Keynotes and Contributors

Keynotes and Contributors

Gunnar Bovim

Gunnar Bovim

Gunnar Bovim, Rector, NTNURector, NTNU

Professor Gunnar Bovim became Rector of NTNU in 2013. Bovim was educated as a medical doctor and completed his PhD in neurology in 1993. Bovim assumed the position of NTNU Rector after serving as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU, Chief Executive Officer of St. Olavs Hospital, and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Norway Regional Health Authority.

Giorgia Abeltino

Giorgia Abeltino

Giorgia Abeltino, Director Public Policy France, Italy, Greece and Malta + Director External Relations Google Arts & CultureDirector, Public Policy, France, Italy, Greece and Malta and Director External Relations, Google Arts & Culture

Georgia Abeltino works at the Google Cultural Institute as Director of Public Policy for Google Arts & Culture and Director of Public Policy for Italy, Greece and Malta. She is also a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture of Vatican and a Board member of Assinform, the Italian association of Information Technology companies. Abeltino is a Law graduate from the Università Federico II» and received an LLM in European Studies from the College of Europe.

Nina Elisabeth Sindre

Nina Elisabeth Sindre

Nina Elisabeth Sindre, Coordinator for International Affairs, NTNUCoordinator for International Affairs, NTNU

Nina Sindre is Coordinator of International Affairs at NTNU. Her work includes administrative responsibility for NTNU’s international action plans, NTNU’s participation in the European framework programmes for research and innovation, as well as bilateral international cooperation with countries outside of Europe. She was instrumental in setting up NTNU’s Brussels Office, and heads NTNU’s EU forum and NTNU’s International forum. Sindre holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.

Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes

Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes

Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes, Pro-Rector for Innovation, NTNUPro-Rector for Innovation, NTNU

Professor Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes is Pro-Rector for Innovation at NTNU. Before taking up the position as Pro-Rector, she was Head of the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at NTNU and Vice President for Research at SINTEF Medical Technology. As Pro-Rector, Hernes is responsible for innovation and collaboration with businesses and industry on a regional, national and international level.

Georgios Papanagnou

Georgios Papanagnou

Georgios Papanagnou, Dr. and Policy Officer, DG Research & innovation, European CommissionDr. and Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Georgios Papanagnou is Policy Officer at DG Research and Innovation – Open and Inclusive Societies at the European Commission. He has previously worked as a consultant on UNESCO’s MOST Programme and at the United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Panteion University and an MSc in International Relations from Bristol University.

Toril Aalberg

Toril Aalberg

Toril Aalberg, Professor and Head of Department of Sociology and Political Studies, NTNUProfessor and Head of Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU

Toril Aalberg is Head of Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. She is professor of Sociology and has a PhD in Political Science. Since 2014 she has been chair of the European network COST Action IS1308: Populist Political Communication in Europe. Her main research focus is political communication, comparative politics and political behaviour, including studies on media effects, the relationship between media and politics and the role of stereotypes.

Stefaan Walgrave

Stefaan Walgrave

Stefaan Walgrave, Professor, University of AntwerpProfessor of Political Science, University of Antwerp

Stefaan Walgrave is a professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He was the recipient of an advanced ERC grant (2012-2017) examining the information selection by individual political actors in three countries. Apart from his interest in politicians and how they connect to society, his research deals with media and politics, with public opinion, elections, and protest.

Gijs Schumacher

Gijs Schumacher

Gijs Schumacher, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of AmsterdamAssistant Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

Gijs Schumacher is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is interested in the causes and consequences of (changing) political rhetoric. He is the PI of POLEMIC – an ERC starting grant project, and Director of the Hot Politics Lab. His work has appeared in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics and the Journal of European Public Policy.

Pieter de Wilde

Pieter de Wilde

Pieter de Wilde, Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, NTNUAssociate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, NTNU

Pieter de Wilde is an associate professor in European Studies at NTNU. He directs the project Trondheim Analytica on social media and democracy in Europe and is a work package leader in Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law (RECONNECT). Before, he was Senior Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. His research focuses on political conflict over European integration and globalization.

Stephen Boucher

Stephen Boucher

Stephen Boucher, Managing Director, Foundation EURACTIVManaging Director, Fondation EURACTIV

Stephen Boucher is Managing Director of Fondation EURACTIV. Prior to this, he was CEO of consoGlobe.com, France’s largest online media on sustainable lifestyles. He has broad experience with European matters, including the position of Director for European policy at the ECF and as Ministerial Adviser for the Belgian Government. Boucher is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Sciences Po Paris.

