Knowledge and competence for the material of the future from the forest
The Swedish collaboration platform Treesearch creates an open research environment between academia, industry, research institutes, private foundations and the Swedish government. Treesearch is a national, joint effort that lays the foundation for future innovations from the forest and contributes to making Sweden a leader in the development of becoming a bio-based economy.
Treesearch – a national platformTreesearch was founded from a common insight of the need for a transformation of the industry to an even more high-tech industry based on forest raw materials. To achieve this, industry and academia need more and more efficient research, to attract and capture the young talents as well as increased collaboration. The platform started in 2017 as a joint initiative by industry and academia.From the start, Treesearch received governmental support within the framework of the government’s collaboration program for Circular and Bio-based Economy. The number of partner companies and partner universities has grown from the initial 8 to 18, and almost 500 researchers from Treesearch’s partners and Swedish universities are to date (June 2022) associated to Treesearch. Treesearch is a long-term initiative that will run until 2028.
AimThe aim of Treesearch is to become a world-leading collaboration platform for research on new materials and specialty chemicals from the Swedish forest. Treesearch gathers and supports fundamental research on materials from forest raw materials by creating a national common platform in a joint effort for future bio-based innovations. By making national resources available, such as advanced research infrastructure, education and collaboration activities, Treesearch ensures the dissemination of knowledge and the supply of competenceto create a sustainable society.
EffectsTreesearch is strengthening Sweden’s opportunities to transform into a circular, bio-based economy by 2050, and is expected to have the following effects:
- An increased knowledge and competence level within academia and industry that will contribute to the development of Sweden’s future industries that produce and use bio-based materials and specialty chemicals from forest raw materials.
- Pioneering research results that can be transformed into high tech and innovations in Swedish industry and help to meet the climate challenge
- Education of 250 to 300 young researchers equipped with unique cutting-edge skills that can develop new knowledge and new technologies for the forest industry and related industries