Demo North 2022

Over 3 days in June 2022, more then 250 business leaders, investors, innovators and policy delegates from around the world gathered in Northern Sweden for the second edition of Demo North Summit. Hosted in the municipalities of Boden, Luleå, Gällivare and Kiruna we showcased the participants how we are decarbonizing the impossible  - from the mines deep under the ground to high above in space. We got to take part of interesting and inspiring keynotes, panel discussions, site visits and unforgettable meetings – all creating new knowledge and new potential business opportunities!


Welcome event in central Luleå

Location: Vetenskapens hus, Storgatan 53, Luleå

A welcome meet-and-greet for early arrivals to Luleå. Enjoy canapés and drinks and meet your fellow delegates as some of our region’s leading figures welcome you to Demo North.

Lotta Finstorp, Governor of Norrbotten County
Nils-Olov Lindfors, Member of the Regional Executive Board
Carina Sammeli, Mayor of Luleå Municipality
Pär Weihed, Pro Vice-Chancellor Luleå University of Technology

Moderator: Mia Kleregård, Head of Transformation, Swedish Space Corporation


Registration - Kulturens Hus, Luleå

Registration and collection of your delegate badge for Demo North. Coffee and a light breakfast will be available.

Location: Skeppsbrogatan 17, Luleå



Official opening of Demo North Summit 2022
Moderator: Mia Kleregård, Head of Transformation, Swedish Space Corporation


LTU's support for the industrial revolution

Eva Hamilton, Chair of the board, Luleå University of Technology


Why Green Steel?

Maria Persson Gulda, CTO of H2 Green Steel


Boden - the smart green

Claes Nordmark, Mayor, Bodens municipality




Welcome back


The Swedish Government’s approach to maintaining our leadership in renewable energy

Khashayar Farmanbar, Minister for Energy and Digital Development, The Government of Sweden


Why Green Batteries?

Katarina Borstedt, Director of growth of Northvolt


Sustainable space made in northern Sweden

Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of Swedish Space Corporation


Why Green Ammonia?

David Herrero Fuentes, COO of Grupo Fertiberia


Coffee break


Panel discussion with investors

Sweden’s most impactful “green industry” investors will come together to discuss the interplay between great ideas and the access to risk-willing capital to accelerate development in green industrial technologies.

Elisabet Jamal Bergström, Head of Sustainability at SEB Investment Management
Carl-Erik Lagercrantz, CEO of Vargas Holding
Lars Olof Nilsson, Partner, Evli Corporate Finance
Jens Hedar, Head of Client Relationship Management, Swedish Export Credit Corporation
Viktor Markelin, Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance,The Nordic Investment Bank

Mia Kleregård, Head of Transformation, Swedish Space Corporation


Why fossil-free steel?

Viktoria Karsberg, Head of Corporate Identity and Group Communications, SSAB


Why Green Raw Materials?

Niklas Johansson, Senior Vice President Communication and Climate of LKAB

16:50 - 17:00


The host and moderator of Demo North wraps up the conference with final remarks.


Swedish Midsummer Dinner hosted by Meta

Midsummer is when Swedes truly celebrate – it is perhaps the most cherished holiday in the Swedish calendar. And like most major holidays, Midsummer revolves around eating great food and spending time with friends and family. With some singing, dancing and a maypole thrown in! The Swedish Midsummer tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, and it was closely linked with magic and mystery. Today it is most closely linked with fresh potatoes, pickled herring, cured salmon, strawberries and the fiery beverage of aquavit.

This year Midsummer Eve falls on the 24th of June, so we want to take this opportunity to introduce you to this beloved tradition one week in advance.
The dinner is hosted by Meta, and together we’ll make sure that you get the taste of real Swedish Midsummer.


Coach trip to Gällivare

Coach trip from Kulturens Hus, Luleå to Gällivare, 240 km to the north. Breakfast will be served on board.


