Sweden’s Innovation Weeks 2019 in Brazil: Second week

As mentioned in the last blog, the Embassy of Sweden in Brazil has been organizing the Innovation Weeks Since 2012. This year, we had more than 40 events in 14 cities. In the second week (23th – 27th of September) OSI participated in two events which we will tell more about below.

Industrial Biotechnology Applied to Industrial Waste Seminar

On the 25th of September, OSI participated at the Federal University of Brasília (UnB) at the seminar “Industrial Biotechnology Applied to Industrial Waste”. During the day, several researchers presented their work on the bioeconomy area and partnerships with Sweden. The speakers were from SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Senai Institute of Biomass Innovation, Senai Institute of Biosynthetic Innovation, Embrapa Agroenergy, National Institute of Technology, National Center for Energy and Materials Research, Embrapii, Center for Technological Development of the University of Brasilia (CDT-UnB), Research Support Foundation of the Federal District (FAPDF) and Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC).

The focus of the Seminar was to debate opportunities and present good examples of the triple helix model for innovation in Brazil and Sweden. Senai and Embrapii Units (as Embrapa Agroenergy for example) are interesting institutions to cooperate with, due to their proximity to the industry. It is also interesting to remember that we have two open calls, one between Vinnova and Senai in Bioeconomy and another with Vinnova and Fapesp in several areas.

Anpei annual conference in Foz de Iguaçu

Anpei is the “Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e desenvolvimento das Empresas Inovadores” or “National Association for Research and Development of Innovative Companies.” Their annual conference can be seen as one of the most important events of the year regarding the national ecosystem for innovation. There are represents for the whole ecosystem, as Funding agencies, Ministries, Companies, Research Institutes and Universities. Since 2001, the yearly Conference has steady been growing. This year the theme was Innovation X.0 and explained as:

“How to innovate the innovation? The term Innovation X.0 is a reading of this constantly changing scenario. The enormous speed with which changes happen makes the act of numbering the (re)evolutions almost immediately obsolete, as the process quickly assumes new characteristics. Thus, in view of the need to understand the strategy of innovating in a new way, far beyond the concept of Industry 4.0, the aim of the ANPEI Conference 2019 is to offer a look that understands how fast the future approaches.”

This year, the OSI Brazil was invited to the international panel to speak about “International Ecosystems and Synergies with Brazil”. The panel consisted of four members:

  • Benjamin Reid – Head of International Innovation and Development Programs at Nesta (moderator)
  • Dr. Raj Thampuran – Special Advisor at A*Star
  • Filipe Cassapo – CEO – ENRICH Brazil, partnerships hub between European Union and Brazil
  • Jacob Silva Paulsen – Director of Science and Innovation at Embassy of Sweden in Brazil

The importance of international cooperation was discussed. An article was also written in Época (in Portuguese). Época is a Brazilian weekly news and analysis magazine. Jacob Paulsen presented the bilateral cooperation between Sweden and Brazil as well as some facts about success factors from the Swedish ecosystem for innovation.

Link Época

Calls with Vinnova

Ana Carolina & Jacob