’We are very excited that the Gothenburg region has been selected among several strong candidates to lead the nation in developing the communities of the future. It is our goal that the Centre will serve as an international example. It will be used to test new knowledge, methods and techniques that may benefit people locally and globally’, says Karin Markides, President of Chalmers University of Technology.
The two universities maintain a critical discussion on community development and on what identifies important research areas from a user perspective, which is one reason why the Centre will be built in Gothenburg. In its decision, MISTRA also stresses the support from cooperation partners and the universities’ strong international networks for distributing and acquiring new knowledge.
’One of the Centre’s strengths is its broad approach – it engages researchers, businesses and decision makers. The combination of qualified scientific competence and political visions will make it possible to find new solutions for sustainable development’, says Pam Fredman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg.
Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg will, together with IVL (the Swedish Environmental Research Institute), provide the scientific competence. The City of Gothenburg, the Gothenburg region and the larger Västra Götaland region will provide the political visions and advanced projects and processes for sustainable development. Integration with institutes and businesses will make it possible to develop, apply and test new knowledge in real life, and therefore to make positive changes in society.
’As a representative of the City of Gothenburg, I am convinced that this will open up doors and intensify and inspire our work for a sustainable development of communities. It will also constitute a natural platform for cooperation with the rest of the world. This is immensely important for the City of Gothenburg’, says Gothenburg mayor Anneli Hulthén.