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To be able to transition to a more sustainable society, private and public actors may need to collaborate on several levels. At the seminar "Energy in collaboration for a sustainable future" during Lund University's event Future Week in October, Fredrik Nilsson, professor of design science, presented his work on the need for a paradigm shift towards a more collaborative society. Meanwhile, E.ON's and Medicon Village's collaboration with the energy system Ectogrid, which is an example of a successful collaboration and was initiated at Future by Lund, has already created a sustainable and scalable future solution.
The ambition for the Brunnshög development is for the area to be at the forefront of using new sustainable solutions. Therefore, during the autumn, a digital event was arranged where innovation companies were able to showcase their ideas to construction companies working on the site. "The interest exceeded our expectations and it showed that there is a desire for innovations," says Eva Rydén Dalman, project manager for Brunnshög.
During autumn, Nimway - Sony's smart office system - will be installed at Ingvar Kamprad Design Center at LTH. The system will be used as an office system, while also serving as a platform for various research projects at IKDC. By connecting different sensors new solutions can be uncovered by the creative students. The collaboration is part of the larger flow and mobility project Lund Open Sensoring City.
In arguably Lund’s best location with the Cathedral just outside the window and Klostergatan around the corner, is Studio Stadshuset, Lund Municipality’s new creative arena that was recently inaugurated. Here, municipal employees and partners can meet across borders in a wonderful location and even be supported with methods to develop their ideas. The magnificent Stadshuset (City Hall) from the past will now be a place where the municipality’s future will be created.
The cultural association, Mejeriet, was the center of students’ projects in the program Digital Cultures. The task was to identify ways in which physical meeting places can work together with new digital production, consumption, and experience patterns. This was also part of the larger pan-European cultural project CCSC. "The student projects held a high quality throughout and resulted in many feasible ideas," says project developer Katarina Scott at Future by Lund.
Cross Mobility (Mobilitet på Tvärs) is a Danish-Swedish project that runs between 2020 and 2022 with support from Interreg ØKS. The name is derived from the notion of shifting across both national borders and modes of transport. A meeting was held in August 2020 to create new opportunities and collaborations. There were about sixty participants who together will develop and test sustainable mobility solutions.
Lund Open Sensoring City is now up and running! The focus is on flows in the city, which can include everything from commuting to work and traffic solutions, to new office environments and safety in urban areas. The next step is to identify needs and opportunities for the municipality as well as the nine collaboration partners involved.
The Mobility Hub South is now inaugurated! The premises accommodate both Evolution Road's visitor center and the project Cross Mobility (Mobilitet på Tvärs). In addition, a vision was presented for how the mobility house can become a gathering place for mobility and collaboration across Greater Copenhagen, with the opportunity to showcase ongoing mobility projects and sustainable mobility solutions.
GreenTech Village is a new meeting place and accelerator in environmental technology at Medicon Village. The accelerator is led by Cleantech Scandinavia and the premises on Scheelevägen 2 will be the place for developing innovative solutions for the environment and climate. Within the next 4-5 years the goal is to have nearly a hundred companies at the premises, both from Sweden and globally.
Why does a collaboration partner choose to be part of Future by Lund and in what way do they benefit from it? During the spring of 2020 Emily Wise, Future by Lund's follow-up researcher, conducted interviews with fifteen of Future by Lund's collaborators. From this, a summary of observations and insights was derived. The verdict is that many see great benefits with Future by Lund and the work that is achieved in the in-between space through joint efforts. In addition, many good ideas have been presented for how collaborations could be further developed.
The fourth of June 2020 was a historic day in Lund – it was the day the electric road was inaugurated. Over the next two years, the Evolution Road project will be testing the charging of electric vehicles while driving. Charging via roads saves time and can enable electric vehicles to run on smaller batteries. In the long run, this would mean decreased emissions from Swedish transport.
In the next episode of Future by Lund New Normal we meet James Wilson, Research Director at Orkestra in San Sebastian, Spain. He points out the importance of cities for driving innovation and transformation – for example by providing testbeds – even when covid-19 sets limits for human contact. “We will probably see a lot of experimentation that maintains the advantages that comes from living in a city whilst mitigating the risks and dangers in terms of closeness of contacts”, James Wilson says.
Our series “Future by Lund’s new normal” continues with project manager Katarina Scott, who is fascinated by how a crisis can develop people’s and authorities’ ability to collaborate and be constructive – such as with Lundasupport, where traders receive support during the crisis. Another observation is how good it can be to continue to hold certain types of meeting digitally – but that in other meetings you must meet in person to create the conditions for creativity and trust.