Bjørn Myskja

Bjørn K. Myskja

Bjørn K. Myskja, Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Humanities, NTNUProfessor and Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Humanities, NTNU

Bjørn K. Myskja is Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU. He is professor of ethics and political philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His research interests include the issues of trust and the interaction between lay people and experts in the implementation of new technologies.

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, Social activist and Member of the National ExSocial activist and member of the National Executive of Partia Razem

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk is a social activist and politician in Poland. She represents Razem in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), where she is a member of the National Board. In 2016, Foreign Policy magazine included Dziemianowicz-Bąk, together with Barbara Nowacka, on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers for their role in organizing the «black protest» against a total ban on abortion in Poland.

Stefan Geiss

Stefan Geiss

Stefan Geiss, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNUAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU

Stefan Geiss is an associate professor of Political Communication (Onsager Fellowship) at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. He holds a PhD in Communication Science from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His research in political communication focuses on the dynamics of agenda and frame building, public opinion formation, and the effects of conflict and (in)civility in political discussions.

Cécile Huet

Cécile Huet

Cécile Huet, Deputy Head, the Unit «Robotics and Artificial Intelligence», the European Commission. Deputy Head, Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, European Commission

Cécile Huet is Deputy Head of the Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the European Commission. Before joining the EC, she worked for the industry in the field of signal processing after a post-doc at the University of California Santa Barbara and a PhD at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. In 2015, she was selected as one of the 25 women in robotics you need to know about by Robohub.

Bjarne Foss

Bjarne Foss

Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for Research, NTNUPro-Rector for Research, NTNU

Professor Bjarne Foss is Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU with a specific responsibility for research and internationalization. He has been a professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU since 1989 and holds a PhD in Engineering Cybernetics from the same institution.

Egil Eide

Egil Eide

Egil Eide, Associate Professor at the Department of Electronic Systems, NTNUAssociate Professor, Department of Electronic Systems, NTNU

Egil Eide is an associate professor at the Department of Electronic Systems, NTNU and project manager for the construction, testing and operation of NTNU’s autonomous ferry. Eide holds an MSc and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from NTNU. His main research focus is on autonomous systems, radio communications, antennas, radar and remote sensing systems. Eide was the founder and CEO of the company 3D-Radar AS, working with ground penetrating radar technology.

Peter Hellinckx

Peter Hellinckx

Peter Hellnickx, Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Electronics-ICT, University of Antwerp

Peter Hellinckx is an assistant professor and the Head of the Department of Electronics-ICT at University of Antwerp. He is teaching in Advanced Programming Techniques and Distributed Systems (bachelor’s and ioT Distributed Embedded Software and Computer Graphics. His research focuses on Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Iot and Cyber Physical Systems with as main application domains: autonomous driving/shipping, logistics, mobility, Industry 4.0 and smart cities.

Steven Latré

Steven Latré

Steven Latré, Associate Professor, University of AntwerpAssociate Professor, University of Antwerp, Director at the research centre Imec, Belgium

Professor Steven Latré is an associate professor at the University of Antwerp and director at the research centre Imec, Belgium. He leads the IDLab Antwerp research group, which performs applied and fundamental research in the area of communication networks and distributed intelligence. His personal research interests are in the domain of machine learning and its application to wireless network optimization.

Ieva Martinkenaite

Ieva Martinkenaite

Ieva Martinkenaite, Vice President, Telenor Research

Vice President of Telenor Research, Head of Start IoT, Member of European High-Level Expert Group on AI

Dr. Ieva Martinkenaite heads the AI task force at ETNO and is a key figure at Telenor Group working on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and innovation ecosystem in Norway. She has led the Telenor-NTNU AI Lab development project, a Centre of Excellence for AI and Machine Learning in Norway. Martinkenaite is a member of the European High-Level Expert Group on AI and the NCP for Norway in Horizon 2020 AI4EU consortium project.

Siri Granum Carson

Siri Granum Carson

Siri Granum Carson, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNUAssociate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU

Siri Granum Carson is an associate professor of philosophy at the Programme for Applied Ethics at NTNU, where she teaches research ethics and business ethics. She directs the NTNU Ocean pilot programme HAVANSVAR – Humanities Ocean Initiative, and her main research area is corporate social responsibility.

Geir Egil Dahle Øien

Geir Egil Dahle Øien

Geir Egil Dahle Øien, Dean, Facultyr of Information Technology and Electronical Engineering, NTNUDean, Faculty of Information Technology and Electronical Engineering, NTNU

Professor Geir Egil Dahle Øien is Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at NTNU and is a professor in telecommunications. He sits in the Signal Processing Research Group and is author/co-author of around 150 publications in international journals and conference proceedings with referee. He has managed and participated in several large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and the EU Commission.

