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The KIC application is timely – culture is Europe’s heart and soul

Hands with colour reaches for the sky.

The application to become a Culture KIC was submitted to the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) at the right time. Together with just over 100 partners throughout Europe, Lund University wants to be part of the world’s largest innovation initiative in the cultural and creative sectors and industries.

The consortium that the EU names as a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) could receive up to SEK 800 million annually over a 15-year period. It is a historically large investment.

And in these times when war in Europe threatens democratic freedom and rights, with the existential doubts that many people have in the shadow of war and after a pandemic that has only just subsided, this is exactly the right time for an initiative of this kind. There is a need now for creativity, for innovative solutions and for investments in the cultural and creative sectors and industries – the sectors and industries that constitute Europe’s heart and soul.

For a long time, Lund University has developed its partnership in the Creative Futures consortium, which is led by Aalto University in Finland. All the faculties have assisted in developing the conceptual content that is Lund University’s contribution to the application that has now been submitted. We have education and research in areas such as art, music, theatre, film and literature, and in addition train many students who become professionals in cultural sectors and industries – including architects, designers, publishers, game developers and lawyers. These activities are important driving forces for sustainable growth and for job opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and throughout Europe.

Lund University will present the content of the KIC application on 29 April. The half-day event will be held at the Main University Building. Several regional, local and European organisations in the network created through work on the Culture KIC have been invited. Some of the innovation areas in which Lund University has worked are Fashion-tech, Gaming and Technology meet Archaeology and Humanity and Nature. The event provides an occasion to show the strength of the sector and that Lund University and its partners are a hub for action and development in the sector.

/Erik Renström, Vice-chancellor

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