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Flying start for Climate-KIC in Lund

Lund University has officially launched its membership in the EU climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC. Nearly 150 participants – researchers, students and entrepreneurs – joined the event on October 7th, hearing more about the idea behind and the opportunities with the university’s membership.
Bertrand van Ee, CEO of Climate-KIC. Photo. Gunnar Menander
Bertrand van Ee, CEO of Climate-KIC. Photo. Gunnar Menander

Pro Vice-Chancellor Bo Ahrén at Lund University emphasized how well Climate-KIC fits into the University's strategic goal of helping to solve the grand challenges in the world. We need strong networks between universities and society, and that makes Climate-KIC so important, said Bo Ahrén.

Lund University vice-chancellor Bo Ahrén. Photo: Gunnar Menander
Lund University vice-chancellor Bo Ahrén. Photo: Gunnar Menander

At the launch event, Climate-KIC’s CEO Bertrand van Ee and Susanne Pedersen, Director of its Nordic node, expressed great hopes for Lund University's membership, and how Climate-KIC Nordic will further expand with key business partners and the largest cities in this region.

Director of Climate-KIC Nordic, Susanne Pedersen. Photo: Gunnar Menander
Director of Climate-KIC Nordic, Susanne Pedersen. Photo: Gunnar Menander

Students important group for Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC has also the students as an important target group. This was emphasised when some earlier Lund students spoke at the event. Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, CEO and founder of Orbital Systems – an innovative shower system, developed in collaboration with NASA, which saves 90% water and 80% energy – told why something like Climate-KIC would have been important when he launched his ideas on the market.

Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, CEO and founder of Orbital Systems. Photo: Gunnar Menander
Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, CEO and founder of Orbital Systems. Photo: Gunnar Menander
Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, CEO and founder of Orbital Systems. Photo: Gunnar Menander

Sofia Isaksson, a graduate in mechanical engineering and technical design, elucidated on the importance of Climate-KIC for the kick-start her career. She was one of more than 300 students from all over Europe who attended "The Journey 2015" – the annual Climate-KIC summer school on climate knowledge, entrepreneurship and climate innovations. (Read more at the Sustainability Forum Blog)

Solla Zophoniasdottir, Climate-KIC Nordic, talked about the strenght and possiblities of the Climate-KIC Allumni Association. Photo: Gunnar Menander
Solla Zophoniasdottir, Climate-KIC Nordic, talked about the strenght and possiblities of the Climate-KIC Allumni Association. Photo: Gunnar Menander

We need your ideas!

Professor Markku Rummukainen welcomed researchers, students and regional entrepreneurs to be in touch and invited ideas and suggestions for efforts and developments within Climate-KIC. Perhaps it is your idea for training, networking or innovation that next time gets a kick-start from the Climate-KIC.

Markku Rummukainen invited the Lund University students, researchers and entrepreneurs to send in ideas.
Markku Rummukainen invited the Lund University students, researchers and entrepreneurs to send in ideas.

Text: Nina Nordh

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