Merete Daniel Nielsen, Director of Cluster Excellence Denmark has seen how many new good digital habits have emerged from the pandemic – such as platforms that help transform businesses, apps that help us live a fairly normal live despite the virus, and digital platforms that create new collaborations through global matchmaking. Merete Daniel Nielsen also believes that innovation platforms can be a neutral meeting place to find future solutions.
AI can be of great benefit to a stretched healthcare system, ranging from tailoring treatment to individual patients, to making more secure diagnoses, and by quickly training staff in new competencies. AI and digitalization have increased rapidly during covid-19 and many new working methods and habits may continue even after the pandemic. This is the opinion of the international AI expert Göran Lindsjö: “When we look back at the pandemic, we will realise that it has given a real boost to both AI and digitalization”.
Future by Lund’s project manager Peter Kisch recognizes how a crisis can unleash the innovation potential in many areas. Within the platform’s collaborations, the focus in the near future will be on a variety of mobility solutions, digital infrastructure, a climate neutral city and strengthening international connections. “Lund has the expertise and ability. We need to be even better at organizing ourselves to be able to run large projects that provide opportunities for many stakeholders”, says Peter Kisch in an interview in our recently started series Future by Lund’s new normal.
The key factor to ensure that collaborations between organizations work is to focus on the relationships between individuals. The work of Urban Lab within the large pan-European project CCSC has given Rosa Rydahl of Stenkrossen in Lund insights to how she can best show students what creative and innovative places there are in Lund – even outside the university area. Stenkrossen has already noticed the impact of this as more students are signing up for their cultural support program.
During spring the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova established a joint office whose task is to maximize Swedish benefit from the research facilities European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV in Lund. The head of the ESS/MAX IV office is Mikaela Rapp, who is aiming for a high number of Swedes to use the facilities. The vision is to create a place for academic research, industry and business to operate and integrate to solve societal challenges, both now and in the future.
In the fourth part of the series about personal durability we meet the former boxer Klara Svensson, who talks about the importance of working systematically without making excuses. Klara recently finished her career as a professional boxer and has begun a new career as a sole business owner. She joined during the Swedish final of The Creative Business Cup on the 12th March to share her experiences with entrepreneurs. An athlete must be prepared to constantly think and rethink in order to be successful – and the same is true for someone that runs a startup. Klara Svensson has gone from being part of a team to training alone as a professional boxer with an emphasis on the individual.
Individual and group success are often interconnected – both for elite athletes and for entrepreneurs. The Swedish final of the Creative Business Cup on 12th March opened with a panel discussion about personal durability with four elite athletes. In the third part of our series about personal durability we meet Rob Haans, who has won three individual world championship gold medals and has been the coach of the Swedish national team in jujutsu. He talks about, among other things, how curiosity has given him success and how important it is to create a strong team.
What can entrepreneurs learn from professional athletes when it comes to durability? As it turns out, a lot, when the Swedish final of the Creative Business Cup opened with a panel discussion about personal durability. The entrepreneurs were able to learn several successful factors that are important even for startup businesses. William Seth-Wenzel, Martial Artist of the Year in 2019 and world champion in jujutsu, spoke about, among other things, during to put himself first and to ask for help when it is needed!
The entrepreneurs in the Swedish final of the Creative Business Cup held on 12 March competed with their ideas, business models and teams – but also had to learn how they can think for themselves to manage their business concepts. To aid the contestants were four elite athletes with extensive knowledge of personal durability, knowledge that has given them a total of thirty Olympic and World Cup medals combined. Over four articles we present the thoughts of the four athletes. In the first, one of Sweden’s most successful canoeists, Susanne Gunnarsson, talks about mental strength.
Lund Municipality has been granted SEK 5.9 million from Vinnova to undertake the project Lund Open Sensoring City. The project will develop an open testbed for a real-time data driven society of the future where people, organizations, infrastructure, and sensor systems work together to create a sustainable environment with high quality of life.
At the first meeting of Space Hub Lund, Christophe Lasseur presented the ESA’s MELiSSA project and spoke about circular systems. This led to Brunnshög’s architect Christian Wilke introducing a concept that seeks to create a better environment for children through a circular preschool – and at the same time create a model that unlocks more possibilities for a better future for us all.
The Space Hub Lund collaboration resumed in April 2020 by gathering the participants for a webinar. The webinar presented what resources Lund has to offer, how companies can be associated with the space industry and what opportunities there are to find support for different initiatives. – From the meeting we will continue to build the foundation for a Space Hub South, says Per Persson, Director of the Department of Sustainable Business Development, City of Lund.
