Lighthouse at the Almedalen Week

Lighthouse will be in Almedalen and arrange a seminar at Hamngatan 1 and an exhibition together with the Swedish Shipowners' Association, Zero Vision Tool and Sweship Energy at Donnersgatan 2 (facing Almedalen).

In this text:

  • Director Åsa Burman
  • Jacob Lagercrantz, moderator at Lighthouse's seminar
  • Iréne Fällström, Commun ications Manager at the Swedish Shipowners' Association
  • Mats Tiborn, Communications Manager, Lighthouse about the new book about Lighthouse
  • The Research Programmes

The seminar focuses on how a sustainable maritime sector can contribute to a sustainable society. During the seminar, Lighthouse’s prioritized research and innovation areas will be presented by Åsa Burman, Director at Lighthouse, followed by a presentation by Per Bondemark, Deputy managing director at SSAB and a discussion with Birgitta Losman, chairperson of the Regional Development Committee Västra Götaland and Boriana Åberg, Member of the European Parliament. A panel discussion with Ann-Catrine Zetterdahl, Director-general, the Swedish Maritime Administration, Charlotte Brogren, Director-general, Sweden's innovation agency and Anders Boman, CEO, Wallenius will end the seminar.
Lighthouse exhibition will also focus on how research and innovation within the maritime sector contributes to a sustainable future. Visitors can read about research and innovation to come and watch short movies with interesting researchers from different fields within the maritime area. 

Director Åsa Burman, what will Lighthouse do in Almedalen?
- We will speak about the need for research, development and innovation within the maritime sector related to challenges and possibilities. Together with others, we will discuss what increased investments in the maritime research can lead to. We will also present results from Lighthouse first ten years – by both a newly released book and in the presentation.

During the week we hope to find new partners to our Triple Helix cooperation, and we are looking forward to get in contact with industrial actors as well as others. We will furthermore network as much as possible and participate in maritime activities, both at the maritime meeting place and during the maritime mingles, but also in other contexts concerned about sustainable transport modes. I have been in Almedalen previous years and I know that there are many places where shipping can be a natural part and we want to participate there.
What are you mostly looking forward to?
- Meeting nice and interesting people to have forward-looking discussions with about what we can accomplish. I also look forward to meeting potential new partners and actors to cooperate with. It would be exciting if we could find new and unexpected actors and widen the network and discussion concerning maritime questions. Hopefully we reach someone that has not been part of the discussion before. I further hope that there is a great interest from our politicians. Since it is three years to next election and something has to happen during that time. We have great challenges, such as the competitiveness of the Swedish maritime industry as well as minimising the impact on environment, climate and health. We have to have a competitive industry and we hope that we will contribute to that by innovative solutions and collaborations. I also hope that we will have many visitors at the exhibition where we participate by the environmental wall at the Swedish Shipowners' Association's. It would also be nice if it´s not freezing cold.

I feel that we have a clear focus this year: research and innovation, which fits Lighthouse very well. The work we have done during this year is a great platform to stand on in order to move even further. At our seminar we will launch our prioritized areas that we will continue to work with after Almedalen.  

Jakob Lagercrantz is one of the founders of the 2030-secretary, that gathers the Swedish industry in questions concerning sustainability and transportation. Tuesday 30 June 9.00-9.50 he will moderate Lighthouse's seminar about maritime research for the future.
- I have worked with environmental issues my entire life and it has resulted in a lot of transportation issues. At the 2030-secretary we welcome the shipping sector to join us.

What are your thoughts about Lighthouse seminar in Almedalen?
 – Finally! I have over the years been wondering why the shipping sector does not take a larger role in the transportation and environmental debate. Transportation by sea is the best option with regards to energy efficiency and has unique advantages. It is a question that does not involve only one actor to be solved.

What are you mostly looking forward to?
It is to ask the question why the shipping sector is not taking a bigger place in the discussion. Now I get the chance to ask that question to decision-makers and it will be very exciting to hear their different views. My only fear is that everyone will say that shipping is important but not suggest any concrete suggestions for research or transition to fossil free vehicle fleet. It feels like everyone likes shipping, but where is the investments from governments and the politics? Even the shipping industry itself has started to seize the environmental issues – even though no actor has been perfect.

Do you have any suggestions for those interested in sustainable transportation during the week?
- It is happening alot of things concerning fuels and engine technology that we will hear about in Almedalen. It is revolutionary and the great challenge is if the politicians are keeping pace.
Can they handle the fast development and are policies and technology development keeping the same speed. I believe policy is lacking behind but that there is no opposition between them: it is just that the politics should step into the game.

