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National Innovation Council

The National Innovation Council is tasked with advancing Sweden as a country of innovation and strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness. The Council has an advisory role and provides new perspectives on issues of importance across the innovation policy sphere, in the short and long terms. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is chair of the National Innovation Council, which consists of five ministers and ten advisory members from the business and research sectors.

Current issues for the National Innovation Council

Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson.
Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson at the National Innovation Council meeting on 2 September 2015. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

“Space activities can and should contribute to a functioning society”

Space is the focus of the National Innovation Council meeting on 24 November 2016. Minister Helene Hellmark Knutsson provides an update on the Government’s work in the area of space. Space activities can and should contribute to a functioning society. They should also be a tool for development and innovation, leading to growth. These were the proposals of the Space Inquiry’s report, which was presented to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson in September 2015.

Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO and Managing Director of Stora Enso, is a member of the National Innovation Council.
Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO and Managing Director of Stora Enso, is a member of the National Innovation Council. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

“Everything that is fossil-based today can be made from wood in the future”

A circular bio-based economy was on the agenda of the National Innovation Council when it met on 1 September 2016. The Government is working on several processes linked to this area. Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO and Managing Director of Stora Enso, is a member of the Council and spoke at the meeting about how a circular bio-based economy affects Sweden's development and competitiveness.

Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström.
Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Life sciences and policy innovations in focus at National Innovation Council meeting

The Government's efforts to strengthen Sweden's life sciences and the significance of policy innovations in developing the reception and introduction system for newly arrived immigrants were two of the topics discussed when the National Innovation Council held its first meeting of the year on Thursday 25 February.

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