CESC intensifies international cooperation
“We made many promising contacts in the field of ICT for sustainability”, says Director of CESC Professor Mattias Höjer after his visit to several leading research groups in South Korea and China.
CESC aims to cooperate with internationally leading research groups in the field of ICT for sustainability. A special project for strategic internationalization, funded by Vinnova, is set to take this ambition a few steps further. Specifically, the project aims to define the international scene of ICT for Sustainability, identify key collaboration partners and focus areas for CESC, and suggest activities for further internationalization. A number of research visits are planned during 2013.
In June 2013, Professor Mattias Höjer and Professor Göran Finnveden, who is vice president for sustainable development at KTH and member of CESC’s management group, travelled to South Korea and China. They visited KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Technology) and SK Telecom in Korea. In China, they visited Fudan University and Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
In line with these activities was Jens Malmodin’s participation at the Google Summit “How green is the internet?” in June 2013 – an invitation-only event for academia, industry and the public sector. Jens Malmodin is based at Ericsson and involved in several CESC projects on the environmental impact of ICT.
Greger Henriksson’s tour to six European universities, mapping the interest for environmental sociology in relation to how ICT affects everyday life, was also part of the internationalization drive in 2013.
Earlier this year, CESC sent 19 researchers to the first ICT4S-conference in Zurich, creating valuable new opportunities for collaboration. During the conference, it was decided that CESC will arrange the next conference in Stockholm 2014, with VU University Amsterdam as co-organizers. “Our ambition is to gather the international research community interested in ICT for sustainability in Stockholm next year”, concludes Mattias Höjer.