Welcome to SPARK's annual conference - a forum where industry, academia and public actors meet to discuss how we together can strengthen the competitiveness of the manufacturing companies in our region.

When? 25 April 8.30-16.30

Where? School of Eduction and Communication in Jönköping

Moderator: Jonas Gallneby

Note: The conference is held in Swedish.

The deadline for registration to the conference is 19 April.

Participants in the programme: 

Agneta Marell

Mats Jackson

Mats Lewan






08.30 Registration, Coffee and Mingle in our Project Exhibition

Be there in time and mingle around in the project exhibition in Arkaden (the entrance hall of the School of Education and Communication). There you have the opportunity to meet researchers within SPARK and hear about their research and eductional activities within knowledge intensive product realization.

10.00 Welcome and introduction

President Agneta Marell and SPARK's programme manager Mats Jackson open the conference in JU-aulan.

10.15 Digitalization 2.0

Mats Lewan, author and research analyser, gives an inspirational lecture around the second wave of digitalisation.

11.00 Strategic initiatives within SPARK

We look into the strategic initiatives that Jönköping University are taking to build a meeting place where the university, industry and public actors can spread new knowledge and experiences.

11.30 SPARK Award

This year's winners of the SPARK Award are presented. The award is given to projects within SPARK that have shown an excellent co-production with their industrial partners.

12.00 Lunch in Orangeriet and project exhibition


  • Digital Transformation - Meaning, Examples and Method (related to the Project Transform to AAA) Digitalization is on most lips today, but what does a digital transformation really mean? Is it patchy automation of different parts of businesses or a more thorough and revolutionary process of change and how can you proceed? There will be more information from Kurt Sandkuhl, Professor of Information Technology.
  • Innovation Runway - Entrepreneurs on the stage
    An innovation factory that produces new perspectives and smart solutions. Companies with drive and growth will tell how Innovation Runway makes a difference in their innovation work. Carola Öberg (Project manager, Innovation Runway), Sofia Davidsson (Business Developer, Science Park) and Tomas Hagwall (Business developer, Science Park, will talk about Normans-Robowaste AB), Annika Sundström (Project manager, Mullmäster AB), Glenn Wilander (CEO, Q-tech Group AB ).
  • Thule: A success story - Research and coproduction
    10 years of close collaboration between Thule and JU led to the development and implementation of computer systems to support engineers when developing new variants of roof racks adapted to new car models in the global market - Joel Johansson, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering. Read more here External link, opens in new window. .


  • Upcoming Strategic Initiatives

15.00-16.30 After SPARK at Orangeriet

Stay for a while to mingle and network with researchers and company representatives. 

You can read more about SPARK on ju.se/spark.