NTNU Alumni European Conference 2017

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

Photos from the conference (Flickr)
All photos: ID/ photo agency, Belgium

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 discuss 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

Part One 11.00–13.00 (exclusive to NTNU Alumni)

Part One 11.00–13.00 (exclusive to NTNU Alumni)

The Official Launch of NTNU Alumni Europe

Moderator: Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, NTNU

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 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 external participants)

13.00 Networking lunch (all)

Part Two 14.15–16.45 (open to all)

Part Two 14.15–16.45 (open to all)

Future R&I Priorities in the Fields of Energy, Oceans, Health and Sustainability

Moderator: Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, NTNU

14.15 Opening

Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for Research, 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:


Room at Hotel Renaissance: Ballroom 1

Organizer: NTNU Health and NTNU Biotechnology

Moderator: Magnus Steigedal, Director, NTNU Health

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.

Magnus Steigedal

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

Panel discussion:

Room at Hotel Renaissance: Madrid

Organizer: NTNU Energy and HydroCen NTNU

Moderator: Hege Brende, Centre Director HydroCen NTNU

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 and introduction: 
Recharging Hydropower in Europe
Hege Brende, Centre Director HydroCen NTNU

The Horizon 2020 Energy Programme on Hydropower in the context of Energy Union, SET-Plan and ACEI
Dr. Thomas Schleker, Policy Officer DG Research & Innovation G3 Renewable Energy Sources, EU

Hydropower – the core of the European Energy Transition
Sigrid Hjørnegård, Vice President, Renewable Energy, climate and environment, Energy Norway, Norway

As Europe’s largest renewable energy producer, what role can Statkraft play in the European energy transition when it comes to hydropower?
Kjetil Lund, Head of public affairs, Statkraft

The future energy system presents new challenges: what are the ambitions for technological innovation within hydropower?
Mirjam Sick, Vice President, R&D program and innovation management, Andritz Hydro

Panel discussion:
Thomas Schleker, Kjetil Lund, Mirjam Sick, Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug (Professor, NTNU), Arne Nysveen (Professor, NTNU)
Panel moderator: Hege Brende

Hege Brende

Room at Hotel Renaissance: Copenhagen

Organizer: NTNU Oceans

This 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.

Welcome and introduction:
Ingrid Schjølberg, Vice Dean Research and Innovation and Director NTNU Oceans

The contribution of research to the digitisation of seas and oceans
Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Jean-Francois Aguinaga, Head of Unit, DG RTD


JPI Oceans: What next?
Kathrine Angell-Hansen, Strategic Director, JPI Oceans Secratariat

Panel discussion:
Ingrid Schjølberg, Alexandra Neyts (EATiP European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform), Dario Bazargan (Waterborne TP)
Panel moderator: Einar Brønlund (Senior Vice President, MHWirth)

Room at Hotel Renaissance: Ballroom 2

Organizer: NTNU Sustainability

In order to realize the transition to sustainable, zero carbon, cities and regions will need to adopt path-breaking new service models of governance, planning, and implementation where open digital platforms will be co-designed, co-developed, and co-implemented by citizens, public sector, private sector, and research organisations to support a happy, healthy, and regenerative city.

In line with the H2020 SC5 Info Days, NTNU will showcase some of the disruptive policy tools that are currently being developed to support this ambition.

Open innovation and modern innovation systems
Bror Salmelin, Adviser for Innovation Systems, DG CONNECT

Impactplayground - use of Social Capital as a strategic concept and various social media as tools for engaging people/actors in productive activities
Bert-Ola Bergstrand, Nordic Impact

Trondheim Playground
Kristian Mjøen, Innovation Advisor at Trondheim municipality

A bottom-up way of building a system and changing perceptions urban pioneers as a model for transformation for sustainability
Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University

People and air pollution: need or nice to know?
Alena Bartonova, Research Director, NILU UAE Norwegian Institute for Air Research

Co-creation in complex city systems
Miimu Airaksinen, Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, CEO, RIL Finnish Association of Civil Engineers

Panel discussion:
Panel moderator: Annemie Wyckmans, Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities

Part Three 17.00–19.00 (open to all)

Part Three 17.00–19.00 (open to all)

Towards FP9:
How to Guarantee Enhanced Impact of R&I Public Investments?

Moderator: Massimo Busuoli, Head of NTNU Office in Brussels

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 Discussion 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 of EUA European University Association
  • 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