7 Sep 2022

WISE Inauguration
7 September 2022

WISE Inauguration, 7 September 2022. Program schedule.

When: Wednesday 7 September 2022

Where: Flygeln, Norrköping  (Google Maps link)

NOTE: Attendance by invitation only



13:00  Lunch 

14:00  Inauguration speech
Peter Wallenberg, Jr., Chair of the Board of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

14:10  Long-term establishment of national expertise in key strategic areas
Sara Mazur, Director of Strategic Research at Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Chair of the WISE Board

14:20  Welcome speech
Magnus Berggren, WISE Director and Professor of Organic Electronics at Linköping University
Olle Eriksson, WISE Co-director and Professor of Physics at Uppsala University

14:30  WISE and the academy
Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Vice Chancellor of Linköping University

14:40  From theory to practice: industrial partnerships for a circular economy
Louise Eriksson, Senior Manager at Stena Circular Consulting (part of Stena Recycling)
Barry Waddilove, Sustainability Director, Development & Collaborations at Electrolux

15:10  Coffee break

15:40  Materials research and sustainability
Lars Hultman, CEO of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and Head of the WISE Advisory Board

16:00  Sustainable metals – the design approach
Annika Borgenstam, Professor in Micro- and Nano-structures in Alloys and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

16:15  Materials for solar energy-to-fuels conversion
Maria Abrahamsson, Professor in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Physical Chemistry and Director of the Materials Science Area of Advance at Chalmers University of Technology

16:30  Raw materials dependence and society’s vulnerability
Erika Ingvald, Head of the Division of Mineral Information and Mining Industry at the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

17:00  Mingle dinner (ending ~19:00)
Participating universities will exhibit demonstrations in the entry hall


WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at seven of Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The aim is to create the conditions for a sustainable society by researching the next generation of ecofriendly functional materials and manufacturing processes. Efforts will be devoted to identifying new or significantly improved materials, which provide a distinct advantage in physical, chemical, biological, or functional performance when compared to existing materials and technologies. This relates to materials that demand fewer resources, are less environmentally hazardous, and enable sound and efficient recycling processes.

We hope that you can join us for the WISE inauguration and take this opportunity to learn more about our vision and contribution to a sustainable future.

NOTE: Attendance by invitation only

Prof. Magnus Berggren
WISE Director
Linköping University

Prof. Olle Eriksson
WISE Co-director
Uppsala University