The Center Of Nordic Excellence in Software Engineering, CONES, currently consists of the Graduate School on Software Systems and Engineering (Finland), Simula Research Laboratory (Norway) and Software Engineering Research Laboratory (Sweden). The center is coordinated by the Software Engineering Research Laboratory, through Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, and funded mainly by NordForsk, a Nordic research board with responsibility for cooperation on research and researcher training in the Nordic region.
Annually, from 2010, CONES will set up workshops where software engineering researchers will meet to discuss future research topics, plan collaborations for research applications and present research in general. Hopefully we'll not only do that, but also get to know each other better!
If you are interested in this center, and feel that you should take part in our activities, then please do not hesitate to contact the project manager Dr. Richard Torkar at Blekinge Institute of Technology (and since you are a software engineer, I'm fairly certain you will manage to find my e-mail address).