News

Latest news and press releases from SIREUS.

January 3rd, 2024

SIREUS Entrepreneurs Forum Success Stories: Pioneering Solutions in Medicine, AI, and Biotech


Last year in February, the SIREUS Entrepreneurs forum was held in Denver in connection with Destination Startup. The event gave companies connected to Swedish SIREUS member universities the opportunity to connect with businesses, investors, research institutions, federal laboratories and key opinion leaders in the research and innovation ecosystem in both Colorado and Arizona. The week-long immersion was hosted by SACC-Colorado, SACC-Arizona and The University of Colorado Boulder in conjunction with the 2023 Destination Startup conference. As we’re nearing this year’s event we’ve interviewed several of the participating companies about their experiences in Colorado.

December 5th, 2023

Apply for Jönköping University's Summer School!


Enhance both your academic and practical knowledge while immersing yourself in an international setting, and gain insights into Swedish culture through an enriching program of cultural and social activities. The JU Summer School offers instruction in English, providing a unique opportunity to broaden your perspectives and experiences. Prospective students interested in the summer school are encouraged to engage in the entire program. This comprehensive package encompasses a pick-up service, accommodation, a welcome lunch, a farewell dinner, company visits, and a range of social and cultural activities. Embracing the entirety of the program ensures a holistic and immersive experience!

December 4th, 2023

Students at LiU and WSU participate in a pioneering four-way collaboration 


In our increasingly globalized and interconnected society, gaining industry experience in a global setting provides a vital asset for students preparing to enter the workforce. SIREUS member Linköping University (LiU) and affiliate Washington State University (WSU) have united their efforts to establish a groundbreaking four-way collaboration combining a student exchange with research and industry. This initiative is focusing on the computing-based design philosophy supporting Boeing’s and Saab’s co-designed and co-produced cutting-edge T-7A Red Hawk training aircraft.

November 17th, 2023

How Stockholm Fosters Sustainable Development Through Innovation and Collaboration


In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainable development, Stockholm stands out as a beacon of green innovation. At the heart of the city's environmental success lies the implementation of practical cleantech solutions fostered by innovative and collaborative approaches that bring together government, academia, and the private sector to foster green solutions. Read more about how the city has managed to implement solutions that are good for both the environment and the economy!

November 13th, 2023

SIREUS Study in Sweden Tour 2023


One of the goals of the SIREUS project is to strengthen Sweden’s attractiveness as a study destination for American students and researchers and this event gave over 100 students and young people interested in pursuing a higher education in Sweden the chance to mingle with representatives from 12 leading Swedish universities! Participants at the events had the opportunity to learn more about the universities programs, scholarships, student life and how the Swedish university application process works. Read more about the events in New York, Pullman and Orange here!

October 25th, 2023

UTSA Deepens Partnerships with Swedish Universities and Industry after trip to Sweden


This May, a delegation of representatives from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) traveled to Sweden as part of a presidential-level delegation to Europe. During their trip to Sweden the delegation visited three SIREUS member universities; Jönköping University (JU), University of Gothenburg (GU) and Chalmers University of Technology (CUT), as well as visits to Lindholmen Science Park and AstraZeneca's headquarters in Gothenburg. The journey inspired further cooperation with the Swedish universities and opened the doors to future collaborations with AstraZeneca.

October 10th, 2023

Unique Opportunity for Swedish Students in Silicon Valley!


Are you a young Swedish student with a passion for innovation, a burning desire to create something of your own, or a side project within AI that's waiting to flourish? If so, we have an incredible opportunity for you! Imagine taking a break from your daily routine, skipping school or work for a week, and immersing yourself in the heart of the tech world in Silicon Valley. "Snabbt," is a non profit organization that sponsors Swedish students to spend a week in Silicon Valley, covering everything from flights and accommodation to food and networking opportunities.