For many businesses the situation caused by covid-19 is difficult to handle. Lundasupport has been founded on the initiative of the business department at Lund municipality, which is a collaboration where local businesses are given the opportunity to get in touch with business advisors free of charge. For Lundasupport, the organizations Medicon Village, Ideon Science Park, Ideon Innovation, SmiLe Incubator and Lund University collaborate with LU Innovation & Venture Lab, Win, xPlot, Future by Lund, Cleantech Scandinavia, Handelsföreningen Lund, Lunds Nyföretagarcentrum (LNC) and Innovation Skåne.
A project in Lund aims to shorten the length of power outages by increasing the number of sensors in Kraftringens power grid. Being able to monitor the grid with sensors allows Kraftringen to locate a fault more quickly, thereby affecting fewer customers, while the fault can be fixed faster than ever before.
What do the employees of the Swedish embassy in Hong Kong have in common with infants in Helsingborg’s neonatal care unit, Malmö hockey players, and Lund office workers? All of them are living in BioCentric Lighting, a lighting system developed by the Lund-based company BrainLit. BrainLit wants to make people feel better when indoors by using LED lighting, sensors, and their own software to emulate natural daylight. Their work aligns with research about living creature’s circadian rhythms; research awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Would the waste heat from a server room be able to heat a grocery store or a residential building? And what if offices or labs are connected to the system? A new showroom at Medicon Village demonstrates how E.ONs energy innovation ectogrid™ connects the area’s buildings so they can share even small surpluses of heat and cooling with each other. Visitors come here from all over the world to experience the system, which can be a piece in the puzzle to reduce both climate imprint and costs.
Right now in Lund a hub is being created for work associated with the electricity project known as EVolution Road. As part of Mobilitetsnod Syd (Mobility Node South) an exhibition space, test bed and a meeting place will be established in Ideon Science Park. The initiative brings together several stakeholders, such as Innovation Skåne, Ideon Science Park, Elonroad, Castellum and Future by Lund/Lund Municipality.
Smart Cities Accelerator is a project that gathers several municipalities, power companies and academic institutions in the Öresund region to create a fossil-free future through new energy solutions. The results can, among other things, lead to a more energy efficient district heating network, increased sustainability in city districts, and teaching materials that inspire school students to find green solutions.
Cycling offers many benefits, both for cyclists, the city and the environment. Cycling is becoming more and more popular and is good for personal health, makes less noise, takes less space than other modes of transport and generates low emissions. Providing good bicycle infrastructure is therefore a win-win situation. With smart bicycle data, even better opportunities can be created – and everyone can join in!
The Swedish final of the Creative Business Cup was held in a new format in mid-March 2020 at Stenkrossen in Lund. The entrepreneurs that made the final presented interesting ideas in relation to both sustainability and digital technology. The winner was SafariSeat, a stable wheelchair manufactured from old bicycle parts that is intended for use by the underprivileged in Africa. The winner will take part in the international final in Copenhagen.
In the middle of February Future by Lund’s partner group met to discuss how to develop projects together. About thirty representatives from innovation systems, university, organizations and companies were present. Within Future by Lund seed funding is now available for partners that want to team up for applications, test beds or to develop new concepts and consortia.
What is important to consider when creating a district where innovations and start-up businesses can thrive and grow? This question is explored in the Swedish-Danish project NIDD – which has now also welcomed a student assistant with political scientist Tove Thaning.
Blood flows from the leg while a large glass splinter protrudes from an open wound in the forearm. As the firefighter checks the victim’s pulse and leans forward to listen for signs of breathing, the screams of other victims can be heard alongside the sirens of emergency vehicles beginning to arrive at the scene. Fortunately, this time none of it is real. The firefighters of Veberöd are practicing how to take care of many seriously injured people at the same time with the help of new technology from HeroSight and the invitation of Smart Villages.
Kraftringen is responsible for Lund’s electricity, heating, cooling, gas, fibre optics and since the autumn of 2019 also the sensor network established by Future by Lund’s SOM project. The commonly used technology is LoRa, which helps develop services related to IoT. The free testbed shall continue and was created to enable test projects of the sensor network at the pre-commercial stage.
When customers were able to choose when it was time to empty their garbage bins there were 40 percent fewer collections. This is the result of a project where sensors are used to transform waste disposal to make it both cheaper and better.
