The technical program activities of SPAWC 2015 took place at the main campus of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Valhallavägen, Stockholm.

The technical program activities of SPAWC 2015 took place at the main campus of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Valhallavägen, Stockholm.

KTH is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 13,400 first and second level students and almost 1,900 doctoral students. KTH has 4,900 employees.

KTH has extensive international research and educational exchange programs with universities all around the world. The university participates actively in various EU research programs and has extensive industrial collaborations.



Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, is a cosmopolitan city of around two million people living in the metropolitan area. It is home to approximately 22 percent of Sweden’s population, and contributes to 28 percent of Sweden’s gross domestic product. Each year in December the greatest, world scientific and cultural achievements are celebrated here following the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet held at the Stockholm City Hall. Stockholm is built on 14 islands and is beautifully situated at the point where the vast Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Founded at the end of the 13th century, Stockholm was constructed on this strategic spot in order to enable its founder to tax merchant vessels going in or out of the lake. As water covers one third of its area, maritime life is an important aspect of the city. The water is clean enough to drink and there are anglers catching salmon in the city center every year. The climate is very much affected by the sea winds, so even the hottest summer day will see the sea breeze finding its way into the city streets.

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Some say Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities of the world! Here you are never far from the water, and just outside the city, the archipelago of 24 000 islands is waiting to be explored. Well-preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture. Stockholm is a city of contrasts – water and islands, history and innovation, small town and big city, short winter days and long, light summer nights – with a dazzling array of impressions. Thanks to the city’s compact size, you can see and do most things in a short space of time – which makes it a perfect destination for city breaks or longer stays, all the year round.

Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town “Gamla Stan” as you wander through the narrow streets. Stockholm has got history – but also the latest in fashion and IT. The trendy Stockholmers are often used as a test market by international companies, as they are quick to pick up on the latest trends. This is most obvious on the island of Södermalm, a hotbed of fashion, young culture and entertainment.

Stockholm is one third water, one third green belt and one third city. The island of Djurgården, the world’s first National City Park, is only a short walk from the pulse of the inner city. Stockholmers and visitors alike come here to relax in the leafy shade and rest their eyes on greenery.

In Sweden, the seasons are another contrast; light summer nights when the sun barely dips below the horizon and short, snowy winter days. Because the city changes with every season and there is always something special to do, Stockholm is worth visiting at any time of year.

Presentation based on text from Stockholm Visitor’s Board

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