October 4th, 2023

Understanding the THE rankings 2023​​​​​​​


Times Higher Education just released its new edition of its World University Rankings. The THE ranking assesses and compares universities from around the world based on various performance indicators to provide insights into their overall academic excellence and reputation. The THE World University Rankings use 17 carefully chosen performance indicators to assess universities. These indicators are grouped into five key areas; Teaching, Research Environment, Research Quality, Industry and International Outlook. Here we go through what the rankings mean and why international university collaboration plays an important part!

October 3rd, 2023

Professor at Lund University wins Nobel Prize in Physics

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Anne L'Huillier, a French/Swedish physicist and Professor at Lund University renowned for her research within high-order harmonic generation in gases and its applications. She has received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 2023 along with Pierre Agostini and Ferenc Krausz for studying how electrons zip around the atom in the tiniest fractions of seconds, a field that could one day lead to better electronics or disease diagnoses. 

September 28, 2023

Insights from SACC-Summit 2023

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Each year, the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC) hosts a Summit event that facilitates economic expansion and business between the United States and Sweden. This year the annual event took place at Autoliv Americas headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. This year the event focused on safe, smart and sustainable solutions within automation and digital manufacturing. The event featured several engaging speakers and panel discussions about Swedish-American relations, sustainable practices and collaboration within innovation and research.

August 31st, 2023

Apply for an internship with SIREUS!


​​​​​​​Each semester SIREUS welcomes interns from our Swedish member universities. We offer internships within marketing, event & communications and project management that give students and young professionals the opportunity to get hands on experience within their chosen field of study. Immerse yourself in America's capital city, where history, innovation, and culture converge. While in D.C. you'll have the chance to build a network of valuable connections through networking events and collaborations with experts in your chosen field.
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August 9th, 2023

Chalmers and Penn State Collaborate with Global Student Team Projects


Today, global cooperation between universities is vital to ensure knowledge exchange between students and to conduct cutting-edge research in various fields. SIREUS’ member, Chalmers University of Technology, and affiliate, Pennsylvania State University, have implemented a Global Student Team concept that allows engineering students from the U.S. and Sweden to collaborate on industry projects. Read more about the projects here! 
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July 17th, 2023

Introducing the new SIREUS Summer/Fall Interns


SIREUS is thrilled to anounce the new interns joining the team this fall. Johanna, Oskar, Edith and Märta are joining us in Washington D.C. for the summer and fall semester. Click the link below to read more about our new interns and their respective roles. 

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July 13th, 2023

US-Nordic Summit emphasizes cooperation within technology & sustainability

On July 13th President Joe Biden met with the leaders of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden in Helsinki to further strengthen the partnership between the Nordic countries and the United States of America. The leaders discussed topics such as transatlantic security, climate change, technological innovation and democracy. In regards to sustainability and green transition the countries emphasized the importance of working together to handle the climate crisis in order to ensure a sustainable economic development. U.S. and Nordic leaders also discussed ways to intensify collaboration within energy efficiency, mineral resources and clean technology. They noted that cooperation within these areas is essential to achieve the common goals of dealing with the climate crisis, accelerating thetransition to green technology and maintaining high standards on environmental and social issues. The leaders are determined to ensure that the green transition creates more job opportunities and economic growth.

Furthermore, the leaders recognized the critical importance of technological advancement – with appropriate safeguards and risk mitigation measures to ensure global prosperity and security. The U.S. and the Nordic countries are committed to expanding cooperation in technological areas such as 5G and 6G, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology. They noted that cooperation on basic and applied research enables the United States and its Nordic partners to stay at the technological forefront and to develop technologies and standards that are consistent with shared values and interests which can be applied in ways that protect democracy and uphold human rights.
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June 21st, 2023

SIREUS publishes new website segment for researchers 

In order to help Swedish and American researchers in finding funding opportunities and agencies, SIREUS has published new website segments for researchers.

The segment that has been added contains information on funding opportunities for researchers in Sweden and the U.S., as well as an FAQ page for researchers looking for research opportunities in Sweden and the U.S.

May 31st, 2023

SIREUS HOSTS EVENT:

SIREUS MEMBERS forum 2023

Last week, the SIREUS MEMBERS forum was hosted together with our Swedish Member Universities. The event took place in conjunction with NAFSA in Washington, D.C. and was hosted on the rooftop of the House of Sweden. It was an unforgettable evening of networking and collaboration. 
 
