A big welcome to the Office of Science and Innovation in Washington DC!

Sweden’s Office of Science and Innovation in USA is led by Counsellor Henric Johnson. Henric Johnson is a professor and an academic entrepreneur with many years of applied experience in industry and academia (and the collaboration between the public and private sector). Johnson has been an academic leader (‘prorektor’) in Sweden for several years and was previously a visiting scholar at Stanford university and a senior Wallenberg fellow at the Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley.

Maria Lonnberg serves as the Science and Innovation Officer at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC. Prior to her current position Maria was the Executive Director at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC. Maria has spent more than 20 years in the US, about half of them in the Washington DC area.

Team USA: Henric and Maria. Photo: 

The team is supported by an intern that is doing the internship as a part of her university degree. During the spring of 2019, Hanna Isacsson is joining the team.  More information will follow on how to apply to the internship in the fall of 2019 when the application opens. 

What we do

The goal of the Office of Science and Innovation in Washington DC is to:

  • Strengthen Sweden as a leading knowledge nation with one of the world’s foremost innovation systems, attractive for investment andc ooperation in the United States.
  • Establish a longterm and strategic promotion of Swedish innovation, research and higher education in the United States
  • Strengthen connections between strategically important environments for innovation, research and higher education between Sweden and the United States

What to expect

In blogposts by the Office of Science and Innovation in Washington DC, you can expect to follow us in our daily work as we strive towards learning more about the research and innovation  that is taking place at a rapid pace in the U.S, and how this can benefit Sweden. Topics that we will cover include the latest news and research from the U.S within life science, next generation’s transportation, smart cities, circular and biobased economy, Industry 4.0, and new materials. 

We look forward to you joining us on this journey! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, on @SwedenOSI_USA.

All the best,

Henric, Maria and Hanna

Author: Hanna Isacsson, intern at the Office of Science and Innovation in Washington DC