Space Innovation Forum


How can space fuel regional innovation and growth?

Innovation is the rocket for growth and attractiveness is its fuel. But what does it take to convince decision-makers, capital owners and talented individuals to get on board? What are the opportunities in and for Norrbotten as a leading space region? And how do we capture them?

Join in for this digital Space Innovation Forum, as prominent organisations, and minds to share compelling insights and spark the conversation on one of the most pressing issues of the space sector.


Who is this for?

Space Innovation Forum welcomes stakeholders from all levels and sectors; from students to senior space experts, scientists, investors, and community builders.

What take-aways to expect?

  • Expand your insights into the impact of the space sector in Norrbotten, today and tomorrow.
  • Learnings from Northvolt, Europe’s largest battery manufacturer, GKN Aerospace, one of Sweden’s largest space companies, and Harwell Space Cluster, UK’s gateway to space.
  • Gain understanding and inspiration on regional attractiveness and how to achieve it.
  • Exchange and contribute with your own ideas towards Norrbotten’s future as a space region.
  • Grow your professional network with talented and forward-thinking individuals and organisations.



08.30 Welcome
Johanna Bergström Roos, LTU Business.

08.40  What is going on within RIT2021
WP1 – R&D industry/academy, Marta-Lena Antti & Anna Öhrwall, Luleå University of Technology.
WP2 – Testbed Space, Olle Norberg, Luleå University of Technology.
WP3 – Innovation support, Emil Svanberg, RiSE.
WP4 – Aerospace Cluster Sweden, Olle Persson, Luleå University of Technology.

09.05 The impact of aerospace in our region today and tomorrow
Alexander Bergström and Johanna Vesterberg, LTU Business.

09.40 Break (10 minutes)

09.50 Developing a space ecosystem at Harwell Space Cluster
Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster.

10.20 Regional impact around Northvolt in Skellefteå
Ida Lind, Skellefteå Municipality.

10.35 Development of the aerospace sector in the region of western Sweden
Henrik Runnemalm, GKN Aerospace.

10.50 The attraction of a region from the investor’s perspective
Niklas Österberg, Arctic Ventures.

11.05 Break (10 minutes)

11.15 Panel discussion: What is needed in an attractive space region?
Today’s speakers and invited guests: Johan Köhler at Swedish National Space Agency, Karin Holmqvist at SSC, Nils-Olof Lindfors at Region Norrbotten, Stefan Sydberg at Kiruna Municipality and Jörn Spurmann at RFA.

12.00 End


DAY 2 WORKSHOP: How can we create an even stronger space region?

08.30 Welcome
Johanna Bergström Roos, LTU Business.
Olle Norberg, Luleå University of Technology.

08.45 Six voices from space colleagues new in town – what made them move here?
Armelle Frenea-Schmidt, space engineer at SSC.
René Laufer, chaired professor at Luleå University of Technology.
Mate Kerenyi, space engineer at IRF.
Theresia Hestad, space student at Luleå University of Technology.
Davide Di Nubila, propulsion test engineer at ISAR Aerospace.
Jonas Gauger, space engineer at RFA.

09.00 Workshop starts
Mattias Bergström, LTU Business.

The objective is to discuss what is needed to increase the attractiveness of our space region and to understand how to capture all opportunities that the space sector provides. What is already in place and what needs to be implemented on all fronts – in the industry, the academy and in the society?

11.30 Conclusion of Space Innovation Forum 12
Olle Norberg, Luleå University of Technology.

11.45 Next Space Innovation Forum

12.00 End


If you have questions please contact Emma Norrfors at [email protected].