Representatives from Swedish member universities and the SIREUS Affiliation of American Universities came together, along with guests from academia, government, and industry sectors. This unique occasion fostered connections, idea sharing, and the formation of strategic partnerships between Swedish and American academia and businesses. 
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May 5th, 2023

NSF PARTNERS WITH SWEDEN TO ADVANCE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION


The U.S. National Science Foundation and Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding to advance research and innovation efforts aligned to each nation's priorities and to collaborate on research that advances solutions to pressing societal, national and geostrategic challenges. NSF will collaborate with two Swedish government agencies advancing research and innovation — the Swedish Research Council (or Vetenskapsrådet, in Swedish) and Vinnova, Sweden's innovation agency.
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February 21st to 22nd, 2023

SIREUS HOSTS EVENT:

SIREUS CHANCELLORS forum 2023

SIREUS welcomed executive-level delegates from 11 Swedish and 14 American universities to an event which involved interesting panel discussions, presentations, networking and performances. Besides the representatives from academia, the event also hosted people from government and business life at the House of Sweden in Washington D.C. 

In today's environment, democracies are challenged in sustaining collaboration in the face of conflict and competition. Academia is a critical stakeholder in maintaining free collaboration and cooperation. Hence, SIREUS CHANCELLORS forum focused on bringing together thought leaders across government, industry, and academia to share their perspectives on how best a US-Sweden network can support democracy through soft diplomacy. 

February 13th to 17th, 2023

SIREUS HOSTS INTERMOUNTAIN EVENT

SIREUS ENTREPRENEURS forum 2023, Colorado


On February 13th, four top Swedish University' representatives from Linköpings universitetLunds universitetStockholms universitet and Uppsala universitet, together with their eight venture start-up companies, flew over the Atlantic to participate in SIREUS first inter mountain conference in Colorado Boulder and Denver.

This event was in conjunction with Destination Start-up by University of Colorado Boulder. During one week inspirational speakers from the fields of artificial intelligence, life science and clean technology presented for the startup companies; Empatik AIEnphasys, IRONIC biotech, InceptronMind Intelligence LabTIRmed Pharma, Ossigel and ViruBustor. Which offered them opportunities to network and connect with established entrepreneurs, investors and specialists from the local area of Colorado.

SIREUS ENTREPRENEURS forum 2023, was cohosted with the SACC-CO (The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce Colorado) and the event wouldn’t been possible without their network in the local area and their amazing board member Nicole Forsberg.

Another gratitude goes to our sponsor Michael T. Nelson, from Cooley LLPBlack Lab Sports, LLC, The Commons on Chambers Street in Denver. Last but not least, we would like to thank our inspiring presenters and panelists who provided the attendees with expert advice and insights for how to make it as an entrepreneur and establishing a start-up business in the United States.

February 7th, 2023

PRESS RELEASE

SIREUS launches an Affiliation of American Universities Program

SIREUS is thrilled to announce the launch of the SIREUS Affiliation of American Universities Program as a bilateral complement to the existing network of Swedish SIREUS Member Universities.  
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The founding affiliated American universities are Chapman University, Dakota State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Michigan Technological University, Tufts University, The University of Texas at San Antonio and Washington State University. Several more American universities will soon join the program.  

To read the full article, click on the link below:
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November 17th, 2022

PRESS RELEASE

Stockholm University joins SIREUS, a collaboration project between SACC-USA and 13 Swedish universities.

SIREUS, a three-year-long collaboration project between SACC-USA and, what has grown to be 13 Swedish universities, will focus on knowledge exchange in innovation, science, and entrepreneurship and increased talent mobility for students and researchers between Sweden and the US.

To read the full article, click on the link below:

November 1st, 2022

November 1st, 2022, SIREUS hosted its first event, Study in Sweden, which became a sold-out event. At 5 pm students from the local area of DC with an age range from High School to Master’s students arrived at House of Sweden in Washington DC. Eight top Swedish universities represented the student fair where the students had the opportunity to mingle and learn more about what Sweden has to offer in higher education.  

