VarmlandRegion Värmland

Region Värmland is responsible for all of the county of Värmland's publicly funded regional development, health care, culture, education and public transport. Region Värmland European Office belongs to the Department of Regional Development and Growth and our strategic areas include: research and innovation, entrepreneurship and business development, transport and climate-, environment and energy policies.

Region Värmland European Office also represents the 16 municipalities in Värmland. Our areas of expertise in the field of research and innovation are closely linked to the priority areas within our smart specialisation strategy; bioeconomy, digitalisation of welfare services and advanced manufacturing and industrial transition.

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Region Värmland European Office

S3 Strategy

Region Värmland’s smart specialisation strategy was adopted in 2015. The strategy defines five thematic areas of specialisation and one horizontal specialisation: Forest based bioeconomy Digitalisation of welfare services Advanced manufacturing and complex systems Nature, culture, and place based digitalised experiences System solutions with photovoltaics Value-creating services. The thematic areas are listed in order of priority and the horizontal specialisation, value-creating service, aims to facilitate a development within the specialisations so that we base the innovation work on a customer and user perspective. Region Värmland was the first region in Europe to create a gender-integrated innovation strategy for smart specialisation. In 2016, Region Värmland and Karlstad University launched the joint “Academy for smart specialisation”. Its purpose is to strengthen quadruple helix cooperation in the region and to fund research projects within the thematic areas of specialisations outlined in our smart specialisation strategy.

Strategic R&I Projects

Bioeconomy Region

Over three years, the intention is that the project will stimulate new, wood-based innovations and support small and medium-sized companies to increase their market and their international competitiveness in the forest bioeconomy. 

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Food 2030: Regions as Agents of Change for Sustainable Food Systems and Bio-Based Solutions

ERRIN is supporting a Participatory Lab organised by the European Commission within the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities. This interactive event, which will take place on 12 October, will include presentations by ERRIN members and discussions on food systems and bio-based solutions.