- Written by Anna Strom
A range of movers and shakers in Swedish-Canadian relations on
forest and forestry issues met in Stockholm this week, with the Bio4Energy programme manager Stellan Marklund taking part in round-table discussions at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, along with industrial representatives and other academic leaders.
“I suggested that a graduate school be created”, Marklund said. This would enable high-level academic exchange between several Swedish and Canadian institutions, as opposed to sticking with the more traditional model of two universities, one in each country, seeking to establish bilateral ties.
A shared desire to manage or use forests in the most efficient yet environmentally sound ways and an openness to increasing Swedish-Canadian exchange were apparent at the meeting, which included representatives of the Canadian forestry sector and consultants, and Swedish counterparts and academia, he said;
"They are interested in creating new contacts and in networking. The greatest potential for cooperation lies in the creation of a graduate school so that researchers can create networks.