A bit of Sweden in Brazil

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The PUC-Rio Agency Innovation Meetings are already a part of the academic schedule and serve as an important platform to promote innovation. On 6 October, the event gained momentum when it was included in the scope of the CISB 7th Annual Meeting and in the calendar of the Sweden - Brazil Innovation Week, organized by the Swedish Embassy in Brazil.

As a result, it attracted many Brazilian and Swedish actors of the sectors that make up the prestigious triple helix system, which is popular in Sweden because it brings industry, academia, and government together in the innovation process. Key actors included the Swedish Embassy, Saab AB, Scania, Vale, UERJ (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) and the Agência de Gestão e Inovação Tecnológica (Agitec) of the Brazilian Army.

"The model of innovation governed by the triple helix is a global benchmark. The fact Sweden appears second in the world innovation ranking (IGI 2017) is proof of that," says Ricardo Yogui of PUC-Rio and meeting mediator. "In this event, we tried to focus on social impact generated by innovation," he explains. In addition to the lectures delivered by some of the actors, a round table was held to discuss the main theme.

Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Araújo, of Agitec, was one of the speakers. In his speech, he presented the results of the partnership between Agitec and Linköping University (LiU), the result of an exchange programme organised by CISB. The official said he was impressed with the knowledge acquired, especially the automation projects presented by Scania during the event. "This event confirmed factors we had already noticed, such as excellence in the triple helix approach and open innovation," he says. Araújo also highlighted the opportunity to strengthen the institution’s network of contacts. "The PUC-Rio initiative was beneficial and must continue," he adds.

Volnei Garcia, who represented Scania at the meeting, also stressed the importance of meeting the actors of the triple helix. "The diverse environment provided us different views of innovation," he says. According to Garcia, the model is extensively applied at the head offices of the company, making the association with universities and research centers pivotal for the development of new technologies.

By bringing together so many leading companies, Ricardo Yogui claims, "the support of CISB was extremely relevant to the event. He also believes the meeting left an important legacy because it managed to show the people involved the Swedish programme is more than a concept, it is an actual practice. "This helps to ensure these actors can do something similar in Brazil," he says.