The Linnaeus ECO-TECH has been a recurring initiative in Kalmar. In 1997 the first Kalmar ECO-TECH conference was organized. It was a young Acting Professor of Technical Environmental Engineering and Recovery at University of Kalmar, William Hogland, who was behind the idea. In the beginning it was focus on the Baltic Sea Region environment, called it Kalmar Eco-Tech, but also the rest of the world showed a big interest. Both a regional and a strong international flavor enables researchers to connect with projects in other countries, organizing guest stays for researchers and graduate students at each home institutions.

The aim of the conference is to promote research in environmental technology and interdisciplinary research that has its starting point in the fields of waste management, water management and collaboration with industry. One of the main key issues for sustainable development has been to improve the existing environmental problems through technological solutions but also through new ways of thinking, producing and consuming.

The Linnaeus ECO-TECH conference is also an opportunity to strengthen the Linnaeus University by moving towards the established goals of internationalization of the Småland Region. Linnaeus Eco-Tech is based on the Triple Helix concept.

The number of participants has been growing year by year from 67 participants to 200 participants!