New views for Science Park Borås, Smart Textiles, and GIO

A new project arena now exists providing more possibilities for research, innovation, and the development of businesses and organisations. An arena that creates physical and creative meeting places and contributes to the development of the region’s innovation system. The move strengthens collaboration further, both between Research & Innovation and the University of Borås and between business organisations in the Textile Fashion Center.

Science Park Borås, Smart Textiles, and Grants and Innovation Office together make up the new staff function Research & Innovation at the University of Borås. The reorganisation intends to increase the interplay between research, innovation, and education. The organisations will function as previously, but the move provides more opportunities for discussion and collaboration across borders.

– When these actors are gathered under the same roof, further synergy is created between innovation actors, and we create a modern structure for innovation and collaboration, says Erik Bresky, Director of Science Park Borås.

Smart Textiles is now a part of Science Park Borås and the obvious partner when a textile idea is to be realised or need needs to be addressed with textile technology. Here, the textile innovations of the future coexist with a unique breadth from everything from experimental research to the development of prototypes. Susanne Nejderås, Director of Smart Textiles, has a positive view of the organisational changes.

– Creating the innovations of the future requires an open environment where voices from many different backgrounds are united and speak openly. The new setting and the new organistion long-term sustainable environment is further strengthened. Further, it means a stronger connection to Grants and Innovation Office, creating good possibilities for our future, something that is very positive, says Susanne Nejderås, Smart Textiles.

Grants and Innovation Office (GIO), which has earlier been located in the university’s main building Balder, will offer the same strategic support as earlier. Annika Bergman, Director of GIO, sees benefits to moving the organisation to Textile Fashion Center.

– Many of the university’s externally financed projects are conducted here and collaboration between organisations outside academia and the support we provide has, many times, to do with helping to find partners in shared research projects. The move to Textile Fashion Center brings us closer to organisations that, in different ways, work with actors outside of academia. The support we provide researchers in the utilisation of their research, we believe, will benefit from the expertise and competence around innovation and entrepreneurship in this physical setting. We also see that it will provide us with the possibility to increased collaboration with Science Park and Inkubatorn when it comes to, for example, verification projects and idea testing,” says Annika Bergman, Director of GIO.

With Jaume Plensa’s radiant sculpture, ”House of Knowledge,” outside of the new offices in Textile Fashion Center, shining outlooks are found both inside and outside of the new space.

Opening of the new offices

Opening of the new offices will take place 8 November. More information will be provided in a separate invitation. Until then, everyone is warmly welcome to the Third Floor of Fashion Textile Center.

Text: Moa Nilsson
Picture: Moa Nilsson