The NTNU Alumni PhD Conference

The added value of a PhD – for all sectors of working life

Time: Trondheim 30 March 08:30–15:30 (Networking 15:30–16:30)

Venue: Radisson Blue Royal Garden Hotel, Kjøpmannsgata 73

Register for the conference here (deadline 16 March)

NTNU provides research expertise that is vital to growth, development and innovation in businesses, industry and public administration. This expertise is also essential when the global community is to act on challenges related to climate, food production, migration, health and education.

In line with Norwegian policy on research, education and innovation, NTNU wants to educate even more PhD graduates who will be able to take on important functions and positions in public and privatesector enterprises. 

For this reason, NTNU wants to strengthen its dialogue with the working world and the business community and to increase understanding of the benefits of PhD skills. 

The conference is an opportunity to raise awareness of the added value of a doctoral degree in all sectors of working life and to develop strategies that increase the use of PhD expertise in business and industry, in small and medium-sized enterprises and in the public sector. 

Draft programme:

Chair: Stein Mortensholm

08:30   Registration and coffee
09:00   Welcome and Introduction to NTNUs PhD-programme
            Kari Melby, Pro-rector for research, NTNU 
09:10   Keynote: The added value of a doctoral degree: Tom Baade-Mathiesen, EVP Water Division, Norconsult 

09:35   Testimonials from NTNU Alumni with a PhD 

  • Nora Johanne Klungseth, PhD, Senior consultant, Advisory, Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young AS
  • Daniel Johansen, PhD, Head of department, Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum, MiST
  • Kristine Bruun Ludvigsen, PhD, Senior Project Engineer, DNV GL 
  • Ingrid Ertshus Mathisen, PhD, Adviser, Artsdatabanken
  • Inger Lise Johansen, PhD, Bridge planner, Statens Vegvesen
  • Nicolas Elvemo, PhD, General Manager, GlucoSet AS

10:35   Break, light refreshments

10:50   The need for PhD competence in my company/organization

  • Anngjerd Pleym, PhD, Senior Key Expert, Siemens AS
  • Vegar Johansen, PhD, President at SINTEF Ocean 
  • Ann Elise Kristoffersen, PhD, Head of Department R & D, Statped
  • Erik Rigstad, Technical Director Buildings, COWI
  • Sophie Labonnote-Weber, PhD, R&D Manager, Ceramic Powder Technology AS
  • Andre Årnes, SVP & Chief Security Officer, Telenor Group TBC

Q & A

12:10   Lunch

12:45   The need for PhD competence in my company/organization cont.

  • Hanne Wigum, PhD, Manager Renewable Technology, Statoil
  • Kristian Mjøen, PhD, Leadership and Organisation Development Specialist, Municipality of Trondheim (TBC)
  • Hans Erik Vatne, PhD, SVP, Head of Technology, Corporate Technology Office and Primary Metal Technology, Norsk Hydro ASA

Q & A

13:20  Introduction to workshop: PhD skills and expertise: a competitive advantage for businesses, Are Turmo, PhD, Director for Education and Skills, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)

13:40 Short break

13:50  Workshop: A “speed mingling” session with round-table discussions with prepared topics / questions

15:25  Reflections on the day and key take-aways for the networking session

Networking session from 15:30–16:30

Register for the conference here (deadline 16 March)

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:35:24 +0100

About the conference

Main goal:

  • Raise awareness of the added value of a doctoral degree in all sectors of working life.
  • Help to boost recruitment of PhDs in the job market through increased insight into the added value of a doctoral degree.
  • Strengthen the reputation of our PhDs as highly relevant to society.
  • Increase PhDs’ awareness of their own skills, what they can bring to the workplace and the challenges they can help solve.
  • Help PhDs improve their ability to market their expertise and the advantage of a doctoral degree over a first degree.

Intended audience:

  • NTNU employees, PhD candidates, supervisors and alumni, employees from all sectors and other interested stakeholders.


  • The conference is organized by NTNU Alumni in partnership with DION.