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News International #1 2021
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International cooperation in focus
We are proud to be invited to speak at Lightweighting Summit at the Hannover Fair. Sweden will be represented by our Minister of Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg and Technical Leader Metallic Materials & Joining Techniques at Volvo Car Group Richard Johansson speaking speaking on behalf of LIGHTer. The event is open to all interested, see below.

Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, … many countries are in bilateral talks with us in finding the most effective and innovative way to cooperate within lightweight technology. We are looking forward to joining forces in developing sustainable technologies to enhance the green transition of Europe. One way of facilitating cooperation is to be active in ELCA, read more below.

On April 8, we open LIGHTer’s annual call for R&D-projects and feasibility studies. We have raised the requirements for sustainability in all applications to be funded. Partners from outside of Sweden are welcome to participate, but are not allowed to receive Swedish national research funding. The call closes on September 30.

LIGHTer Academy and LIGHTer PhD Network welcome you to interesting and inspiring seminars on line.

We wish you all an inspiring and enjoyable spring!

LIGHTer Management
Cecilia, Christian and Katinka
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LIGHTer's large call 2021 opened on 8 April!
Do you have a project idea? Our large call for 2021 has a preliminary budget of 20 MSEK, and is open until 30 September. We welcome applications for feasability studies and development projects.
Please contact us if you have any questions!
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LIGHTer at Hannover Messe
We are happy and proud to have been invited to represent the Swedish lightweight perspective together with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Trade, Anna Hallberg, and Richard Johansson from Volvo Cars.

Watch our video where Cecilia Ramberg, Director of LIGHTer and Bengt Nilsson, CEO of Lamera and Chair of the LIGHTer Board, explain why it is important for us to participate at the Hannover Messe.
Watch the video
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Online Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 Brokerage event
The Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 deadline is 28 June and therefore it is important that you start shaping your project idea(s) right now!

In order to support you in creating your project proposal and in building your consortium for the Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021, an online Brokerage event will be organised on 22 April 2021.

This event will enable you to:

Present your project idea(s) and/or learn about other project ideas.
Learn how the Eureka Clusters can support you during the preparations of your project proposal. 
Read more
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How can ELCA support your lightweight innovations?
LIGHTer is an active member of ELCA (European Lightweight Cluster Alliance).

ELCA is a collaborative initiative that aims to accelerate the adoption of lightweight solutions in strategic industries.
Industries providing mobility in all forms are the primary focus of the alliance, but applications in, and cooperation with, other lightweighting sectors are also targeted; including for instance energy, health care, defence and construction.
We are looking forward to all the European cooperation that we will create through this network where new possibilities of future lightweight technologies can be shared, found and looked into.
If you are looking for European partners, please contact us and we will support you in finding collaboration partners, open calls and networking possibilities with the other cluster members.
Contact Christian Olsson to know more about LIGHTer and ELCA.

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Resource Efficient Vehicles Conference 2021
The first multidisciplinary conference on Resource Efficient Vehicles – rev2021 – will be held online on 14 – 16 June 2021.
This vehicle-centric conference aims to bring together participants from academia, industry and public agencies to discuss research from all relevant fields connected to resource efficiency in all motorised modes of transport and interdependent surrounding systems.
The conference is organised by the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Read more and register
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Calls for international projects
The Swedish Research and Innovation Agency, Vinnova, has two ongoing or upcoming calls for international cooperation that we would like to promote:

German-Swedish Call for joint R&D projects by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
The aim of the call is to create the conditions to initiate joint R&D projects to develop products, technology-based services or methods within all technological and application areas. The deadline is 11 May.  Read more about the call on Vinnova's website.

Staff exchange for applied AI-research 2.0
In this call, you can apply for a grant for staff exchange between Sweden and France, Germany, Canada, US or Brazil, in order to increase the organization´s AI competence and initiate long-term cooperation. Please note that submitted applications are assessed on an ongoing basis during the announcement. The application deadline is 30 September.
Read more on Vinnova's website. 
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Welcome to LIGHTer Academy Seminars!
Every month, LIGHTer Academy invites fellow researchers from different universities and gives joint seminars on various topics within lightweight.

Welcome to our next seminar and listen to Professor Eduard Hryha and Doctor Laura Cordova from Chalmers University of Technology, who will talk about the importance of powder quality in additive manufacturing (3D-printing) of metallic materials. The full abstract for the seminar can be found below.

Date: 15 April 2021
Time: 12.00 - 13.00
More information about the seminar
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News from LIGHTer PhD Network
The next LIGHTer PhD Network Seminars are:
  • 28 April at 14:00-15:00 by Drs. Deng Liang (based in China now) and Anton Shipsha
  • 26 May at 14:00-15:00 by Drs. Kristina Karlsson and Hoda Dini
Our LIGHTer PhD Network student, Camille Nicole Géraldine Pauzon, defended her PhD thesis on 25 March.
The title of the thesis is: Tailored process gases for laser powder bed fusion.

Click here to read more about LIGHTer PhD Network.

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640x640transp Sweden's capability to develop world-leading expertise within lightweight technology will be decisive for Swedish industries' competitiveness, growth and possibilities to reach the UN’s sustainable development goals. LIGHTer is creating essential collaborations within lightweight: cross-disciplinary, cross-industry sectors that are focused, innovative and efficient.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or opinions on the newsletter or its contents.

Funding for the programme is being provided by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.

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