Universeum: a public arena for sustainable development
Saab and Universeum are in a long-standing collaboration with a common goal: to strengthen and contribute to innovation and development in strategically important areas within science and technology.
Universeum is the national science centre of Sweden and an innovative arena for education, science, technology, and sustainable development. Universeum gives both younger children and adults the knowledge and tools to make the earth a better and more sustainable place.
The partnership has been active since 2017, and Universeum welcomes more than half a million visitors a year.
Both Universeum and Saab are committed to contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For Saab, this is a foundation to be a sustainable company and take an active part by strengthening the positive impact on sustainability from its operations while ensuring that research, innovation, and technology help enable sustainable development.
Increase education and interest in science and technology.
Saab has a variety of local engagements as a part of our promise to both our employees, customers, owners, partners, and society.
Sustainable social engagement is in Saab’s DNA, and our contribution mainly consists of activities to promote education and an interest in technology among children and young people. When possible, our activities involve our employees, which is highly appreciated as they can spend their time and knowledge in various ways to increase awareness of the company and build trust in our business, while also gaining valuable experience.
"For Saab, it is essential to highlight the importance of innovation and science-based technology in society and promote interdisciplinary discussions to increase sustainable development. Together with Universeum, we contribute to the mission of strengthening lifelong learning in areas such as science, technology, and mathematics to create solutions for a sustainable future"
"For Saab, it is essential to highlight the importance of innovation and science-based technology in society and promote interdisciplinary discussions to increase sustainable development. Together with Universeum, we contribute to the mission of strengthening lifelong learning in areas such as science, technology, and mathematics to create solutions for a sustainable future," says Viktor Wallström, Senior Vice President and Head of Group Communication and Sustainability.
Saab has an annual research and development spending of approximately 20 percent of sales, and over half of Saab’s 19,000 employees are engaged in R&D, which is also one of the most important contributions to sustainable development and societal commitment to support nations to keep people and society safe.
The partnership is carried out in collaboration with academia, industry, and the public sector, which is also a prerequisite for the Triple Helix model and is important not only for Saab but also for Sweden as a country of innovation.
“Universeum's mission requires a strong collaboration with academia, business and society so that together we can create the conditions to increase children's, young people's and adults' commitment to science, technology and mathematics. Having a global, technology driven company like Saab as a main partner is very valuable and strengthens our capacity to increase interest in technology and technical professions, thereby contributing to Sweden's growth and competitiveness,” says Carina Halvord, CEO of Universeum.
In 2023, Universeum will have gone through an extensive expansion, including development programmes such as Miniverseum, the visualisation lab Vislab, and the exhibition Humans.
In Mathrix, visitors can experience the universe of mathematics, and in Wisdome, they travel to breath-taking places in the world of 3D visualisation.