“Bridging between science and business”, Residence of the Ambassador of Sweden, 27 April 2017

ΝΕΟ organised a seminar on “Bridging between science and business” at the Residence of the Swedish Ambassador in April 27. The objective of the seminar was to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss ways science can be brought closer to business and vice versa.

Main speaker Mr. Kevin Noone, Professor of Stockholm University elaborated on ways business and science are connecting and creating safe, authorized and repeated spaces for collaboration. According to Professor Noone ““Broader and deeper collaboration between business and science is absolutely necessary if we are to find solutions to today's “wicked” problems. My experience working with a number of businesses and other organizations is that it takes time, effort, resources and repeated exposure on both sides to establish trust and develop a tradition of positive interaction. I have found that the returns on this kind of up-front investment can be tremendously valuable in terms of what can be accomplished when we work together.”

Taking the stand, Ms. Karin Holmgren, Professor, Chairman of NEO Steering Committee presented the “NEO Journey”, as an example of how the academic community and the private sector can work together to promote an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development. “The mission of NEO is to develop the understanding and sustainable use and management of our natural resources. NEO research addresses several of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 as well as of the Paris Agreement. To push the boundaries of knowledge we need basic research. For society to benefit from our new insights we also need applied research. For research to lead to concrete actions, innovations and improvements in our use of the natural resources we need sound collaboration and dialogues between the academy, the business sector and the public. As such, NEO is a role model.”, emphasized Professor Holmgren.