Lund: Collaborate to innovate


Mayor of Lund Philip Sandberg attended Wihlborgs Kontaktyta, a forum which focuses on new business opportunities in fields such as digitalisation, sustainability and urban development.

Mayor Sandberg stated on social media:I have attended Wihlborgs Kontaktyta, a networking event where the focus is on how we can develop Lund even more together. Lund keeps progressing in new areas, but with the conditions we have, we can perform even better.” 

Cia Eriksson, workplace design at Oatly, and Roger Berg, Director of Technology Management at Saab Business Area Kockums talked about their new establishments and projects in Lund. The discussions focused on the motives and goals that led Oatly and Saab Kockums to choose Lund. 

Oatly, the world’s first and largest oat drink company, announced in October it will establish a new research and innovation center at Lund University to further investigate the potential of oats. The center is meant to help the company achieve its goal of accelerating the change to a plant-based food system for the benefit of people and the environment. 

Furthermore, the defense company Saab Kockums announced this summer it would relocate its Scanian operations to Lund. From 2025, 800 employees will work on development, tests, and research at a newly built office at Brunnshög.

Then it was me and the President of Lund University Erik Renström. How will Lund become a world champion in collaboration? City, university and business? How can top-level education match the needs of tomorrow? These were some of the questions we discussed, Sandberg stated.

Lund University was established in 1666 and is consistently listed among the top 100 universities in the world. With 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff, it provides one of the most diverse ranges of programs and courses in all of Scandinavia.

The large range of disciplines stimulates cross-disciplinary partnerships and fosters innovations, making Lund a very important place on the map of Sweden.


Photo credit: Philip Sandberg/Instagram