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News International #1 2022
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Wonderful to welcome you to Sweden!

LIGHTer has proudly and joyfully hosted the LIGHTer International Conference. 98 entries from 9 different countries made the discussions exciting and constructive.

As a follow-up, we also welcome industry delegations from both Austria and Germany. When Swedish companies and research organizations open the doors for dedicated visits, the result is often concrete and realistic.

For small innovative international companies, we offer cooperation in our Swedish test beds for lightweight. The surrounding networks are often very interesting.

In addition to these opportunities here and now, we are arranging the third meeting of the European Lightweighting Network in the spring of 2023.

We wish you a fruitful May!

LIGHTer Management Team
Cecilia, Christian, and Katinka
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We had a great conference
Many thanks to all of you who participated at LIGHTer International Conference 2022! We had two exciting days of inspiring conversations, interesting speeches, networking and exchange on sustainable lightweight solutions.
Close to a hundred people had registered. To our delight, there were participants from nine different European countries. The suspicion of finally being able to meet after all the shutdowns was obvious.
In addition to the four Keynote Speakers and four parallel sessions, there was a conference dinner, a poster exhibition, an innovation competition, and an information meeting on the European Lightweighting Network.
Now we will work hard to further develop all the contacts and knowledge we gained during the conference. We are already looking forward to the next LIGHTer International Conference 2024.

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Industry delegation from Austria
An Austrian delegation visited LIGHTer International Conference in Gothenburg on April 6-7. They also visited some companies atound Gothenburg. Their goal was to deepen their knowledge in lightweight technologies and find potential collaborations between Swedish and Austrian companies. The delegation was a success, and we are looking forward to seeing future projects!

Please contact Christian Olsson ( if you want to know more about our industry delegations.
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LIGHTer participated in a G7 workshop 
LIGHTer had the honour to be a part of a panel at the G7 workshop on resource efficiency, lightweighting and circular economy on March 23. The theme of the panel discussion was “Contribution of lightweighting to resource efficiency, climate action and the economy”.

After a high-level opening, the workshop addressed lightweight as an enabler in the green transition. The goal was to discuss the possible contribution of lightweight solutions to the climate, broader environmental benefits, and economic growth based on resource efficiency.

LIGHTer really appreciated this opportunity to make a holistic and sustainable contribution to the transition towards a planet in balance.

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Industry delegation from Germany 
The German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce arranges, with support from LIGHTer a study visit in Sweden for a German delegation on May 17-19. The goal of the trip is for German companies to get to know the Swedish lightweight market (focus on mobility such as vehicles, ships and airplanes) and make new contacts in Sweden. The delegation consists of approximately 14 organisations consisting of companies , research institutes and political organizations. We are looking forward to this event!

Please contact Christian Olsson ( if you want to know more about our industry delegations.
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Talent exchange between international start-ups and Swedish 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 Talent Exchange.
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Calls for international projects
Horizon Europe is funding projects in many different areas. Read more on their website.

A Swiss-Swedish EUREKA call is opening on July 13. Visit the Swiss Swedish Innovtion Initiative's (SWII) webpage to read more.

You can also look for open international calls within Eurostars
Read more on their website.
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LIGHTer PhD Network & LIGHTer Academy Seminars
LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network 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 May 25, with two speakers:

Tommy Grankäll from KTH Royal Insitute of Technology who will talk about “Composite cure tools, the ultimate solution or a nightmare?”, and a representative (TBD) from Gestamp Hardtech. 

More information about the seminar will published on our website shortly.
Read more and register

17-19 May

German Industry delegation visits Sweden

25 May

LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network Seminar

31 May

Lightweighting Summit at Hannover Messe

31 Aug

LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network Seminar

20-25 Sep

LIGHTer Participates at the IAA Fair in Hannover

28 Sep

LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network Seminar

26 Oct

LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network Seminar

30 Nov

LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network Seminar

21 Dec

LIGHTer Academy & LIGHTer PhD Network Seminar

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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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