.

Venue: Nya matsalen, Student Union House
Address: Drottning Kristinas väg 15
Campus map can be found here .

Moderator: Donnie SC Lygonis, Innovation Strategist, KTH Innovation

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Registrations
  • 09:00 - 09:05 Start of conference program
  • 09:05 - 09:15 Welcome from KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
    - Deputy President Mikael Östling, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    - President Emma Ingo, Student Union at KTH
  • 09:15 - 09:25 Welcome from NORDTEK
    - Professor Riitta Keiski, President of NORDTEK
  • 09:25 – 09:45 A student perspective on research and innovation

    NORDTEK student represtentatives in collaboration with the KTH PhD-chapter​

  • 09:45 – 10:05 Universities role in the innovation ecosystem
    - Anne Lidgard, Stategic Advisor, VINNOVA
  • 10:05 - 10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:30 - 10:45 The role of academia in the regional innovation ecosystem
    - Daniel Forslund, Commissioner for Innovation and eHealth at Stockholm County Council.
  • 10:45 - 11:05 KTH Innovation - a hands on approach
    - Lisa Ericsson, Head of KTH Innovation
  • 11:05 – 11:50 Examples from KTH – focus on the universities role in their success
    - Gabriel Skantze from Furhat Robotics, a researchbased startup.
    - Malin Cronqvist from Help2Help, a student startup, NGO.
    - Sebastian Desand from Adaptive Simulations, research based startup with external CEO recruited by KTHI.
  • 11:50 - 12:00 The moderator introduce the theme of the day and interview the three workshop leaders
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Workshops

    Track 1 – Collaborative Innovation - a new paradigm in helping early stage ideas reach market through collaborations with large companies.

    The workshop is led by Niklas Sikström who is a teammember of the Swedish ''Ignite'' project for two years (

    Learn how corporations are innovating faster and better by working with startups, and how startups are reaching customers and markets faster by working with corporates.

    Track 2 – Enabling innovation – universities role in the innovation ecosystem

    The workshop is led by the Head of KTH Innovation, Lisa Ericsson

    How to create an enabling and thriving ecosystem by collaboration and co-creation. The workshop is led by Lisa Ericsson, head of KTH Innovation and one of the people that has led the transformation of the Stockholm innovation ecosystem.

    Track 3 – Engineering education for 2030. How do we foster our engineers to handle the challenges of tomorrow?

    The workshop is led by Associate Professor Lena Gumaelius and Professor Anette Kolmos, both reserachers in the field of Engineering education.

    This workshop will address contemporary trends in engineering education. The importance and efficiency of these trends will be discussed. Also, a short presentation about the newly founded Nordic engineering hub and its pilot projects on STEM education will be given.
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:00 - 15:20 Workshop summary
  • 15:20 – 16:20 International Keynote Speaker

    - Anita Schjøll Brede
    CEO & Co-Founder and Faculty member SingularityU Nordic.
    With the aim to inspire and give new injections on the topic.

  • 16:20 – 16:30 Final remarks
  • 18:30 Meet up at Reaktorhallen
    Address: Drottning Kristinas väg 51
  • 19:00 Performance from University College of Opera Stockholm 'Operahögskolan'
    - Maria Kjelsson - Soprano
    - Clifford Lewis - Tenor
    - David Risberg - Baritone
    - Olga Tomilina on piano
    Venue: Reaktorhallen
    Address: Drottning Kristinas väg 51
  • 19:30 Conference Dinner
    Venue: Student Union House
    Address: Drottning Kristinas väg 15
    Dresscode: Smart casual