The areas of expertice, or "clusters" as they are often referred to as, each have a long tradition, and they all face some exciting challenges.

Organisations and companies within these areas have much to gain from organising their meetings in Gothenburg. Here, you will find lots of brainpower, exciting partners and much local interest.

The five clusters, identified jointly by leading representatives from the academia and the public and private sectors, are:

Urban future

Sweden is one of the leading countries within sustainable urban development and is therefore a role model internationally. For a long time, West Sweden has been one of the most attractive regions of the country to live and work in, and few areas in Europe have grown more population-wise in the last 20 years. 

The marine environment and the maritime sector

The sea is one of West Sweden’s core assets and entrepreneurship linked to the marine environment goes way back. Herring fishing, shipbuilding, ocean trade, and port operations are some examples. The maritime cluster as a whole is well rooted in academia and the public and private sectors of the region.

Transport solutions

The transportation sector is facing enormous challenges in a global perspective. Climate researchers estimate that for the so-called two-degree target to be achieved, CO2 emissions from road transports must be reduced by 90 percent by 2050. West Sweden’s ability to recruit and focus resources and to work across boundaries will make a difference.

Green chemistry and bio based products

A sustainable development of the world we live in will require substantial changes in its flows of materials and energy. Such a major process of change will be impossible without hard work and a team effort involving the academia and the public and private sectors. West Sweden is uniquely suited to lead the development within bio-based products and so-called green chemistry.

Life science

The world's biggest selling drug, dental implants around which bone grows and vaccines that treat cancer. All of these were developed in the Gothenburg region. Thanks to close collaboration between academia, healthcare and business, the life sciences industry has taken a strong hold here.

In-depth information

The Region Västra Götaland have produced a booklet with much useful information on the five clusters.

Go to booklet