We have come to know Barcelona as a centre for the smart city movement with a focus on technology and digitalization. It is there that the large conferences in Smart City and ITC are held annually. Now comes new inspiration from the city through their work to weave together social innovation and creative industries with smart technology. "The trend is that you can no longer work solely with technology without having to think more about the content. It is important to create a foundation for the city and its citizens, otherwise people will oppose development", says Future by Lund’s Katarina Scott.
In November 2019 Space Hub Lund was formed and in February a large share of participants gathered to continue with “Learnings and Insights” in the space field. Several interesting initiatives were listed in the four areas of Material, Technology, Circular Models and Space Data. Some of the ideas discussed in relation to the initiatives were a circular preschool, clarifying what space data is available to set in motion more innovations, and to learn how to contact the ESA to take advantage of their material knowledge in specific areas.
With the help of connected sensors, it is possible to remotely monitor tomatoes and summer flowers to ensure they are at the right temperature, water volume and humidity. A project in Lund and Malmö is expected to produce healthier plants, generate higher yields and bring monetary savings for the municipality.
In a smart city an abundance of data can be collected – but if you cannot find good ways to present the data it becomes difficult to get an overview. Now, data collected from the smart bicycle project conducted in autumn 2018 is being used in a subproject to demonstrate how one can visualize the data set, for example in support of decision makers.
While Jan Malmgren from Veberöd was with friends his mobile phone suddenly pinged. The phone showed that his bicycle was on the move and thus had been stolen. What the thieves did not know was that the bike was equipped with a sensor that alerts when the bike is moved and also sends real-time updates about where the bike is located. The bicycle project in Veberöd is a part of Future by Lund’s SOM project.
The future - is it something you should just passively await, or can you prepare for what might come? Through scenario building actors within culture, innovation, urban development and entrepreneurship learned together how to take a helicopter perspective which gives a more nuanced view of the urban development. This method creates a vision and an ability to meet the challenges of the future in a strategic way.
Late autumn 2019 the Space Hub Lund was held with more than eighty participants. The questions to answer were, amongst others “How can space science and technology add value to a sustainable society?” and “In what way could we utilize it to innovate and develop new business on earth?” The day was an opportunity to listen to what has been done, with insights and experiences from experts and to identify new initiatives within the area.
In June 2019 the National Space Data Lab started to make space data easily accessible and lowering thresholds by providing access to processing capacity, software platforms, tools and methodology. The Space Data Lab will contribute to services, innovations and applications based on space data and enable collaboration for research and education. The Space Data Lab was presented during the Space Hub Lund in November 2019 by the project manager Viktor Lehtonen together with Tobias Edman, Swedish National Space Agency and Malin Larsson, AI Innovation of Sweden.
In august 2019 the Urban Lab in Lund had a workshop with Natalia Lombardo of the Hum organisation. The lab is about policies and how organisations can share, collaborate and learn together to make a better impact. Natalia Lombardo showed some different ways to make decisions, including many people or stakeholders.
The EU-project “Cultural and Creative spaces and cities” had a kick off in November in Lund. One of the participants was Barbara Stacher, policy officer in the European Commission. It is a good opportunity to see what can come out of “The Swedish way”, says Barbara Stacher.
Lars Samuelson, one of the world’s leading nanoscience researchers, works in a red brick building nestled among villas on Professorsgatan, Lund. He is a physicist who founded NanoLund, Lund University’s interdisciplinary research center that has laid the foundation for nanotechnology-based companies such as Sol Voltaics, QuNano, GLO, and Hexagem.
As the Barcamper team started their journey with the camper van to meet entrepreneurs, they invited researchers from Sten K Johnson Entrepreneurship Center and Halmstad University to follow suit. During the project, they collected data and insights to evaluate the work of the accelerator and soon the analyzed results will be presented. Diamanto Politis and Jonas Gabrielsson are the professors leading the research project and are almost ready with the report. They discussed their work during the final in The Creative Business Cup that was recently hosted at Mejeriet.
When the SOM project (i.e. Smart Public Environments) was initiated, one of the first sub-projects was to utilize sensors in urban farming. The sub-project manager for this was Anders Hedberg of Sensefarm. He believes that the project has given the company a greater understanding of how municipal operations work and an opportunity to test products early in a forgiving environment. Finally, the project has also led to increased business.
Future by Lund operates in the organisational space between the municipality, business, civic society and university – but what does this actually mean? In total Future by Lund consists of more than seventy organisations and 300 people that collaborate in various ways. How this is done is best described as a working model with a blue, green and yellow zone. Join Future by Lund’s project manager Peter Kisch as he explains!
