04 March 2024

The Swedish Board of Agriculture has appointed Linköping University to host a new national knowledge hub for digitalisation in agriculture. The project spans over 3 years and has a budget of SEK 20 million.

Per Frankelius och Karolina Muhrman in a field.
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Following a procurement conducted by the Swedish Board of Agriculture, Linköping University was appointed to host a new knowledge hub that will highlight the benefits of digitalisation for Swedish agriculture. An important part of this work will be to refine, package and convey knowledge to the agricultural industry. The office of the knowledge hub will be located at Linköping University and managed by LiU researchers Karolina Muhrman and Per Frankelius.

“We’re very pleased that Linköping University has been given the opportunity to coordinate the knowledge hub. LiU has long been strong in technology and has several initiatives in the field of agricultural technology. A really strong knowledge environment is now being created here,” says Karolina Muhrman.

The mission of the hub can be summarised in five main areas – business intelligence, needs analysis, coordination and dialogue, testing and evaluating new technologies, and packaging knowledge.

The hub will be connected to an expert network with representatives from Gård & Djurhälsan, Lovang Lantbrukskonsult, Ludvig & Co, Växa Sverige, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF), AI Sweden c/o Lindholmen Science Park, DeLaval, Väderstad, IoT World, Sweden Secure Tech Hub and Agtech Sweden.

“The formalised network of experts has broad as well as deep expertise in agriculture and digital technology and will be responsible for a large part of the hub’s activities,” says Per Frankelius.

The hub will also have a reference group consisting of active farmers, technology companies, member organisations and advisors such as knowledge organisations.

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