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LIGHTer News International Edition
Dear reader,

LIGHTer reaches beyond national borders in different ways, and it is now time for its newsletter to do the same. We are hereby launching LIGHTer News - International Edition. The newsletter will be published four times a year, and cover topics that are most interesting for our international audience and partners.

Enjoy!

Cecilia Ramberg
Manager LIGHTer
Swerea SICOMP's International Conference
Do not miss the Annual International SICOMP CONFERENCE on Manufacturing and Design of Composites on May 28-29 in Luleå, Sweden. It will be held in Connection with FPCM-14, the 14th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials. More information and registration on the website.
Success stories in English
You can now find our success stories in English on our YouTube channel. Watch our film 20% lighter with Shell Reinforced Thermoplastics with English subtitles.
Opportunities for international fundig
If you are interested in research or development with international actors, you can apply for international funding. We have made available a list summarising some opportuinities for international funding in 2018 on LIGHTer's website.
Katinka is our new programme administrator
Katinka Ernstsson has replaced Jenny Kierkemann as LIGHTer's new programme administrator. Katinka started on February 12. You can reach her by katinka.ernstsson@swerea.se,
+46 (0)31-706 61 40. Very welcome!
LIGHTer presents paper in Multifunctional Materials
A new international scientific journal  - with high relevance for lightweight technologies  - has been launched. It is called Multifunctional Materials. In the very first issue, a paper from LIGHTer Academy will be published. It is called Graphitic microstructure and performance of carbon fibre Li-ion structural battery electrodes and has been written by Fang Liu, Dan Zenkert and Leif Asp among others
LIGHTer Academy
LIGHTer Academy is a national initiative within LIGHTer to gather high level expertise within academia, research institutes and companies intended to create break-through research with long-term impact on materials,processes and design for lightweight solutions. More about LIGHTer Academy and its participants is found on LIGHTer's website.
50M SEK in this year's big call
This year's only call for larger research and innovation projects opens today and closes in June 2018. There will be approximately 50 M SEK in the budget, which is an important increase compared to previous calls. Applicatons for both R&D-projects and studies of realisation of explorative, disruptive ideas on low TRL are welcome. The call will cover our four innovation themes. More information will be available in Swedish on our website soon. Please Contact Katinka Ernstsson for more information in English
Seminar: Solutions to Composites Challenges
On March 2nd, we arranged a very well attended seminar together with Chalmers University of Technology: Solutions to Composites Challenges. Invited international speakers were: Dr Soraia Pimenta, Imperial Collge and Prof. Veronique Michaud, EPFL120 people attended the seminar and the evaluation shows that they were very satisfied with the day. You can read more about the event on our website.
Calendar 2018

April 3: LIGHTer's only large call for research and innovation projects 2018 opens.

April 22-25: PhD course "Production of metallic structure" LTU/Gestamp Hardtech, Luleå

May 4: LIGHTer SME preliminarily closes its call.

May 16LIGHTer Results workshop and Board Meeting, Gothenburg


May 29-30: LIGHTer is talking at "Faszination Hybrider Leichtbau" in Wolfsburg, Germany. Open Hybrid LabFactory is organising the Conference.

June 21(prel): LIGHTer's only large call for research and innovation projects 2018 closes.

September 18: LIGHTer Technical workshop and Board Meeting, place TBA.

November 21: LIGHTer Annual Meeting, Future workshop and Board Meeting, Stockholm


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Sweden's capability to develop world leading competence within lightweight technology will be decisive for the Swedish industries' competitiveness, growth and possibilities to reach global environmental goals. LIGHTer is creating the essential collaborations within lightweight: cross-disciplinary, cross industrial sectors, focused, innovative and efficient. 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or opinions concerning the newsletter and its content.

Funding for the programme is being provided by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.