As part of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Powwow arranged by Skånemotor, Future by Lund was proud to sponsor the program segment Big Data. Björn Lovén from the National Space Agency spoke about how AI can be used to extract essential data – now a workshop on space technology is planned, which amongst other things aims to see what data is valuable to Lund.
Self-driving cars can not only make traffic safer but can also change our way of thinking about traffic. Vehicles that can automatically communicate with each other creates new opportunities for transportation in society. Terranet, in collaboration with Future by Lund, organized an event where five experts gave many interesting perspectives on self-driving vehicles.
In early September Kraftringen began installing smart technology in twenty electricity cabinets around Mårtenstorget. The cabinets contain vital parts of the city´s infrastructure. The initiative is part of Future by Lund’s project Smart Public Environments, which aims to make improvements for residents by using smart technology. The installation means that Kraftringen can have better control of some of the city’s important functions.
This August marked a point of both culmination and rejuvenation for Future by Lund at its Kick-On event attended by approximately sixty pre-registered participants from businesses, municipal organisations, innovation systems, academia and politics. The participants gained an insight into everything that the partnership has achieved so far, then subsequently discussed together eight challenges and opened up new interesting possibilities into the next phase.
Drawing on a total of 250 years of experience in life sciences, access to advanced laboratories and good contacts with both industry and investors, the SmiLe Incubator at Medicon Village in Lund supports start-up companies in life sciences. There is no question that it is showing excellent results – as can be seen both in the amount of recognition it has received as well as in the companies' ability to attract capital.
The city of Lund has a long history of work within life sciences. Recently, Lund has been influenced by the global trend of development and innovation happening in smaller companies with unique expertise. The premises that once hosted the large and successful AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company now house more than 150 organizations within life sciences. At Medicon Village, researchers’ ideas are transformed into companies that deliver products and services.
Ideon Science Park has been helping to create job opportunities and businesses in research and innovation in Lund since 1983. During that time, Ideon has created well over 10,000 jobs and housed 1,200 companies in northeastern Lund. This fall the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is moving into Ideon to establish a global innovation center in order to more quickly match Swedish innovations with international needs, among other things.
In the village of Torna Hällestad more than a hundred local residents went in together as shareholders in a venture to bring back a local grocery store. That store is now thriving and has expanded beyond groceries to also include freshly baked bread, an award-winning brunch, a dinner restaurant, and even takeaway. In addition, with support from the EU, the store is planning to arrange tourism activities in collaboration with local businesses and people.
How are the smallest structures in dough affected when a croissant is baked? What minerals are stored within a single seed? How do medications bind to the proteins they then influence? The MAX IV Laboratory in Lund enables us to look at extremely small parts of materials such as these. The benefits of this facility go beyond academic research; companies too are now able to make groundbreaking discoveries using the beamline portfolio at the world-class synchrotron research facility in Lund’s newest district.
During the spring of 2016, Barcamper toured around Scania in southern Sweden on a mission to scout the region for brilliant business ideas which for some reason hadn’t entered the startup scene. Over 80 meetings were booked during the tour and 40 entrepreneurs receiving guidance from the Barcamper crew to realize their business dreams.
Might it be that one of the solutions to make Swedish transports fossil free is already in Lund? Inventor Dan Zethraeus together with LTH have devised an idea to charge electric vehicles while driving and their solution with short electric rails attached to the roads works especially well in urban traffic.
Medicon Village becoming an international demonstration area for E.ON's new energy system - and it was in Future by Lund that the collaboration began. Here is the story of how Sonny Strömberg from E.ON and Erik Jagesten from Medicon Village discovered the companies’ common interest, which has resulted in launching a new sustainable energy solution.
Kirill Noskov left a well-paid job to develop a product that gives people more time to work out. With his ergonomic backpack "IAMRUNBOX" it is possible to jog to work with both laptop and a change of clothes. Now, the next innovation - an easy-to-wear and technology-enabled backpack that would help make the school day easier for children.
Schneider Electric is one of the world's leading energy management and automation companies, with operations in more than 100 countries. In 2017 the company chose to establish an important innovation center in Lund to develop future solutions for building automation and connectivity.
Among the large robots at Odense Robotics is a group of innovators who are aiming for the opposite - to make a robot as small as possible. The idea of a robotic glove comes from Sofie Woge, who was raised and educated in Lund. After working in innovation systems in Lund, she is now taking the steps toward developing the finished product in Denmark.
Founded in 1984 with the idea of connecting printers to networks, Axis Communications was one of the first companies located at Ideon. In 1996 Axis created the world’s first network camera and soon the small Lund company was an international success.