Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Ottar Henriksen

Ottar Henriksen

Project director SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing

Project director SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing with focus on complex innovation processes. Before this position, Ottar had many years as production manager and CEO in global competitive companies with in automotive and defence in Norway and abroad. He is also the founder and current chairman in Lean Forum Norway.

Keynote presentation: The role of interdisciplinary collaboration in a world of enabling technologies and big societal challenges

In an increasingly knowledge-based society, interdisciplinary teams that solve complex problems are seen essential for successful innovation. This requires enhanced collaboration not only across academic disciplines, but across functions and professions and also between different kinds of knowledge. In this keynote Ottar Henriksen will address the needs of tomorrow's work life. He draws upon his extensive experience from the automotive and research industry and as the founder of Lean Forum Norway. He will also bring in international perspectives: how does Norway compare to other countries, with its relatively short industrial history?


Are Holen

Are Holen

Professor emeritus MD, PhD, psychiatrist
Dept. of Mental Health and Experts in Team, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Are Holen has been involved in Experts in team (EiT) at NTNU for more than 15 years. During 10 years, he was the main person giving training in group dynamics to faculty members and student assistants in EiT. He has been working with groups since the 1970s in educational, industrial, therapeutic, and military settings. Toward the end of the 1990s, he was in charge of the problem-based learning (PBL) at the Faculty of Medicine, NTNU; later on, he was affiliated to a medical school in the Mid-West due to his capacities in this field. For one four-year term, he was Chairman of the Neuroscience department, and later, Dean of Medical Education, both at NTNU. His main area of research is stress and disaster studies. He has also published on small group teaching and topics in general psychiatry. For some time in the past, he was affiliated to Oslo University, Stanford University and University of California San Francisco.

Keynote presentationActive approaches to learning and interdisciplinary challenges in higher education

In recent decades, faculty members of various disciplines are increasingly asked to introduce interactive learning environments to their students, often in interdisciplinary settings. Reiteratively, such approaches to learning tend to demonstrate superior learning outcomes in comparison with more traditional teaching. Recent findings in neuroscience also render some fascinating support to active approaches towards learning. The new challenges for faculty members may include activities for which they have limited or no personal experiences or formal training. Even so, they may be expected to deal with such as group facilitation, group dynamics, reflection work, peer feedback, team work, team development, development of collaborative capacities and entrepreneurial skills, change agencies, cross-disciplinary communication etc. In order to succeed, faculty development has become crucial. Suggestions have even been made that future faculty members should have formalized competencies in handling such approaches. Perspectives on the acquisition of new skills, alternative procedures or social exercises and tools in academia are required. Some central, multifaceted tasks and insights associated with active learning approaches and interdisciplinary work models will be reviewed and discussed with the aim of indicating possible directions for future developments.

Time and place

Time & place
Next Its21 in 2021
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