Irene Fällström, Communications Manager at the Swedish Shipowners' association, what are you doing during the Almedalen Week?
- We will have our exhibition with focus on research and innovation that creates growth. To get more attention on the exhibition we organize three hot seat issues. We place our youth associations against “the environmental wall” (miljövä (g)gen). The idea is that we should talk about their visions for the shipping sector and transport system. We hope they'll see that shipping is a key part for the transport system. They will also speak about opportunities and challenges for a future sustainable transport system.

We will also participate at the Maritime Meeting Place together with several actors. The focus for the seminars are research and innovation and public welfare of the maritime sector. One seminar that I believe will be exciting is “Svensk sjöfart år 2030” (Swedish Shipping 2030). Mikael Laurin will participate together with two politicians, Lars Hjälmered and Niklas Nordström from Luleå. The seminar will be about visions and not only how Swedish Shipping can grow but also about that large parts of Sweden are dependent on a well-functioning shipping sector. It is about putting the shipping sector in a larger business development context.

Another area that will be in focus is tourism which is one of our major export industry. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth recently launched a new report which shows that the total turn-over in the Swedish tourist sector increased with 13.2 billion in 2014 - a total turnover of 5.2 percent in 2014. It is a growing industry and shipping is an important part of the industry. People come here by sea and air. However, there are several challenges in order for Sweden to be competitive as a tourist destination. The Swedish shipping industry is investing heavily in the marketing of Sweden – but we need more contributions from public authorities.

We will also speak about the research and innovation bill - what is at stake, what are our challenges and opportunities?

What are you mostly looking forward to?
I think it will be very nice that the shipping sector will take such a large great place as it does. I also look forward to our exhibition, the maritime meeting place and all mingles. It is really nice that Gotlandsbolaget are contributing  with their commitment and arrangements. I also look forward to that infrastructure is discussed at other arenas. For instance, Pia Berglund from Swedish Shipowners' Association will participate at a seminar for Swedish Air Transport Society, where the Air Transport Society wants to hear about how the Swedish shipping industry has seen possibilities.

I hope that our questions stay alive even after Almedalen – it is important to follow-up and use the contacts you get during the week. Almedalen is one big mingle box where you can mingle as much as you wish.

Mats Tiborn is the Communications Manager at Lighthouse and had the great task to write a book about Lighthouse's first ten years as a regional competence centre.

Why did you write a book about Lighthouse first ten years?
- When the first ten years of Lighthouse has passed it is important with a documentation over what has been done. It is also a base for Lighthouse's next phase as a national competence centre where new partners are joining and new research will be conducted. There are already reports from the theme leaders of Lighthouse's first phase, but the book is written in order to spread Lighthouse first ten years in an easy and understandable way.

How should you read the book?
- Anyone that is interested in the maritime sector and shipping and would like to get at better picture of Swedish maritime research of today, which areas that are important and why they are important. It can be researchers, industry representatives, politicians or officials.

How can I find one edition?
- You can either visit Lighthouse in Almedalen at the Swedish Shipowners' Association´s garage or e-mail info [at] The book will eventually be on Lighthouse's web page. The book is one of the things we will show in our exhibition together with the prioritized areas for research that Lighthouse's programme committee worked with during the spring. 

Is there anything that surprised you while writing the book?
- How you can, in only ten years, bring a research area alive that almost had disappeared from Sweden. It is impressive that a collaboration between academia, industry and society, in a Triple Helix-model, can emerge and become world leading in many research areas that didn't exist ten years ago, but that has become very important for the shipping industry like maritime environmental reserach, matitime informatics and the working conditions abord the ships.

The maritime research of the future - the research programmes 
Lighthouse's programme committee has during the spring worked hard in order to decide prioritized areas for the maritime sector. Several working meetings, phone calls and e-mails back and forth have led to three focus areas and 10 specific areas for research and innovation. The three focus areas are Competitiveness through Innovation, Climate and Environment, and Maritime Safety and working environment. All prioritized areas will be presented at the seminar “Maritime Research of the Future” (Framtidens sjöfartsforskning) 30 juni 9.00-9.50 at the “Maritima Mötesplatsen” and can also be read in a newly produced brochure. The brochure will be distributed at Lighthouse exhibition in Almedalen situated in the garden at Hamngatan 1.

The brochure should be read by all decision-makers related to the maritime sector, but also everyone that has an interest in the maritime sector and sustainable future. The programme committee will continue their work after the summer and develop the programme further. All actors that are interested to participate are welcome to contact Åsa Burman.
Lighthouse now hopes for a lot of good discussion that we can continue to work with and potential new partners and politicians that are working intensively in order to increase the goal of 100 Million SEK to research and innovation in the maritime sector already 2016. We hope that we have contacts to continue our work with programme areas for research and innovation.

Text: Carolina Kihlström