Sweden signs research agreement with the United States

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research, is in Washington today, when Sweden – via the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat – is signing a new research agreement with the United States. The agreement will result in two major joint research expeditions to the Arctic and positive synergies for Swedish polar and climate research.

To mark the US assumption of the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC is holding a conference this week entitled ‘The Arctic – hot or cold?’ Ms Hellmark Knutsson will hold a keynote speech at the conference today to highlight that the United States and Sweden have decided to take a step toward greater cooperation in polar and climate research. In connection with the speech, the United States and Sweden will sign an agreement on a joint Arctic expedition this summer (2015) and a further expedition in the summer of 2017.

“Our collaboration means that we will get more research for our money. If more countries use the Swedish icebreaker Oden, it can do polar expeditions at more frequent intervals, more measurements can be carried out and the researchers can form new partnerships. This will benefit research and the climate, and create jobs,” says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.

Sweden is a world leader in polar and climate research. Thanks to the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which is equipped with research laboratories and sophisticated equipment, Swedish polar research has gone from being good to world-leading. Through increased collaboration with the United States, this research can further contribute to efforts to tackle climate change.

“Cooperation in the Arctic and in polar and climate research will be a clear indication of how closely we cooperate with the United States and an important contribution to efforts to address the defining issue of our time,” says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.