Torbjørn Svendsen

Torbjørn Svendsen

Torbjørn Svendsen, Professor and Director of NTNU DigitalProfessor and Director, NTNU Digital

Torbjørn Svendsen is a professor at the Department of Electronic Systems at NTNU and the Director of NTNU Digital, NTNU's strategic programme for ICT. Prior to this, he was Head of the Department of Telecommunications and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He is also the Vice President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). Svendsen is the leading Norwegian expert on automatic speech recognition.

Pernille Feilberg

Pernille Feilberg

Pernille Feilberg, Communications Adviser, Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNUHead of Communications, Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNU

Pernille Feilberg has a background in Information Science. She works with external and internal communications at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU. Her responsibilities include public relations, communications management, press contact, and assisting researchers in their public outreach through different communication channels. She is co-editor of the blog NTNU TechZone and contributes to NTNU's research magazine Gemini.

Olav Bolland

Olav Bolland

Olav Bolland, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, NTNUDean, Faculty of Engineering, NTNU

Professor Olav Bolland is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at NTNU. He has worked at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU since 1987. He has worked with energy issues and specifically thermal power generation and CO2 capture.

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit, Higher Education, DG Education and Culture, European CommissionHead of Unit, Higher Education, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton is Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education policies and programme at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. In previous posts in the European Commission, Debiais-Sainton has worked in DG Research and Innovation. Before moving to the European Commission in 2006, Debiais-Sainton spent eight years working for several petroleum and chemical companies.

Erlend Alfnes

Erlend Alfnes

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NTNUAssociate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NTNU

Erlend Alfnes is an associate professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU. He has 15 years’ experience as a senior researcher at SINTEF Technology and Society. Alfnes has broad experience as a leader of national and international research projects in production management. He is currently project manager of the Erasmus+ strategic alliance project Eurolean+, and the Knowledge alliance project Lean 4.0.

Lise Rye

Lise Rye

Lise Rye, Professor, Department of Historical Studies, NTNUProfessor, Department of Historical Studies, NTNU

Lise Rye is professor of Contemporary European History at NTNU. She directs the Erasmus+ funded Jean Monnet module «Differentiated integration: The Norwegian case in perspective» and is part of the NTNU team in the H2020-funded RIA project RECONNECT. Her research focuses on economic and political integration, with emphasis on EFTA-EC relations, the European Economic Area and perceptions of democracy on national and EU level.

Andries Verspeeten

Andries Verspeeten

Andries Verspeeten, Policy Adviser for International Relations, Ghent UniversityPolicy Adviser for International Relations, Ghent University, Belgium

Andries Verspeeten is a policy adviser for International Relations at Ghent University. He provides overall follow-up of the EU higher education policy and liaison with networks including EUF, CESAER and EAIE. He advises UGent promotors in the development and implementation of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degrees and coordinates the UGent IRO Erasmus+ project team. Verspeeten holds a Master’s Degree in Eastern European languages and cultures.

Mark van Dun

Mark van Dun

Mark van Dun, Manager, Team Research, Education & Labour, PNO ConsultantsManaging Consultant, Team Research, Education & Labour, PNO Consultants

Mark van Dun is Managing Consultant at PNO Consultants. He studied European Studies in Amsterdam and worked for the National Agency Lifelong Learning Programme in the Netherlands (predecessor of the Erasmus+ programme). Dun has been involved in more than 50 Erasmus+ project applications (Capacity Building, Erasmus Mundus, Strategic Partnerships, Jean Monnet etc.) and has been acting as an evaluator for the European Commission.

Ragnhild Skålid

Ragnhild Skålid

Ragnhild Skålid, Counsellor for Education at the Mission of Norway to the EU

Counsellor for Education at the Mission of Norway to the EU

Ragnhild Skålid is a Counsellor for Education at the Mission of Norway to the EU. She has worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research since 2001, and moved to Brussels in 2016. 

Annik Magerholm Fet

Annik Magerholm Fet

Annik Magerholm Fet, Vice-Rector, NTNU ÅlesundVice-Rector, NTNU Ålesund

Annik Magerholm Fet is the Vice-Rector of NTNU Ålesund. She is a professor in Environmental Management, Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Analysis. Between 2014–2016 she was the Director of NTNU’s strategic research area on Sustainability. She is leading the Erasmus+ project CapSEM with partners in Europe, Africa and Asia, in addition to research projects in the field of green growth and business models.

