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OTEC Africa Conference 2013

Borås, Sweden 15-16 October


The School of Business and IT web site

Runde Environmental Centre

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Conference venue

The conference will take place in Borås, a nice town in Western Sweden, close to the Landvetter International airport and to Gothenburg.

Here is a map of the university and the city of Borås:

Borås map

Here is a link to the same map, interactive in Google Maps.

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The organizers and location

OTEC Africa was founded by Petter Dessne in 2009 in collaboration with a few leading OTEC researchers. Since then, more researchers and industry people have either joined OTEC Africa or expressed an interest for the organization. The OTEC Africa Conference is the first major event the organization has planned.

Runde Environmental Center is loacated on Runde Island, the most southerly bird cliff in Norway. The island is located in a biologically highly productive area. The center specializes in many fields concerning fishery and biological matters of the sea. One of the research areas is OTEC, and Lars Golmen is heading this work.

The School of Business and IT cooperates within and outside the university, striving to combine academic quality and innovation. The main areas of research and education are Business Administration, Informatics, Sciences for Estate Agency, Law, Economy, Public Administration, Event Production, and Political Science.

The University of Borås manages educations in Library and Information Studies, Business and Informatics, Fashion and Textile Studies, Behavioral and Education Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences. The university has 15 000 students and 650 employees. Students from University of Borås get jobs faster than any other university in Sweden. This is due to several unique educations and the motto “Science for Profession”.

Borås is the second largest municipality in western Sweden, Borås offers a rich choice of public services, trade and commerce, cultural events, recreation and education, as well as a highly specialized labor market. Proximity to both Gothenburg and Landvetter International Airport is a major asset. No less than 1.5 million people live within a 100-kilometre radius of the city, itself a center for the 220 000 inhabitants of the Sjuhärad area. Nearly 105 000 of them live in the municipality. Borås is the Swedish center for textiles and clothing with several famous companies, and a city of commerce with its 1 500 import and export companies. 2012, the soccer team of Borås, called Elfsborg, won the Swedish soccer series.

Sweden has about twice the population of the other Scandinavian countries, 9.5 million inhabitants. Sweden is a country with four seasons, including snowy winters and warm and sunny summers. During summertime, Northern Sweden enjoys the midnight sun. Sweden is home to sports profiles such as Björn Borg, Ingmar Stenmark and more recently Anja Pärson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sweden also enjoys a healthy cultural climate, with several world famous authors, movie directors, and musicians of pop, jazz, and art music. Sweden is usually ranked the most IT mature country in the world, which is why the country often serves as a test-bed for new IT products and applications. The ingenuity of the country’s most well-known companies, including ABB, Sandvik, Volvo, Ericsson, IKEA, Alfa-Laval, and Skanska, is a result of technical achievements by Swedish engineers. And yes, there’s also the Nobel prize.

The trademark of Swedish inventions is a portion of cleverness involved, such as the crescent wrench, the zipper, the Tetra Pak pyramid, the IKEA packaging concept, the ATM, or the computer mouse. Both Sweden and Norway have a healthy climate for investors with well-educated people who also have a high degree of knowledge in English. The governments of both countries are also heavily involved in enabling a sustainable future in Africa. Sweden is ranked as #3 on the list of cleantech industry countries, and Sweden and Norway give the highest percentage per capita in the world to international aid.

University of Borås, photo by Jerker Andersson