In 2019 the cooperation in Science and Innovation advanced further between Brazil and Sweden. One of the important actions was the launch of two bilateral calls between Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency)-Senai (National Service for Industrial Training) and Vinnova-Fapesp (São Paulo State research financier). In addition, an action plan is under development in the SGI (Steering Group of Innovation), where 4 subgroups have been agreed on.
We present some achievements of Sweden’s Office of Science and Innovation, Brasília (OSI-Brasília):
- Bilateral strategic partnership SGI and HLG (High-Level Group – Aeronautic): The cooperation in the SGI have been the focus of work for our office, with four Executive Committee of Innovation (ECI) meetings and one SGI meeting during 2019. As a result, four subgroups under SGI have been created: Sustainable Mining, Smart Cities, Bioeconomy and Life Science. Points of contact (PoCs) for each subgroup and country have being appointed. The Swedish PoCs are representants from RISE as well as leaders from relevant Strategic Innovation Programs (SIPs). A first meeting between the Swedish and Brazilian PoCs are to be held during the beginning of 2020. With this new structure and more substantial communication platform, we expect the process of defining actors and projects of common interest to improve further and result in an action plan for future years. The cooperation within aeronautics (HLG) continued as planned. Four Executive Committee (EC) meetings and one HLG-meeting has been held during 2019. Besides this an “Air domain Study” has been carried out in an earlier stage and serves as a guideline for further cooperation.
- Executive Innovation Team – EIT: EIT is a forum created by Vinnova and OSI-Brasília. Larger Swedish companies located in Brazil participates, as well as Team Sweden, composed of the Swedish Embassy, Consulate of São Paulo, OSI-Brasília, Business Sweden, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and CISB (Swedish Brazilian research and Innovation Centre). The aim of EIT is to better communicate with the industrial sector about their interest in working with Triple Helix and innovation in our bilateral cooperation. The OSI-Brasília is chair of this forum.
- Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative – SBII: SBII was initiated by Vinnova with RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and CISB as collaborating partners responsible for operationalizing the activities in Brazil. SBII is a platform supporting long-term relationships that can enable collaborations and foster co-creation of innovation ecosystems. The main activities are to disseminate information about cooperation, opportunities, notices, seminars and matchmaking. In this context, a homepage linked to CISB have been created together with a LinkedIn page.
- Vinnova and the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation delegation: In April we had a visit from Vinnova and the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation to the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Brazilian funding agencies (Embrapii, Fapesp, Senai, BNDES and Finep) and the EIT-forum. Together with the Brazilian Funding Agencies, Vinnova started the Funding Agency Group, essential for the partnership.
- Innovation Weeks: During the Innovation Weeks held in September, we had more than 40 events in 14 cities, spread out over all the five regions of Brazil. The opening event was in Manaus (Amazonas) and final event in Curitiba where we have a collaboration on Smart Cities through the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The themes were broad – from Smart cities, women in tech, digitalization of health, organic food, matchmaking between RISE-Senai-Embrapii, biotechnology, aeronautics, professors’ chairs among others. Besides those events, OSI-Brasília participated in bilateral meetings with the federal government (MCTIC), local government (GDF) and funding agencies (Fapdf and Fapesp). OSI-Brasília was also responsible for the Workshop Smart City Brasília with the participation of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), KTH, U&We and C/O City among others. During the seminar, the participants could also visit the Smart City exhibition from the Swedish Institute (SI).
- Tekla Festival: The Embassy and OSI-Brasília organized and planned the first Tekla Festival in South America. The Workshop in Brasília offered an opportunity for 30 girls from public schools to create, test and build with technology in a fun and encouraging environment together with one of Tekla’s workshop facilitators. The Tekla Dialogue was held at the University of Brasília with the presence of Emil Högberg, (State secretary), the new Swedish Ambassador in Brazil, Johanna Brismar Skoog, Karin Rydén (Head of international cooperation of Vinnova) and the Federal District Secretary for Women, Ericka Filippelli among others invited guests.
- “Nordic Solutions for C40 Cities”: Tillväxtverket, part of Nordic Solutions for C40, was present at the Innovation Weeks in combination with their planned pre-meetings before their two organized workshops in October, one in Rio de Janeiro and the other in São Paulo. The focus was “Impact of waste in the coastal areas and beaches of Rio de Janeiro” and “Waste Management and Circular Economy in São Paulo”
- Brasilidade: Together with the staff of the Embassy, OSI-Brasília wrote the booklet Brasilidade. The booklet is a promotional material about the partnership between Sweden and Brazil, with a description of Swedish actions and policy initiatives among them in the area of higher education, environment, innovation, bioeconomy and aeronautics.
- IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations): The Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) was supported in their participating in the IUFRO World Congress (which occurs every fifth year. This was the first time in Latin America (Curitiba, Brazil) and a very important event for SLU which will be the host for the next conference in 2024 in Sweden.
- Karolinska Institutet (Swedish Medical University): In the end of the year, the OSI supported Karolinska Institutet in a workshop in São Paulo with Fapesp and University of São Paulo (USP) in a dialog about bilateral interests and needs in the area of human health research and innovation.
Ana Carolina Bussacos & Jacob Paulsen