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Prime Minister visit to Lund Nano Lab

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Rasmus Törnblom and Vanya Darakchieva are watching the Swedish Prime Minister being introduced to the mysteries of nanoscience by Yue Zhao and Kristi Adhami. Photo: Evelina Lindén

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson visited NanoLund for a tour of the nano lab, discussions on how to make science, technology, engineering, and maths education more popular, to learn more about semiconductors and the technology behind them.

Lund Nano Lab had a prominent visit from Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and his entourage – and got to talk about semiconductors, nanoscience, nanotechnology, and the importance of keeping the competence growing, academia, and industry hand in hand.

“This shows that semiconductors and chips are high on the agenda, also in Sweden, and it felt like the prime minister was very interested,” said Lars-Erik Wernersson who presented an outline for a national agenda for semiconductors. 

Lund University, Chalmers University of Technology, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology – three universities that account for the majority of Swedish education and research in the field of semiconductors – are now joining forces to strengthen the supply of skills and access to research infrastructure in the country.

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NanoLund Director Anders Mikkelsen welcomes Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and gives an introduction to the field of nanoscience before entering the nano lab. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Regeringskansliet

To explain and underline the seriousness of the situation, Heiner Linke, Vanya Darakchieva and Lars-Erik Wernersson told the Prime Minister's entourage how dependent the green transition is on electronics based on research in the nano lab.

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Ulf Kristersson listened with fascination as Yue Zhao and Kristi Adhami explained to him the wonders you can accomplish thanks to nanoscience and nanotechnology, all in the company of lab director Luke Hankin. Photo: Evelina Lindén

After the lab tour, a discussion on broadening participation took place with, among others, the President of the student unions Linnea Landegren, LTH's Vice-Chancellor Annika Olsson, and Prorector Lena Eskilsson.

We also believe Ulf Kristersson had a great time on the lab tour and enjoyed the (potato) chips we served before leaving to attend Studentafton.