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NTNU Alumni European Conference 2017:

Future R&I priorities in Energy, Oceans, Health and Sustainability and debating priorities on FP9


Date: 8 November 2017
Place: Hotel Renaissance, Rue du Parnasse 19, Brussels, Belgium

Registration Deadline: 25 October 2017

Register for the conference


Norway has strong academic partnerships with Europe. Aligned with our national R&D strategy, we would like to enhance our presence, share our excellence and contribute even more to the European Research Area.

In this connection, NTNU aim to establish an extended dialogue on how to strengthen cooperation between academia and business with their alumni and other interested stakeholders living and working in Europe.

This year’s conference will debate the new set-up of the next Framework Programme for R&I with some of the key stakeholders. The conference will also focus on possible key priorities for the future in four important areas such as Oceans, Energy, Health and Sustainability.


Draft Programme

Chair of the conference: Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, NTNU

From 10.00 Registration and Coffee

From 12.30 Registration (for external participants)

From 13.00 Networking lunch (all)

Part One 11.00–13.00 (Exclusive to NTNU Alumni)

The official launch of NTNU Alumni Europe 

11.00 NTNU today and the added value of our Alumni
Gunnar Bovim, Rector, NTNU

11.15 NTNU’s presence and current activities in Europe
Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for Research, NTNU

11.30 NTNU Alumni Europe: ambitions and objectives
Einar Brønlund, Chair of NTNU Alumni Europe and Senior Vice President, MHWirth

11.45 NTNU Brussels Office: An Entry Point to NTNU Alumni Europe
Massimo Busuoli, Head of the NTNU office in Brussels

12.00 Round-table discussions

  1. How do you want to interact with NTNUs established activities in Europe?
  2. Where should NTNU have a stronger presence in the European context? And how can alumni contribute? 
  3. How can you as members contribute to make this an active and relevant alumni network?  

12.50 Summing up and Concluding remarks
Gunnar Bovim, Rector, NTNU   


12.30 Registration (for exteranal participants)

13.00 Networking lunch (all)

Part Two 14.15–16.45 (open to all)

Future R&I priorities in the fields of Energy, Oceans, Health and Sustainability

14.15 Opening

Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes, Pro-Rector for Innovation, NTNU

14.25 Introduction

Oda Helen Sletnes, The Norwegian Ambassador to the EU

Transfer to workshop rooms

14.45 Parallel sessions – NTNUs four Strategic Research Areas:

Workshop 1: Making best use of health data, NTNU Health and NTNU Biotechnology
The purpose of the session is to highlight the importance of a unified approach to health data use. Bringing stakeholders together could create a cross border and cross disciplinary harmony when dealing with health data, both on an individual and population level.

  • Current status and strategies on the promotion of the use of health records to improve health at EU level, Ms Terje Peetso – DG CNECT - Dir H (Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity) - Unit 3 (eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing)
  • How to listen better at and look deeper in the human body to improve prevention and diagnosis in healthcare: My journey from Norwegian academia to the Belgian healthcare industry, NTNU Alumna Abigail Swillens, PhD, Project Manager, Barco Healthcare
  • From genes to health registries: utilizing Norwegian cohort data. Experience from the HUNT Study, Professor Bjørn Olav Åsvold, NTNU, The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study 
  • How can we use health data to revolutionize precision medicine? 
    Professor Stig Omholt, Director, NTNU Biotechnology
  • The patient as a partner, Monica Dietl, Senior Adviser, Healthy Measures

Workshop 2: Recharging Hydropower in Europe, NTNU Energy
In this workshop, we wish to relaunch the attention to Hydropower, as a potential alternative towards the climate target in Europe. High penetration of renewables such as wind and solar in the European electricity grid raises the demand for dispatchable hydropower, as it provides flexibility and system balancing. The specific properties and potential of hydropower in Europe, as well as hydropower in conjunction with other energy sources, will be highlighted and discussed at the workshop.

Topics: Current state of hydropower in Europe and EU strategic approaches, policies and opportunities in hydropower.

  • Welcome, Hege Brende, Centre Director HydroCen NTNU, Norway
  • Key-note 1, Dr. Thomas Schleker, Policy Officer DG Research & Innovation G3 Renewable Energy Sources, EU
  • Key-note 2, Sigrid Hjørnegård, Vice President, Renewable Energy, climate and environment, Energy Norway, Norway
  • Key-note 3, Kjetil Lund, Head of public affairs, Statkraft, Norway
  • Key-note 4, Mirjam Sick, R&D Program Management, Vice President, Andritz Hydro
  • Panel debate, Moderator: Hege Brende
  • Sum-up, Hege Brende, Centre Director HydroCen NTNU, Norway

Workshop 3: Future R&I challenges in the Ocean sector, NTNU OceansThis session will discuss the added value of digitalisation for ocean research and innovation in Europe. Data-based developments from other sectors, along with how to build relevant competence within the marine and maritime sectors in Europe, will be investigated. The role of mission-oriented projects in covering the needs for multidisciplinary research in the oceans will be analysed.

14:45 – 15:55 Presentations
14:45: Introduction by Ingrid Schjølberg, Director, NTNU Oceans
14:55: Ms Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
15:10: Jean-Francois Aguinaga, Head of Unit, DG RTD
15:25: TBA, DG MARE
15:40: Kathrine Angell-Hansen, Strategic Director, JPI Oceans Secratariat

16:00 – 16:45 Panel Discussion
Participants from RPOs and Technology Platforms
Moderator: TBA


Workshop 4: Smart Cities & Sustainable Ecosystems, NTNU Sustainability and NTNU Digital
In this session, we will discuss how cities systematically cooperate with local stakeholders and international networks to accelerate demand-driven transformation towards smart and nature-based solutions. Urban authorities, industry and knowledge organisations will explain how they merge digital and physical environments, create a unified effort across sector silos, support new investment and contingency models, improve quality of life and sustainability, and actively engage and empower citizens.

  • Smart and nature-based solutions for urban areas, Miimu Airaksinen, Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland TBC
  • Development of the Smart City Guidance Package within the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, Bernard Gindroz, Chairman, ISO TC 268 "sustainable cities and communities" and CEN/CENELEC SFEM TBC
  • Innovation-driven urbanization in EU and China, Nikolaos Kontinakis,Senior Projects Coordinator, EUROCITIES TBC
  • Panel debate, Participants TBA

16.45 Break 

Part Three 17.00–19.00 (open to all)

Towards FP9:
How to guarantee enhanced impact of R&I public investments?

17.00 Opening
Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for Research, NTNU 

17.10 Keynote: Status of FP9 set-up and the new mission driven R&I approach
 Keith Sequeira, Senior Adviser, Cabinet of Commissioner Carlos Moedas, European Commision

17.30 Panel debate with the participation of:

  • Gunnar Bovim, Rector, NTNU 
  • Keith Sequeira, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation)
  • Annika Thies, Director of the Helmholtz Brussels Office, EARTO
  • Martine Rahier, Vice President, European University Association, EUA
  • Alexandre Affre, Director for Industrial Affairs, Business Europe
  • Einar Brønlund, Chair of NTNU Alumni Europe and Senior Vice President, MHWirth 

Moderator: Massimo Busuoli, Head of the NTNU Office in Brussels

18.30 Q&A from the audience to the panelists 

19.00 –21.00 Networking Cocktail