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Nordic Innovation Annual Report 2011

In 2011 we have worked proactively to facilitate innovation, cooperation, and initiatives and sharing competence in and between the Nordic countries, as well as interacting on the international arena.
  • 24-02-2011Foods and satiety - Substantiation of weight regulation and satiety related health claims on foods

    Risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension rise continuously with increasing weight, creating a huge overlap between the prevention of obesity and the prevention of a variety of chronic diseases. New EU-legislation allows the use of weight regulation and satiety-related health claims on foods, if sufficient scientific evidence exists behind the claims. This offers new opportunities to the Nordic food industry.
  • 24-02-2011Nordic Functional Food - A healthy choice

    In the Nordic countries, the food industry is of significant importance to the economies. Strong cultural traditions mixed with high quality have been its strength, resulting in good reputation. However, that is not enough in order to be competitive in the global food market. The industry has to carefully observe the rapid developments in the food sector, which makes new thinking and innovations essential.
  • 23-02-2011SMEs commercializing healthy nutrition

    Many of the most successful products and concepts in the healthy nutrition business worldwide have been brought to market by fairly small companies. In general, little is known about Nordic SMEs active in functional foods and health ingredients.
  • 23-02-2011Processing for food safety

    The Nordic Council of Ministers recommends all the Nordic countries to participate actively to solve problems of common interest to ensure safe food of high quality through a sustainable production. All the Nordic countries, and Nordic Industrial Fund, are running research programmes on food, and each programme is worth in the region of 15-30 mill NOK/year.
  • 23-02-2011Soot sensors for a healthy environment (SootSens I)

    Nanosized soot particles are a serious health hazard in urban air. They can penetrate deep into the lungs and their fat solubility makes possible their accumulation in other organs such as the brain. Legislation has therefore continuously reduced the allowable emission levels and raised requirements for reporting the status of the exhaust system (OBD, on board diagnostics) in diesel powered vehicles.
  • 23-02-2011Clean Nordic and Baltic sky - Feasibility study

    Background Demand for air travel is growing rapidly. Shortfalls in capacity and other constraints on the efficiency of airports and aircraft operations have negatively impacted the environment. The need to enhance efficiency without increase in emissions, within finite airspace and airport resources while still ensuring high levels of safety, has grown considerably. This feasibility study is the first initiative for co-operation between air navigation service providers (ANSP), airports, airline companies and industry.
  • 21-02-2011Nordic Network of User-Driven Innovation and Livinglabbing

    How to manage innovation: A new online toolbox for user driven innovation and Living Labs guides you on how to set up, manage, evaluate and govern multi-stakeholder networks.
  • 18-02-2011Future Nordic Concrete Architecture

    Where is the concrete architecture heading? And in which way should the technology be developed in order to bring the concrete architecture up front? These and other questions have been asked and answered in this Nordic report. The project's main goal was to promote continued innovation in the Nordic concrete architecture.
  • 01-02-2011Measuring Public Innovation in the Nordic Countries (MEPIN)

    Understanding the rate and degree of innovation in the public sector, as well as its incentives, processes and impact. Developing a measurement framework for collecting internationally comparable data on innovation in the public sector.
  • 27-01-2011Bilberry - Towards functional food markets

    Wild berries are a characteristic part of the Northern nature. Wild bilberries are also a rich and valuable resource that has not yet been exploited in a satisfactory level.
  • 27-01-2011How to manage innovation

    A new online toolbox for user-driven innovation and Living Labs guides you on how to set up, manage, evaluate and govern multi-stakeholder networks.
  • 30-11-2010MmmmmSeafood

    Strengthening the Nordic seafood sector by a consumer oriented development of new fresh seafood product concepts for young adults and families with young children in order to stimulate the consumption of healthy high quality seafood at home and in out-of-home situations.
  • 20-10-2010Nordic service providers' experiences and views on certification as a business tool

    A study of Nordic service sector providers that focuses on their experiences and perspectives regarding certification.
  • 30-04-2010Innovation4Care

    Healthcare regions from Denmark, Norway and Sweden participated together with innovation consultants from these countries and with Danish-Swedish MVA as the project manager. Crowdsourcing was established to channel suggestions and ideas from employees but also from industry and the public, to provide input and collective decisions on innovation projects.
  • 07-03-2010Nordic Seed Capital Initiative II: Creating Nordic Success Stories

    Creating Nordic Success Stories - Enhancing cooperation on the Nordic seed capital market
  • 07-03-2010NOWATECH - Nordic Water Technology Verification Centers (NT TECH REPORT 619)

    In the NOWATECH project, co-ordinated methods for environmental technology verification (ETV) have been developed and implemented at three centers, and the centers have conducted in total 10 pilot verifications. The Project has provided a significant contribution to the plans for a European Union based ETV scheme, has contributed to international mutual recognition of ETV and has produced a proposal for a Nordic ETV scheme.
  • 07-03-2010Regional trajectories to the knowledge economy - Nordic-European comparisons (REKENE)

  • 07-03-2010Nordic Network of User-Driven Innovation and Livinglabbing

  • 06-03-2010Mid-term evaluation of Nordic innovation policy 2005-2010

    Regions, nations and companies that are capable of changing and adapting to new circumstances will over time have the best chances of sustaining a healthy balance between growth and prosperity within their societies. It is by no means given from nature that the Nordic countries should be among the richest societies in the world. But the Nordic countries have, especially since the breakthrough of the industrial and modern age, shown themselves capable of steady development and renewal. Co-operation between industry, government, academia and civil society has been one of the defining characteristics for the Nordic countries’ development in this achievement. Nordic co-operation is in this sense a natural ingredient to the Nordic way of development.
  • 06-03-2010LUDINNO - Learning labs for User-Driven Innovation

    LUDINNO, a hands-on user-driven innovation-project, has provided new concepts, ideas and knowledge for businesses.
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