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News International #4 2021
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Our international cooperation is booming

The past year has been filled with exciting new international collaborations. It's exciting and valuable. Together we can move faster to reach sustainable growth. Don't miss our webinar at Sweden Innovation Days on January 19 at 13-14 where we'll tell you more!

We have started the work of updating the Lightweight Agenda. We do that every three years. Please let us know if you have any comments on the content of our research agenda.

We would like to thank the entire LIGHTer network for exciting and fun cooperation over the past year! We are privileged to work with you. We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

/ Cecilia, Christian and Katinka

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Early-Bird discount!
LIGHTer International Conference 2022
You can now register for LIGHTer International Conference 2022! We offer an Early Bird discount for registrations made before January 31, 2022. 
The Conference themes 2022 are: Lightweight in Fossil-Free Transportations, Circular Lightweight, Radical Lightweight through Multigfunctional Materials and Lightweight in Energy and Infrastructure
Read more and register
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LIGHTer will participate in Sweden Innovation Days
LIGHTer has been invited to organise a workshop and set up a digital booth during Sweden Innovation Days, January 17-19. LIGHTer's workshop takes place on January 19 at 13.00 - 14.00 CET. The event is dedicated to fostering international collaboration to achieve the UN's Global Goals.
Read more about the event
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Modvion builds lighter, more climate-smart wooden wind turbines
Wood technology company Modvion has brought wood construction to the wind power industry. After erecting their first wooden wind turbine tower on the island of Björkö in the Gothenburg archipelago, they’re now bracing themselves to compete with steel. Lightweighting in infrastructure and energy was one of the four themes at LIGHTer’s International Conference on 6 April. "We usually call this material nature’s own carbon fibre,” says Otto Lundman, CEO of Modvion.
Read the full interview
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LIGHTer participates in lightweight cooperation with Switzerland and Germany
The annual conference SWII 2021 is part of the innovation collaboration Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative (SWII). This year's conference theme focused on lightweight technology and additive manufacturing, with the aim of financing market-oriented R&D projects in the forthcoming call for companies and academia in both Switzerland and Sweden. German companies can also apply for funding in the call. The call for project outlines is open until February 15. Read more in the presentation about opportunities for co-financing.
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Talent exchange between international start-ups and Swedish R&D clusters
Talent exchange between international start-ups and scale-ups and Swedish regional R&D clusters.
We would like to invite start-ups and scale-ups to complement Swedish lightweight test beds with their niche competence, by interacting with swedish industry and by using the test beds.
Contact Boel Wadman if you have any questions regarding the workshop.
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Calls for international projects
SMART's 5th Call is open. Send your projexct outlines before Jnuary 24. Read more about the call.

Horizon Europe is funding projects in many different areas. Read more on their website.

The Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative (SWII) will announce a bilateral call shortly.Visit their webpage regularly for updates.

You can also look for open international calls within Eurostars
Read more on their website.
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LIGHTer Academy Seminars
LIGHTer Academy regularly organises seminars on various topics in lightweight research. The researchers within the network take turns hosting the event. The next seminar will take place on 13 January, with Professor Malin Åkermo, KTH and Doctor Jonathan Belnoue, University of Bristol. Abstract and application information will be published shortly on our website.
Read more about LIGHTer Academy
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Abstract submission for CHS 2-2022
CHS² 2022 - 8th International Conference on Hot Sheet Metal Forming of High Performance Steel
Towards sustainable, versatile, reliable and efficient hot forming of high performance materials for emerging industrial challenges.

The interest in thermo-mechanical forming processes of high-performance steel, and high-performance materials in general, has grown significantly in the recent years. The automotive sector has been the main actor driving this development, pushed by the constant demands on passenger’s safety and environmental regulations. Press hardening of boron steels is now a mature technology, deployed all around the world. It showed to be unbeatable for forming complex shape parts and easy forming of high strength materials with reduced spring-back. It also allows producing parts with tailored properties under accurate process monitoring.

These benefits offer great flexibility and opens up possibilities to implement new materials in new industrial applications.

The lightweight demands that triggered the development of press hardening are still valid, but new industrial challenges are also emerging that requires sustainable, versatile, reliable and efficient forming processes.
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13 Jan

LIGHTer Academy Seminar

19 Jan

LIGHTer's workshop at Sweden Innovation Days

6-7 Apr

LIGHTer International Conference

26 AprLIGHTer at the lightweighting session at Hannover Messe

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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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