Furthermore, the students had the opportunity to try traditional Swedish food, and listen to the President of Lund University, Erik Renström, and Maria Brogren from the Embassy of Sweden.

Additionally, distinguished speakers Michael C. Andersson (SAAB) and Leah Scheunemann (Atlantic Council) discussed topics concerning Transatlantic Security. Afterward, a panel discussion between previous students who had studied in Sweden shared their experiences which were moderated by SIREUS Program Director Mr. Christer Bergman.  

We are grateful for all of you that showed up and contributed to this event. Now we look forward to what 2023 might hold for SIREUS forum.  
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October 17nd, 2022

On behalf of the SIREUS team, I am writing to share a unique opportunity to attend an event at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. We hope to see you there and encourage you to forward this invitation to prospective university students.

SIREUS is a brand-new project with the aim to strengthen cooperation in higher education between Sweden and the US, two of the most innovative countries in the world. The project gathers twelve of Sweden's top universities, and together they offer a world-leading portfolio in a wide range of fields. We would love for you to meet them and see what they have to offer.

On November 1 SIREUS, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden, are inviting American students to explore the endless opportunities Sweden has in higher education. Representatives from the top universities will be present to reveal how they can increase American students' competitiveness globally.


We hope to see you at House of Sweden on November 1!

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September 22nd, 2022

European innovation scoreboard 2022


Based on their scores, EU countries fall into four performance groups: Innovation leaders, Strong innovators, Moderate innovators and Emerging innovators. 
  • Sweden continues to be the best performer in the EU. Other Innovation Leaders are Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

What is the EIS

The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It helps countries assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of their national innovation systems and identify challenges that they need to address. The European Innovation Scoreboard 2022 was released on 22 September 2022.


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August 2nd, 2022

Top 10 Most Innovative Countries in the World in 2022


Top 10 Most Innovative Countries in the World in 2022: Changes in technology have constantly propelled human growth, and this trend will continue as cutting-edge technologies advance. In this article, you’ll find the top 10 most innovative countries in the world in 2022.

Sweden is ranked the second most innovative country in 2022, according to the global innovation index.The country has a strong history of invention, and in recent years, its startup environment has drawn considerable interest from across the world.

The United States ranks as the world’s third most innovative country in 2022. It is home to some of the leading technology firms including Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Tesla, Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel. In terms of the concentration of high-tech enterprises, the US leads the globe.

May 27th, 2022

SIREUS launched website for the three-year-long project


“The launch of the website is another milestone for the SIREUS program”, says Christer Bergman, SIREUS Program Director. “The rapid development of the website has been possible due to the experienced and highly skilled staff at Pinevision Design Studio”, The Swedish company with a local office in Silicon Valley. Bergman continues; “Another contributor to the website development and for our future social media strategy is Dr. Niklas Myhr, Professor at Chapman University in Irvine California. He is also known as the Social Media Professor."
 
The website will be integral part to collaboration between universities in Sweden and the U.S. It will facilitate bilateral innovation and research projects, which ultimately will help universities, students, and researchers. The website will focus on knowledge exchange in innovation, science, and entrepreneurship and increased talent mobility for students and researchers between Sweden and the U.S.
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February 16th, 2022

Mid Sweden University cooperates with SACC-USA


"We see this as an important springboard to strengthen Mid Sweden University’s relations with the world outside Europe as well, and in a way that enables all different parts of our operations to find their entrance to the project" - Anna Lindahl, Head of International Relations Office at Mid Sweden University.
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February 15th, 2022

SACC-USA launches SIREUS


The Swedish American Chambers of Commerce of the USA (SACC-USA) is thrilled to announce the launch of SIREUS, a three year long collaborative project between SACC-USA and 12 Swedish universities. The project is supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC and the Swedish Institute, and will establish and operate a structured platform for increased talent mobility and knowledge exchange between Sweden and the USA in the areas of innovation, research and entrepreneurship.
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