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2015-09-14

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, the Minister of Higher Education and Research, officially opened the Electronics Centre in Halmstad.

Exciting opening of Electronics Centre in Halmstad

When Electronics Centre in Halmstad opened, it was the starting point of brand new opportunities for increased growth and faster product development for businesses in the region. A collaboration between research and industry that receives additional pull from Halmstad University's Knowledge Foundation Research for Innovation.

Electronics Centre, ECH, was opened Friday September 11 by Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Sweden's Minister of Higher Education and Research.

– Good luck from the Government! We look forward to activities at ECH getting started. Very exciting things are happening at Halmstad University, she said, also referring to the opening ceremony itself, that with a bang and help from the electronics sent blue and yellow ribbons into the air – an alternative to the traditional ribbon cutting.

– This is maybe Northern Europe's most awesome lab, said Vice-Chancellor Mikael Alexandersson.

Halmstad University's Bennet Professor Misha Pavel talked about his research.

In the afternoon, a panel discussion about regional growth took place.

Several research projects are already active within the field and there are also projects to create attractive educations where the industry is involved to a high degree. Not least is the University's Knowledge Foundation Environment Research for Innovation of key importance.

Conference for Research for Innovation

The opening of ECH was framed by a conference where Research for Innovation was presented to representatives of the region in industry as well as the public sector. In connection with this, guest Professor Misha Pavel, holder of the Halmstad University Bennet professorship, held a lecture on how embedded and intelligent systems can be applied in health innovations. The afternoon's programme dealt with regional growth.

Throughout the day, Electronics Centre and Centre for Health Technology Halland were open to visitors, as well as the new premises for electronics, robototics, IT forensics, and electrical power labs, with demonstrations and exhibitions by businesses, students and researchers.

Text: INGRID EKSTRÖM and Hanna Olsson
Photo: JOACHIM BRINK and MIKAEL EVARD
Film: LOUISE WANDEL

Fotnot. Electronics Centre in Halmstad has been created by Halmstad University in collaboration with the region and the network ”For the electronics of the future in Halmstad”. The main partners are AES Nordic AB, Harry Sjögren, HMS Industrial Networks AB and NIBE Energy Systems.

What is a Knowledge Foundation Environment?

Halmstad University is one of three universities in Sweden that has
qualified to become a Knowledge Foundation – Environment, which was
granted by the Swedish financer for universities. The other Knowledge Foundation Environments are Skövde University and Mid Sweden University. In a ten year agreement running until 2021, the Foundation promises support to research efforts that gradually develop a more profiled university, with the highest quality, clear positioning and with activities that have a strong relevance for the development of industry and society. The trust is based on clear goals, a thought-out strategy and a quality driven way of working. To mirror the University's profile, the Knowledge Foundation Environment has been given the name Research for Innovation.

Electronics Centre offers resources in the form of electronics labs and EMC testing facilities.

”I'm here today because I function as a link between the public sector and businesses. I want to connect relevant companies with the University. In Falkenberg for example, we have competent companies in health and in particular on the dental side, which I know the University is good at”, says Mikael Fornell, business developer, Falkenberg Näringslivs AB.

”It’s important to make Electronics Centre in Halmstad known to industry and public sector, so it’s good that so many people are here today. ECH enables many different areas, it’s easy to focus only on electronics but there are many other areas of application”, says Catarina Dahlöf, regional director of Region Halland and member of the University Board of Governors.

”ECH is very exciting! We live in a society that’s more electronic than ever before, the municipality will benefit greatly from ECH. I also think we can be better at utilising the competency that’s coming from the University. That there are doors to developing your idea and encouraging students to stay in Halmstad. The University is very important to Halmstad’s development”, says Bertil Andersson, municipal commissioner (S), Halmstad municipality.

”I’m here today to meet interesting people, listen to inspiring lectures as well as seeing the new environment”, says Ludvig Granberg, CEO, Hemsida24.

”It’s always great being at Halmstad University. It’s inspiring to see concrete examples of the University’s collaboration with industry. Falkenberg’s municipality also has a cooperation agreement with the University to encourage more young people in Falkenberg to study at university level”, says Catharina Rydberg Lilja, Head of the City Planning Office, Falkenberg municipality.

Updated 2015-09-15