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Nordic Impact

Translating research into real-world impact

About us

We strive to increase the social and economic impact of research insights and innovations by increasing the involvement of Nordic research graduates in solving current and future challenges.

“Without impact, innovation is just an idea with promise. Without scale, there is no opportunity for transformation.” -Judith Rodin

Background

The number of individuals with postgraduate research education has seen a marked increase in the last decade. In Sweden alone, there are now close to one hundred thousand postgraduates. This has led to an unprecedented level of research insights and innovations.

However, the distribution of this expertise in the labor market is not even, with a significant proportion of doctoral graduates remaining in academia. In particular, within the fields of social sciences, humanities, and arts, over half of all doctoral graduates are employed at colleges or universities*.

To fully realize the potential of this vast knowledge base, it is crucial to facilitate effective collaboration between research, industry, and society, and to implement pragmatic processes to ensure that research has a measurable impact on society and the economy.

*UKÄ. 2018
1
POSTGRADUATES IN SWEDEN (SCB, 2021)

postgraduates in the Swedish labor market*

Increase in postgraduates 2007-2018
42%
Works at a University or College
35%
Works in Healthcare
17%

What we do

By collaborating with government agencies, funding bodies, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capital firms, academia, media, and policy-makers, we work to provide opportunities for Nordic research graduates to translate research insights and innovations into real-world social and economic impact.

Our expertise is in bridging the gap between insight and action; facilitating cross-sector collaboration and partnerships, developing new tailored methods and tools for specific needs and challenges, and building networks, research clusters, think tanks, competence groups, and experimental labs. Nordic Impact also has a proven track record of disseminating research insights and innovations to the broader public, promoting a greater understanding of research potential and supporting the development of new ideas.

Impact Collaboration

Ensuring real-life impact by coordinating knowledge exchange between reserach, industry and society.

Expertise Network

Developing and supporting research networks, expertise centers and experimental labs.

Research Dissemination

Facilitating exhibitions, research events, workshops, seminars and lectures.

Highlighted projects

Over three decades, we have managed a large base of interdisciplinary projects resulting in a deep understanding of various disciplines and how they intersect, an ability to lead interdisciplinary teams and complex projects, a broad perspective and creative approach to problem-solving, a wide network of contacts across various disciplines and stakeholders, and an ability to communicate effectively.

Funding

The team has previously recived funding from the following organizations

Former Partners and Extended Network

Nordic Partners and Extended Network

Amuze Interactive AB, Sweden
Approach AB, Sweden
Arkeologisk museum, Stavanger, Norway
Association of Swedish museums, Sweden
Audio to Me AB, Sweden
Centre for Interactive Spaces, Aarhus University, Denmark
Centre for Research in the Humanities, University of Iceland
Gagarin, Iceland

Hitex AB, Sweden
HUMAK Polytechnic, Finland
Järgas hembygdsgård och museum, Finland
KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
Kilens hembygdsgård, Finland
Kontrast Foto AB, Sweden
NORDTEK, Nordic Network
Norwegian Museums Association, Norway
Ocias Design, Sweden
Reykjavik City Museum, Iceland
Stockholm Institute of Education, Sweden
Stockholm Museum of City, Sweden
Telia, Sweden
The Icelandic Association of Museums and Museum, Iceland
Employees Institute of InterMedia, Iceland
The National Museum of Iceland
Touch & Turn, Sweden
UNIVERSEUM, Sweden
University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre, Sweden
University of Aalborg, Denmark
University of Art and Design, Finland
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Iceland
University of Lund, Sweden
University of Oslo, Norway
University of Southern Denmark,
Norway Vestad Lighting A/S, Norway

Global Partners and Extended Network

Adam Mickiewicz University — The Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Poland
ALiVE (Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment), Hong Kong
ARCES, Università di Bologna, Italy
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Poland
City University of Hong Kong
CityU School of Creative Media, Hong Kong

  • CityU’s School of Creative Media, Hong Kong
    CNR-ISTI, Pisa, Italy
    Copernicus Science Centre, Poland
    CultNat, Egypt
    Ename Center, Belgium
    EPOCH Network of Excellence
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Milano the School of Design, Italy
    Museum of King Jan III’s
    NIMOZ — National Institute for Museums, Poland
    Palace at Wilanów, Poland
    Politechnico di Milano, Italy
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    National Museum in Warsaw, Poland
    Public Collections
    Papalote Children’s Museum, Mexico
    PIN, Italy
    POLIN — Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Poland
    Royal Castle in Warsaw
    Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UK
    The Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies, Hong Kong
    The City of Warsaw, Poland
    The Forum, UK
    The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland
    The Museum Educators Forum
    University of Bologna, Italy
    University of Kent, UK
    University of Leuven, Belgium
    Visual Dimension, Belgium
    Windfall digital, UK
    Zachęta — National Gallery of Art, Poland

Who we are

Our team is a highly skilled and experienced group of professionals who are dedicated to promoting the translation of research insights and innovations into practical solutions for societal and economic impact. We have a deep understanding of the research and innovation ecosystem, and are well-versed in the different actors involved, including researchers, industry partners, government agencies, and other organizations. We are skilled network builders and our experience allows us to identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership building.

We have a proven track record of promoting a greater understanding of the impact and potential of research.

Coordinators and Senior advisors of Nordic Impact

Dr. Halina Gottlieb

FOUNDER NODEM, FOUNDER SWEDISH DIGITAL HERITAGE CENTER

Halina Gottlieb is the founder, facilitator, co-ordinator and mentor in academia, governmental agencies, visitor centers, R&D programs, and research clusters supporting knowlegde transfer.

She had been affiliated (1999-2023) at the Interactive Institute Swedish ICT Stockholm, the Executive Committee of EPOCH (European Network of Excellence in Cultural ), the European Network of Expertise Centers, NODEM (Nordic Digital Excellence in Museums ) conference series, DIHA – an interdisciplinary research cluster at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Nordic Knowledge Triangle Program at the Nordic Council of Ministers and has been managing director of Digital Heritage Center Sweden.

Halina has an interdisciplinary academic backround in Art History (University of Stockholm) , ICT and Multimedia ((KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden and she obtained a PhD in digital heritage and design research ( SMARTlab Digital Media Institute University College Dublin, Ireland and SICS .Swedish Institute of Computer Science).

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Dr. Ylva Hansdotter

FOUNDER XR IMPACT

Ylva is the Founder and Director of XR Impact, a non-profit using XR to inspire positive action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She also serves as a board member of three social enterprises and functions as an external expert to Horizon Europe (EU) in evaluating grant applications within new technologies.

Her 24 years of professional background includes being a Partner and Head of Consulting of a global management consulting firm (now EY) and VP/Head of Customer Experience in the launch of HTC Vive’s content business (Viveport).

She has an interdisciplinary academic background in Management (INSEAD and Harvard Business School), Computer science and Behavioural science (University of Stockholm), and a Ph.D. in Creative Technology Innovation (UCD).

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