Welcome to Gällivare

Location: Kunskapshuset, Postgatan, Gällivare

An official welcome and introduction to Gällivare municipality. Here you will be guided through the ground breaking Hybrit project, from the development of their demonstration plant in Gällivare to how Hybrit will create steel without emissions. You will also learn about Gällivare’s unique urban transformation.

Speakers include:
Birgitta Larsson, Mayor of the Executive Committee
Roger Hansson, CEO Business Region Gällivare
Alexander Kult, Special coordinator Gälliare Municipality
Rikard Mäki, Boliden Mineral AB, Project leader Autonomous Hauling System
Christer Ryman HYBRIT Development AB, Director Regulatory Affairs
Jan Lundgren, LKAB Vice President, Transformation Business Area Iron Ore




Coach trip to Kiruna

We continue our journey of discovery, heading 120km further north from Gällivare to the town of Kiruna.


Visit the heart of LKAB's green transition

The mine in Kiruna is the world's largest underground iron ore mine. We will venture into the heart of the mountain, descending 540 metres below ground to LKAB's Visitor Center. The actual mining takes place even deeper today, down to a level of 1365 meters.


Coach trip to Icehotel

Location: Marknadsvägen 63, Jukkasjärvi


Welcome drink and guided tour of the Icehotel

A guide will show you the original and world famous Icehotel, a bucket list staple for every Arctic adventure. How this Swedish landmark is creatively redesigned and reborn each winter season is truly a treat to the senses.


Check in at Icehotel and evening preparations

Upon arrival at Icehotel you will be able to check in and make yourself comfortable before dinner.


Dinner at Icehotel

Enjoy a fantastic dinner at the Icehotel. The dinner will be served in the warm restaurant, featuring tasty and high quality local produce from the surrounding area.

Coach trip to the Esrange Space Centre

-08:00 From Scandic to the Esrange Space Centre
-08:00 From Icehotel to the Esrange Space Centre


Site visit Esrange, hosted by the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)

During the site visit at Esrange, you will experience how space plays a critical role in our modern everyday lives, as for the sustainable development of our societies. You get to listen to Kiruna Municipality about the city’s unique transformation and its aim to become a hub for advanced space technologies. You will also hear Luleå University of Technology and the Institute for Space Physics with their cutting-edge research that plays an important part of the space ecosystem in Kiruna.

At the site, you will get the opportunity to visit Spaceport Esrange, the newest facility in its final steps of becoming the first place within the European mainland capable of launching satellites! The tour stops at the sounding rocket and balloon sites, as well as the two test facilities where two German partners test their next generation rocket technologies.

Lennart Poromaa, Head of Esrange Space Center,SSC
Gunnar Selberg, Mayor at Kiruna Municipality
Athanasia Toliou, Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology
Erika Kaufmann, Researcher, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space
Engineering, Luleå University of Technology
Stas Barabash, professor at The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)
Nicol Latsia, PhD Student, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space
Engineering, Luleå University of Technology


Lunch & Farewell

We share a final lunch together and wish each other a safe journey home.


Coach transport to the airport in Kiruna or back to Luleå

You will be able to fly back home directly from Kiruna Airport or journey back to Luleå with us by coach. The expected arrival time back in Luleå is around 18:00.

Curious about the Keynote Speakers?

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Partners – Demo North

Who is behind Demo North?

Demo North Summit is founded and operated by Invest in Norrbotten partly as an activity in an EU project called “Hållbara Investeringar”. Invest in Norrbotten is the agency established to attract international investors and capital to the Norrbotten region, as well as helping local companies expand by finding the right overseas partners to assist their growth. We support companies planning to establish or expand business in our region. and with our wide network of local, regional and national business contacts, we ensure a smooth and swift investment process for your company. Naturally, all our services are free of charge and conducted with full confidentiality.
You can read more about us at

Frida Ekeström

Project Manager
+46 70 219 38 17

Malin Ekblom

Inward Investment Manager
+4670 777 78 49