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Digital Futures is inaugurated

Digital Futures will be one of the world’s foremost research centres of its kind. The initiative is supported annually with SEK 115 million from the state budget and is a collaboration between the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). The operations at KTH Campus were inaugurated in October.

Invigning Digital Futures
Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research, tests an industrial robot during the inauguration of Digital Futures, together with Karl Henrik Johansson, Director Digital Futures (left) and Erik Ekudden, CTO Ericsson. Photo: Fredrik Persson.

“Digital Futures opens up all areas of digitalisation. Cooperation is a key factor. It’s not just about technical solutions, we need more perspectives and that’s what Digital Futures will bring,” Sigbritt Karlsson, President KTH, said in her inauguration speech.
Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research, talked about how Digital Futures can strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness globally. The combination of open and applied research can also strengthen Sweden’s resistance to future crises, with reference to the ongoing Covid-19-pandemic:
“It is easy to see what needs we have today, but difficult to predict future needs. That is why we need both applied research and basic research.”

More information about Digital Futures and the inauguration can be found on:
www.digitalfutures.kth.se