The first week of the Sweden Innovation Weeks in Brazil was very successful despite being 100% digital and all the events online due to the Covid19 pandemic. We had high-level meetings, online matchmakings, webinars, … The opening focused on the relations between Sweden and the Paraná State and Curitiba, especially on mobility. You can find the program and more information at the Innovation Weeks Website.
High Level Meetings
Regarding the Strategic Cooperation between Brazil and Sweden, the 5th Meeting of the Brazil-Sweden Steering Group of Innovation (SGI) was carried out successfully. This year main objective was to approve the Action Plan proposed by the Working Groups on Bioeconomy, Health, Sustainable Mining and Smart Cities. The Working Group of the Funding Agency, which is an operational group gathering i.a. Vinnova, Embrapii, BNDES, Finep and FAPESP has at least six meetings per year (online and face to face when possible) with discussion on future calls and matchmaking. In Bioeconomy the focus is on biodiversity, wood- and biobased materials and biomass among others. In the Smart Cities subgroup, the approach included a holistic view on people, nature and economy and the planning of visits for delegations to intensify the collaboration. Fossil free mining, waste reduction from mining, dam safety, and urban mining were some of the chosen targets for the action plan for the Sustainable Mining Group. Finally, from the Health group the aim was to focus on digital and distance healthcare, child obesity prevention, among others.
A final remark from the meeting our State Secretary for Business, Industry and Innovation, Emil Högberg stated the importance of “Sharing knowledge to find tomorrows solutions with today cooperation’s”. Paulo Alvim, secretary of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations in Brazil, added that he was confident that in 2023 we will see a lot of results from the cooperation. Finally, Joakim Applequist, deputy director-general from Vinnova stated that “This year has been a taking off, despite all difficulties caused by the pandemic, but it shows the strength of our partnership”.
At the preparatory ECI-meeting with presentation of the bilateral action plans prior to the SGI meeting approval, it was stated that “This cooperation is the most important cooperation for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – MCTI – because of Sweden’s position as innovative country” expressed by Bernardo Milano, Head of the International Affairs of MCTI. Carl Rosen, Director-General of the Department for Business, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, added that they were very proud of the yearly progress and that there is a huge commitment to this cooperation.
The next SGI meeting is scheduled to be on 29 October in Sweden.
Co-Creation Days by Vinnova
OSI-Brasilia and Vinnova organized the Co-Creation Days Webinars with the intention to gather the interest of the Swedish and Brazilian researchers, industries, government and startups community to find areas of common interest for cooperation. The Co-Creation Webinars started on November 11th with a welcome from Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation and Marcos Pontes, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovations. Baylan stressed the importance of the implementation of the four Action plan: Bioeconomy, Life Science (Health), Sustainable Mining and Smart Cities, as well as the transversal group of the funding agencies. “Many of our societal challenges that we face are complex, cross sectorial and global. We need to innovate on how we innovate, also in our bilateral collaborations” concluded the Swedish minister.
The Brazilian minister, Marcos Pontes, also stressed the importance of converting the results from basic research into new products and new services, helping to solve societal problems.
Mission Orientated Research and Innovation
Joakim Appelquist, Deputy Director General of Vinnova, explained about Innovation Policy for Transformation and how innovation is more important today than ever. The Covid19 is a clear example that shows why we must work together and why we need to broaden our views on which people and actors we should include in the innovation processes. The time is over where we only do our research in laboratories. From the Brazilian side, senior Research Fellow of Utrecht University and professor of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Caetano Penna, showed that Brazil has a long history in Mission Orientated projects but that it should focus on new projects on systemic and technological missions as, for example the ODBio – Bioeconomy Opportunities and Challenges from CGEE (Management and Strategic Studies Center).
Followed by the session on mission oriented research and innovation, four panel-discussions were held, each targeting one specific area (Life Science, Smart Cities, Sustainable mining and Bioeconomy).
The second Innovation Week (November16th- 20th) will offer open webinars on biogas, food waste prevention, mining, startups, telemedicine among others. Find all the program at our Website.