Tomas Mörtsell, Chair of the Municipal Assembly, Storumans municipality, Västerbotten, Deputy Chairman of the Regional Board, Västerbotten County Council 

Why did you join the Osiris activities?

From my point of view, I think that the possibility of gaining and sharing experiences with other regions was the main reason for participating in the project.

What did you learn from participating?

I have made some interesting experiences when it comes to local and regional development, as well as smart specialisation from other regions participating in the project.

How can you transfer this knowledge to your own work?

Some of the experiences from developing smart specialisation strategies in other regions has already been adapted in our own work with making a smart specialisation strategy.

Given the lessons learned – how do you see that the innovation system in your own region can be improved? If possible, give a few concrete examples

I think that an innovation system that tightens the bond between research and development and entrepreneurs is one important way to improve the regional innovation system.