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MIRAI Resarch & Innovation Week

Young researchers in Sweden and Japan discuss solutions to societal challenges


On June 7-11, the University of Gothenburg hosts the digital conference "International collaboration in a digital era - Fostering innovative minds for the future". Swedish and Japanese researchers will meet to discuss current issues in AI, ageing, sustainability, materials science, innovation and entrepreneurship, and to find partners for new research projects.

The conference is part of the Swedish- Japanese cooperation project MIRAI 2.0, between eleven Swedish and eight Japanese universities. Japan and Sweden have similar challenges in many areas, for example with an ageing population, and are two countries at the forefront when it comes to research and innovation.

150 speakers

The University of Gothenburg is the Swedish coordinator of MIRAI 2.0. Linn Gabrielsson at the International Centre is one of the project leaders for the conference.

“The digital format allows many more to participate than if it had been a physical conference. We currently have a program with 150 speakers, many of whom are young researchers who will present their research”, she says.

The program holds lectures and presentations on issues varying from “Ageing within the age of a pandemic”, “A.I. ethical decision making”, “Entrepreneurship ecosystems in Sweden and Japan” to “Peace and sustainability in the Antropocene”.

Ibrahim Baylan opening speaker

The opening ceremony focuses on the digital structural transformation, and the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in solving the global societal challenges. University presidents, researchers and research funding agencies will be present at the ceremony. Sweden's Minister of Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan and Japan's Minister for Digital Transformation, Takuya Hirai, will give opening speeches. The keynote lecturers are prominent researchers in AI; Professor Amy Loutfi, Örebro University and Professor Junichi Tsujuii at the Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AIRC).

Match-making event open for all

The conference is primarily aimed at researchers at the universities included in MIRAI 2.0.

“We will also hold a matchmaking event open for anyone who wants to participate. We offer an arena for researchers, funders, organizations and civil society to discuss how AI can be used in the future of healthcare for older populations, and to cooperate in research project. Now we are looking for more companies and organizations interested in participating in the event”, says Linn Gabrielsson. 

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The registration deadline is June 6.

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