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Collaborate to compete: Sustainable production

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Chalmers Production Area of Advance invites you to a day on the theme Sustainable Production for a Sustainable Industry, with focus on collaboration between academia and industry. 


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How can industry and academy collaboration make it happen?

On this day we want to highlight the utilisation of research excellence within sustainable production that takes place through important platforms for collaboration between academia and industry: 

  • Competence centres linked to the Production Area of Advance. 
    – Centre Chemical Process Engineering
    – Swedish Life Cycle Center
    – Wingquist Laboratory
    – Centre for Additive Manufacture Metal
    – Competence Centre Recycling
    – Centre for Metal Cutting Research
  • Lund University’s Division of Production and Materials Technology, which is a part of the Production Area of Advance.

By working together, we achieve greater success! 


Keynote speakers

Susanne Ollila

Susanne (Sanne) Ollila is professor in Technology Management at Chalmers. Her research is about collaboration between different types of organizations, with a specific focus on collaboration between individuals who represent these organizations. She has written a number of articles based on different perspectives on this theme. The most recent papers are "Political behavior in collaborative innovation spaces: outlining triggers, behaviors and shaping mechanisms" and forthcoming “In-between spaces for collaborative innovation elucidating interrelated relational spaces”.



Frances Sprei

Frances Sprei is professor at Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers. She is also chairman of the research council for Västra Götaland's climate transition and a former member of the City of Gothenburg's climate council. Frances is a well-known voice in the climate debate and currently in focus as expert in Sweden’s first national citizens’ assembly on climate. In June 2023, she participated in a national climate summit convened by the government.



Maria Bernander

Maria Bernander is a research strategist at Volvo Cars working at Material Engineering Centre. She is also the vice chair of the Strategic Knowledge and Research Committee working with central research questions at Engineering. She works with all fields in relation to long-term strategic knowledge and research, relating to the Volvo PhD programme, the technical specialist community and long-term research strategies. She holds a PhD in Chemistry with focus on inorganic chemistry, relating to aspects of environmental chemistry. She joined Volvo Cars in 2014 and has been working in the material and environmental field ever since. She has held different position working with interior air quality, environmental aspects of materials and sustainable materials. She has also worked as a technical expert focusing on occupant health effects.





Jon Bokrantz standing beside an orange robot arm


The day is moderated by Jon Bokrantz, research specialist at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology. Jon has extensive experience in industry and academia collaborations targeting the role of maintenance in enabling sustainable production, for example in industrial sectors such as automotive, battery, aerospace, energy, paper, and petroleum.




Welcome to an inspiring day on sustainability and collaboration, with success stories on how we make it happen!



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