The Embassy of Sweden, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and other Team Sweden members, including Swedish companies operating in India are hosting the 14th edition of Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week (SINMW) virtually. Though the actual week is from December 6-10, 2021, events under the Nobel umbrella have already started in November and will continue till December 15.
It is the second year where the event takes place virtually due to the pandemic.
The highlights of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2021 (SINMW2021) are:
Following the astounding success of its launch last year, She STEM is back in a slightly new avatar for the Instagram generation. She STEM is a joint initiative between the Embassy of Sweden in India and the Atal Innovation Mission which emphasises the importance of STEM education for young girls and women. For 2021, She STEM was launched with an Insta reels challenge for 13-17-year-old students who were invited to apply their creative side to scientific solutions for a contest which asks them to ‘Fast forward to 2040’. Students were expected to come up with Insta reels on how to make this world a better place to live as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) leader.
A jury will pick the winners. The prize distribution takes place along with a panel discussion amongst leading female voices on leading STEM and sustainability on December 6, 2021 at 2.30 pm.
The online event is open to all. Interested candidates can register on https://t.co/hpJo32bDEH
MoU with IIT Delhi, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Business Sweden -The Swedish Trade and Invest Council have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in the field of clean air and green energy. The MoU aims to promote university-level collaboration by connecting IIT Delhi with leading research universities and institutes in Sweden especially under upcoming research and Innovation calls between India and Sweden. The MoU entails expertise exchange between India and Sweden through discussion forums and faculty exchanges.
In an endeavour to co-create innovative and sustainable clean water solutions, Business Sweden India and Swedish Energy Agency also signed a letter of intent with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW).
Similarly, another MoU will be signed next week with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay for collaboration in the area of smart grids and e-mobility. With these agreements, these institutes have academic and research partners to the Sustainability by Sweden ecosystem and showroom in India, which is a joint initiative of the Swedish Energy Agency and Team Sweden.
These collaborations are important milestones towards setting up a strong ecosystem of Swedish and Indian entities that will continuously work towards building a climate-neutral future for both countries
Nobel Prize Teacher Summit
As part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2021, the Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai will be organising a ‘Nobel Prize Teacher Summit’ on December 7, 2021 in association with a local partner Idobro Impact Solutions. The ‘Nobel Prize Teacher Summit’ is an international teacher conference by the Nobel Prize Museum supported by the Swedish Institute. The theme of the summit this year is ‘In the Flood of Facts’ to provide teachers with teaching strategies to navigate towards knowledge between scientific facts, personal values and conspiracy theories. The Nobel Teachers material will be disseminated physically and digitally with attending teachers. Teachers are expected to use this material in their classrooms to spread awareness about the Nobel prize, summit and the purpose of the theme among children. Thus, starting conversations on ground about disinformation and sharing ways to curb it before it ends up harming communities.
Innovation lecture series on Sustainable Development Goals
The Sweden Alumni Network India, Bengaluru Chapter - in association with a local partner Acharya Institute – is organising the Innovation Lecture Series on the side-lines of SINMW2021.
SANI (Sweden Alumni Network India) awards night
The Swedish Institute Alumni Network includes more than 15,000 talented individuals from over 140 countries. These are people that have studied or done research at a Swedish university, have participated in any of the Swedish Institute’s leadership programmes or taken part in Sida’s (Swedish Development Cooperation) International Training programmes. This year Sweden Alumni Network India (all its chapters in Bengaluru, Kerala, Maharashtra and Goa, New Delhi, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu) are awarded the title Alumni Network of the year 2021.
Ambassador Klas Molin said, "We are happy to present the 14th edition of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, one of the Embassy’s true flagship events. It celebrates Alfred Nobel and his profound legacy in the fields of science, research, innovation and the arts. Here in India, it is a reminder of the long-term commitment of Sweden and Swedish companies, our sponsors."
"Our countries have very strong bilateral ties in so many sectors, with a strong focus on innovation and sustainability, which along with gender equality are the underlying themes of this year’s Nobel Memorial Week. With COVID protocols in mind we have tried to curate a smaller number of safe events for this year. Looking ahead to 2022, we hope to come back with at least a hybrid Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week," he added.