Energy Transition Week

Radical innovation

– Thursday March 1, 2018



In this workshop, we will focus on the need for radical innovation with a particular focus on climate mitigation and the energy sector. We will have 4 sessions. Each session will consist of 2-3 introductions (10-15 minutes long), some prepared initial comments (3-4 minutes without slides), and the most important part; an open, plenary discussion. A chair will help focus on what we can do to inform the process. 

The purpose will be to identify central research challenges and to give input to policy makers on research and innovation strategies. Some questions of interest are:

  • What is needed in the energy sector to keep it an engine for economic growth but approaching zero emissions?
  • How will that be driven by change in markets and business models?
  • What affects the decisions of individuals and institutions?
  • The role of innovation and learning in mitigation and adaptation
  • How can we best facilitate radical innovation form research and how should that affect the way we design the innovation system?

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Radical Innovation is a sausage

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08:30 Bus Transport from Hotel

09:00 Welcome, Context and challenges for workshop 

Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU & Tor Ulleberg, Statoil (5 min)

Background and objectives
Roger Sørheim, NTNU  (5 min)

Research institutions as drivers of radical innovation?
Ellen Williams, Professor,  University of Maryland (20 min)

Discussion 20 min

09:50 The roles of radical innovation and their interaction: Community, firm level and individual views

Chair: Jae Edmonds, Chief scientist, JGCRI

Introductions (15 min each)

  • Accelerating future energy transitions, Benjamin Sovacool, Professor, University of Sussex
  • How can the emergence of new technologies  contribute to larger societal transformation?  Jochen Markard, Professor, ETH
  • Individual behaviour and implementations of radical innovation, Erica Löfström, NTNU
  • From student idea to implementation - the story of Connect LNG, Miriam Emilie Wennberg, CFO Connect LNG

Short comments (5 minutes each):

  • Radical innovation – an industry perpective, Aidan Cronin, ETIP Chair/ Siemens
  • The perspective of an energy company, Daniel Muthman, Head of Corporate Development, Open Grid Europe.

Discussion (30 minutes)

11:30 Lunch 

12.30 Challenge-based work session "The Ducky experience"

The world faces huge challenges and we need radical innovations to solve them. Such innovations will disrupt existing business models and ways of thinking, and special structures are therefore needed to lead such innovations.

In this workshop you will be challenged to rethink how organizations and teams can be optimized. During a couple of hours we will form teams and explore how you best can collaborate in order to achieve radical innovations.

In this practical part of the workshop where participants are divided into teams, working on several of the challenges presented during the day. Each group will be facilitated by a chosen participant, enabling different perspectives and background being represented. The groups are given the opportunity to present the outcome at the end of the day.

16.20 Break

16.30 Co-creation of a research agenda

Presentation of team results

Each group will have three minutes to briefly present the results from the team session.

17.30 Closing remarks 

Asgeir Tomasgaard 

Tapas directly after the workshop

19.00 Bus to hotel

Practical information 

The workshop takes place in Rådssalen at NTNU’s main building (address: Høgskoleringen 1). Click here for map

The workshop starts at 09.00. There will be bus transportation from Clarion Hotel & Congress to NTNU at 08.30.

The tapas dinner will be directly after the workshop, right outside the conference room at 18.00. A bus will leave back to Clarion Hotel & Congress at 19.45

Hotel rooms can be booked at Clarion Hotel & Congress by sending an email to and including booking code 1121GR009241. 


Would you like to participate at the workshop? 
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