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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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
NTNU Rector Gunnar Bovim  

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

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

14.15 Opening

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

14.25 Introduction

The Norwegian Ambassador to the EU, Oda Helen Sletnes

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.

Debate with stakeholders from different EU Countries and relevant industry

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr. Thomas Schleker, Policy Officer DG Research & Innovation G3 Renewable Energy Sources, EU
  • Mirjam Sick, R&D Program Management, Vice President, Andritz Hydro
  • Kjetil Lund, Head of public affairs, Statkraft

Workshop 3: Future R&I challenges in the Ocean sector, NTNU Oceans
In this session, we will discuss how mission-oriented projects could work, and what scientists from different disciplines think about the interdisciplinary approach. The session will focus on four topics: Deep sea mining, autonomy in the ocean space, aquaculture, and technologies for the arctic. 

  • Blue Growth – Ms Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Surface Transport, Jean-François Aguinaga, European Commission  
  • TP-talk - Autonomous Shipping (Waterborne) and Aquaculture (EATIP)

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?

Chair: NTNU Pro-Rector for Research Bjarne Foss

17.00 Opening
NTNU Rector Gunnar Bovim 

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

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 

18.30 Q&A from the audience to the panelists 

19.00 –21.00 Networking Dinner