Johanneberg Science Park in short
Johanneberg Science Park - a meeting point for Enterprise, Research and Development. We strengthen competitiveness, attractiveness and growth within our focus areas Urban Development, Energy, Material- & Nanotechnology.
Johanneberg Science Park supports companies seeking to boost their competitiveness and growth potential through innovation projects together with other companies, universities and institutes. Our role is to broker, formulate and sometimes run projects, but more often involves training and coaching companies to lead collaborative projects themselves. We act as an intermediary between networks, contacts and skills.
Johanneberg Science Park creates opportunities for broad collaborations where trade and industry, scientists, students and competitors can meet to share experiences, get new ideas and create better business in new constellations where anything is possible. We call it Open Arenas. At the core are projects in progress. Around them we create meeting places, networks and structures that make it easy for partners to connect with each other in a context where we dare to share knowledge and get smarter together.
Johanneberg Science Park is owned by its founders the City of Gothenburg and the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation together with AB Volvo, Bengt Dahlgren AB, Gothenburg Energi, HSB, Peab AB, Riksbyggen, Tyréns AB, Skanska and White arkitekter.
Johanneberg Science Park is one of 80 innovation environments throughout Sweden – of which 6 here in the region – which together comprise more than 5,000 companies with around 72,000 employees.
Chalmers, both in its roles as a publicly owned university and private foundation, has a long, strong tradition of collaboration with trade and industry and other parts of society alike. And the fact that since 1994 it is the only technical foundation university in Sweden contributes to this to a great extent. Within this structure, Chalmers has constantly taken the opportunity to advance its activities within education, research and innovation. Over the years, this has expressed itself e.g. in the initiation and development of the Chalmers Foundation Technical Park and Lindhomen Science Park together with its partner, the City of Gothenburg. These two initiatives have done a great deal to develop not only the City of Gothenburg, but also the Västra Götaland region, and have in all probability helped boost Swedish competitiveness considering the major global industries that have long chosen to locate their head offices in the region. With the aim of further boosting Gothenburg’s and the Västra Götaland region’s competitiveness, the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation and the City of Gothenburg agreed in 2010 to take a further step to develop the collaboration between the academic and business worlds and community players. This step was taken by creating a new science park in the Chalmers Campus Johanneberg area as a complement to the other technical parks in the region. Earlier surveys show that changes were necessary to both the structure and working method to achieve our modern, developed technology park operation at Johanneberg with the aim of meeting the industrial and social changes we face today. Previous experience and studies have shown us that a close collaboration between the academic and business worlds and community players is necessary to safeguard competitiveness, educational programs, basic and applied research, development and production environments which together lead to economic growth and the ability to compete.
What has happened these past five years?
Ten partners have joined the company. Companies with interests within Johanneberg Science Park’s focus area and several contact points between academia and commerce that provide opportunities to participate in the promotion of knowledge-based, sustainable growth in the region.
One of the goals in developing the area at Campus Johanneberg is to get around 5,000 people from trade and industry established in the area in the future. In 2015, 400 people took up new jobs, some in a recent start-up development. In close collaboration with Chalmers and property owners Chalmersfastigheter and Akademiska Hus, Johanneberg Science Park acts as broker in finding new tenants.
Johanneberg Science Park has established an operation to support SMEs through development programmes for individual companies, participation in projects and the dissemination of knowledge in workshops and seminars.
Over the years, together with our partners, we have invited the academic and business worlds and community players to take part in workshops around subjects that engage us and where the future and sustainability are of the essence. In all, we've had more than 7,300 visits.
Johanneberg Science Park has played an active part in many of the collaborative projects.
To mention a few…
- HSB Living Lab: In 2015, 29 mobile homes were built in the Chalmers area where scientists, students and technology will be studied in real time. In an initiative by Johanneberg Science Park, HSB and Chalmers, 12 partners are collaborating in a project for future sustainable living.
- Positive Footprint Housing: Research and learning run in parallel with construction projects that focus on social sustainability, energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Together with Positive Footprint Housing, Riksbyggen seeks to create homes that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. 100 homes 2018, The Viva housing association, that link Guldheden to the Chalmers area.
- ElectriCity: Skills, know how and technology working together on a new bus route in Gothenburg. Buses glide along silently and emission free. Johanneberg Science Park is manning this Chalmers’ energy initiative as it constitutes research, and we're looking into the possibility of scaling up ElectriCity; 14 partners in a collaboration run by Volvo.
- Gothenburg's innovation platform for sustainable city development (IHAS): A collaboration led from the Johanneberg Science Park with the aim of drawing up a city development innovation strategy for Älvstaden. In a sub operation, 30 concepts and ideas were launched in a challenge-driven innovation lab, of which a number were chosen for implementation. Also, during the autumn a nationwide agenda will be finalized in which Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö unite around a joint knowledge agenda based on the cities' challenges.
- Open innovation in regions: A collaboration between players from the business world, the community and the academic world in the west of Sweden to create methods that facilitate major joint projects. Based on the participants' expertise and experiences within innovation management, tools are being developed to make management of projects more effective, and to ensure good progress.
- Smart City Easier: Johanneberg Science Park coordinated a City of Gothenburg EU application aimed at increasing overall energy efficiency in cities. It concerns measures to optimize energy efficiency at the district level and the use of renewable and sustainable transport solutions that will also lead to dramatic reductions in the emission of greenhouse gases by cities.