On Thursday 31 May, The King visited KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to find out about Treesearch, a national research platform for developing new materials from forest raw materials.
The visit began with The King attending a seminar on research and collaboration in connection with the forest materials of the future. The seminar began with KTH's Deputy President Mikael Östling speaking about the need to link basic research with industrial perspectives.
Daniel Söderberg, Director of Treesearch, explained how Treesearch links young researchers from all over the world to Swedish universities and colleges.
Speakers included the Swedish Forest Industries Federation's Managing Director Carina Håkansson, who spoke about how the accelerating bioeconomy places strict requirements on the levels of quality and ambition in education systems.
The King then visited an exhibition in which doctoral and post-doctoral students from various Swedish educational institutions demonstrated their projects within Treesearch.
Treesearch is Sweden's biggest focus to date on basic research and building up knowledge and expertise within the field of new materials and specialist chemicals from forest raw materials. The aim is to use cooperation between academics, industry, private foundations and the Swedish state to create the right conditions for future innovation.