NTNU and UiB Network Conference in Brussels 2016

NTNU and UiB Network Conference in Brussels 2016

NTNU Alumni Europe Conference in Brussels is an annual confenence with the aim of strengthening the Cooperation Between NTNU and Business and Academia in Europe.

Strengthening Cooperation Between Business and Academia in Europe

Brussels 3 October 2016, 13:00–21:00 | Venue: Hotel Renaissance, Rue du Parnasse 19

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 and UiB aim to establish an extended dialogue on how to strengthen cooperation between academia and business with their alumni and other interested stakeholders coming from EU countries. 

The conference represents a chance to deepen knowledge about the Norwegian R&D system through an understanding of the capabilities of some of its excellent players – universities as well as companies.

Draft Programme Monday 3 October

13:00–14:00 Registration and light lunch

14:00–15:55 NTNU/UiB Open plenary session 1

Chair: Massimo Busuoli

14:00 Welcome by Norway’s Ambassador to the EU

Oda Helen Sletnes

14:15 Welcome remarks and our universities’ academic profile and priorities

UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen and NTNU Pro-Rector Johan Hustad 

14:50 Keynote: The latest development in European research and innovation

Alan Cross, Acting Head of Unit 2 (Horizon 2020 Policy) – DGT RTD Directorate A (Policy Development and Coordination), European Commission

15:20 New opportunities for industry-academia collaboration in development of ocean technologies

Kathrine Angell-Hansen, Director, JPI Oceans

15:40 Experiences and opportunities with the EEA and Norway grants

Geir Askvik Haugum, Programme manager, EEA and Norway Grants

15:55–16:15 Break and refreshments

– Transfer to separate sessions

16:15–17:30 NTNU Separate session, Plenary: Exploring the potential for new collaboration

Moderator: NTNU Pro-Rector Johan Hustad

16:15 Looking Ahead: NTNU’s strategies and means for Europe and Horizon 2020

Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, NTNU

16:30 Reaching Out: Closer Cooperation with NTNU through our Brussels Office and NTNU Alumni Brussels

Massimo Busuoli, Head of Brussels Office, NTNU

16:45 Raising Awareness: Building on existing successful collaboration in the energy field at national level by taking it to a European dimension

Anders Marvik, VP, EU political affairs office, Statoil

17:00 Learning from: University-industry cooperation

Dr Lidia Borrell-Damián, Director, Research and Innovation, EUA

17:15 Achieving Impact: Introduction to Horizon 2020 innovation project: INVADE

Magnus Korpås, professor Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU

Questions after each presentation

17:30–17:45 Break and refreshments

– Transfer to parallel workshops

17:45–18:45 NTNU Parallel Workshops

Q & A after the presentations

Please note that the workshop ends with a plenary discussion and recommendations.

Workshop 1: Collaboration in the Sustainability Area

Moderator: Massimo Busuoli, Head of Brussels Office, NTNU

Introduction to group work: Sustainability challenges in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Annik Magerholm Fet, Professor and Director of NTNU Sustainability

Alumni sharing their experiences and ambitions for collaboration with EU stakeholders
Alexandre Leruth, Process Engineer, Yara
Anne-Christine Dreue, Director Business Development, Fokker Technologies Holding


Workshop 2: Collaboration in the Energy Area

Moderator: NTNU Pro-Rector Johan Hustad

Introduction to group work: Energy systems integration activities as a new challenge for Europe

Olav B. Fosso, Professor, Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU

Europe from an Energy Company Perspective

Øyvind Vessia, Head of European Affairs, DONG Energy


Workshop 3: Collaboration in the Ocean R & D Area

Moderator: Ingrid Schjølberg, Director, NTNU Oceans

Introduction to group work: Ocean activities - unexplored challenges for Europe

Ingrid Schjølberg, Director, NTNU Oceans

Norwegian Ocean Industries: An Offshore Fish Farming Example

Bård Skjelstad, Head Biology and Nutrition, SalMar ASA

16.15–18:45 Separate session for University of Bergen

Moderator: Rector Dag Rune Olsen

Part 1: 16:15–17:15 Humanities at the forefront

Science in (European) Society: How EU funding built a humanities research group in Bergen

Professor Roger Strand, Faculty of Humanities

Where are we in 2022?
Looking Ahead: UiB strategies and international priorities

By Pro-Rector Anne Lise Fimreite

Why are we in Brussels?

Reaching Out: Goals and means. Strategies for Horizon 2020

By Kristof Vlaeminck, Head of UiB’s Brussels Office


17:15–17:30 Short break


Part 2: 17:30–18:45

Horizon 2020 project "SponGES"

Achieving Impact: Introduction to SponGES and how to get major EU-projects

Hans Tore Rapp, Project Coordinator, SponGES

How to create synergy?

Working together: Business and academia – for future innovation

Ingvill Sjøvold Nilsen, Acting Director of NHO Brussels - Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise

Complementing the skills of students

Getting Experience: Internships in Brussels

Merete Mikkelsen, Director of The West Norway Brussels Office


19:00–19:30 NTNU/UiB Open plenary session 2: Summing up

Chair: Kristof Vlaeminck, UiB Brussels Office

19:00 Reflections on the day

  • Marianne H. Aandahl, Senior Adviser, NCP H2020, The Research Council of Norway
  • Åse Erdal, Director Brussels Office, KS - Norwegian Association of Local & Regional Authorities

19:15 Key take-aways for the networking session

NTNU Pro-Rector Johan Hustad and UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen

19:30–21:00 - Networking cocktail

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:40:38 +0100