Invitation to SARGASSO Innovation day


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Welcome to a cross-border Innovation Day
From leadership to practical implementation


SARGASSO Innovation Day 17th of May

When: 09:00-16:00, May 17

Location: Garveriet in Floda, Gothenburg, Sweden

Join us for an interactive day on the topic of innovation from the perspectives of:
Leadership, strategic and operational measures, and practical tools for development.

Bring your biggest challenges, best ideas and an open mind for cross border collaboration and business.
All sectors are welcome - we like diversity. |


09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration

  • Methods of working with innovation, Leif Denti, University of Gothenburg
  • Reverse mentorship, what implications does it bring to the business? Linda Mickelson, Stena AB
  • Boosting innovation performance at Saab, Tomas Planstedt, Combitech AB
  • SARGASSO Open innovation for maritime development, Eva Errestad, Swedish Maritime Technology Forum/RISE
  • Lunch
  • Innovation Café
  • Turning innovation around, Phillip Tipping, MacGregor ROR
  • Innovation spark – A practical tool for initiating innovation, Peter Sandberg, RISE

16:00 End of SARGASSO Innovation Day


Participant fee SEK 1500 ex. VAT. Please fill in invoice information when you register.
The seminar is free of charge for members of SMTF.

Practical information

The Seminar is held at the White Guide award-winning Garveriet in Floda not far from Gothenburg, Sweden. When registered you will recieve an email containing confirmation and practical information. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Meet our Speakers

Leif Denti
Ph. Lic in Psychology

University of Gothenburg

What defines an innovative leadership?
Leif Denti is currently doing research on team leader-team member relationships (LMX-theory) in relation to team creativity and innovation. As a doctoral student, he is financed by the VINNOVA-supported project "Leadership for Sweden".

Linda Mickelson
Head of Human Resources at Stena AB

Linda has extensive experience from the HR field. She has been working in different industries such as automotive, consultancy and the maritime sector. At Stena she is working in a broad role focusing on developing operational HR together with Leadership Development and Mentorship. Stena is heading for the future developing new ways of thinking when it comes to leadership connected to the business. Daring to try new things and do them differently is essential when it comes to change. When you take the step forward from research you realize the strength of the combination.

Tomas Planstedt
Certified Innovation Manager/Coach

Tomas is Senior employee at Saab Group at Combitech since November 2015, with more than 20 years of R&D experience, focused on R&T and Innovation. He has a strong heart for innovation and technology. He loves to contribute to the innovation management at any organization who believes innovation should be considered as any business critical activity. He is one of the first certified innovation managers in the world according to ISO/IEC 17024 (one out of 12).

Eva Errestad
Process Manager SARGASSO
Moderator of the day
Swedish Maritime Technology Forum/RISE

Since 2018, Eva is leading the innovation platform SARGASSO. Through a strong belief in collaboration and merging different sectors, she is determined to create the means for solutions to present and future challenges through marine and maritime development. Eva will present the rules and ideas of SARGASSO including the matchmaking process involved.

Phillip Tipping
Director of Customer Innovation
MacGregor ROR

Phil Tipping has had a 10-year career in the British army as an electrical-mechanical engineer. Phil has now been with MacGregor, a company that tackles significant challenges in the marine and shipping industry, for 15 years. He has frequently demonstrated a talent for recognizing gifted individuals who have contributed to a proactive, collaborative and innovative environment. Together with his team at MacGregor, Tipping has successfully developed both external and internal innovation processes.

Peter Sandberg
Innovation Strategist


Peter has worked as an entrepreneur, consultant and intrapreneur in media, telecom and online business and currently works with Innovation Strategy and Innovation Management at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. He is the producer and host of Swedens leading podcast on innovation - Spinnovation and a frequent public speaker on innovation.


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SARGASSO connects needs from the industry with the right partners for collaboration and business. Do you have a Pitch for the platform? A wishlist with preferred partners?You write the proposal and we make the connections – creating business and innovation. Friends of SARGASSO receive proposals released to the wider network. All sectors are welcome – we like diversity.

SARGASSO is an open maritime innovation platform hosted by Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (SMTF), part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. SMTF is host to a national member-network of suppliers of marine technology and expertise.

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services. Our 2,700 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes. RISE ensures the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society.

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