Programme and presentations

Concept Symposium 2012

Programme and presentations


Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Guided tour at Losby Gods
Meeting point: Hotel Reception
Informal get-together and dinner
Meeting point: Hotel Restaurant


Thursday, September 20th, 2012 
Morning bird program - Dinosaur-projects – characteristics
Peder A. Berg, Deputy Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Finance
Opening statement by the Symposium Chairman
Bjørn Andersen, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Updates on Project Governance in Norway
Peder A. Berg, Deputy Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Finance
Unarmed to the South pole - a strategy to reach the seemingly unattainable
Cato Zahl Pedersen, Adventurer
Ground Zero New York – building the monument after the 9/11 assault
Kjetil T. Thorsen, Snøhetta architects  - the mastermind behind the design
Projects in history. A look-back on the choice of concept and their effects
Knut Samset, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Program Director, Concept
Session 1
Assessing social return  in project appraisal and evaluation

Session chair: Petter Næss
Session host: Ola Lædre
Session 2
Projects' ability to deliver value for owners

Session chair: Hallgrim Hjelmbrekke
Session host: Hallgrim Hjelmbrekke
Session 3
The long-term perspective
in economic assessments

Session chair: Kåre Petter Hagen
Session host: Thor Bjørkvoll
Critical view on benefit-cost analyses
Petter Næss, Professor
Aalborg University, Denmark 
The spirit of project management
Alan Harpham, Chairman The APM Group, APMG-International United Kingdom
Appropriate discount rates for long term public projects
Kåre Petter Hagen, Professor
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Norway
Experience with the application of multi-criteria decision analysis in public planning
Fred Wenstøp, Professor
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
The linkage between governance, trust and ethics in temporary organizations
Ralf Müller, Professor
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
The long game - Future hospitals - investing in sustainable healthcare facilities
Phil Nedin, Global Director Healthcare Development, ARUP International
Ex-ante evaluation of megaprojects - state-of-the-art
Bert van Wee, Professor
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Project portfolio governance in Telenor Norway
Jan Arild Lyngstad, Director Portfolio Management, Telenor Norway
Time horizon and valuation. Case E39 Søgne-Ålgård
Nicolai Heldal, Partner Vista Analyse AS Norway
Sustainability Impact Assessment of major public investment projects
Joachim Spangenberg, Vice President, Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Germany
Highway Bergen - Haugesund
Stein Berntsen, Executive Vice President
Dovre Group, Norway
A sustainable approach to public participation in large
 hydroelectric projects

Michel Bérubé, Chef Environment
Hydro Quebec, Canada
  Designing projects for success
Tim Banfield, Director
UK National Audit Office
Hitler's deadly submarine - the cost and benefits of salvaging the vessel
Halvard S. Kilde, CEO
Metier, Norway
Symposium Dinner - Prelude
Meeting place: Plenary hall
Symposium Dinner
Hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance


Friday, September 21st, 2012 
Session 4
The geographical perspective
- wider impacts

Session chair: Victor Norman
Session host: Torbjørn Aas
Session 5
Ex post evaluation
of Major Projects

Session chair: Kim Forss
Session host: Heidi Bull-Berg
Session 6
Economic analysis of benefits and cost in different countries

Session chair: Lasse Fridstrøm
Session host: Nils Olsson
Wider impacts of investment projects
Victor D. Norman, Professor
Norwegian School of Economics
The challenges of ex-post evaluation
Kim Forss, Andante - tools for thinking AB, Sweden
Is benefit-cost analysis to blame for bad Norwegian roads?
Lasse Fridstrøm, Managing Director
The Institute of Transport Economics, Norway
Where are the wider benefits? Transport appraisal and economic geography
Anthony J. Venables, Professor
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The Institutional framework for evaluation
Brita Saxton, Director General
Transport Analysis
, Sweden
Quebec's Environmental Public Hearings and Sustainable Development, Overview and Examples
Pierre Renaud, President
Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement, Canada
Snøhvit– Wider impacts from the LNG process plant at Hammerfest
Trond Nilsen, Senior Researcher
NORUT Alta, Norway
Assessing the sustainability of public investments - From policy to practice
Ola Lædre, Associate Professor, NTNU and Gro Holst Volden,  Concept Research Director, Norway
A regional freight hub – its local, national and international significance
Rune M. Moen, Senior Principal Consultant
Det Norske Veritas, Norway
Wider impact of local railway investment
Erik Magnus Sæther, Partner
Oslo Economics, Norway
Lessons from ex-post benefit-cost analysis of road projects in Norway
James Odeck, Professor
NTNU / Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Cost-benefit analysis in Norway
Gry Hamarsland, Head of Section, Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management, Norway
Statement by the Symposium Chairman
Bjørn Andersen, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Economic analysis of benefits and cost in different countries
Arnaud Burgess, Manager Business Development & Operations, NEA, The Netherlands
Governance, Rationality and Coalitions - analyses and decisions up front
Tom Christensen, Professor, University of Oslo, Norway
Panel session with Session Chairs
Chaired by Brian Hobbs, Professor, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
Closing Statement
Gro Holst Volden, Research Director, the Concept Research Program