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Helene Hellmark Knutsson visits the United States


Urban planning, life sciences, top-class higher education institutions and a meeting with a Nobel laureate – several interesting topics will be on the agenda when Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research, travels to the United States on 27–29 November.

The purpose of the visit is to gather knowledge and inspiration from the major universities MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, but also to highlight Sweden as an interested party for exchange and cooperation in research and higher education.

Ms Hellmark Knutsson will visit the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to exchange experiences on research in the life sciences area. There will also be a presentation of research on smart cities at Senseable City Lab – a MIT centre that focuses on urban planning and social innovation.

The agenda also includes a meeting with Michael Rosbash, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year for the discovery of the biological clock that plants and animals use to control their daily rhythm.

In New York, Ms Hellmark Knutsson will participate in a panel discussion at a lunch seminar at Columbia University, with the aim of attracting more US students to Sweden.

The delegation includes representatives from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Please contact Jens Petersen for more information.


Monday 27 November: Boston

09.00–10.30 Meeting with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on life sciences

11.00–11.30 Presentation of MIT and the cooperation with Sweden

11.30–12.00 Architecture and urban planning: MIT and KTH

12.00–14.00 Education, research and future cities: MIT and KTH

14.00–14.45 Interdisciplinary education and research, Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

15.00–16,00 Discussion on cooperation and joint projects, International Science and Engineering Initiative (MISTI)

Tuesday 28 November: Boston

08.30–10.00 Meeting with Swedish students and researchers from MIT, and round tour of the campus

13.30–14.30 Historical round tour of Harvard campus

15.00–15.30 Meeting with Brandeis Professor Michael Rosbash, Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine, 2017

Wednesday 29 November: New York

09.00 Meeting with Ellis Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Academy of Sciences

12.00 Seminar at Columbia University to attract more US students to study in Sweden


Jens Petersen
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00