Frederik Shetelig

Fredrik Shetelig

Fredrik Shetelig, Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Design, NTNUDean, Faculty of Architecture and Design, NTNU

Professor Fredrik Shetelig is Dean at the Faculty of Architecture and Design. Shetelig is a house building engineer and architect with special expertise on architectural design of buildings, transport infrastructure and bridges, city and urban planning and strategy and leadership. Shetelig has led numerous architectural projects and held several board positions at NTNU. He also co-established the architectural firm Pir II Architectural Office in Trondheim.

Wolfgang Laschet

Wolfgang Laschet

Wolfgang Laschet, Senior Adviser, Office of International Realtions, NTNUSenior Adviser, International section, Student Services Division, NTNU

Wolfgang Laschet has worked since the early days of Erasmus with internationalization and Erasmus became his professional passion. He has worked for the National Agency as expert and evaluator in programmes like COMETT, LLP and Erasmus+ (Strategic Partnerships). His presentations are well-known at both national and international level, such as the EAIE. In 2012 he was chosen as Erasmus ambassador for Norway.

Jean-Eric Paquet

Jean-Eric Paquet

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG RTD (Research and Innovation), European CommissionDirector-General, DG RTD (Research and Innovation), European Commission

Jean-Eric Paquet is the Director-General of the R&I Directorate of the European Commission. Before this, Paquet worked in the DG for Transport, where he later was to lead the development of the Trans-European Transport Network policy. He has been Director for the «European Mobility Network» and in November 2015 he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission responsible for Better Regulation and Policy Coordination.

Massimo Busuoli

Massimo Busuoli

Massimo Busuoli, Head of NTNU's Brussels OfficeHead of NTNU's Brussels Office

Massimo Busuoli, Physicist, started his career as a researcher in ENEA – participating and managing several European projects. In 2006 he became Head of European Union Unit as Director of ENEA Brussels office. In 2016 he joined NTNU as Head of its Brussels office. Currently Secretary of UnILiON (Universities Informal Liaison Offices Network) and Counsellor of GII (Gruppo Iniziativa Italiana), he has also been Secretary of IGLO and Secretariat Coordinator of EERA (European Energy Research Alliance).

Alexandre Affre

Alexandre Affre

Alexandre Affre, Director for Industrial Affairs, Business EuropeDirector for Industrial Affairs, Business Europe

Alexandre Affre is Director of the Industrial Affairs department at Business Europe. Affre is responsible for developing and communicating the organization’s positions on energy, climate and environmental policy, industrial policy, and research and innovation. Prior to that, he worked at the wildlife trade-monitoring network of WWF and IUCN. Affre holds a Master in Ecology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

Ricardo Migueis

Ricardo Migueis

Ricardo Migueis, Deputy Secretary General, CESAERDeputy Secretary General, CESAER

Ricardo Migueis is the Deputy Secretary-General and Senior Advisor for Research and Innovation at CESAER. His research background is in international relations and innovation. He has been involved in many EU research programmes, such as NCP for the 7th EU FP, and was a National Delegate for H2020 and ESFRI, elected Chair of the Implementation Board of the European Research Infrastructure EMBRC and Science Europe Working Group on Research Infrastructures. 

Bertrand Bouchet

Bertrand Bouchet

Bertrand Bouchet, Director, European Affairs of CEADirector, European Affairs of CEA, representing EARTO

Bertrand Bouchet is Director for European Affairs of CEA. He has worked in various positions linked to European research and energy policies, at the French Permanent Representation to the EU, in the Ministry for Higher Education and Research and in CEA – The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. He has also served as advisor to the Governor for France to the IAEA. Bouchet graduated in mechanics and in political science.

Stig W. Omholt

Stig W. Omholt

Stig Omholt, Professor and Director at NTNU BiotechnologyProfessor and Director, NTNU Biotechnology

Stig W. Omholt is Director of the cross-campus biotechnology programme NTNU Biotechnology: the Confluence of Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering at NTNU. Omholt is also a research professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health at NTNU and has a broad scientific background in genomics, genetics, systems theory, computational physiology, ageing biology and evolutionary biology.

Annemie Wyckmans

Annemie Wyckmans

Annemie Wyckmans, Professor, Department of Architechture, and Head of Smart Sustainable Cites, NTNUProfessor, Department of Architecture and Planning, Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities, and coordinator of +CityxChange

Annemie Wyckmans is Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities. With urban living labs, public-private partnerships and integrated design thinking, the initiative supports cities in their efforts to become clean, digital and learning cities – cities for people and culture. Wyckmans coordinates the +CityxChange and URBAN-EU-CHINA programme, EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities, the Sino-Norwegian Partnership in Sustainable Energy and Planning Instruments for Smart Energy Communities, among others.