International cooperation promotes resources efficiency and creative development
Societal transformation and how technology can promote resource-efficient and creative development was the theme of a European conference that recently gathered European science parks, incubators, and cluster organizations.
”The vulnerability that the new technology and the rapid pace of development are facing us should be addressed by going side by side with the development and testing new findings, methods and working methods,” said Darja Isaksson from Vinnova. We need to test and evaluate continuously – to avoid the big mistakes when we make large-scale social changes. The next period will not be business as usual. We need to transform our communities into sustainable places, and that means new ways of working, making decisions – and new business models to support this. This is not the responsibility of any individual organization, we must work together to solve future challenges. And we all have a responsibility to own the initiative to help increase knowledge and inspire new solutions. “The greatest innovation of our time will be about how we innovate”. Clusters, incubators and science parks all contribute to this work. We need to find more collaboration across borders, Ignite is a good example.
Business Minister Ibrahim Baylan offered political visions and expressed a clear ambition that Sweden should take the leadership in climate work to the next level and become the world’s first fossil-free welfare state. He called for more European cooperation, emphasizing that he sees that Europe has a great opportunity to build competitiveness by taking a position in sustainability and climate. Ibrahim Baylan emphasized the importance of collaboration between companies, academia, and society.
The rapid development of society places demands not only on companies, researchers and society – but also on innovation support actors. To be able to join and support different parties, we need to understand the challenges, but also be a force that initiates and forwards the conversation between different parties.
”New global challenges place demands on new constellations for collaboration,” said Elin Holst-Granlund, board member of Swedish Incubators and Science Parks and active at Dalarna Science Park. Science Parks can bring together not only companies, academia, and society, but also various constellations of innovation players that can contribute to this social transformation.
IASP, ie the International Association of Science Park and areas of innovation, is an international trade organization that encompasses more than 350 members with more than 115,000 companies in 78 countries. IASP was founded in 1984, and several Swedish science parks are active members, including Johanneberg Science Park, Ideon, Västerås Science Park and Science Park Mjärdevi. Among the newest members are Luleå Science Park and Dalarna Science Park.