The Swedish National Innovation Council, celebrates three years this February, and Jane is a member.
The Swedish National Innovation Council (NIC) was created by the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, in February 2015. It is personally chaired by the Prime Minister, which is unusual for similar councils in other countries. Another atypical characteristic of the Swedish NIC is that it has a dominant and wide focus on innovation policy. In other countries, such councils focus predominantly on science and/or research policy and treat innovation policy, if at all, as an “appendix” to research policy.
There are a lot of interesting things happening in our area right now, for example, the Swedish government has hired a chief digital officer, and there is a new life science unit at the Swedish Government office.
Below is an interesting read on our work, written by Rausing Professor in Innovation Studies at CIRCLE and Lund University, Charles Edquist, who is also a member of the Council. It discusses how Sweden works with innovation and how The Innovation Council can serve as a role model for other countries.
Relevant for everyone who is curious to know more about the work of the Innovation Council!